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DOE Grant Recipients Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the DOE Grant Recipients (GRANT). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

30 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Lithium-Ion Battery with Higher Charge Capacity

Zirconate Based Cathode Material

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) typically use a cobalt compound as the cathode material. Cobalt oxides are relatively expensive and scarce. An innovative zirconate-based cathode material developed at the University of Minnesota has the potential to have significantly higher charge capacity than cobalt based cathodes. Lithium zirconate (Li8ZrO6) is generally far less expensive than cobalt compounds.

06/19/2015
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Liquid-Phase Deposition of Silicon Nanocrystal Films

Silicon Nanocrystal Deposition

A method to deposit colloidal silicon nanocrystal thin films using a liquid-phase process has been developed. The method lowers costs because the films are deposited unfunctionalized (no insulating ligand termination). The process allows for precise control of the size of the crystals; giving rise to control over the size dependent optical properties of the product. This is essential in applications such as photovoltaic solar cells, photodetectors, light... read more

06/19/2015
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Lamellar Zeolites

Superior Catalytic and Molecular Sieve Applications

A method has been developed to synthesize zeolites in a lamellar morphology with thinner layers than can be produced using alternative techniques. The zeolites are produced at lower cost than alternative methods and can be used as catalysts, as coatings for molecular sieve membranes and as low-dielectric constant materials in electronic applications.

06/19/2015
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Zeolite Nanosheet Membrane Process

Zeolite Nanosheet Membranes for use as a Molecular Sieve

A method of zeolite membrane fabrication that gives high aspect ratio nanosheets with high purity and precise pore structure has been developed. When combined with other technologies created by the research group, such as structure preservation, oriented growth and rapid thermal processing, zeolite membranes can be fabricated that have high flux and highly selectivity using a simple and scalable process. The process allows for thin... read more

06/19/2015
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USER INTERFACE FOR A TELE-OPERATED ROBOTIC HAND SYSTEM

A user interface for the teleoperation of a robotic hand. The user interface conducts a calibration procedure to determine a user’s applicable physiological dimensions and applies the physiological dimensions and a specific fingertip location to treat the user’s finger as a two link three degree-of-freedom serial linkage, in order to determine angles of interest through reverse kinematics. The user interface communicates the angles of interest to a gripping-type end effector... read more

04/27/2015
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FLUID-COOLED HEAT SINK WITH IMPROVED FIN AREAS AND EFFICENCIES FOR USE IN COOLING VARIOUS DEVICES

A heat transfer device utilizing a central fluid channel to service multiple heat loads in a manner maximizing heat transfer fin efficiency. Heat transfer pins are arranged around the central fluid channel with a flow space provided between adjacent pins, allowing for some portion of cooling flow to divert through the flow space. The arrangement reduces the pressure drop of the flow through the fins, optimizes average heat transfer coefficients, reduces contact and fin-pin resistances, and... read more

04/27/2015
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High-Frequency Matrix Converter with Square Wave Input

As the use of renewable energy sources increase, there is an increasing need for power converters capable of efficiently converting a diverse input of energy sources to a form suitable for insertion into modern electrical grid systems.  Current renewable energy conversion systems are bulky, inefficient, and generally incapable of efficiently accepting multiple inputs from a diverse pool of energy sources, such as produced by modern, renewable photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy... read more

04/01/2015
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Improved Reliability of Ballistic Weapons and Combustion Engines

A novel method for coating the barrel of a ballistic weapon or its bullets with a unique compound that not only lubricates the barrel during firing, but also uses the formerly harmful pressure and heat generated during firing to repair cracks within the barrel.  

03/25/2015
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Dynamic Control of Spin Sates in Interacting Magnetic Elements

U.S. patent 8,885,871 issued on an invention from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) entitled, "Dynamic Control of Spin Sates in Interacting Magnetic Elements “, which describes a novel technique for controlling very small magnetic elements that form a complicated interacting magnetic device.  The use of the technique is limitless, but it is anticipated that this technique will used in magnonic crystals, nano-oscillators, filters, and potentially magnetic memory or other logic... read more

10/30/2014
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Intrusion Detecting Using Secure Signatures

U.S. patent 8,850,583 issued on an invention from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) entitled, "Intrusion Detecting Using Secure Signatures “, which will reduce cyber security risks to our nation’s energy infrastructure.  The patent describes a novel method for detecting security vulnerabilities, while preventing the release of information on the vulnerability by using secure signatures of the vulnerabilities.  Current systems use public notice, patches, or a... read more

10/30/2014
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Actinide Ion Sensor For Pyroprocess Monitoring

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has created a novel method and apparatus for monitoring plutonium concentration during pyroprocessing to ensure that the refining process is efficient at collecting actinides. Unlike existing solutions, which require complex, time-consuming remote testing, this unique sensor is capable of providing real-time in-situ measurements.

09/18/2014
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Compact Orthogonal NMR Field Sensor

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has created an enhanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) sensor that serves as a drop-in replacement sensor for existing NMR systems.  Existing sensors receive only information that can be used to determine the composition of a sample.  These sensors can be replaced without modification with the enhanced NMR sensor allowing the NMR system to not only determine the composition of a sample, but also be used to produce an NMR image,... read more

05/02/2014
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Thermodynamic Database Population Software (DBCreate)

Update Thermodynamic Databases for Modeling Geochemical Processes

The DBCreate software quickly and accurately updates thermodynamic databases used in geochemical modeling, based on changes in temperatures and pressures. The software facilitates the production of pressure, temperature and problem specific geochemical thermodynamic databases conveniently and quickly while minimizing the possibility of introducing errors caused by manual entry.

01/25/2013
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Filamentous Carbon Particles for Cleaning Oil Spills

The invention provides methods and apparatus for the creation of carbon filaments used for cleaning oil spills.

Crude oil and other petroleum products can cause severe damage to the environment and wildlife when spilled into the water. Oil is not only transferred by supertanker, but also by underwater pipelines an kept in coastal storage facilities. All of these have the potential to accidentally release crude oil int the ocean and sea. Due to the extreme environmental... read more

10/02/2012
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Method and Apparatus for Three-Dimensional Carbon Fiber Production

UCF researchers have discovered a method for producing three-dimensional carbon fibers. These novel fibers have a surface area approximately two orders of magnitude greater than the surface area of primary fibers.They are composed of original carbon fibers (OCF) with secondary carbon filaments (SCFs) grown thereon. Additional tertiary carbon filaments (TCF) can also be grown from the surface of SCFs, forming a filamentous carbon network with high surface area. The presence of carbon... read more

10/02/2012
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Autothermal Partial Oxidation of Ethanol and Alcohols

Autothermal Reforming of Ethanol and Alcohols into Syngas

Ethanol and alcohols can be converted into syngas using a robust autothermal reforming process. Syngas is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen that can be used to synthesize other chemicals or directly as a fuel. The recent advancements in fuel cell technology have spurred an interest in converting alcohols into hydrogen rich gas streams. This robust method enables the conversion of a nontoxic liquid such as an... read more

08/07/2012
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Directly-irradiated Two-zone Solar Thermochemical Reactor for H2O/CO2 Splitting

Solar Thermochemical Reactor Produces Syngas

A thermochemical reactor has been developed to produce syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide from concentrated solar energy, water, and carbon dioxide. The solar reactor efficiently produces affordable hydrogen that can be used directly as fuel. The reactor features dual zones for the simultaneous reduction and oxidation through the continuous cycling of metal oxide to split water and carbon dioxide. The physical contact area... read more

08/07/2012
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Involatile Protic Electrolytes and Ionic Acids for Fuel Cells and other Applications
Currently, there is a surge in interest in fuel cell research, as companies across the globe race to take advantage of the high energy capacity that fuel cells provide in comparison to other portable electrochemical systems. Many approaches to fuel cell technology use strong acid electrolytes. Such systems suffer from corrosion problems, which limit their functional life. Despite significant research in the area, there remains a need for higher-performance proton carriers for use in fuel cells.
03/13/2012
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Nanojunction Sensors for the Detection of chemical and Biological Species
Commercial applications of nanotechnology require reliable and cost-effective methods to mass-fabricate various nanostructured materials and devices. Atomic-scale contacts between metal electrodes have been created mechanically by breaking a fine metal wire and by separating two metal electrodes in contact. The breaking and separating are usually controlled by an apparatus involving stepping motor or piezoelectric transducer. The contacts fabricated by the mechanical methods cannot be removed... read more
03/13/2012
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Polyanionic Polymers with High Alkali-Ion Conductivity and Wide Electrochemical Windows
As mobile electronics continue to evolve, the need for high-output, long-lasting rechargeable batteries has grown tremendously. In the search for suitable materials from which to construct high energy density solid state batteries, one of the principal obstacles has been the provision of a suitable electrolyte that exhibits the right combination of conductivity and ion mobility, consistency, wide electrochemical window, and good adherence to electrode surfaces. Very few electrolytes have been... read more
03/13/2012
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Environmentally Benign Electrolytes With Wide Electrochemical Windows
As mobile electronics continue to evolve, the need for safe, long-lasting rechargeable batteries has grown tremendously. In the search for suitable materials from which to construct high energy density solid state batteries, one of the principal obstacles has been the provision of a suitable electrolyte that exhibits the right combination of conductivity and ion mobility, consistency, wide electrochemical window, and good adherence to electrode surfaces. Very few electrolytes have been... read more
03/13/2012
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Wide Electrochemical Window Solvents
Typical electrolyte solvents for use in liquid or polymer electrolyte solutions include alkyl ethers and alkene carbonates. These solvents are used to dissolve electrolyte solutes and/or rubberizing polymer additives to form electrolyte solutions which may be used in electrochemical devices. However, these materials have significant disadvantages. Ethers are volatile and have low dielectric constants, while carbonates are unstable around alkali metals and have high melting points.
03/13/2012
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Lithium Ion Conducting Ionic Electrolytes
As mobile electronics continue to evolve, the need for high-output, long-lasting rechargeable batteries has grown tremendously. In the search for suitable materials from which to construct high energy density batteries, one of the principal obstacles has been the provision of a suitable electrolyte that exhibits the right combination of conductivity and ion mobility, stability, and wide electrochemical window. Very few electrolytes have been developed thus far that exhibit the above combination... read more
03/13/2012
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Electrolytes for Lithium Ion Batteries
As mobile electronics continue to evolve, the need for high-output, long-lasting rechargeable batteries has grown tremendously. In the search for suitable materials from which to construct high energy density batteries, one of the principal obstacles has been the provision of a suitable electrolyte that exhibits the right combination of conductivity and ion mobility, stability, and wide electrochemical window. Very few electrolytes have been developed thus far that exhibit the above combination... read more
03/13/2012
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Creation of Light and/or Surface Plasmons with Heated Metallic Films

Thin Metal Film Plasmonic Device

Ultrasmooth thin metal films with a nanoscale bull’s eye pattern of circular concentric grooves produce a monochromatic beam of collimated light when heated. The plasmonic device can be made from different metals such as tungsten, gold and silver or other combinations of materials. The wavelength of the emitted light can be tuned by changing the metal and the spacing of the concentric grooves of the bull’s eye pattern. The monochromatic... read more

03/13/2012
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Supertough Polylactide Composites

Biodegradable Plastics from Strengthened Polylactic Acid

Polylactic acid is a renewable polymer used for creating biodegradable plastics. Unfortunately, polylactic acid has limited applications due to its brittleness when compared to petroleum-derived plastics.

A process developed at the University of Minnesota can strengthen polylactic acid using less added material (as little as 1 wt% of non-polyactic acid material as opposed to 2-3 wt% for commercial additives) by creating a... read more

03/13/2012
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Fabrication of Robust Nanoporous Polymer Films with Cocontinuous Structures

Nanofiltration Membrane for Ultrafiltration, Gas Separation and Liquid Separation

The separation membrane has high throughput, and can be used in separation and purification of gas and/or liquid substances. Due to its high strength, the polymer nanofiltration membrane can be used as a high surface area catalyst support or as a proton exchange membrane in fuel cell applications. The membrane demonstrated good separation of ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen. The polymer membrane is not... read more

03/13/2012
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Reactive Flash Volatilization of Solid, Nonvolatile Fuel

Syngas or Synthesis Gas Created from Biomass using a Catalyst for the Thermal Decomposition of Hydrocarbon with no Char Formation

A biomass gasification process to efficiently create syngas with a reaction time 10 to 100 times faster than current biomass to syngas conversion technologies has been developed. This thermal decomposition of solid carbon and hydrogen containing biomass creates hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide gas without requiring heat inputs (autothermal) and has... read more

03/13/2012
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Olefins from High Yield Autothermal Reforming Process
The autothermal reforming method employs an improved dehydrogenation process for olefin production, utilizing platinum based dehydrogenation catalysts in the presence of oxygen. The autothermal process requires no external energy input following ignition and produces high conversions and yields from the gaseous hydrocarbon feeds. Autothermal reforming is an effective solution that meets the high demands of the chemical market industry by producing high yields of olefins while reducing... read more
03/06/2012
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Co-cultured Synechococcus and Shewanella Produce Hydrocarbons without Cellulosic Feedstock
The Shewanella bacteria naturally produce hydrocarbons but the University of Minnesota clarified the key protein responsible for fuel production, OleA and recently obtained the proteins’s crystal structure. Based on this knowledge, experiments are currently in process to optimize fuel production through both metabolic engineering and optimization of OleA.
03/06/2012