Hot stuff: Mizzou professor helps invent temp-regulating mug

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, January 22 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:56:06 AM CST January 22, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — A University of Missouri professor hopes his invention of a new mug that maintains the coffee's temperature longer percolates into hot sales.

The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/2jAwwH8) reports that Columbia professor Hongbin "Bill" Ma's company, ThermAvant International, and the university have a patent pending for what's called the Lexo mug.

It's made of stainless steel walls and uses vacuum insulation. But the unique bio-based material inside reduces the coffee's initial temperatures to a comfortable drinking level within minutes and maintains that temperature longer.

The company has sold more than 600 of the 10-ounce mugs, which Ma says should last 20 to 30 years.

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