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System for automated high-speed imaging and genetic manipulation of C. elegans on agar media
TS-065892 — The Need The microscopic worm C. elegans is a model animal studied in more than 1500 biological and medical research laboratories worldwide due to its genetic manipulability and optical transparency. In C. elegans research, the manual process of picking worms between plates presents a significant …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Fang-Yen, Christopher "Chris"; Alhalbi, Serge; Li, Zihao
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

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

Streamlined Die Design Approach for Friction Stir Extrusion
TS-065428 — The Ohio State University researchers led by Dr. Rajiv Shivpuri have developed a die design approach for friction stir extrusion that optimizes metal flow to improve production efficiencies.
Friction stir extrusion (FSE) is a variation of friction stir processing that enables the hot extrusion of metal profiles from billet or other precursor material without preheating. This process saves significant thermal energy over conventional metal extrusion processes and can impart favorable …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Shivpuri, Rajiv
  • 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

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

Automatic Mechanical Assembly Loops/Stacks Detection
TS-064578 — This software solution revolutionizes the process of tolerance stack analysis in mechanical assemblies. It automatically detects and extracts tolerance stacks as the foundational step for precise tolerance analysis and schema generation.
This software solution revolutionizes the process of tolerance stack analysis in mechanical assemblies. It automatically detects and extracts tolerance stacks as the foundational step for precise tolerance analysis and schema generation. The Need Analyzing tolerance stacks in mechanical assembl…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Haghighi, Payam; Shah, Jami
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Variable Stiffness Robotic Gripper Based on Layer Jamming
TS-064318 — Introducing cutting-edge soft robotic grippers featuring variable stiffness through positive pressure layer jamming, revolutionizing object manipulation in diverse applications. For a closely related technology, please visit https://oied.osu.edu/find-technologies and type "T2020-092" in the search field.
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; Crowley, George; Zeng, Xianpai
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Endoscopic additive manufacturing of biomaterials
TS-063919 — An articulating end effector for additive manufacturing that utilizes robot-assisted endoscopic surgery to implant synthetic tissues at local defects through “keyhole” incisions in patients. This innovative technology T2019-145 is part of a portfolio that also includes T2017-363. To learn more about both technologies, please visit https://oied.osu.edu/find-technologies and search using the phrase: Endoscopic additive manufacturing of biomaterials.
Robot-assisted surgery, tissue engineering, and additive manufacturing (AM) are emerging techniques in healthcare. Currently AM is used to develop synthetic tissues and organs, but open surgery is typically used to implant these scaffolds within the patient. This invasive procedure can subject pat…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hoelzle, David; Asghari Adib, Ali; D'Souza, Desmond; Mansour, Daniel; Simeunovic, Andrej
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

In situ damage free etching of Ga2O3 using Ga flux for fabricating high aspect ratio 3D structures
TS-062975 — With a high theoretical breakdown field strength, β-Ga2O3 has the potential to be useful in power switching and high frequency power amplifying devices. For any device technology to be competitive, damage free etching techniques are necessary. All current dry etching recipes in β-Ga2O3 h…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Fiedler, Andreas; Kalarickal, Nidhin Kurian
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Automated Endotracheal Intubation
TS-062900 — This cutting-edge technology redefines the intubation process by guiding the endotracheal tube into the airway with exceptional precision.
The Need Intubation is a critical medical procedure used to assist patients with breathing difficulties, executed through the insertion of an endotracheal tube (ET) into the windpipe. With over 313 million annual intubation procedures worldwide, ensuring first-pass success and minimizing complicati…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ruegsegger, Mark; Elsayed-Awad, Hamdy; Hopping, Ethan; Lopez Vogler, Christian; Miles, Tim; Peiffer, Jordan
  • Licensing Officer: Bhatti, Hamid

pH-sensitive inhibitor release system for corrosion protection
TS-062835 — Coatings are broadly used to protect metallic structures from corrosion. However, aggressive acidic and alkaline conditions can both develop locally on the coated metal surface due to corrosion, leading to the failure of the coated structure. Commonly used smart coatings use a timed release of spe…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Li, Chao; Frankel, Gerald "Jerry"; Guo, Xiaolei
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Heteroatom doped Carbon Nanostructures for Electrocatalytic Chlorine and Bromine Production
TS-062692 — Chlorine is used in production of many products, such as many polymers like polyvinyl chloride, polyurethanes and chloroaromatics. It is also used extensively in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fiber optics, hypochlorite bleaches, and other commodities. However, the current method of producing chlori…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Jain, Deeksha; Mamtani, Kuldeep
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Novel Efficient Butanol Production without CO2 Emission
TS-062607 — Chemicals and fuels from renewable resources have gained global interest due to environmental issues, climate change, oil price and supply volatility, and decreasing nonrenewable fossil fuel sources. Butanol is a biofuel alternative that can provide a higher heating value, lower volatility, polarity…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Yang, Shang-Tian "ST"
  • Licensing Officer: Panic, Ana

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

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

Fluidic Oscillators with Variable Sweep, Tilt, and Inclination as well as Adjustable Frequency
TS-055514 — Embark on a new era of fluidic control with our state-of-the-art fluidic oscillator technology with variable sweep, tilt, and inclination control as well as adjustable frequency. Experience unmatched precision, adaptability, and efficiency in your fluidic applications. Stay ahead of the curve and revolutionize your industry with our innovative solution. This inventive technology T2018-041 is just one part of a larger, comprehensive suite of fluidic oscillator technologies offered by The Ohio State University for licensing. To learn more about our other designs, please visit https://oied.osu.edu/find-technologies and search using the term: Fluidic Oscillator. To see a descriptive YouTube video of this technology, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Hn2q5W958.
In the realm of fluidic engineering, a pressing demand exists for a fluidic oscillator that surpasses the limitations of traditional devices. Current fluidic oscillators struggle with fixed frequencies and sweeping angles, hindering their adaptability to diverse applications. Industries require a …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Tomac, Mehmet; Gregory, James "Jim"
  • 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; Lara, Bryan; Reghine Giorjao, Rafael Arthur
  • 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

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 — Experience the future of fluidic control with our out-of-plane feedback-type fluidic oscillator. Revolutionize your engineering applications with unmatched precision, adaptability, and efficiency. Embrace innovation and elevate your industry standards with our groundbreaking 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. This inventive technology T2018-374 is just one part of a larger, comprehensive suite of fluidic oscillator technologies offered by The Ohio State University for licensing. To learn more about our other designs, please visit https://oied.osu.edu/find-technologies and search using the term: Fluidic Oscillator.
In the world of power generation and aerospace engineering, the limitations of traditional fluidic oscillators have hampered efforts to enhance turbine blade efficiency and airfoil performance. Current designs struggle to position oscillating jets effectively near the leading edge, where cooling a…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hossain, Mohammad Arif "Arif"; Ameri, Ali; Bons, Jeffrey; Gregory, James "Jim"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, 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

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: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

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. For a closely related technology, please visit https://oied.osu.edu/find-technologies and type "T2021-245" in the search field.
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

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
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Novel selective protein purification via tangential flow filtration
TS-046780 — Dr. Andre Palmer’s lab at The Ohio State University has developed a novel purification method to isolate any target protein from a complex mixture. The process purifies a target protein (TP) from a mixture by exploiting molecular size changes that result from the formation of a protein complex consisting of a TP and its TP binding molecule (TPBM). This is accomplished via Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF). This process allows for simple and scalable purification of any protein, providing a wide range of applicability.
Proteins can be used in various medical and research applications including drug delivery, hemolysis therapies, and cancer therapies. However, purification of proteins from complex mixtures can require extensive process development. Current methods for protein purification rely on column chromatog…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Susin Pires, Ivan; Palmer, Andre
  • Licensing Officer: Schworer, Adam

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

Activity Enhancement of Perovskite-Type Cathode Material
TS-044391 — A new ammonia production technology using an oxygen ion conductive solid oxide electrolyte cell (SOEC) reactor and a novel cathode material.
Ammonia is utilized in a variety of industries with 80% of produced ammonia used for fertilizer production. Most commercial ammonia is produced using the Haber-Bosch (HB) process, which requires high temperatures and pressures, resulting in high operational/production costs. The process typically us…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ozkan, Umit; Deka, Dhruba Jyoti; Gunduz, Seval
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Ultrasonic Resistance Spot Welding Process and Apparatus
TS-041781 — An improvement to ultrasonic and resistance spot welding
Ultrasonic welding is widely used in the electronics industry to weld together wiring in delicate circuits and on microcircuits. It is also used in the automotive industry, medical industry, and packaging industry, often to weld dissimilar materials or plastics. The major advantages in ultrasonic …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Liu, Xun; Benatar, Avraham "Avi"; Kimchi, Menachem
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Iron Oxide Composites with Low Concentration of Aliovalent Dopants As Oxygen Carrier Materials for Sustainable Redox Combustion and Gasification Reactions in Chemical Looping Reactor Systems
TS-038513 — Addition of low concentration aliovalent transition metal dopants substantially improves particle performance in chemical loopiong systems
Cyclic systems are required for energy conversion systems. In the clean energy industry, chemical looping offers promise for carbon dioxide capture from fossil energy. Transition metal oxides such as iron oxide, nickel oxide, and copper oxide have been singled out as the desired active oxygen carr…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Fan, Liang-Shih; Cheng, Zhuo; Chung, Cheng; Guo, Mengqing "MENGQING"; Qin, Lang
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

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