Bi-layer Multifunctional Coating for the Prevention of Icing
This technology is a bi-layer multifunctional coating that prevents the build up of ice layers on the surface of a material. The layer senses when icing is beginning and triggers a release of deicing chemicals.
Chelating Ionic Liquid Family for Magnesium Battery
This technology represents an improved Magnesium battery that is rechargeable and uses purely ionic liquid solvating medium, with increased conductivity and lower costs than lithium ion batteries.
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION WITH BIOCHAR PRODUCTION AND APPLICATION (REGEN+BIOCHAR)
REGen intends to demonstrate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of on-the-farm conversion of agricultural biomass (residue and waste) into energy and soil amendment, while applying biochar as a beneficial soils additive to improve agricultural production and reducing water consumption in environmentally and economically beneficial ways, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Graphene research and Innovation
Graphene and related 2D materials have properties that can create new and enhance existing technology in many areas: electronics, energy storage, multifunctional composites, health etcetera.
Sootless, Alternatively-Fueled Heavy Duty Engine
The ClearFlame Engine simultaneously delivers higher torque, cleaner emissions, and lower fuel costs than current heavy-duty engines, while using inexpensive, renewable fuels. This means heavy-duty vehicles and off-grid/backup generators can continue providing benefits to industry and quality of life, while avoiding the hazardous pollution and petroleum-dependence of current engines.
Kansas City, MO
Unique Chip Identification Using the Material Properties of Semiconductor Substrates
We propose a method to use the variations in material properties of semiconductors as a unique identifier for integrated circuits. The variation in properties results from ion implantation, and the variations can be visualized using optical measurement techniques. The process can be implemented on silicon, GaN and GaAs.
Kansas City, MO
Diamond Thermal Vias embedded in Gallium Nitride Substrates
We propose a method to use the variations in material properties of semiconductors as a unique identifier for integrated circuits. The variation in material properties results from ion implantation, and the variations can be visualized using optical measurement techniques. The process can be implemented on silicon, GaN and GaAs.
HEP/DG Power Continuity Unit (Advanced Power Control for Hybrid Microgrid)
Power control, utility interface and microgrid management device that is installed at a distribution substation, permitting the integration of distributed generation (locally produced power)
Developing Novel Non-volatile, Reusable, Biodegradable Solvents from Biodiesel-Waste Glycerol
We are developing a novel reusable, biodegradable, non-volatile solvent system based on waste glycerol from biodiesel synthesis and simple, biodegradable salts. This should alleviate a waste stream, reduce costs of molecular solvent purchase and disposal, and provide revenue for biodiesel producers.
Ammonia Removal During Solid Waste Anaerobic Digestion Increasing Energy Generation and Reactive Nitrogen Recovery
The proposed process will recover ammonia during anaerobic digestion using membrane technology thereby significantly increasing digester energy production and retaining the fertilizer value of the digester effluent.
Daytona Beach, FL
Phase-change Material Wall Insulation
A novel insulation design utilizing phase-change materials.
Threading the Needle: Composting to Colorants
This project aims to demonstrate the potential for transforming fabric waste from any point in the supply chain--design, garment production or post-consumer textile waste--to create new raw material, in particular natural colorants, that can subsequently be used to reduce pollution at the manufacturing stage.
Far field Wireless Power Transfer
The technology is on a concept for a far field wireless power transfer prototype, using resistor emulation and Dickson charge pumps to increase the efficiency of the wireless power transfer.
Keratin-Based Adsorbents for Removal of Heavy Metals from Water
Keratin-based adsorbents were synthesized from chicken feathers and used as an adsorbent material for the removal of heavy metals from water. They were incorporated into a sand bed for at-source treatment of drinking water. We see possible application of this technology in countries with developing economies.
Low-Cost Active Coated (LAC) Wood Mulch for Urban Runoff Pollution Control
This project aims to synthesize, characterize and test a novel filter media, i.e. low-cost active coated (LAC) wood mulch for retention of multiple urban runoff contaminants. The new media is composed of an adsorbent coating (water treatment residuals (an industrial waste) and biochar) and wood mulch as a supporter.
Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets for Reuse
This project aims to develop an industrial scale technology for profitably recovering and reusing rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs) to maximize rare earth resource efficiency. Focus will be put on recovering from motors and hard disk drives, and on exploring options of reprocessing recovered REPMs.
Biopolymers for Sustainable Agricultural Solutions
Investigate the innovative use of a biopolymer compound, produced from Rhizobium tropici sp., on the enhanced germination rate of tomato plants, and its impact on enhanced nutrient adsorption of the plants, using hydroponics experiments.
Developing Sustainable Pollinator Gardens for Habitat, Water Conservation and Education
The primary goal of this project is educating students and citizenry about sustainability by creating sustainable pollinator gardens on campus that can serve as observatories and laboratories as well as beautiful habitats. We will provide outreach to the community so they can learn how to conserve and restore habitat.
Web-based Tool to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Coal Power Plants
This technology aims to increase public awareness of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for energy production and how emissions can be lowered by co-firing biomass in power plants. The innovative web-based expert decision support system includes integrated models that captures the trade-offs between operational costs and GHG emissions.
Electrically Regenerated Ion-Exchange (ERI) Technology for Nitrate Removal from Groundwater
Electrically regenerated ion-exchange (ERI) operates with two repeating steps to treat nitrate-contaminated groundwater for drinking purposes. In step 1, nitrate is removed using a novel electrode to produce nitrate-free water. In step 2, electrodes are electrically regenerated to create waste (reject) brine, and prepare electrodes for reuse in step 1.
Beneficial reuse of PCBs (poly-chlorinated biphenyls) as new materials
This technology focuses on reuse PCBs in oil matrix. It combines de-chlorination and hydrogenation in one system, using the same catalyst and under low temperatures. Catalysts and carrier gases are recyclable in industrial settings.
Smart and Connected Residential Water Quality Community
This project aims to address the great void in water quality information at the household level through the development of easy, inexpensive and internet-connected probes that will create a connected community of users and water utilities.
Social Learning Platform and Collaborative Design Process for a Net Positive Outdoor Sustainability Learning Center
This project is working to achieve schematic design for an outdoor education space, while using community input, best practice research, 3D modeling, solar analysis, and energy modeling to ensure the space is net-zero in regards to energy, water, and waste.
From Physical To Virtual: Optimizing the Apparel Product Development Process to Reduce Solid Waste in Apparel Production. Development and testing of a hybrid MISi/3D Prototyping system.
Our project proposes that waste reduction in apparel production can be achieved through increased efficiency in the product development phase through the development of 3D technology that utilizes MSI data. This is a university student project.
Novel neuroprotective strategies using TiO2 nanodelivery of cerebrolysin and mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of blast head injury
Blast head injury (BHI) is complex comprising multifactorial forces like, concussive, piercing, explosive and lacerative tissue injuries in soldiers at the battle field. BHI is difficult to treat using available therapies. We found that TiO2 nanodelivery of cerebrolysin with mesenchymal stem cells has superior effects on neuroprotection in BHI.
Molecular Diagnostics for Precision Medicine
Researchers and physicians have long believed that patient genetic information, properly defined and analyzed, could help them to predict which patients are more likely to survive or do better on specific therapeutic regimens instead of throwing everything at them. This is one approach to precision medicine.
PEM Fuel Cell Bundle (multi-lab IP bundle - LabBridge IP Bundling Program)
29 nine proton exchange membrane fuel cells technologies from five different National Labs are available to form bundles to collectively increase their value proposition for the potential licensees or collaborators. Technologies fall into 4 categories, (i) fuel cell electrocatalysts, (ii) membrane electrode assembly, (iii) fuel processor, and (iv) bipolar plates.
Carbon Fiber Bundle (multi-lab IP bundle - LabBridge IP Bundling Program)
This bundling opportunity showcases a combination of NREL's biological utilization of lignin and metabolic funneling to C-fiber with ORNL's chemical approach to lignin separation and downstream processing to C-Fiber.
Waveguide assisted thermophotonic energy conversion
Very close to heat sources (energy generators) the energy output is much greater than was originally believed to be. I demonstrated that optical waveguides can be used to tap into this and extract useful energy in the form of light, having important applications in energy conversion and cooling.
Princeton Field Reversed Configuration (PFRC) Fusion Reactor
The PFRC Nuclear Fusion Reactor is a revolutionary approach to fusion power generation. The reactor is small and clean, producing very few damaging neutrons and enabling rapid development at relatively low cost. The 1-10 MW reactors are suitable for diverse applications, from submarines to urban environments to space propulsion.
Active Noise Control Systems for Airplanes and Automobiles
Active noise control (ANC) quiets offensive sound by using cancellation techniques, or anti-sound. With the exception of headphones, helmets and some luxury automobiles, few people have experienced its benefits. We have developed integrated ANC solutions for complex noise problems and designed cost-effective, practical ANC systems for cockpits and car cabins.
MEMS-Metamaterial Device for Terahertz Imaging Applications
Terahertz radiation is a non-destructive technique for imaging and sensing, offering a safe alternative to techniques such as x-ray. Improved terahertz generation and detection technology is required to enable widespread applications. Our proposed device is an ultra-thin, highly-sensitive, tunable terahertz detector based on MEMS-driven metamaterial that efficiently senses terahertz radiation.
Microwaves for managing weeds
New method of microwave transmission that can be used to effectively manage weeds. As there is a shift away from herbicides due to environmental concerns and resistance development increases costs, the microwave method proposed provides a cost comparable replacement to herbicides for broad-acre farming and urban applications.
Fluid-Cooled Heat Sink with Improved Fin Areas and Efficiencies for Use in Cooling Various Devices
Fluid-cooled heat sink has heat transfer base in thermal communication with heat transfer fins. Base and fins form central fluid channel through which cooling fluid flows. Heat transfer pins around channel with flow space provided between adjacent pins, allow portion of central fluid channel flow to divert through flow space.
A Method and Device for Secure, High-density Tritium Bonded with Carbon
INL created novel method and device for secure, high-density storage of tritium. The high-density tritium is bonded with carbon by irradiating an intercalated precursor into tritium bonded with carbon in a substrate. Existing solutions to safely secure tritium result in low-density tritium, minimizing tritiumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s potential as significant energy source.
User Interface for a Tele-Operated Robotic Hand System
The user interface determines userÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s applicable physiological dimensions and applies the dimensions and specific fingertip location to treat userÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finger as two link three degree-of-freedom serial linkage. Interface communicates the angles of interest to a gripping-type end effector which closely mimics motion range and proportions of human hand.
Paramagnetic Polymers for Improved Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Current MRI contrast agents do not clear easily from patientsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bodies. Researchers at UCSB and UC Berkley created a new polymer used in magnetic polymers that have been used in tissues to enhance MRI images and their chemical properties suggest they should clear more easily from living organisms.
Oil-in-Water-in-Oil Multinanoemulsions for Templating Complex Nanoparticles
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed an oil-in-water-in-oil double nanoemulsions via a two-step high-energy method, and their use as templates for complex nanogels comprised of inner oil droplets encapsulated within a hydrogel matrix.
Traumatic brain injury induced AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease is thwarted by co-administration of nanowired neprilysin and cerebrolysin
Military personnel are vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease (AD) as evidences with increased levels amyloid beta peptide in the cerebrospinal fluid and brain parenchyma. We found that co-administration of nanowired neprilysin and cerebrolysin prevented increased AÃŽÂ²P levels in brain thus mitigating AD pathology.
Preventing brain damage by co-administration of nanowired cerebrolysin with TNF-alpha antibodies in concussive head injury following sleep deprivation
Sleep deprivation in military is very common. When concussive head injury occurs in sleep deprived soldiers, the magnitude and intensity of brain damage is enhanced. We found that co-administration of nanowired cerebrolysin with tumor necrosis factor alpha antibodies remarkably reduce brain damage and improve functional recovery.
An environmentally friendly cotton waste upcycling technique
Recycling cotton waste to manufacturing high quality fibers