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Just Right: New Trent University Product Revolutionizes How We Enjoy Hot Beverages On-the-Go


Prolong Travel Mug™ designed to rapidly cool hot beverages to ideal temperature, helping to reduce cancer risk

Friday, December 1, 2017

From a field of Ontario-grown soybeans to a product that will reduce cancer risk – the innovative new Prolong Travel Mug™, proudly discovered, developed and designed at Trent University, is set to revolutionize your morning cup of coffee.

Developed by the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research (TCBR), the new Prolong Travel Mug delivers the dual benefits of rapidly cooling hot beverages to a safe 65°C in less than a minute, and maintaining that ideal temperature for taste, quality and health for hours.

Prolong Travel Mug Benefits

  • Cools hot beverages to a safe 65°C within minutes
  • Maintains the perfect temperature for taste, quality and health for hours
  • Produced from Ontario Soybeans, the Phase Change Material is non-toxic and both sustainable and biodegradable
  • Passive technology requires no cords or charging
  • Invented at Trent University in Canada

“Recent studies have shown that drinking very hot beverages can cause cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization has classified beverages in excess of 65°C as probable carcinogens and, with most hot beverages served in excess of 80°C, that’s a risk you don’t want to take,” said Dr. Suresh Narine, director of the TCBR and co-inventor of the mug. “The Prolong Travel Mug is smartly designed with its Phase Change Material to ensure your favourite hot beverage is safe and comfortable to drink and travel with – for hours on end.”

At the heart of the Prolong Travel Mug is a unique, patented Phase Change Material (PCM), produced from Ontario soybeans and using green chemistry. The PCM goes to work as soon as you pour a hot beverage into the Prolong Travel Mug, rapidly absorbing excess heat from your beverage. As it does, it converts from a solid to liquid state, storing the excess heat. Later, as the beverage begins to cool, the process reverses, the PCM solidifies, and the stored heat is released back into the beverage, keeping it within the perfect drinking temperature range.

It all started with science at Trent University

The Prolong story started when a group of intrepid researchers, faculty and students in the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research saw an opportunity to change the way we enjoy hot beverages on the go. Always looking for sustainable ways to do things, the team used environmentally friendly soybean oil, then ingeniously invented the patented Phase Change Material technology, using Green Chemistry. Too-hot drinks may be a thing of the past, but this research team won’t rest until it finds new ways to put this discovery to work.

For more information, and to order your Prolong Travel Mug, visit

About the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research

Unique in North America, the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research (TCBR) is on the cutting-edge of research and technology development that will transform our world. Working to create a more sustainable future is at the heart of the work being conducted by the TCBR. Our focus on development, agricultural utilization and geographical, environmental and commercial impacts, sets Trent University's biomaterials approach apart. This is a research program where science meets social science and humanities, and where the creation and use of biomaterials is being examined within an ethical framework. One of only a handful of programs of its kind in the world, the TCBR is a leader in this life-changing realm of research.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


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Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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