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Device for Harvesting Vibration Energy to Power Remote Sensors or Feed the Power Grid
TS-049909 — A control method based upon properties of linear systems to manipulate the vibrational amplitudes and frequencies of structural systems by exploiting piecewise-linear (PWL) nonlinearities.
Energy harvesting from system vibrations is considered a promising green energy source with the capacity to both self-power small-scale devices and fulfill the need of large-scale electricity generation. A recent report by BCC research found that the markets for Vibration, Displacement, and Mechan…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: D'Souza, Kiran; Tien, Meng-Hsuan
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

A Lightweight Low Inductance Power Module with Insulated Baseplates
TS-048588 — A lightweight power module that reduces loop stray inductance while maintaining good electrical insulation and thermal dissipation.
In conventional power module structures, the die is attached to the substrate, usually direct bonding copper (DBC). The ceramic substrate layer provides electrical insulation between the circuit and cooling structure and attaches to a conductive baseplate material (Cu, Al, AlSiC) to dissipate heat…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lyu, Xintong; Wang, Jin
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Ultra-Fast Charging Li-ion Battery Anodes
TS-040614 — A novel battery anode designed to overcome the limitations posed on fast charge batteries by graphite anodes. The new anode increases battery life, is more stable during manufacturing, and has improved heat dissipation qualities.
As technology continues to progress, embedding itself in our daily life from our cars to our wrists, an ever-present concern is the need for batteries with the ability to re-charge quickly. Most of these emerging technologies use Li-ion batteries with graphite anodes. Unfortunately, under fast cha…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Co, Anne; Bascaran, Julen
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Electrolyte to Enable Reversible Dendrite-Free Potassium Plating and Stripping for Potassium Secondary Batteries
TS-037854 — A novel electrolyte to prevent dendrite growth in potassium air batteries.
The Need Potassium-air batteries have recently emerged as alternative energy storage devices beyond lithium-ion batteries. However, potassium metal anodes suffer from poor reversibility during plating and stripping processes due to their high reactivity and unstable solid electrolyte interphase (SE…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wu, Yiying; McCulloch, William; Xiao, Neng
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Methods and Processes for Producing Butyrate Esters from Sugars
TS-037568 — A method and process for producing butyrate esters for use as novel biofuels.These products have a similar energy content to biobutanol, but are easier to produce.
Currently, bioethanol is the major biofuel on the market, but recently butanol has gotten attention for its potential as a transportation fuel. It has many characteristics that make it a better fuel source than ethanol: butanol has 25% more Btu per gallon, it's less evaporative/explosive with …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Yang, Shang-Tian "ST"
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Metabolic Engineering of Clostridium Tyrobutyricum for Butanol Production
TS-037555 — A new strain of bacteria that can produce butanol at a high titer for transportation fuel.
Butanol is generally used as an industrial solvent but can also be blended with gasoline and used as transportation fuel. Butanol is commonly produced using fossil fuels, but it can also be produced from biomass, referred to as biobutanol. Biobutanol is produced from fermentation of the same feeds…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Yang, Shang-Tian "ST"; Yu, Mingrui
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

N-Proanol and Propionic Acid Producing Propionibacteria
TS-037515 — New method of producing n-propanol and propionic acid using a metabolically engineered propionibacteria.
Propionibacteria are well-known for their various industrial applications including the manufacturing of Swiss cheese, vitamin B12, and propionic acid. However, not much is known about their genetics, and few studies have been conducted utilizing them for metabolic engineering, mostly in vitamin B…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Yang, Shang-Tian "ST"; Ammar, Ehab
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

CO2 Reduction to Acetate on Mixed Metal Oxide Catalyst
TS-037385 — A process for photoelectrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to acetate using mixed metal oxide as catalysts
The combustion of fossil fuels produces billions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. Research indicates that greater concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has altered Earth's climate, changed the pH of the ocean, and causing other potentially damaging evironmental effects. Countri…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Baker, Lawrence "Robert"; Yang, Xin
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Porous Thermoelectric Materials
TS-037351 — A formulation to increase the efficiency of thermoelectric materials by reducing density.
Thermoelectric effects enable direct conversion of thermal to electrical energy, which provides an alternative power generation and temperature conditioning. Although thermoelectric systems are environmentally friendly, the efficiency of thermoelectric devices cannot compete with current gold-stan…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Heremans, Joseph; Jaworski, Christopher
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Battery consumption minimization strategy for plug-in, pure, and hybrid EVs
TS-036908 — An energy management strategy for pure and hybrid electric vehicles that improves battery-life and optimizes fuel economy
Automotive powertrains are increasingly more electric, from mild and full hybrid, to plug-in hybrid and battery electric, automotive propulsion is increasingly relying on electricity as a source of power assist, or as the sole source of power, in automotive vehicles. This is true for passenger, co…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rizzoni, Giorgio; Tang, Li
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

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