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Automated Micro-Particle Robotic Swarm for the Chemical and Mechanical Removal of Biofilms
Wirelessly activated iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) forming micro-robots that chemically and mechanically remove biofilms with high precision and efficacy by magnetic control. Positioning Statement:Medical device companies, cleaning device companies, health systems, and food manufacturers who need effective tools for controlling biofilm infectio...
Published: 8/1/2019   |   Inventor(s): Hyun Koo, Edward Steager, Elizabeth Hunter, Kathleen Stebe, Vijay Kumar
Category(s): Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition, Materials, Medical Devices
Bifurcation-based embodied logic and autonomous actuation
Brief Description:A stimuli-responsive self-actuating 3D-printed material capable of performing complex timed functions and simple logical operations in response to multiple stimuli. Technology:Mechanical systems with nonlinear properties are known to be highly sensitive to structural changes, particularly at geometric branch points. Such stimuli-r...
Published: 7/12/2019   |   Inventor(s): Jordan Raney
Category(s): Materials
Reconfigurable colloid-crystal materials for fine control over particle motion
Brief Description:A nematic liquid crystal system functionalized with colloidal microbots.Technology:ProblemParticle motion is of great interest for designing materials that depend on the particle behavior to exhibit a specific functionality. Elastic colloids are useful for the development of functional materials for particle manipulation. Nematic ...
Published: 4/16/2019   |   Inventor(s): Kathleen Stebe, Francesca Serra, Yimin Luo
Category(s): Chemical Processes and Synthesis, Materials
Chemical modifications to strengthen and stabilize collagen for biomaterials and biomedicine
Brief Description: Unnatural amino acid substitution for hyperstable collagen-based materialsTechnology: The Chenoweth lab has discovered an unnatural amino acid substitution in collagen to dramatically improve the strength and stability of collagen for a wide range of biomaterial and biomedical applications. More specifically, the researchers have...
Published: 3/1/2019   |   Inventor(s): David Chenoweth
Keywords(s): Bioplastics
Category(s): Chemical Processes and Synthesis, Materials
Ultrathin robust plate nanomaterials
Docket # 15-7242 ProblemThe mechanical properties of most materials deteriorate with a decrease in density. Thin materials typically used at the nanoscale become brittle, are prone to curling, or prone to cracking. SolutionThe present invention describes a novel nano-honeycomb material that is highly robust, strong, lightweight, and flexible. The ...
Published: 3/1/2019   |   Inventor(s): Igor Bargatin
Keywords(s): Materials, Nanotechnology
Category(s): Materials
Biomaterials for tissue replacement
Cellulosic hydrogels for soft tissue reconstruction, fillers, and plastic surgery applicationsInventorSteven B. Nicoll Associate Professor of Biomedical EngineeringProblemThere is a need for safe, effective biomaterials for dermal implant and filler applications within the medical community for use in tissue reconstruction. Tissue engineering allo...
Published: 11/28/2018   |   Inventor(s): Steven Nicoll
Category(s): Materials
High-Performance Ceramic Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Brief Description:Technology:Problem:Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) generate electricity by oxidizing hydrocarbon fuels at high temperatures. Most SOFCs have anodes made from cermets (ceramic-metal composites), usually mixtures of nickel and ceramics such as yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). However, these anodes perform poorly with fuels that cont...
Published: 11/27/2018   |   Inventor(s): Raymond Gorte
Category(s): Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment, Materials
Nanocircuits at Optical Frequencies
Nanoinductors, Nanocapacitors, and NanoresistorsInventorNader Engheta ProblemConventional electric circuit elements operate in the radio frequency (RF) domain. However, shrinking circuits down to smaller sizes presents some difficulties as the metallic elements do not behave the same way at the nanoscale. If circuit elements could be created that o...
Published: 11/27/2018   |   Inventor(s): Nader Engheta
Category(s): Hardware, Circuits, & Sensors, Materials
New tandem epoxidation and oxidation reactions for intermediates in asymmetric organic synthesis
Highly enantio- and diastereoselective synthesis of epoxy alcohols from an aldehydeInventorPatrick J. Walsh, Professor of Chemistry and Alan G. MacDiarmid Term ChairProblemAbout half of the top-selling pharmaceuticals are single enantiomers, the precursors of which are chiral substances of high optical purity. Controlling the stereochemistry of th...
Published: 11/27/2018   |   Inventor(s): Patrick Walsh
Category(s): Chemical Processes and Synthesis, Research Tools & Reagents, Materials
Composite materials for bone & tissue reconstruction
InventorHoon Choi, I-Wei Chen ProblemMaterials used for bone transplants and as scaffolds for tissue restoration need particular features to work well. Current materials have shortcomings that complicate treatment. Dried silica gels are very attractive because of their nanometer-sized pores, but they lack larger pores that exist in natural bo...
Published: 11/27/2018   |   Inventor(s): Hoon Choi, I-Wei Chen
Category(s): Medical Devices, Therapeutics & Vaccines, Materials
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