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High efficiency, superhydrophobic clamshell plasma separator for point-of-care diagnostics
Membrane-based, sedimentation-assisted plasma separator InventorHaim H. Bau, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied MechanicsChangchun Liu, Assistant Research ProfessorMichael Mauk, Visiting Assistant Clinical ProfessorProblemHigh sensitivity, point-of-care clinical tests, such as HIV viral load, require large volumes of plasma extracted f...
Published: 1/31/2018   |   Inventor(s): Haim Bau, Changchun Liu, Michael Mauk
Keywords(s): Engineering
Category(s): Diagnostics, Medical Devices
Carbon-based nanopipettes for single cell injection
Multiplexed, nanoscale electrochemical sensor for analyte delivery and detectionInventorHaim H. Bau, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Technology OverviewThe Bau lab has developed carbon-based nanopipettes (CNPs) that allow for reliable single cell injection. These CNPs use an AC electrical impedance measurement to detect c...
Published: 6/1/2017   |   Inventor(s): Haim Bau
Keywords(s): Engineering, Nanotechnology
Category(s): Research Tools & Reagents, Materials
Image Segmentation and Computer Vision with RGB-D Cameras
Brief DescriptionUtilizing off-the-shelf hardware for advanced 3D visionInventorC.J. Taylor ProblemRobots and autonomous vehicles need to identify objects to interact with their environment and avoid obstacles. Distinguishing a wall from a door or seeing an object placed against a similarly-colored background is simple for a human but can be diffic...
Published: 6/2/2016   |   Inventor(s): Camillo Taylor
Keywords(s): Engineering
Category(s): IT, Communication, & Networking, Imaging
Diamond-Like-Carbon Coating for Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR)
Brief DescriptionNew materials to make advanced recording technology possibleInventorRobert Carpick (http://carpick.seas.upenn.edu/)ProblemHeat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) could provide hard drive storage densities in the TB/in^2 range, as compared to today’s GB/in^2 capability. HAMR operates by heating the disk with a laser, which mom...
Published: 6/2/2016   |   Inventor(s): Robert Carpick
Keywords(s): Analgesics, Engineering
Category(s): IT, Communication, & Networking, Materials
Tunable Adhesion
Brief DescriptionTurning adhesion on or off to open new possibilities for process controlInventorKevin Turner (http://turner.seas.upenn.edu/)ProblemAdvanced manufacturing processes require methods to delicately handle fragile materials. Certain materials are too compliant and brittle to transfer them with vacuum or mechanical handling, and traditio...
Published: 5/6/2016   |   Inventor(s): Kevin Turner
Keywords(s): Engineering
Category(s): Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment, Materials
Piezoelectric Label-Free Biosensor
InventorDr. Gianluca PiazzaProblemExisting sensors for biological materials or hazardous substances can be very limited in terms of sensitivity, and can typically only detect one substance per device. SolutionA new biosensor developed at the University of Pennsylvania combines label-free detection with high sensitivity. An Aluminum Nitride resonato...
Published: 3/7/2016   |   Inventor(s): Gianluca Piazza
Keywords(s): Biological SensorsĀ , Engineering
Category(s): Hardware, Circuits, & Sensors
Dual Beam RF MEMS Switches
InventorDr. Gianluca PiazzaProblemRF MEMS switches are an emerging solution for wireless technology, but these devices typically require large switching voltages and have problems with long term reliability.SolutionA new piezoelectric RF MEMS switch design from the University of Pennsylvania could overcome many of the challenges of electrostatic sw...
Published: 3/7/2016   |   Inventor(s): Gianluca Piazza
Keywords(s): Engineering, Semiconductor DevicesĀ 
Category(s): IT, Communication, & Networking, Hardware, Circuits, & Sensors
Smart Camera Networks & Target Tracking
InventorDr. Camillo J. TaylorProblemThe rise of small, networked devices means that cameras are now cheaper and easier to deploy than ever before. A network of cameras could track objects by establishing where targets are moving in each camera’s field of view. However, without a way to know where cameras and their targets are in relation to e...
Published: 3/7/2016   |   Inventor(s): Camillo Taylor
Keywords(s): Engineering
Category(s): IT, Communication, & Networking, Imaging
Nanowire Phase Change Memory
InventorDr. Ritesh AgarwalProblemPhase Change Memory (PCM) is a leading contender to replace flash memory. In PCM devices, a material is heated to undergo glass transition, changing back and forth between the amorphous and crystalline state. However, existing PCM devices have experienced problems with reliability and threshold voltage drift. In ord...
Published: 3/7/2016   |   Inventor(s): Ritesh Agarwal
Keywords(s): Engineering, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor DevicesĀ 
Category(s): IT, Communication, & Networking, Hardware, Circuits, & Sensors, Materials
Polymer nanocomposite films with extremely high nanoparticle loading
Material synthesis through capillary rise infiltrationInventorDaeyeon Lee, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringProblemPolymer nanocomposite films (PNCFs) combine the electronic, mechanical, and optical properties of nanoparticles with the flexibility of polymers to yield nanostructured films. PNCFs with extremely high nanoparticle ...
Published: 3/7/2016   |   Inventor(s): Daeyeon Lee
Keywords(s): Engineering
Category(s): Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment, Materials
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