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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: Sita, Cordellia

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: Sita, Cordellia

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: Sita, Cordellia

Porous inorganic-organic material for removal of trace carbon dioxide from air or other gas streams
TS-041747 — Adsorbent for carbon dioxide capture with low energy input for regeneration, and high adsorption capacity
46% of 2010 global greenhouse gas emissions came from electricity and heat production, or from fossil fuels burned for industrial use (EPA). A lot of effort has been put into research on CO2 capture by adsorbents or absorbents, in order to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, effec…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wade, Casey; Bien, Caitlin
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

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: Sita, Cordellia

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: Sita, Cordellia

Mixed cationic / zwitterionic surfactant solution for drag reduction
TS-038711 — A mixed surfactant solution consisting of a zwitterionic surfactant and cationic surfactant with an added counterion ("ZwitCat solution") which demonstrates switchable and improved drag-reduction ability at a wide range of compositions, flow rates, and temperatures
Large-scale recirculating heating and cooling systems, such as those for regional, district, and single-building applications, require a working fluid to be pumped across large distances from the heat source to the consumer. While large-scale systems like district heating are more energy efficient…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Maxson, Andrew; Watson, Lucas; Zakin, Jacques
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

Paper-based Dried Blood Spheroids for Stabilization of Labile Organic Compounds Stored in Ambient Air
TS-038604 — Apparatus and methods to form three-dimensional dried blood spheroids on hydrophobic paper substrates.
Dried blood spots on paper substrates offer a facile sample collection, storage, and transportation approach for biofluids. However, variable diffusion, volcanic effects, analyte instability, and difficulty in recovering samples from paper plague this method, lowering confidence in analyte quantif…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Badu-Tawiah, Abraham; Damon, Deidre
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

Electrically Triggered Rapid Exothermic Reaction in 3D printed Ionomer Composites
TS-037916 — A novel method for developing composite materials for use in military hardware applications.
Manufacturing and safe handling of military hardware is essential for the safety of our armed forces. Military hardware is often produced in advance and stockpiled for many years, wasting valuable resources. Most materials used in defense hardware are toxic, highly inflammable, and require extra c…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Sundaresan, Vishnu Baba
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

Electrolyte to Enable Reversible Dendrite-Free Potassium Plating and Stripping for Potassium Secondary Batteries
TS-037854 — A novel electrolyte to prevent dendrite growth in potassium air batteries.
The Need Potassium-air batteries have recently emerged as alternative energy storage devices beyond lithium-ion batteries. However, potassium metal anodes suffer from poor reversibility during plating and stripping processes due to their high reactivity and unstable solid electrolyte interphase (SE…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wu, Yiying; McCulloch, William; Xiao, Neng
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

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