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Artificial Cells for Advanced Drug Delivery

Colorado School of Mines

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Technology Marketing SummaryThis invention takes advantage of the unique surface chemistry of a ZnO crystalline nanostructure to catalyze a variety of chemical reactions.  DescriptionOne such reaction is the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol.   Alcohols interacts both molecularly and dissociatively with the single-crystalline ZnO surfaces at room temperature and can be partially oxidized by increasing the temperature.Benefits
  • Conversion of CO2 to Methanol
  • Other hydrogenation reactions
  • Oxidization reactions 
Applications and Industries
  • Inexpensive to produce
  • Simple to produce large quantities
  • Mild reaction conditions during hydrogenation or oxidation reactions
Patents and Patent Applications
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Title and Abstract
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Application 20100284893
ZnO Structures and Methods of Use
ZnO structures comprising crystalline ZnO micro or nanorods and methods for making and using these ZnO structures are provided. The side surface of the central portion of each rod may comprise planes of the form {1 0 -1 0}, {0 1 -1 0}, {-1 1 0 0}, {-1 0 1 0}, {0 -1 1 0} or {1 -1 0 0}, with central edge regions including a crystallographic plane of the form {2 -1 -1 0} or {-2 1 1 0}. The tip of the rod may comprise planes of the form {1 0 -1 1} {0 1 -1 1}, {-1 1 0 1}, {-1 0 1 1}, {0 -1 1 1} or {1 -1 0 1} with tip edge regions including a crystallographic plane of the form {2 -1 -1 2} or {-2 1 1 2}. The rods may be joined at or near their bases to form a "flower-like" morphology. In an embodiment, a synthesis mixture is prepared by dissolving a zinc salt in an alcohol solvent, followed by addition of at least two additives. The zinc salt may be zinc nitrate hexahydrate, the first additive may be benzyl alcohol and the second additive may be urea.
Technology Status
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DevelopmentAvailable - We are seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing, manufacturing, and sale of this technology.10/06/201110/06/2011

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