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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: Bartell, Cordellia

Method for seamless joining and repair of metal parts using ultrasonic additive manufacturing
TS-050479 — This invention provides a method for repairing metal parts by removing and replacing worn, damaged, or defective metal material. It also serves as a method for seamlessly joining metal sheets and other parts while retaining the original temper of the joined parts. This technology, based on ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM), achieves strong joints and repairs by enabling the filling of a channel that has been cut, formed, or otherwise created in a metal structure or between two metal structures.
The aircraft industry lacks a robust method for joining metal sheets, structures, and assemblies together in wings, fuselages, and engines. Fusion based welding methods cannot always be used because they create heat-affected zones, which reduce the mechanical performance of material around the wel…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Redox Relay Flow Batteries: hybrid systems for scalable, high-capacity batteries.
TS-050105 — This application relates generally to a novel redox relay flow batteries comprising redox-active solids configured to behave as storage materials and redox-active organic molecules configured to behave as energy shuttles.
The Need The growing global demand for electrical energy has increased research efforts towards the integration of renewable energy sources into the electrical grid. Generation of energy from petroleum-based sources dominates the current market, but dependence on renewable energy is expected to gro…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Sevov, Christo; Wong, Curt
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Integrally Joined Stainless Steel-NiTi Medical Devices
TS-050057 — A method for manufacturing surgical tools and implants with strong, gapless joints between NiTi (Nitinol) and stainless steel to capitalize on the best properties of both materials.
NiTi (Nitinol) is widely accepted and used for medical devices such as surgical tools and implants due to its biocompatibility and unique thermal-mechanical properties which provide super-elastic or shape memory responses. However, there are currently no commercial solutions for joining of NiTi to…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon; Morris, Jennifer
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Dielectric heterojunction device
TS-048644 — The potential of different materials for vertical power switching is often assessed by calculating the Baliga Figure of Merit (BFOM). In the case of wide and ultra-wide bandgap materials, the high breakdown fields and the relatively good transport properties make the BFOM significantly higher than…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Moore, Wyatt; Xia, Zhanbo
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Capacitive Sensing Method for Integrated Circuit Identification and Authentication
TS-048641 — A method of authenticating an IC die’s origin and uniquely identifying each die with an intrinsic unclonable value through measurement of on-chip capacitance values
Hardware security in Integrated Circuit (IC) designs is of increasing importance in dealing with the insecure, expanding global supply chain of these parts. The ability to trace the origin of a die, combined with the capability to uniquely identify each die provides valuable quantitative measures …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Khalil, Waleed; Kines, Michael
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

A proximity sensor for the detection of hands on a steering wheel
TS-048591 — An embedded coax proximity sensor for the detection of hands or other objects near a vehicle's steering wheel
The coming age of autonomous vehicles will require the development of many new technologies to keep the vehicle occupants safe even when no one is paying attention to the vehicle operation. At present, given the limited capabilities of autonomous vehicles, it is necessary for the driver to monitor…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, Robert; Kiourti, Asimina; Wang, Zhenyu
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

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

A Novel Variable Stiffness Robotic Gripper Based on Layer Jamming
TS-048216 — A soft robotic gripper design which incorporates layer jamming as a means for creating tunable stiffness control and higher load capacities.
Automation using robotics has taken many forms including, but not limited to, automotive manufacturing, transportation of good in shipping warehouses, and the delicate handling of wafers in semiconductor plants. In many of these applications grippers and end-of-arm-tools (EOAT’s) are incorpo…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Su, Haijun; Gao, Yuan
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method for Automatic Transmission Calibration and Controller Optimization
TS-048123 — A method for automatically calibrating and optimizing gear shift control parameters through iterative algorithms both during development and during use.
As fuel efficiency standards for modern cars increase, manufacturers are adding more and more gears to their transmissions. The higher number of gears allows for greater gear spread, meaning engineers can add taller gears that allow engines to operate at lower, more fuel-efficient rpms. Despite…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Mishra, Kirti; Srinivasan, Krishnaswamy
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

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

Process Monitoring of Internal Temperature Distribution of Powder Bed Fusion Parts
TS-047605 — An ensemble kamlan filter (EnKF) state observer algorithm and process monitoring method for more quickly and accurately estimating the internal temperature gradient of Powder Bed Fusion parts for enhanced process monitoring and control.
Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) is a subset of additive manufacturing processes that performs a layer-by-layer fabrication of metal components by selectively melting metal powder disbursed over the earlier layer. PBF processes encompass methods such as selective laser sintering (SLS), direct metal laser s…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Wood, Nathaniel; Hoelzle, David "David"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integration of smart materials into surgical tools and medical devices using vaporizing foil actuator technology.
TS-045092 — Shape memory alloys are metals that "remember" their original shape when deformed and can return to their initial shape when heated. These shape memory alloys cannot currently be welded to other alloys, which significantly limits their use. Current state-of-the-art methods of joining sha…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Daehn, Glenn; Vivek, Anupam
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Folding Transducer Array for Compact and Deployable Wave-Energy Guiding System
TS-043186 — A novel acoustic/ultrasonic wave-energy guiding system that utilizes structural topology to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities instead of phase delay, offering exceptional versatility and adaptable performance.
Although acoustic beamforming systems that are based on phase delays can be used to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities, each source or receiver must be individually controlled by appropriate phase delays to guide the acoustic energy radiation/reception sensitivities. This results in a …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Harne, Ryan
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Folding Transducer Array for Compact and Deployable Wave-Energy Guiding System
TS-043186 — A novel acoustic/ultrasonic wave-energy guiding system that utilizes structural topology to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities instead of phase delay, offering exceptional versatility and adaptable performance.
Although acoustic beamforming systems that are based on phase delays can be used to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities, each source or receiver must be individually controlled by appropriate phase delays to guide the acoustic energy radiation/reception sensitivities. This results in a …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Harne, Ryan
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Quantum Well Design for Red-Emitting InGaN LEDs
TS-042441 — The quantum well design is incorporated within a red-emitting InGaN QW LED, an LED type that usually cannot efficiently emit wavelengths larger than blue/green. The LED can be incorporated into a same-material RGB platform for white LEDs, because the well design increases efficiency and decreases indium composition compared to similar wavelength InGaN LEDs.
Blue-emitting InGaN quantum well (QW) LEDs now have 69% external quantum efficiency, but increasing the emitted-wavelength decreases the efficiency significantly. The inversion asymmetry of the InGaN lattice increases the induced strain, which in turn increases the piezoelectric effect. Charge bui…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhao, Hongping; Karim, Md Rezaul
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Field Effect Transistor for High Power Millimeter-Wave Applications
TS-042088 — Transistor structure with high breakdown voltage at high frequency operation
A new generation of high throughput, efficient communication networks and sensors can be enabled through the use of millimeter scale wave regimes. However, current semiconductor materials (such as AlGaN/GaN) have a reduction in breakdown voltage as operating frequency increases, which leads to low…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Wang, Caiyu; Xia, Zhanbo
  • 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

Method for Connectorizing Superconducting NbTi Coaxial Cables
TS-040418 — A fast and inexpensive electroplating technique for producing a connector attachment matching the structural and electrical properties of standard coaxial cables for cryogenic applications.
Experiments performed at cryogenic temperatures much below the 4.2 K of liquid helium frequently require superconducting coaxial cables to efficiently transmit high frequency signals while minimizing heat transfer to the experiment’s cold stage. These cables are most often made of niobium-ti…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: DeBry, Kyle; Lafyatis, Gregory
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Self-assembled 3D RNA Cage Nanoparticles with Precise Shape and Size for Applications in Medical Sciences, Materials Sciences, Engineering and Nanotechnology
TS-039545 — Self-assembling, highly stable RNA cages amenable to custom functionalization and cargo delivery
One of the primary challenges in therapeutic development is cheap, efficient, and safe drug delivery to specific target tissues. To better target specific tissues, RNA nanotechnology has been progressively applied to generate predefined architectures via self-assembly of modular building blocks. N…
  • College: College of Pharmacy
  • Inventors: Guo, Peixuan; Jasinski, Daniel; Khisamutdinov, Emil; Li, Hui; Xu, Congcong
  • Licensing Officer: Ezzell, Janel

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"

Extreme-Condition Sensors for Use with Electrical Capacitance VolumeTomography & Capacitance Sensing Applications
TS-037841 — A modular and non-invasive ECVT sensor that can be adapted and scaled to vessel demands.
Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography (ECVT) is a non-invasive image reconstruction that provides volumetric images of a material. An ECVT system is generally comprised of a sensor, data acquisition system, computer system, and software for reconstruction of the 3D image. Capacitance data colle…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Marashdeh, Qussai; Alghothani, Yousef; Hudak, Jesse; Legg, Geoffrey; Straiton, Benjamin; Tong, Andrew
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Bending Apparatus for Material Testing and Micro-CT Imaging
TS-037494 — A three-point bending device that can be used within a micro-CT scanner to record and analyze mechanical properties of bone and other material.
Conventional mechanical testing has been regarded as a gold standard for the evaluation of bone health. This testing typically requires compression, 3-point or 4-point bending, and torsional rotation of the bone utilizing conventional machines. Obtaining samples to test throughout a study requires…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Bodnyk, Kyle; Hart, Richard "Rich"; Litsky, Alan "Alan"
  • 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"

Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting Program
TS-037401 — A system that will enable prediction of ship motion in order to improve cargo transfer, helicopter landing, and other naval/commercial operations such as those related to offshore platforms or wave energy generation systems.
Instantaneous and predictive information about sea waves is critical to forecast ship motion, which is needed for many applications, such as cargo transfer and helicopter landing at sea. Scientists use radar to obtain this information, but several challenges must be overcome to develop a robust wa…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Johnson, Joel; Lyzenga, David; O'Brien, Andrew; Smith, Graeme
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Referenceless and Frequency Independent Radio Reciever
TS-037378 — A radio receiver that operates without the need for locally generated reference signals.
A radio frequency signal may typically consist of a single frequency carrier signal, modulated with some information signal. The purpose of a receiver is to extract the information signal from the carrier. This is commonly accomplished by mixing the received signal with one or more local reference…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Novak, Markus; Bojja venkatakrishnan, Satheesh; Volakis, John
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Method to enhance light extraction efficiency in tunnel-injected III-Nitrate ultraviolet LEDs
TS-037365 — A novel method to enhance the transverse-electric and transverse-magnetic polarized light via relfective surfaces on top of a tunnel junction based LED structure.
III-Nitride ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) have a variety of promising applications, including sterilization and water purification. Currently, UV LEDs use an absorbing p-GaN top layer for hole injection, which reduces light extraction efficiency to lower than 20%. UV light emissions …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Akyol, Faith; Jamal-Eddine, Zane; Zhang, Yuewei
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Fabrication of Nanopapers and Nanoparticle Reinforced Polymeric Composites Using Vacuum-Assisted Layer-by-Layer Spraying Technique
TS-037364 — A method to combine advantages of fiber-reinforced plastics and nanocomposites to produce a low-cost, superior lightweight material.
Nanomaterials, more specifically nanoparticle reinforced composites, are one of the best solutions for most lightweight applications. Due to the dispersion and high aspect ratio of nanoparticles, lightweight polymer nanocomposites exhibit dimensional stability, heat and flame resistance, barrier p…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Guerra, Dante; Min, Yong Gang; Movva, Siva
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

A Control Architecture for Active Combustion Control in Conventional Diesel Engines
TS-037361 — A novel method to schedule diesel fueling parameters based on cylinder conditions.
For a diesel engine to produce a combustion process which results in a desired trade-off between emissions and fuel economy, the fuel injection parameters must account for the state of the air path system. This is typically accomplished by simultaneously determining the desired air path set point …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Midlam-Mohler, Shawn; Meyer, Jason; Sujan, Vivek; Yurkovich, Steve
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

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"

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