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Idaho National Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

36 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Aluminum electroplating on steel from a fused bromide electrolyte

High temperature molten salt based electrolytes can provide a cost-effective technological solution to the manufacture of aluminum-coated metallic substrates for a variety of engineering applications, particularly in corrosive/marine environments. BEA has developed methods and systems for applying metallic coatings with a quaternary bromide containing electroplating bath and aluminum anode primarily to develop corrosive tolerant compositions. The process may also be used in a broad range of... read more

05/16/2016
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Methods for Recovering Metals From Electronic Waste, and Related Systems

End-of-life electronic devices such as smart phones, computers, televisions and other electronics contain significant amounts of valuable metals including base metals (zinc, tin, lead, nickel and copper) as well as precious metals (silver, gold and palladium) along with rare earth magnets (neodymium, yttrium, samarium). Some electronic scrap is currently landfilled or incinerated and there is a need to develop more effective processes to capture these valuable metals along with keeping them... read more

05/12/2016
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Cermet Materials, Self-Cleaning Cermet Filters, Apparatus and Systems Employing Same

INL has developed a method for fabricating a self-cleaning porous cermet material filter and system that may be used in filtering particulate and gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines, which have intermetallic and ceramic phases. The porous cermet filter may be made from a transition metal aluminide phase and an alumina phase. Filler materials may be added to increase the porosity or tailor the catalytic properties of the cermet material. Also, the cermet material may be... read more

12/21/2015
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Plasma-Thermal Synthesis

INL’s Plasma-Thermal Synthesis process improves the conversion process for natural gas into liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

10/19/2015
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Biodiesel – SSC Process

INL’s biodiesel-SSC uses solid catalyst under super-critical fluid conditions to produce biodiesel from a full range of lipid feedstock. This invention provides in a single-phase process for producing alkyl esters from triglycerides or fatty acid material feedstock. The material is mixed with an alcohol and a solvent supercritical gas (e.g. carbon dioxide or alkane) to produce glycerol/glycerin and an alkyl ester out of fatty acid for further refinement. The refining process uses... read more

05/11/2015
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Nano-Composite Arsenic Sorbent
INL nanotechnology researchers have engineered a revolutionary and affordable material called Nano-Composite Arsenic Sorbent, or
N-CAS, that is up to seven times more effective than other currently available materials.  This technology has potential to aid millions of Americans, but also more than 70 million people around the globe, who are exposed to dangerous arsenic concentrations in their drinking water.
04/27/2015
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Method and Apparatus for In-Situ Real Time Characterization of Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Devices

Impedance Measurement Box (IMB) provides valuable, real time data about battery state of health.

03/23/2015
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Advanced Electrolyte Model
Idaho National Laboratory researcher Dr. Kevin Gering has developed the Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM), which is a copyrighted, molecular-based, scientifically proven simulation tool. AEM revolutionizes electrolyte selection, optimizing material combinations and key design elements to make battery design and experimentation quick, accurate and responsive to specific needs. AEM predicts and catalogs electrolyte metrics, evaluating and comparing more than 35 parameters to recommend optimal... read more
11/21/2014
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Polybenzimidazole Compounds, Polymeric Media, and Methods of Post-Polymerization Modifications

INL has developed a patented process to handle and process polybenzimdazole (PBI) compounds that previously could only be handled in very heavy low vapor pressure organic solvents. With the new process the resulting compounds are modified to provide increased solubility in higher vapor pressure solvents and at significantly greater concentrations. These compounds may be utilized in a wide array of applications where high temperature and polymeric materials are utilized. Compounds made with... read more

06/11/2014
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Systems, Methods and Computer Readable Media for Modeling Cell Performance Fade, Kinetic Performance, Capacity Loss, of Rechargeable Electrochemical Devices

 INL has developed a set of methods to define measure, evaluate, track and predict performance and aging trends for advanced chemistry batteries, including lithium-ion batteries.  

04/16/2014
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Geologic and Environmental Probe System

Migration of contaminants from buried waste sites can be a threat to the safety of groundwater resources.  Ideally, migration of contaminants would be detected as close as possible to the source, minimizing aquifer impact and cleanup costs.  However, monitoring within or beneath waste sites is generally avoided due to the resulting surface contamination created during insertion of traditional monitoring devices.  Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho... read more

04/15/2014
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Plasma-Hydrocarbon conversion

INL’s Plasma-Hydrocarbon Conversion process enables conversion of heavy hydrocarbons, such as heavy crude oil and hydrocarbon gases like natural gas, into lighter hydrocarbon materials (e.g. synthetic light oil).

09/04/2012
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Welding – Friction Stir

Friction welding that uses a contact rotating tool creates frictional heating of an adjacent work piece. The process employs a mixer where the two pieces touch, an area called the plastic zone, to avoid the undesirable joining (e.g. alloying) of the two work pieces.

09/04/2012
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LNG – Engine Delivery

This is a method of improved delivery of liquid natural gas (LNG) within an engine delivery system. The LNG is first pumped into the insulated holding tank from a fueling station. As a tank is refueled, any remaining natural gas vapors are condensed and returned to the liquid state. This allows the tank to fill quicker and hold more fuel, without having to vent any vapor into the atmosphere.

09/04/2012
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Soil Separator and Sampler and Method of Sampling

INL has developed a method for sampling soil to determine the presence of extremely fine particles such as asbestos.

09/04/2012
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Robotics – Intelligence Kernel

This is a guidance system that utilizes GPS and an autonomous control system incorporated into the operating system of industrial and agricultural equipment. Current systems provide an operator with assisted navigation via a satellite position signal. This enables operators to maintain a straight line when driving equipment, thus minimizing “skip” and “overlap.” While this is beneficial, many current systems do not relieve the operator from driving tasks. Current... read more

09/04/2012
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Solid Catalyst – Alkylation

This is a method used to reactivate solid/liquid catalysts used in INL’s super critical process to produce alkylates. The method brings the catalyst into contact with the designated fluid that serves as the reactivating agent and has the density to dissolve the impurities. The process reactivates the catalyst by exposing it to a series of agents to dissolve the fouling agents. Once the catalyst has been processed with the fluid-reactivating agents, it is then separated so that it may be... read more

09/04/2012
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Energetic Material – Explosives

INL has invented a process for creating energetic materials, including trinitrotoluene (TNT).  By using a carbon dioxide environment, which reduces the amount of acid generated from the nitration reaction (orthonitrotoluene, ONT and dinitrotoluene, DNT). The process uses a surfactant, a nitrating agent, and a source of organic material to be nitrated. 

08/31/2012
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Energetic Material – Electro Nitration
INL has developed an improved method of nitrating a nitro compound by oxidizing a chemical mediator in the presence of a voltage in order to produce an oxidizing agent. Then, the agent reacts with a nitro compound and ion source in a solution in order to form a geminaldinitro compound. The electrochemical synthesis of geminaldinitro results in the formation of a nitro compound that may be used in explosives and other defense and industrial applications.
08/31/2012
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Nano Particles – Supercritical Fluid Process

Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory have invented a new method of producing quantum particles of varying dimensions by employing supercritical fluid process. The process exposes a single source precursor to a supercritical fluid, such as carbon dioxide, scientists developed a process to form nanoparticles for use in semi-conductor devices.

08/31/2012
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L/CNG - Refueling Systems

INL has developed a LNG/CNG refueling process and method for dispensing liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or both on demand. The process utilizes CNG as a source of LNG, and is stored in a cryogenic storage vessel on site. A low volume high pressure pump is coupled to the source of LNG to produce a stream of pressurized LNG that can be selectively directed through a LNG or CNG flow path, which may include a vaporizer to produce CNG from the pressurized LNG. The... read more

08/31/2012
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Ion Removal

INL’s ion removal technology leverages the ability of phosphazene polymers discriminate between water and metal ions, which allows water to pass through the membrane while retaining the ions.

08/31/2012
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Laser Catalyst

INL’s Laser Catalyst is a method for removing contaminant matter from a porous material. A polymer material is applied to a contaminated surface and then irradiated to cause redistribution of the contaminant matter. The final step is removal of a portion of the polymer material from the surface.

08/31/2012
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Electrolysis – High Temperature – Hydrogen

INL has developed a high-temperature process the utilizes solid oxide fuel cells that are operated in the electrolytic mode. The first process includes combining a high-temperature heat source (e.g. nuclear reactor) with a hydrogen production facility by taking a stream of water and heating it and then splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen product streams.

A second method uses several loops, including a primary heat loop, intermediate exchange loop, power generation loop, and... read more

08/31/2012
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Membranes – Phosphazene

INL’s new phosphazene membrane technology provides a method for making polydichlorophosphazene using solid state reactants that simplifies previous processes with a “single pot” two-step process. The process eliminates use of chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, reducing the costs of equipment and increasing economies. Polyphosphazene polymers are inorganic in nature and consist of alternating phosphorus and nitrogen atoms with alternating double and single bonds.

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08/31/2012
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Electrolysis – Hydrogen

INL has invented a process that leverages nuclear technology in combination with various carbon sources to produce synthetic gases for refinement into synthetic transportation fuels/chemicals. Using solid-state electrolysis, water is decomposed to hydrogen and oxygen in one process, while carbon dioxide is decomposed to carbon monoxide and oxygen in another. From these products some of the hydrogen is combined with oxygen to form water, while more hydrogen reacts with carbon monoxide to produce... read more

08/31/2012
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Laser Induced Spectroscopy

INL’s Laser Induced Spectroscopy technology detects and measures the composition of a material or the molecules in the material. It traces the constituents of the material by using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser induced fluorescence under ambient conditions.

The technology measures the decay emission values of the excited absorption state and compares it to decay emission values of samples of known trace constituent composition. The laser is performed at a selected... read more

08/31/2012
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Acoustic Imaging Suite

INL’s acoustic imaging technology improves methods of capturing moving images of a specified object by using a photorefractive effect to produce a full-field image of the object without using a probe to perform a full scan of the object. INL technology includes a second device that produces an acoustic image of an object using acoustic wave results in the formation of at least one surface displacement on the surface of the target object. A light source produces an optical object wave... read more

08/31/2012
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Analytical Spectroscopy

The use of lasers has become increasingly widespread, especially for manufacturing products and material analysis. Recently, laser desorption (LD) techniques for mass spectrometry have attracted attention because it produces intact molecular ions, avoids surface charging issues, and allows tuning of laser irradiation to accommodate various sample types. LD microprobe mass spectrometers use scanning techniques that rely on manipulation of a sample target.

08/31/2012
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Geospatial Decision Making System

The INL has developed a geospatial decision making process to assist agricultural producers in optimizing operating conditions of combine harvesters  which detects the presence of grain and distinguishes between that and residual plant material. Upon detecting grain in the process, the system sends an electrical signal which determines the amount of grain being processed in the machine, improving the accuracy of grain-loss sensors and greater efficiency and higher yields. Previous... read more

08/31/2012
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Advanced Material Development, Processing and Characterization
The patented suite of Advanced Material Development, Processing and Characterization offers armor structures to prevent unauthorized entry or intrusion into a building or area. Primarily, armor structures, like load bearing walls or exterior doors, are designed for resisting an attack from a wide variety of sources.
08/31/2012
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An Additive Resin Reaction Product, a Method of Treating a Wood Product, and a Wood Product

 INL has developed a novel hybrid organic/inorganic substance that is highly flame resistant, fully compatible and directly bondable with the most common wood impregnation resins in current use. This substance is expected to improve not only the flame resistance of the wood, but also simultaneously lengthen useful lifetimes.

08/31/2012
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Photon Induced Positron Annihilation (PIPA)

This suite of patents define a non-destructive testing technology that uses photon induced positrons to measure volumetric changes in the lattice structure of metals, polymers, and ceramic components.  The system uses a linear accelerator or calibrated photon source, a germanium (Ge) detector and a data processing that can be operated by an easily-trained individual to provide results for further interpretation. The photon source is directed toward a target to create positrons within it,... read more

04/27/2011
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Solid Catalyzed Isoparaffin Alkylation at Supercritical Fluid and Near-Supercritical Fluid Conditions

INL has developed a solid catalyst process for the alkylation reaction of isoparaffins with olefins over solid catalysts. The process includes contacting a mixture of an isoparaffin, an olefin and a phase-modifying material with a solid acid catalyst member under alkylation conversion conditions at either supercritical fluid, or near-supercritical fluid conditions. Temperature and pressure conditions are important in relation to the critical temperature (Tc) and the critical pressure (Pc) of... read more

04/14/2011
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Methods and Systems for the Production of Hydrogen

INL has developed a novel process for producing hydrogen using a reduced outlet temperature of Very High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor. This process uses a combination of hydrogen recycle, a molten salt or helium, and a supercritical CO2 cycle. This method preheats the feed, reduces pumping power in the primary side and/or thermal transmission piping, and converts the power unit, achieving a high electrical conversion efficiency of 45%. This process reduces the operating outlet temperature... read more

04/14/2011
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Phosphazene Membranes for Gas Separations

INL has developed novel membrane materials for the selective removal of polar gases from non-polar gases, such as methane. These phosphazene membranes are mechanically durable, as well as flexible, permitting their application for a wide variety of uses. They are effective when used in challenging environments, such as high temperatures (stable at approximately 300 degrees Celsius), various pressures and corrosive situations. These materials are much simpler, costs less, and are stable in... read more

04/14/2011