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Method for Preparing High-Energy Electrodes with Controlled Microstructures for Energy-Storage Devices
TS-052586 — A novel method for producing thick electrodes with controlled cracks to facilitate fast ionic transport and improve battery performance.
The Need Conventional electrodes for Li-ion batteries are prepared as thin layers of 70 to 100 microns to meet the power requirements of automotive applications. However, using thin electrodes compromises the energy densities of battery cells due to increasing weight and volume of inactive componen…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kim, Jung Hyun; Rao, Lalith; Sayre, Jay
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Novel Electrode for Co-factor Regeneration
TS-051995 — Method of regenerating NADPH for the production of biobutanol.
The Need NAD(P)H is used as a reducing co-factor for the synthesis of biochemicals (e.g., conversion of aldehydes to alcohols) using biocatalysts or even microbes. Butanol is an important feedstock used in the chemical industry and shows great potential as a biofuel. Butanol is produced from fossil…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kadowaki, Jonathan; Gopalan, Venkat; Jones, Travis; Sengupta, Anindita; Subramaniam, Vishwanath
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

High-strength/high-ductility magnesium sheet alloy for room-temperature forming
TS-048065 — A new wrought magnesium alloy with optimal mechanical and formability performance suitable for industrial applications
Magnesium (Mg), the lightest structural metal, and its alloys, with their high specific strength and low density, are promising lightweight materials for industrial applications in automotive, aerospace, and electronic sectors. A 2019 report by Business Communications Company (BCC) Research highli…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Luo, Aihua "Alan"; Shi, Renhai
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Gas Sensors for Health Monitoring and Diagnostics
TS-047136 — A range of low-cost gas sensors for non-invasive diagnostic tests and health monitoring.
Exhaled human breath is a combination of hundreds of gases including inorganic molecules such as NO, NH3 or CO, and volatile organic molecules such as acetone, ethane, and isoprene. Some of these gases are produced by the body as the result of physiological processes. Known as ‘biomarkers&rs…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Gouma, Pelagia-Iren
  • Licensing Officer: Schworer, Adam

DNA-cage erasable labels for fluorescence-based imaging
TS-043819 — Compositions and methods for analyzing multiple biomarkers without damaging tissue.
Histopathology is a cornerstone of tissue analysis used to diagnose many clinical conditions. Many of these diagnoses are based on identifying the presence of specific biomarkers, which can be indicated by colored labels. Currently, only 1-2 markers can be analyzed per slide, reducing accuracy and…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Winter, Jessica; Jergens, Elizabeth; Lee, Kil Ho "Kilho"
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

Porous inorganic-organic material for removal of trace carbon dioxide from air or other gas streams
TS-041747 — Adsorbent for carbon dioxide capture with low energy input for regeneration, and high adsorption capacity
46% of 2010 global greenhouse gas emissions came from electricity and heat production, or from fossil fuels burned for industrial use (EPA). A lot of effort has been put into research on CO2 capture by adsorbents or absorbents, in order to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, effec…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wade, Casey; Bien, Caitlin
  • Licensing Officer: Lawson, Ryan

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: Randhawa, Davinder

Development of Non-Foaming High Strength, Single Component Methacrylate/Polyurethane Adhesive
TS-037956 — A single component, moisture-cured methacrylate/polyurethane hybrid adhesive that combines the non-toxic, high strength properties of methacrylate adhesives with the bonding characteristics of polyurethanes
Methacrylate adhesives are strong and can be used on similar or dissimilar materials, such as plastic, metal, composites, and ceramic. They have excellent peel strength, resist abrasion, and stand up to a fair range of temperatures. They also require little preparation of the surfaces to be bonded…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Parquette, Jonathan; Bewick, Nicholas; Schricker, Scott
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

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: Willson, Christopher

Method for Oil–Water Separation Using Nanoparticles and Binder
TS-037436 — A coating which repels oil and attracts water, creating a highly efficient separation technique.
Across numerous industries, such as oil and natural gas processing, liquid-repellent surfaces are often essential to product development, or even operational sustainability via equipment maintenance. Current liquid repellents are optimized to protect against all liquids, including oil and water (s…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Martin, Samuel; Bhushan, Bharat; Brown, Philip
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

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