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Origami Kite: A Smart Morphing Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES) for Enhanced Power Generation
TS-047066 — A next-generation AWES with significantly enhanced energy production efficiency and mobility that integrates transformative approaches of new kite flight mechanisms with a deployable origami structural design, an intelligent launching system, and data-based optimal control algorithms
Among different airborne wind energy system (AWES) mechanisms, the Ground-Gen AWES, which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy on the ground, has attracted increasing attention from both research institutes and industry because of their low cost, less complicated construction compared…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhao, Ruike; Dai, Ran; Fang, Wen; Jung, Myungjin; Ze, Qiji; Zhang, Rundong
  • 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

Method for mass production of seleno-cysteine containing proteins from transgenic algae
TS-037670 — Production of selenocysteine using transgenic algae to create industrial sized yields.
The possibility to introduce the amino acid selenocysteine (Sec) residue into proteins may be of substantial importance for several different applications beyond facilitating studies of natural selenoproteins. These include specific radiolabeling, PET studies, x-ray crystallography, NMR, protein f…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Sayre, Richard
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

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: Davis, Stewart

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: Davis, Stewart

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: Davis, Stewart

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

Redox Transistor Battery
TS-037371 — A refillable, rechargeable, and portable electrochemical energy storage system
Compared to fossil fuel-powered alternatives, electric vehicles powered by Li‐ion batteries are limited by short driving range, long recharge time, and capacity fade. Alternatives to Li‐ion batteries, such as supercapacitors and redox flow batteries with comparably high specific power and rapi…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Sundaresan, Vishnu Baba; Gilmore, Paul; Hery, Travis; Northcutt, Robert
  • 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

Paired Lewis Acid Site Zeolite Catalysts for the Selective Conversion of Glucose to Fructose
TS-030928 — A zeolite catalyst with a unique chemical structure that utilizes paired Lewis acid sites to increase the catalytic selectivity for the isomerization of glucose and other sugars into fructose.
Fructose is a key compound in the food and fermentation industries that is typically produced via the enzymatic isomerization of glucose. The enzymes used to efficiently convert glucose to fructose are expensive to manufacture and sensitive to processing conditions. An alternative approach is to d…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Brunelli, Nicholas "Nick"; Deshpande, Nitish; Parulkar, Aamena
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Carbide bonded Graphene Coating
TS-015271 — A facile approach for obtaining carbide-bonded graphene coatings on a variety of metallic and nonmetallic substrates.
Despite the many attractive features of graphene, the lack of atomic bonds between graphene and substrates and among graphene nanosheets has limited its potential applications. Although theoretical considerations predict that covalent bonds between graphene nanosheets would significantly improve s…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Huang, Wenyi; Yu, Jianfeng
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Oxidatively Stable Membranes for Gas Separations
TS-015228 — Carbon dioxide capture from synthesis gas or hydrogen and methane containing mixtures
Industrial processes, such as cement, steel, pulp and paper, chemicals and natural gas processing, are significant emitters of carbon dioxide, which accounts for nearly 25% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. The current standard for carbon capture membranes are amine-based, which are susc…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston; Salim, Witopo; Vakharia, Varun
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Zeolite/Polymer Composite Membranes for Carbon Dioxide Separations
TS-015156 — Zeolite/polymer composite membranes for carbon dioxide separations
The energy and environmental markets are producing a great research and development race to improve membranes for the fuel cell market to replace petroleum-based energy sources, to improve hydrogen production for use as a fuel in vehicles, and to sequester carbon dioxide to reduce the greenhouse e…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston; Dutta, Prabir; Ramasubramanian, Kartik; Severance, Michael
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Nitrogen Oxide Reduction
TS-015058 — A catalytic treatment of nitrogen oxides from lean burning engine exhaust.
The choice of reducing agent for the reduction of nitrogen oxides in lean combustion exhaust streams is critical to limit pollution. Hydrocarbons are ideal reducing agents because they are present in the exhaust stream of many applications, but reduction of nitrogen oxides is difficult to catalyze…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Holmgreen, Erik; Yung, Matthew
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Catalytic reduction of nitric oxide with methane
TS-015046 — Preparation and use of a catalyst for the reduction of nitric oxide.
Nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction with hydrocarbons has recently attracted attention due to stricter environmental regulations. Pollution of the atmosphere by NOx emission from combustion sources continues to be a major environmental concern. Using methane as a reducing agent has advantages such as i…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Watson, Junko
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Olefin Production by Oxidative Dehydrogenation
TS-015045 — Olefin production is important for a number of products such as wallpaper, carpeting, and ropes. An efficient catalyst for production would drastically affect the associated industries.
Olefins are important precursor compounds used throughout industrial chemical syntheses. The direct conversion of lower alkanes to their respective unsaturated alkenes has the potential to impact the chemical industry in a major way. While the oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes shows promise, ef…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Watson, Rick
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Crosslinked Hydrophilic Membranes for Gas Separation
TS-014997 — An energy efficient process for the separation of gases by selectively permeable membranes
To counteract economic and environmental problems due to the burning of fossil fuels, society has placed an emphasis on development of renewable energy sources. Some of these renewable energy sources rely on the separation or removal of acid gases, such as carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, hydrog…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Alcohol Production from Carbon Dioxide
TS-014972 — An electrochemical process on a metal electrode catalyst is used to produce alcohols such as ethanol, ethylene, propanol, acetic acid, ethane, and formic acid from the direct conversion of carbon dioxide
In the United States, there is an increasing interest in ethanol as an alternative fuel source to decrease the dependence on fossil fuels. In 2012, the National Corn Growers Association reported that 27.3% of the corn harvested in the U.S. was used for the production of ethanol. This has sparked a…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Co, Anne; Billy, Joshua; Coleman, Eric; Walz, Kendahl
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

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