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Water treatment to eliminate cyanobacteria and other toxins by unmanned surface vehicles (USVs)
TS-058408 — Freshwater resources around the world are under stress due to naturally occurring events and human impacts, causing an increase in cyanobacteria blooms. These cyanobacteria release harmful toxins, known as cyanotoxins. The proposed USV degrades the toxins on-site with UV light, reducing the accumulation of toxins, preventing groundwater contamination, and improving water quality.
Treatment of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins is necessary before they reach a critical point, or they can contaminate other environments. For example, waste produced by water treatment facilities serves as fertilizer for agricultural land, and if not properly treated, toxic cyanobacteria can grow in…
  • College: College of Public Health
  • Inventors: Lee, Jiyoung; Byrd, Kendall
  • Licensing Officer: Csatary, Erika

3DScope: Detecting 3D Model Clones
TS-057129 — Algorithm for extracting 3D models, indexing them using a value-insensitive normalization algorithm, and comparing the model indexes to detect cloned 3D models.
The unauthorized copying of 3D models robs designers of property, reduces innovation going into the creation of 3D models, creates liability for entities unknowingly using copied models, and indicates a lapse in IP security. With the vast amount of 3D assets in use, it is infeasible for humans to …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zuo, Chaoshun; LIN, ZHIQIANG
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

High Efficiency LED Designs Using Quantum Well Engineering
TS-057127 — Achieving high efficiency LEDs with green, amber and longer wavelengths using III-nitride/II-IV-nitride heterostructures as the active media.
Although extensive research and development over the past two decades has resulted in close to 100% external quantum efficiency (EQE) of InGaN based blue light emitting devices, efficiency of the longer visible wavelength emitting devices has remained relatively low. Spontaneous polarization origi…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhao, Hongping; Zhang, Kaitian
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Micro-Resonator Design Implementing Internal Resonance for micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) Applications
TS-054917 — This invention ensures the consistent frequency of micro electro-mechanical system resonator-based oscillators by using a novel thin-layer stepped beam.
Computer processors are used every minute of every day in phones, cars, computers, TVs, and as the “Internet of Things” expands to refrigerators, toasters, and more processers define how we live our lives. These processors rely on mechanical oscillators and resonators that work togethe…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Cho, Han Na "Hanna"; Yu, Jun
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Dynamic Removal of Clutter to Improve Situational Awareness in Traffic Management Systems
TS-054551 — Algorithm/software that dynamically classifies and removes clutter in systems such as the traffic management systems of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is predicted to be worth $56.18 billion by 2027. The global commercial UAV market size alone was valued at $13.44 billion in 2020, with a recorded demand of over 689,000 units. With a wide range of applications, the UAV market is expected to grow at 19.9% C…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Singhal, Achal
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Enhancing the mechanical performance of resistance spot welding of aluminum alloys to steel using chromium-rich Interlayers
TS-054040 — This is a new method of resistance spot welding of aluminum alloy and advanced high strength steel that creates a stronger bond by using a chromium-rich interlayer. The interlayer improves joint strength, ductility, and toughness compared to traditional methods.
Resistance welding is used to combine two metals at one point. This technique is used extensively in automotive manufacturing, combining an aluminum (Al) to an advanced high strength steel (AHSS) structure. Welding Al and AHSS together directly, however, does not create a high-quality bond, due to…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ramirez, Antonio J.; Lara, Bryan; Reghine Giorjao, Rafael Arthur
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method for aligning multiple lasers using axial sensor data.
TS-054019 — This technology improves the additive manufacturing process by aligning the multiple lasers to one reference point. The reference laser provides real time feedback to the other lasers thereby minimizing seam defects resulting in a higher quality print. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px}
The additive manufacturing (AM) market has been steadily growing and has recently surpassed the $10 billion in market revenue. To keep up with this demand for less expensive, larger parts, users are turning to multi-laser machines to scale the technology. Each machine has a coordinate system w…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rindler, Jacob
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Ultrasonically assisted wire additive manufacturing process and apparatus
TS-054013 — The ultrasonically assisted wire additive manufacturing process and apparatus is a new innovation that uses power ultrasound (UA) for benefits in processing molten metals. The UA energy is directly applied in the local deposition pool, which makes this new hybrid process applicable for building parts with any size and geometry.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process of 3D printing for industrial use. Instead of countertop devices printing small toys from plastic, industrial AM is used on a much larger scale to create engine blocks, plane components, and many other products made of metal alloys. AM is traditionally do…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Liu, Xun; Pfeifer, Eddie "Ed"; Wang, Tianzhao
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Vehicle-in-Virtual-Environment Method for Autonomous Driving System Development and Evaluation
TS-054005 — This technology is a Vehicle-in-Virtual Environment (VVE) method for testing and evaluating Autonomous Vehicles (AV). The VVE approach is a safe, reliable, repetitive, and scalable method of testing AVs, decreasing the risks and costs of testing AVs on public roads.
The demand for autonomous vehicles continues to grow as companies and cities realize the effect on the costs, safety, and efficiency that AVs have on everyday lives. Initiatives such as MCity in Detroit, Michigan, and Smart City in Columbus, Ohio, show a strong commitment to the development of aut…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Guvenc, Levent; Aksun Guvenc, Bilin
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

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

Modular Dc Circuit Breaker with Integrated Energy Storage for Future Dc Networks
TS-051200 — Traditional AC distribution is not suitable for a wide range of applications in regard to efficiency, cost, and power carrying capacity compared to alternative distributions. Low voltage distribution suffers from high transmission losses due to higher current requirements necessitating thicker, he…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Wang, Jin; Na, Risha; Zhang, Yue
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

Method of forming low turn on and high breakdown voltage lateral diode.
TS-050626 — A hybrid Schottky and metal/high K dielectric/semiconductor contact to realize higher breakdown and low turn-on voltage for lateral diode based on wide bandgap semiconductors.
Practical realization of high breakdown fields in wide bandgap semiconductors such as GaN, SiC, typically requires the use of p-n junction, which require a turn-on voltage comparable to the bandgap of these semiconductors. For lower voltage applications, the forward or ON-state power loss due to h…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rahman, Mohammad Wahidur "Wahidur"; Rajan, Siddharth
  • Licensing Officer: Lawson, Ryan

Method for selective area doping of Gallium Nitride
TS-050625 — A method of selectively obtaining n- and p-type regions from the same III-Nitride layer deposited on a substrate without using diffusion or ion-implantation techniques.
According to IBIS World Reports, manufacturers of electronic components will likely refocus their production away from silicon-based products to wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, which are made of materials that have a wider bandgap than silicon. A bandgap, or energy gap, denotes the energy diffe…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Chandrasekar, Hareesh; Rahman, Mohammad Wahidur "Wahidur"
  • Licensing Officer: Lawson, Ryan

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 requires robust methods 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 w…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Out-of-Plane Fluidic Actuator for Curved Surface Applications
TS-050464 — A novel bistable fluidic actuator design which uses naturally occurring fluid dynamic instabilities instead of moving parts to create an oscillating jet that is out-of-plane from the fluid inlet port.
Turbines are used to produce much of the world’s electricity, whether it be from nuclear, coal, or natural gas sources, as well as provide power for the vast majority of aircraft flying today. For many turbine applications, the first stage vane and blade just downstream of the combustor is a…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hossain, Mohammad Arif "Arif"; Ameri, Ali; Bons, Jeffrey; Gregory, James "Jim"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Scalable laser-assisted MOCVD chamber design with laser array input
TS-050244 — A design of scalable laser-assisted MOCVD chamber for III-nitrides and other semiconductors with a laser array input.
III-nitrides represent an important semiconductor material system for both optoelectronic and power electronic device applications. Advantages for III-nitrides include high electron saturation velocity, high critical electric field, high radiation resistance and decent thermal performance. Therefo…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhao, Hongping; Chen, Zhaoying
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Independent speed variable frequency generator for more electric aircraft using brushless doubly-fed machines (BDFM)
TS-050232 — Independent speed variable frequency generator for more electric aircraft using brushless doubly-fed machines (BDFM)
Technology continues to advance and with it, a push for higher performance of electrical components and devices, especially in the transportation industry. For example, in the past few decades, considerable efforts have been taken towards aircraft electrification. Traditional hydraulic and pneumat…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Julia; Peng, Peng; Xu, Longya
  • Licensing Officer: Lawson, Ryan

An Optical Fiber-Based Gamma Thermometer with Simple Design and Potential for Adjustable Axial Segmentation
TS-050215 — This invention proposes that an Optical Fiber-Based Gamma-Ray Calorimeter (OFBGC) sensor array can be designed, which does not require the distinct metallic thermal masses that are a part of the Optical Fiber-Based Gamma Thermometer (OFBGT).
As the world continues to grow and industrialize, the need for safe and efficient power is paramount. Currently, in nuclear fission reactors, there are Local Power Range Monitors (LPRM). They are ion chambers that contain fissile material. The electric current between their anode and cathode is mo…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Blue, Thomas E.; Birri, Anthony "Tony"
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Fiber-to-fiber platform for multi-layer ferroelectric on insulator waveguide devices
TS-050208 — The invention is a fiber-to-fiber solution that allows the advantages of lithium niobate on insulator integrated photonic chips to be exploited in real world fielded systems.
Technology is advancing faster than ever, with major demand for instant communication and instant information among other industries. In order to facilitate this ever-growing industry, a technology called waveguides were invented. A waveguide confines the wave to propagate in one dimension, so tha…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Reano, Ronald; Nagy, Jonathan "Tyler"; Patton, Ryan; Prabhakar, Karan
  • Licensing Officer: Lawson, 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: Lawson, Ryan

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

Device for Harvesting Vibration Energy to Power Remote Sensors or Feed the Power Grid
TS-049909 — A control method based upon properties of linear systems to manipulate the vibrational amplitudes and frequencies of structural systems by exploiting piecewise-linear (PWL) nonlinearities. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px}
Energy harvesting from system vibrations is considered a promising green energy source with the capacity to both self-power small-scale devices and fulfill the need of large-scale electricity generation. A recent report by BCC research found that the markets for Vibration, Displacement, and Mechan…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: D'Souza, Kiran; Tien, Meng-Hsuan
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Transition Metal Free Alkyne Hydrogenation and Semihydrogenation Catalysts
TS-048726 — Novel, transition metal-free catalysts capable of alkyne hydrogenation and semihydrogenation under modest conditions.
The Need Numerous industrial processes require alkyne semihydrogenation or hydrogenation reactions. For example, hydrogenation is necessary for the industrial-scale synthesis vitamin A, the creation of high molecular weight polymers, and the processing of petroleum into functionally useful derivati…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Goldberger, Joshua; Hodge, Kelsey
  • Licensing Officer: Lawson, 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: Lawson, Ryan

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: Lawson, Ryan

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: Lawson, Ryan

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: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

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: Zinn, Ryan

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