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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

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

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: Mess, David

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

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

Using alkyl tin precursors to produce Lewis acid zeolite Beta with different site speciations
TS-058818 — Novel method capable of using alkyl tin compounds to generate Lewis acid zeolite Sn-Beta.
Conventional approaches used in chemical processes such as synthesis for production of materials involve formation of catalytic sites within the process framework. Current methods used for catalytic site creation tend to be long and result in increased production costs. This is partially due to re…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Brunelli, Nicholas "Nick"; Spanos, Alexander
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

SimpleFill Gas Pressurization Device
TS-054465 — 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: Chiara, Fabio; Canova, Marcello; Cantemir, Codrin; Durand, James; Fly, Gerald; Triberti, Matteo; Underhill, Robert
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

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

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 Model Based Assessment Approach and an Automation Environment for Qualification of Embedded Digital Devices
TS-042856 — A Framework and Automatization process designed to determine the functionality of Embedded Digital Devices.
As our technology becomes increasingly complex, so does the quantity and variation of the Embedded Digital Device [EDD] components that are required within the project. Because not every device is made perfectly to specifications due to a propagation of random error, it is important to have a dive…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Smidts, Carol; Diao, Xiaoxu; Li, Boyuan
  • Licensing Officer: Hampton, Andrew

Transportation Asset Management Program
TS-039992 — Transportation Asset Management Program offers a unique bridge condition index (BCI) and management solution for large bridge inventories to be used as a reliable metric and asset management framework
Transportation infrastructure depends on a robust and well-maintained system of bridges. In the U.S., federal law requires that bridges be inspected once every two years. Some states, including Ohio, require bridges to be inspected every year. One problem with these inspections is that for several…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Shafieezadeh, Abdollah; Fereshtehnejad, SeyedEhsan "Ehsan"; Hur, Jieun
  • 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

Method for Reducing Aerodynamic Drag on Tractor-Trailers
TS-038398 — A bio-inspired sidewall design to increase fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Tractor-trailers are essential to the United States (U.S.) economy. The annual value of freight transported in the U.S. in 2017 was $19 trillion, an increase from $18 trillion in 2012. Of the $19 trillion, $13.7 trillion (72%) was transported by the trucking industry. The high fuel consumption by …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Prakash, Shaurya; Rangharajan, Kaushik Krishna "Kaushik"; West, Joseph; Zezinka, Zachary
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Semi-crystalline Polymer Nanocomposite and Foam Structure and Method for Making the Same
TS-038002 — A new way to create polymer nanocomposite foam structures with enhanced mechanical properties.
Nanotechnology is a constantly growing field, and has a vast potential to change the world for the better. One of the many things products that the nanotechnology field has given to us is the polymer nanocomposite and their foams. This foam has a greater value than traditional plastic foams, since…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Chiu, Debbie Yven; Fu, Dajiong; Li, Dachao; Yen, Ying-Chieh
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Production of Galacto-oligosaccharides from Lactose by Enzyme Immobilized on Cotton Cloth
TS-037689 — Lactose from cheese whey is converted from a dairy byproduct to a useful prebiotic using enzymes immobilized on cotton cloth.
Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) are a collection of prebiotic fibers made of a chain of galactose sugars of variable length. GOS has been shown to exert some of the most potent and beneficial effects among prebiotic fibers. When added to infant formula, it can change bowel flora to approximate the …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Yang, Shang-Tian "ST"; Albayrak, Nedim
  • Licensing Officer: Panic, Ana

Methods for Making Three Dimensional Microfluidic Bioreactor Array
TS-037642 — Design for a three-dimensional microfluidic bioreactor array; device allows for culturing of a variety of cell types without contamination.
Cell culture in a three-dimensional fluidic-flow microenvironment is critical for long-term cell-based assays. Conducting in vitro research offers an accessible, reproducible, and reliable mode of investigation for therapeutic decisions before work is conducted in vivo. However, because of the com…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Yang, Shang-Tian "ST"; Wen, Yuan
  • Licensing Officer: Panic, Ana

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: Panic, Ana

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: Panic, Ana

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: Randhawa, Davinder

Amine-Containing Membranes Incorporated with Carbon Nanotubes or CO2 Separation
TS-037297 — A novel amine-containing membrane incorporated with carbon nanotubes for CO2/N2 separation with a vacuum pulled on the permeate side
CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has surpassed 400 ppm in the past decade. The combustion of fossil fuels is a major contributor to the large amount of CO2 emission, and membrane technologies have been suggested as a promising approach to capture CO2 from large stationary sources (e.g., flue ga…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston; Han, Yang
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

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