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Colorado State University Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the Colorado State University (CSU). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

16 Technology Marketing Summaries
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High-Speed, Stereoselective Polymerization for Renewable, Bio-Derived Plastics

A rapid, selective catalytic system to produce vinyl plastics from renewable biomass. The resulting polymers offer cost and performance advantages over petroleum-based polyacrylics such as pMMA and are ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including optical fibers and heat/solvent resistant plastics.
 

09/26/2014
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Scalable, Efficient Solid Waste Burner System

A system that effectively burns solid human waste where traditional waste management practices are not viable, such as forward-operation military bases.

09/26/2014
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System and Method for Sealing a Vapor Deposition Source

An apparatus for movably sealing a deposition chamber from the rest of a fabrication system under vacuum.

09/26/2014
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Apparatus and Process for the Mass Production of Photovoltaic Modules

A high throughput thin film device manufacturing process that produces stable, high efficiency devices and, at the same time, limits environmental and occupational exposure to toxic compounds.
 

09/26/2014
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Process and Hardware for Deposition of Complex Thin-film Alloys over Large Areas

An instrument and method for depositing thin film alloys over large areas under vacuum. The key features stem from the use of close-space sublimation sources with independent valve and temperature control.

09/26/2014
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Apparatus and Method for Fabricating Thin Film Devices using Heated Pocket Deposition

Apparatus and method for depositing thin films onto a substrate using an advanced thermal deposition technique.
 

09/26/2014
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A Sublimation Method to Create Complex Cadmium/Magnesium/Tellurium Thin Film Alloys

A chemical process for producing complex ternary thin film alloys using evaporative deposition over large areas.
 

09/26/2014
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Advanced Evaporative Deposition System with Embedded Heater Element and Shutter

A device for evaporative deposition of thin films that offers more efficient heating and greater deposition control. Key features include an embedded heater element and a shutter system.

09/25/2014
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Apparatus and Method for Rapid Cooling of Large Area Substrates in Vacuum

This innovation facilitates rapid cooling in a vacuum (from 200 oC to 25 oC) and greatly diminishes the time required to produce complex thin films requiring multiple deposition steps.

09/25/2014
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Fluorine-Modified Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons for Organic Electronics

A chemical synthesis that modifies PAHs via addition of perfluoroalkyl groups. The resulting compounds are novel organic semiconductors with potential application to flexible OLED displays and organic photovoltaics (OPVs).
 

09/25/2014
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Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-derived Feedstock (HMF) into Value Added Chemicals and Biofuels

A catalytic reaction system by which the biomass-derived feedstock chemical HMF can be upgraded into a higher carbon content intermediate compound. Further processing steps can convert the intermediate into jet and diesel fuels or into value added specialty compounds.

09/25/2014
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Tunable Nanocrystalline CZTS for Solar Photovoltaics with No Required Annealing

Thin-film solar cells are expected to replace the current first generation of solar photovoltaic technology due to their lower manufacturing cost and increased electrical output. Nanocrystal cells, one of the second generation of solar photovoltaics, offer the advantage of tunable optical and electrical properties, allowing manufacturers to optimize the cell’s power output. Although these cells offer many advantages, current forms of the technology must be annealed in order to increase... read more

07/26/2012
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Cost-Effective Replacement for Iodide in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are used to create electrical energy from sunlight. The cell has three components: the cathode, the photoanode, and the electron transfer medium (ETM). The ETM commonly contains iodide salts and other components. Current forms of DSSCs are noted for their durability and cost effectiveness; however, the volatile and corrosive nature of the salts used in the cell limit the materials that can be used to construct the cell. For example, the cathode material... read more
07/13/2012
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Combustion Analysis Software Package for Internal Combustion Engines

Researchers at the Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory have developed a complete software package for use with National Instruments’ Labview software. The package can be used with National Instruments hardware to measure conditions inside an engine cylinder. The program can measure and compute pressure, combustion mass, heat released, and other properties in real time.

06/29/2012
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Waste-to-Energy Biomass Digester with Decreased Water Consumption
The enormous amount of biomass waste created by animal feeding operations releases methane, a valuable fuel but also a greenhouse gas, and other pollutants into the environment. Waste digesters reduce this pollution by converting the waste into valuable resources that can be harvested, such as methane gas and compost. The methane produced by digesters can be used on-site to offset energy costs. Anaerobic digesters work by allowing bacteria to break down the waste into compost and methane gas... read more
03/28/2012
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Laser Ignition and Diagnostic Systems Delivered by Flexible Optical Fibers

Laser-based ignition systems based on state-of-the-art optical fibers and sophisticated new delivery strategies that provide both engine sparking and diagnostics capabilities.

03/07/2012