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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.
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

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

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: Bartell, Cordellia

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: 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: 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

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

Low Flux DC/DC Converter for Consumer Electronics
TS-014962 — A more efficient DC/DC converter composed of a front-stage circuit that allows for step-down DC/AC topology
DC/DC converters are used by hybrid electric vehicles, laptops, desktops, data-com systems, etc. Converters that optimize conversion of voltages last longer and improve energy efficiency. Therefore, improvements to existing converters could reduce time and money spent by manufacturers on faulty, l…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Wang, Jin; Zhang, Xuan; Zou, Ke
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Electrochemical Method for LiFeAs Superconductor
TS-014875 — Electrochemical method for LiFeAs superconductor preparation suitable for large scale production.
LiFeAs compounds, compared to FeAs materials, do not demonstrate spin-density wave behavior and exhibit superconductivity at ambient pressures without chemical doping. However, the current electrochemical methods to prepare pnictide LiFeAs superconductors require a solid-state reaction at high tem…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Majoros, Milan; Collings, Edward; Kanuchova, Maria; Sumption, Michael
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Waste Heat Energy Recovery System
TS-014867 — Engine system capable of recovering wasted heat energy from combustion engines or similar heat sources and converting it to mechanical or electrical energy
Internal combustion engines are the primary means of propulsion in automobiles, boats, aircraft, motorcycles, and many more vehicles. When an internal combustion engine is utilized to power some vehicle or machinery, lost thermal energy and gases are emitted as exhaust. In current use of combustio…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Cantemir, Codrin; Canova, Marcello; Chiara, Fabio
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Synthesis of Hydrogen Gas
TS-014807 — Production of Hydrogen gas using economical and environmentally friendly catalysts.
Stable and reusable catalysts improve the efficiency of industrial scale material production. However, hexavalent Chromium (VI) and other common catalysts are known to cause various health effects. Furthermore, there are substantial risks associated with greater concentrations of chromium in the w…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Natesakhawat, Sittichai; Wang, Xueqin; Zhang, Lingzhi
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

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