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Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries

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

31 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Device for hydrogen separation and method

A device for hydrogen separation has a porous support and hydrogen separation material on the support. The support is prepared by heat treatment of metal microparticles, preferably of iron-based or nickel-based alloys that also include aluminum and/or yttrium. The hydrogen separation material is then deposited on the support. Preferred hydrogen separation materials include metals such as palladium, alloys, platinum, refractory metals, and alloys.

08/02/2013
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Methanol-tolerant cathode catalyst composite for direct methanol fuel cells

A direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) having a methanol fuel supply, oxidant supply, and its membrane electrode assembly (MEA) formed of an anode electrode and a cathode electrode with a membrane therebetween, a methanol oxidation catalyst adjacent the anode electrode and the membrane, an oxidant reduction catalyst adjacent the cathode electrode and the membrane, comprises an oxidant reduction catalyst layer of a platinum-chromium alloy so that oxidation at the cathode of methanol that crosses... read more

08/02/2013
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Nanowire Solar Energy Harvesting
Nanowires have the potential to enhance scattering and absorption of light in PV applications while retaining their single-crystal structure. The scientists developing this capability welcome the opportunity to unite with industry and advance its potential.
04/04/2013
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Thin Film Deposition Method for Sensor Manufacturing
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed an innovative method for gas sensor manufacturing using a thin film deposition. The thin film requires very little material and can be applied in high throughput applications.
04/04/2013
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Photovoltaic Films
The rising total cost of energy is fueling new markets for solar power.
As solar moves beyond traditional niche markets and into multi-billion-
dollar mainstream markets, advanced technologies will separate the winners from the losers. While the short-term market driver remains focused on production cost of photovoltaic solar cells, the rapid pace of materials science and nanotechnology innovation is expected to enable radical and disruptive new solar product architectures over the next... read more
04/04/2013
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Air-Breathing Fuel Cell Stack
LANL has developed a fuel cell for portable power applications in laptop computers, toys, and other appliances with low-power demand.
04/04/2013
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Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
LANL has developed an intellectual property portfolio in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells that may permit companies to participate in the emerging DMFC market while minimizing R&D risks and expenditures. Our partners gain access to one of the most advanced and experienced direct methanol fuel cell research teams in the world. We invite you to explore the opportunities available through partnering with LANL to remove the final obstacles and bring DMFC technology to market.
04/04/2013
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Hydrogen-Evolving Organic Compounds
A system, that includes a catalyst and organic compound, for storing and releasing hydrogen at or near ambient temperature.
04/04/2013
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Corrosion Test Cell for Biopolar Plate Materials
A corrosion test cell for screening candidate bipolar plate materials for use in polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells.
04/04/2013
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Fuel Cell with Metal Screen Flow-Field
The invention provides a simpler and more effective reactant and cooling flow distribution in biopolar plate fuel cells.
04/04/2013
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Photovoltaic Theory and Modeling
The scientists developing this capability welcome the opportunity to unite with industry and advance its potential.
04/04/2013
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Aligned Crystalline Silicon (ACSi)
This technology, which produces thin films that approach the high-performance aspects of single-crystalline silicon, has been proven and replicated in the laboratory and results have been published in a peer-reviewed journal [Findikoglu et al., Adv. Mater. 17, 1527 (2005)].
04/04/2013
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PAD: Polymer-Assisted Deposition of Metal-Oxide and Metal-Nitride Films
Polymer-Assisted Deposition (PAD) works with a wide range of metal-oxide and metal nitride films. Simply put, “problematic” metal oxides and metal nitrides are not a problem for PAD. PAD can be used for the high-quality deposition of metal oxides and metal nitrides for the successful production of both simple and complex metal-oxide films such as TiO2, ITO, SrTiO3, TiN, AlN, and GaN. In addition, nitrides, sulfides, and carbides could potentially be deposited using this process.
04/04/2013
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Hydrocarbon/Total Combustibles Sensor
the invention is an electrochemical hydrocarbon sensor that is more reliable and reproducible than any other hydrocarbon sensor on the market today. The patented method for producing the sensor ensures reproducibility and reduces the need for calibration of every sensor coming off the production line.
04/04/2013
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Sulfur Resistant Electrodes for Zirconia Oxygen Sensors
Terbium-Yttrium-zirconium oxide (Tb-YSZ) is high-temperature, sulfur-resistant material for manufacture of electrodes for oxygen (O2) sensors. The Tb-YSZ sensor is resistant to sulfur and other acidic compounds present in exhaust gases and offers increased lifetime, stability, and accuracy over O2 sensors on the market today.
04/04/2013
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Nanocrystal / Sol-Gel Nanocomposites

The present invention includes a composition comprising nanophosphor particles capped with a ligand.  The nanophosphor particles have are less than or equal to 20 nanometers.  The composition has at least one lanthanide and at least one halide.  The weight percent of lanthanide phosphor is greater than or equal to 5%.  The light transmission of the composition in greater than or equal to 50%. 

The invention also includes a detector.  The detector includes a... read more

04/04/2013
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Metal Aminoboranes

Metal aminoboranes of the formula M(NH.sub.2BH.sub.3).sub.n have been synthesized. Metal aminoboranes are hydrogen storage materials. Metal aminoboranes are also precursors for synthesizing other metal aminoboranes. Metal aminoboranes can be dehydrogenated to form hydrogen and a reaction product. The reaction product can react with hydrogen to form a hydrogen storage material. Metal aminoboranes can be included in a kit.

04/04/2013
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Solid State Gas Sensors
Over the past decade, scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed a family of solid state gas sensors that are accurate, reliable, and inexpensive to manufacture. LANL is now inviting participation from companies ready to cooperate with our gas sensor researchers, in-license select technologies, and commercialize our innovative solid state gas sensor technologies.
04/04/2013
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Carbon Monoxide Sensor
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed an electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) sensor that is more reliable and reproducible than any other CO sensor on the market today. The patented method for producing the sensor ensures reproducibility and reduces the need for calibration of every sensor coming off the production line.
04/04/2013
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Scalable and Energy Efficient Computer Systems
Computer engineers have developed a new design to support construction of large computer systems that perform closer to their theoretical peak. This approach emphasizes scalable throughput rather than attempting to tailor systems around the highest performing accelerators, and allows selection of individual components that maximize performance against energy draw or cost. The design makes use of commodity components that are modest in computing power and energy consumption.
04/04/2013
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Process for Converting Algal Oil to Alternative Aviation Fuel

Conversion of triglyceride oils extracted from algae-derived lipids into aircraft fuel is a critical goal development for our national energy security. romising research at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), funded through the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bio-products (NAABB) algal biofuels consortium, has demonstrated a Kolbe-based chemical conversion process with very high hydrocarbon yields.

04/04/2013
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Methods of Conditioning Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Methods for conditioning the membrane electrode assembly of a direct methanol fuel cell ("DMFC") are disclosed. In a first method, an electrical current of polarity opposite to that used in a functioning direct methanol fuel cell is passed through the anode surface of the membrane electrode assembly. In a second method, methanol is supplied to an anode surface of the membrane electrode assembly, allowed to cross over the polymer electrolyte membrane of the membrane electrode... read more

03/28/2013
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Acid-Catalyzed Dehydrogenation of Amine-Boranes

A method of dehydrogenating an amine-borane using an acid-catalyzed reaction. The method generates hydrogen and produces a solid polymeric product. The method of dehydrogenating amine-boranes may be used to generate hydrogen for power generation sources such as fuel cells.

03/28/2013
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Direct Conversion of Biomass into Transportation Fuels
Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing a portfolio of technologies related to catalytic processes for converting oligosaccharides into hydrocarbons under mild conditions.
03/15/2012
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KIVA--Hydrodynamics Model for Chemically Reacting Flow with Spray
Fuel economy is heavily dependent upon engine efficiency, which in turn depends to a large degree on how fuel is burned within the cylinders of the engine. Higher in-cylinder pressures and temperatures lead to increased fuel economy, but they also create more difficulty in controlling the combustion process. Poorly controlled and incomplete combustion can cause higher levels of emissions and lower engine efficiencies.
02/09/2011
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HIGRAD/Windblade
HIGRAD's modeling and simulation software capability captures the dynamic, two-way interaction between rotating turbine blades and the three-dimensional wind flows and turbulence that affect wind turbine and wind farm performance. HIGRAD enables the wind energy industry to optimize site location, wind turbine placement, and turbine/blade development.
02/09/2011
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Wind Turbine System State Awareness
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Intelligent Wind Turbine Program are developing a multi-physics modeling approach for the analysis of wind turbines in the presence of realistic wind loading.
02/08/2011
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Wind Turbine Structural Health Monitoring
LANL researchers are developing unique sensors in tandem with proprietary high-fidelity finite element models as well as the LANL WindBlade modeling and simulation capability that couples aeroelastic dynamic force loads with atmospheric wind conditions and system environment. The LANL Intelligent Wind Turbine Program is seeking dialogue with potential industrial collaborators to discuss long-term partnership opportunities.
02/08/2011
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Durable Fuel Cell Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA)
The membrane electrode assembly (MEA) is an essential, yet highly expensive component of any polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell. The LANL method for manufacturing a durable MEA offers significant cost reductions and performance enhancements necessary for mainstream applications.
07/27/2010
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Adiabatic Fuel Cell Stack
Adiabatic fuel cell stacks are simple, low-cost and reliable. Operating at near-ambient pressure, their efficiency and net power density make them competitive with more complex pressurized systems. This technology has been extensively tested and is ready for immediate commercialization.
07/27/2010
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Intelligent Wind Turbine Program
A unique LANL research team composed of world experts in structural health monitoring, modeling and simulation, and prognostic decision making has established a strong capability in wind energy research. The intelligent wind-turbine project has resulted in a U.S. patent application and copyrighted software, with other intellectual property in the disclosure stage.
07/19/2010