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High-strength/high-ductility magnesium sheet alloy for room-temperature forming
TS-048065 — A new magnesium alloy designed using computational thermodynamic and kinetic models, which possesses 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

Novel Phosphors for Solid-State Lighting Applications
TS-046581 — Novel halide perovskite phosphor that, when paired with blue LED light, creates warm white light without the need for high temperature ceramics in its production and does not contain rare-earth elements. It has several applications including solid-state lighting and white LEDs. The phosphors produce light with a natural appearance and extended excitation spectra.
Phosphors are used in a variety of products and for a variety of reasons. Halide perovskite phosphors, a specific type of phosphor, can be combined with light emitting diodes (LED) to create phosphor converted LEDs (pc-LED). The current technology has several shortcomings; deficiency in red and cy…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Woodward, Patrick; Gray, Matthew; Majher, Jackson
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Method to improve natural rubber (hevea/guayule)-toughened poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)(PHBV) for food packaging applications
TS-044688 — Nearly all plastics that are used to produce packaging materials are petroleum-based and non-biodegradable. This makes their use undesirable to consumers in an increasingly sustainability-focused market. Therefore, the development of biologically-derived, biodegradable plastic for packaging materi…
  • College: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)
  • Inventors: Vodovotz, Yael; Cornish, Katrina; Koelling, Kurt; Venoor, Varun "varun"; Zhao, Xiaoying "Xiaoying"
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

Nanoparticle Composition for Nucleic Acid Delivery
TS-044109 — Lipid nanoparticles (LNs) usable for the delivery of therapeutic compositions, including, but not limited to nucleic acids (NAs).
Nucleic Acid (NA) based therapies are used to inhibit gene expression. Lipid nanoparticles (LNs) are capable of carrying these therapies into cells. However, this delivery requires overcoming several physiological barriers. For instance, one barrier is the acidic endosome conditions within the cel…
  • College: College of Pharmacy
  • Inventors: Lee, Robert
  • Licensing Officer: Flammang, Ann Marie

High-strength and Corrosion Resistant Alloy for Patient-Specific Bioresorbable Bone Fixation Hardware
TS-042526 — Novel ternary and quaternary Mg-Zn-Ca-based alloys and a heat treatment process for producing bioresorbable bone fixation implants with improved mechanical and corrosion properties
Mg-Zn-Ca-based alloys are the most promising alloy system for bone implant applications mainly due to their superior biocompatibility. For fixation applications, the ideal is a material strong enough to hold while healing (2-4 months) yet being fully resorbed after the bones have healed (6-24 mont…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Dean, David; Elahinia, Mohammad; Ibrahim, Hamdy
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

RNA Nanotubes for Single Molecule Sensing and DNA/RNA/Protein Sequencing
TS-039514 — Stable, predictably ordered RNA nanopores for disease diagnosis and biopolymer sequencing.
New rapid and accurate sequencing methods, and disease detection methods are always in high demand. Newer advances in these areas include membrane-anchored structures and synthetics, which allow molecule idenfication and biopolymer sequencing by measuring conductance changes associated with passag…
  • College: College of Pharmacy
  • Inventors: Guo, Peixuan; Li, Hui; Wang, Shaoying
  • Licensing Officer: Flammang, Ann Marie

Novel small peptide polarizing agents for dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
TS-038322 — Versatile small biradical peptide molecules that can serve as biradical polarizing agents for dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
DNP methodology offers dramatic sensitivity enhancements of NMR experiments (up to 1-2 orders of magnitude) by transferring the large electron spin polarization to the nuclei of interest, and is currently one of the research frontiers in the magnetic resonance field with numerous applications to b…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Jaroniec, Christopher; Conroy, Daniel
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

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: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

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

Nanopump Separation Device and Method
TS-037584 — A device for separating macromolecules in a solution of macromolecules having different molecular sizes
Many clinical and research applications involve separation of specific biological molecules, such as nucleic acids and proteins, for further analysis and characterization. A complex biological system can only be understood after each component has been separately analyzed, and proteins must be pur…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hansford, Derek; Walczak, Robbie
  • Licensing Officer: Ezzell, Janel

A Gas-Assisted Resin Injection Technique for Bonding and Surface Modification of Microfluidic Devices
TS-037577 — A new resin gas-assisted injection technique, which can achieve both bonding and surface modification of microfluidic devices
The application of microfluidic platforms is limited because the materials and production methods are too expensive, and the material properties induce problems, such as a lack of optical clarity and low impact strength. Packaging (i.e. sealing a device with a lid) is also a challenge in the fabri…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Lai, Siyi
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

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

Al-Cr-Ti-V Based High Entropy Alloys
TS-037543 — Innovative alloys displaying extremely high strength and improving upon other mechanical properties
High entropy alloys (HEA) are a new class of multiple-principle-element alloys stabilized by large configurational entropy. HEA offer exceptional mechanical, chemical, and magnetic properties at room and elevated temperatures. Current efforts in the HEA field have focused on developing new materia…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Luo, Aihua (Alan); Huang, Xuejun; Sun, Weihua
  • 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: Davis, Stewart

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"

Method for Repellency of Surfactant-Containing Liquids Using Nanoparticles and Binder
TS-037423 — A surface coating which repels both oil and water.
Materials with a coating that repels both water and oil would be advantageous across a wide variety of industries and products. Benefits of this kind of coating could include anti­fouling, self-cleaning, and anti­smudging capabilities. While modern clear coats and paints do offer protectio…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Martin, Samuel; Bhushan, Bharat
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Method for Producing Epitaxial Semiconductor Nanowire Heterostructures on Metal Foil
TS-037409 — Semiconductor nanowire LEDs grown directly on flexible metal foil.
The formation of dislocations in conventional thin film devices due to lattice mismatch strain restricts the choice of substrate and heterointerface. Nanowires can accommodate large strains due to their surface to volume ratio that permits large lattice mismatched heterostructures without dislocat…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Myers, Roberto; May, Brelon; Sarwar, A.T.M. Golam
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Carbon Dioxide Assisted Processing and Bonding of Polymer and Polymer Composites
TS-037400 — A novel method to bond polymer composites without the use of heat or organic solvents.
Application of either heat or organic solvents is critical to convert solid materials to fluids. For many applications, particularly biomedical products, high temperature and organic solvents may denature critical biomolecules. Residue of organic solvents may also cause severe contamination. In ad…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Tomasko, David; Yang, Yong; Zeng, Changchun
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Nanoparticle and Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Nanocomposites
TS-037388 — A method to combine the advantages of both fiber reinforced plastics and polymer nanocomposites to produce a superior composite material.
Dispersion of nanoparticles into fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) produces superior composites. Current methods face two problems: (1) best practices to disperse nanoparticles FRPs are not defined and (2) methods to maintain resin processability in the presence of nanoparticles are not understood.…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Cao, Xia; Zhou, Gang
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Synthesis and Foaming of Water Containing Activated Carbon-Nano/Microparticulate Polystyrene
TS-037386 — A novel method to increase thermal efficiency infrared absorption and bulk density of polystyrene foams.
Blowing agents create a cellular structure from a liquid plastic resin and, in certain cases, function as an insulating component of the foam. Hydrogen-containing chlorofluorocarbons and fluorocarbons are common blowing agents in the foam industry for extrusion forming of Polystyrene foam. However…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Chiou, Nan-Rong; Yang, Jintao; Yeh, Shu Kai
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

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