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Sacrificial Layer to Facilitate Welding of Thin Foils
TS-065430 — Cost-effective method to prevent damaged electrodes when welding thin foils.
Manufacturing of automotive lithium-ion batteries and battery packs is attracting growing attention with the driving demands of electric vehicles. During battery assembly, multi-layers of metal films, functioning as anodes, cathodes, or bus-bars are welded together. Achieving satisfying weld quali…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Liu, Xun; Kwon, Ho; Shah, Umair
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Containment System for Heating and Off-Gassing
TS-065424 — Due to environmental concerns and the decreasing supply of fossil fuels, there is substantial demand for nuclear-based energy production. Nuclear energy now provides about 10% of the world's electricity from about 440 power reactors and is the second largest source of low-carbon power. In addition, over 50 smaller countries utilize nuclear energy in about 220 research-size reactors. These reactors are used to produce medical and industrial isotopes and several other purposes.
It is essential to meet the safeguard requirements in liquid-fueled molten salt reactors, fuel salt transportation, and fuel cycle processes and to develop effective methods for measuring and monitoring the mass of molten fuel salt or coolant salt. However, due to the complex and dynamic nature o…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Van Zile, Matthew; Cao, Lei Raymond; Kauffman, Andrew
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Fluid Active Flow Control Enabled Variable Turbine Vane
TS-065423 — Turbine aircraft engines (jet engines) are a type of propulsion system commonly used in aviation. These engines operate on jet propulsion, where air is drawn into the engine, mixed with fuel, ignited, and then expelled at high speed to generate thrust. Jet engines are used in commercial and military aircraft, as well as helicopters.
While turbine aircraft engines offer higher efficiency and performance than their counterparts, there is still a need to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases. It’s estimated that jet engines account for over 2.5% of all CO2 emissions, and there are substantial …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Spens, Alexander; Bons, Jeffrey
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Highly Efficient Light Olefin Selectivity & Production Process
TS-065422 — Light olefins, such as ethylene and propylene, are essential building blocks in the petrochemical industry and have a wide range of uses in various applications. The most common uses for olefins include polymers, chemical intermediates, solvents, rubber, and nanomaterials, among others.
Although Light olefins are used globally in many products, the catalytic processes to produce them are energy intensive with a large carbon footprint and the production of greenhouse gases and water pollution. As a result, substantial efforts are being made in the industry to develop more sustain…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Gunduz, Seval; Kim, Jaesung
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

A nitrogenase-like enzyme system that catalyzes methionine, ethylene, and methane biogenesis
TS-064265 — In industrial settings, the demand for safe and efficient methods of producing ethylene, ethane, and methane is paramount. Existing ethylene production processes often involve oxygen-dependent enzymes, resulting in a flammable ethylene-oxygen gas mixture. Moreover, methane and ethane, when mixed w…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: North, Justin; Murali, Srividya; Tabita, Fred (Bob) "Bob"; Young, Sarah
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

Aqueous Zn-Tetrazine Batteries
TS-064150 — The Need As the global demand for energy storage devices continues to surge, the limitations of conventional lithium-ion batteries become increasingly evident. Dwindling lithium reserves are unable to meet the burgeoning needs of modern society, necessitating the exploration of alternative solution…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Zhang, Shiyu; Walter, Christopher
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

SimpleFill Gas Pressurization Device
TS-063346 — A reliable compact device for efficiently compressing natural gas fuel for automobiles
Compressed gas is useful in a number of different applications such as propulsion in vehicles. The global Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) market was valued at $14.8 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $36 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 14.1%. Furthermore, the Natural Gas Vehicle market …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Cantemir, Codrin; Canova, Marcello; Chiara, Fabio; Durand, James; Fly, Gerald; Triberti, Matteo; Underhill, Robert
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Optimal Scheduling with Energy Costs
TS-063305 — Energy use is a major concern for many industrial and manufacturing companies. Given the cost of energy and the increasing importance green energy policies, it is critical that manufacturers understand how their energy usage can be performed in a way that minimizes cost and environmental impact. …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Posner, Marc; Hall, Nicholas
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integrated High Power On-board Charger for Electric Vehicles
TS-063283 — As the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) becomes more widespread, there is an increasing emphasis on improving charging technologies. There is substantial commercial need for technologies that sit on-board EVs, enhancing charging efficiency and reducing mechanical complexity. The Ohio State U…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Wang, Jin
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

Fast-charging anodes for lithium-ion batteries
TS-063224 — The Need In the rapidly evolving landscape of electric vehicle (EV) technology, there exists a pressing commercial need for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) that can not only deliver high charge capacities and power densities but also address the critical issues of capacity fading and safe…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kim, Jung Hyun; Jiao, Xinwei "Jocelyn"; Yap, Jun Wei; Yu, Chanyeop
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Novel Deep Learning Model for Reconnaissance of Infrastructure on Drones
TS-063007 — The Need In disaster-stricken areas, timely and accurate reconnaissance is paramount for effective response and recovery efforts. Traditional methods of assessing damage to critical infrastructure, such as power distribution poles, often involve time-consuming manual inspections, leading to delays …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Shafieezadeh, Abdollah; Bagheri Jeddi, Ashkan
  • Licensing Officer: Hampton, Andrew

RF Energy Harvesting Wireless Mobile Device Charger
TS-062601 — Only a small fraction of the radio frequency (RF) energy transmitted by smartphones and other wireless devices is used to communicate with a wireless access point. It would be useful to collect or harvest the unused RF signals in order to convert them to direct current (DC) power and supplement th…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Chen, Chi-Chih; Koksal, C. Emre; Shroff, Ness; Tallos, Roland
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Passive RF Rectifier Circuit Design with Harmonic Harvester
TS-062596 — Conventional rectifying circuit designs convert alternating-current (AC) signals into direct-current (DC) signals via the used of diodes. Low-barrier Schottky diodes are used in low AC power cases such as with ambient radio frequency (RF) signals. Ideally, each diode is only turned on during the p…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Chen, Chi-Chih
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

"Flexible biomarker biofluid cell array for 2D/3D mapping of biomarker concentration levels"
TS-062483 — Measurement/detection of analytes (e.g., biomarkers) in different environments (e.g., biofluids/organs) is typically performed using a biosensor. Available bio-integrated sensors do not provide the capability to map biomarker concentrations, require a power source to function, use a limited number of electrodes, and normally can only measure a specific type of biofluid but not others. The use of glutamate mapping technology (radioactive or fluorescent ligand bound to a glutamate receptor) has been evaluated and found to require bulky/expensive medical equipment, a power source for measurement, cannot be miniaturized or integrated into a bio tissue, and require patients to be stationary during measurement.
The Need To address concerns and limitations with current biomarker detection/ measurement technologies, an alternative, cost-effective, efficient biosensing system/device capable of 2D/3D mapping the concentrations of various biomarkers in different bio environments is required. The Technology …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Li, Jinghua; Liu, Tzu Li; Nithianandam, Prasad
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

Introducing Next-Gen Solid-State Electrolytes: Revolutionizing Energy Storage
TS-062369 — The Need: In the pursuit of large-scale energy storage solutions, potassium batteries with organic liquid electrolytes have emerged as promising candidates. However, the use of liquid electrolytes presents challenges such as dendritic metal plating and oxygen/sulfur crossover from the cathode. To ov…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wu, Yiying; Zheng, Jingfeng
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Methods of Improving Cathode Stability in High Voltage Energy Storage Devices
TS-062293 — The Need As the world rapidly transitions to electric mobility and seeks to combat climate change, the transportation sector faces a pressing challenge. Electric vehicles (EVs) hold the key to a sustainable future, but their high cost, primarily driven by expensive lithium-ion batteries, hinders ma…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kim, Jung Hyun; Jiao, Xinwei "Jocelyn"; Yu, Chanyeop
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Di-nuclear Lewis acids (DNLA) made using a combined hydrothermal and post-synthetic approach
TS-061876 — A novel method of creating catalytic material containing paired Lewis acids in combination with alkyl-metal precursors for improving the production of materials used in agricultural, chemical, and other commercial/industrial applications/processes.
More efficient techniques to create catalytic material are required to enable higher efficiencies and other performance improvements when used for manufacturing of specialty chemicals and other compounds. The conventional methods whereby Lewis acids play a role in catalysis has some key limitation…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Brunelli, Nicholas "Nick"; Spanos, Alexander
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Rare Earth Element Trap-Extract-Precipitate (REE-TEP) Process
TS-061849 — The Rare Earth Element Trap-Extract-Precipitate (REE-TEP) process is a cost-effective and environmentally benign approach to recover rare earth elements (REEs) from acidic waste streams. It involves beneficial reuse of readily available industrial by-products and a naturally occurring organic ligand resulting in REE concentrate that can be commercially processed to produce rare earth oxides (REOs).
The Need Rare earth elements are critical components of many emerging technologies. Because conventional sources of REEs in the United States are limited, identifying alternative sources is important. Many mining and industrial waste streams have elevated concentrations of REEs and can be potential…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Cheng, Chin-Min "Jason"; Bielicki, Jeffrey "Jeff"; Butalia, Tarunjit; Lenhart, John
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Method for Preparing High-Energy Electrodes with Controlled Microstructures for Energy-Storage Devices
TS-061848 — The current manufacturing methods for Lithium-Ion Batteries are limited to around 200 Wh/kg. Power density is a factor of the battery construction and is highly dependent on the electrodes.
The Need Conventional Li-ion batteries consist of electrodes constructed of stacks of 70 µm films. The thin electrodes then require current collectors and separators for assembly, which increase mass without adding charge capacity. The need for these inactive components limits the power densi…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kim, Jung Hyun; Rao, Lalith; Sayre, Jay
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Porous inorganic-organic material for removal of trace carbon dioxide from air or other gas streams
TS-059305 — A novel method in which nucleophilic transition metal hydroxide groups are generated at the internal pore surfaces of MOFs to facilitate selective gas-phase CO2 fixation at low pressures via formation of metal bicarbonate species.
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous polymers constructed by self-assembly of organic and inorganic components. They have been extensively studied for gas storage and separation applications, and post-combustion CO2 capture under flue gas conditions has been a particularly intense area of st…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wade, Casey; Bien, Caitlin; Cai, Zhongzheng
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

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