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King of Prussia materials company wins ‘One for the Thumb’

In 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers had made it to the Super Bowl after a slow 7-5 start to the 2005 season. Since the days of Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris, the Steelers had been seeking the elusive 'One for the Thumb,' their fifth Super Bowl ring in franchise history, which would put them on par with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys as the most successful teams in NFL history. When the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XL, fans partied through the snowy streets, chanting their 30-year rallying cry 'One for the Thumb.'

Just a few hours down I-76, another Pennsylvania franchise is celebrating its One for the Thumb this week. King of Prussia materials firm Y-Carbon announced receipt of the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award, recognizing the company’s growth and ability to successfully introduce new technology. This is the company’s fifth award of this type in just one year.

"Frost & Sullivan recognizes what we've learned from our customers, that our materials provide a revolutionary way to store energy," says CEO James Horan, who received the award at a banquet on June 8 in Anaheim, California. “It is great to be recognized by a respected company like Frost & Sullivan.”

Created as a spin-off from Drexel University’s nanoporous carbon research project, Y-Carbon creates materials that absorb carbon for use in everything from gas storage to water purification to fuel cell technology. Active since 2007, Y-Carbon has been recognized for growth, research and development, and creating and retaining tech jobs. And while this award may require Y-Carbon to invest in a bigger trophy case, its executives hope it will mean more recognition from the general public and show the viability of the Pennsylvania nanotech sector.

"I am greatly proud of the team responsible for developing and commercializing the nanoporous carbon technology," says CTO and co-founder Dr. Ranjan Dash. "We hope that this award will bring about increased awareness of our dedication in bringing this innovative nanotechnology to the market place."

Source: James Horan, Y-Carbon
Writer: John Steele
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