ABM Advanced High-energy Planetary Ball Mill
ABM High-energy Planetary Ball Mill (a) a main rotary wheel comprising Supporting members, (b) a plurality of mill pots which are revolvable by receiving a rotational force from the main rotary wheel through their corresponding Supporting members, and are disposed around the main rotary wheel with Substantially equal distance between one mill pot and another, each mill pot comprising a tillable pivotal Shaft having rotary coupling means So that the pot can also rotate about its own axis, each pivotal shaft having one end being supportable connected to its corresponding Supporting member of the main rotary wheel; (c) motor means in drive relation to the main rotary wheel for providing rotational forces thereto; and (d) a non-revolvable counter-acting Supporting ring disposed co-axially with the main rotary wheel and in the close, working vicinity of the mill pots; each tillable pivotal shaft being capable of tilting toward the Supporting ring permit ting the pot to periodically contact with the ring, thereby inducing a planetary motion of the mill pot about its own axis. This apparatus provides much improved crushing forces and frequencies with which the grinding balls impact the powder materials inside the mill pots.
Kilogram scale production of active and stable membrane proteins in vesicles
The core capabilities of Aquaporin A/S are 1) Fermentation and purification of membrane proteins at kilogram scale 2) Design of polymersomes leading to highly stable and active membrane protein formulation 3) Development and production of water filtration membranes based on this biomimetic technique Traditionally, membrane proteins are produced in research labs or assayed directly in living cells. Aquaporin's production process constitutes the largest scale membrane proteins have ever been produced at. Further, we have proven capabilities to formulate active and stable membrane proteins in large scale and at a cost orders of magnitude lower than conventional methods. This allows a new paradigme in applications of membrane proteins, simply due to availability and cost.
Pylux Polysulfide Thermosets
Pylux applies the difficult-to-process plastic class known as thermosetting polymers to various layers in the display as stand-alone films. Previously thermosets were only applicable as surface coatings for functional modification of cover lenses, however through manufacturing process innovations, Ares has enabled the low-cost conversion and application of thermosets in the display stack. Additionally through the use of novel polysulfide thermosets, the thermomechanical properties of the final thermoset can be wildly tuned for applications with high strength requirements, high elastic elongation requirements, and other conflicting physical properties, while still maintaining the optical properties required by display manufacturers. Using this technology, the flexible display market can achieve higher optical performance (due to a higher optical clarity of the polysulfide thermosets), a thinner display stack (through the elimination of needing to use thick, extruded thermoplastic offerings) and a more affordable product for use in higher volume applications.
A Novel, Clear, Waterborne Fire-Retardant Clear Coating for Wood Substrates
The use of this new, novel, waterborne clear coating system allows for the true wood visual to show while providing improved fire retardancy performance, and significantly reducing the smoke developed. Existing technologies currently use organic components for a "soft" char that will protect the underlying substrate, but the coating will continue to burn, creating a large amount of smoke. Another, "hard" char, type of coating is used with a silicate system and expanding graphite powder to create a protective layer that reduces the smoke generated, but must be pigmented due to the graphite used in the system. Armstrong's new, unique coating system provides equal, or better, coating performance than the "hard" char coatings, while allowing for a clear visual. In addition, Armstrong has now certified that a 25/50 (flame spread index/smoke developed index) rating in the E84-18b Tunnel Test has been achieved numerous times and can be used in return air plenums, which is a first for a wood coated product.
Accelerated wound healing using natural materials delivered subdermally in a nanoparticle dispersion
Research has established that birch bark triterpenes (TE) have notable wound healing properties. On a cellular level, TE enhances re-epithelialization and reformation of the epithelial barrier. Other research has shown improved epidermal tissue reconstitution, significantly enhancing cell proliferation in the basal layer and promoting the development of a well-formed stratum corneum. A recent research partnership has allowed us to create a novel, nano technology delivery system to deliver these triterpenes subdermally to improve efficacy. This technology was successfully demonstrated by Dr Eric Morrison in a Phase 1 NSF grant which showed the ability of this system to deliver ibuprofen subdermally through topical application. This delivery system can also be applied to other natural products and anti oxidant vitamins for wound and skin care applications
Enabling new Technology for Anisotropic Conductive Films
CondAlign’s technology can be adapted to produce a range of anisotropic conductive films (ACFs) with different material properties such as flexibility, stickiness and transparency. The technology uses an electric field to structure and align particles in a liquid polymer matrix. The matrix is then cured, locking the particles into their aligned positions resulting in an ACF. The particle type and amount impact the conductive properties of the film, for instance whether electrical or thermal conductivity is realized. The particle alignment enables a tenfold reduction of particle content compared to traditional conductive products. CondAlign has demonstrated production of films with a wide range of different parameters. It is demonstrated in roll-to-roll production, making the process scalable and cost effective. This enables CondAlign to develop materials from lab-scale to pilot production together with the customers. The process is material-independent, and one option is to make heat conductive films for use as thermal interface materials, enhancing heat transfer in electronic hardware. These films can have superior wettability, due to reduced particle loading, allowing the polymers to retain their initial properties. This results in efficient heat transfer away from crucial components, allowing further miniaturization, improving performance, reliability and lifetime of the hardware.
Air Powered Artificial Lungs and other High Efficiency Fluid Reactors
Our Fluid Reactor is a sealed device where the composition of the primary fluid is altered through interaction with a secondary fluid(s) through the asymmetric porous sidewalls of parallel fluid channels while at least one component of the primary fluid remains within the channels and then exits the reactor. Some of our patent pending high efficiency fluid reactor system solutions enable improvements to existing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) products utilized in heart lung machines. Our fluid reactor technology can also be customized for other applications. Our fluid reactor design utilizes a family of Reactor Core Elements (RCEs) each containing straight fluid channels surrounded by an open porous cellular network material having a bi-continuous phase structure of modified vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (c-VACNT™). Due to this structure, our RCEs inherently have a 5-15X higher active fluid-fluid interaction surface area (per given device volume) when compared to traditional spiral or porous hollow fiber membrane-based fluid reactors. These RCEs are manufactured through a combination of photolithography, chemical vapor deposition, separation and additional follow-on processing steps.
Clean energy and air require novel techniques for trapping single molecules rather than populations of molecules while bypassing the perils of surface attachment chemistry. But managing the dynamics of a single molecule has been problematic. Until now... framergy® created precise molecule traps, opening up a new avenue for the design of adsorbents with ultra-high surface area, and permanent porosity. To create advanced adsorbents, we mimic the way nature builds materials at a nano-level. AYRSORBTM is a line of adsorbents based on Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Porous Organic Polymers (POPs), collectively coordination polymers, inspired by innovations from the labs of Hongcai ‘Joe’ Zhou and Christian Serre. We hope our offerings will help you find your next great application.
Novel Antimicrobial Coatings
Inhibits Coatings uses novel silver nanofunctionalisation to produce highly antimicrobial coatings. The novel functionalisation gives the coatings significant advantages of currently available antimicrobial coatings. Firstly silver is a well known antimicrobial agent effective against over 650 different microorganisms. Independent testing of Inhibit's coatings using the JIS-Z-2801 standard have shown a > 99.997% reduction in CFU against E. coli, S. aureus and L. monocytogenes demonstrating a significant improvement over a competing commercially available antimicrobial coating which only achieved an 83.3% reduction in CFU. The novel nanotechnology used in coatings utilises very low biocide concentrations (< 0.1%) and exhibits an extremely low leaching < 0.1 ppb/cm2 over the period of one week fully immersed. This low leach rate and biocide concentration gives rise to robust coatings with a very long antimicrobial lifetime that withstands wash cycles without compromising the physical properties of the resin system such as hardness, abrasion resistance. The technology can be applied to a number of resin systems, including epoxies, acrylics, urethanes and polyamides. These coatings have proven to retain their antimicrobial activity after numerous cleanings with common cleaning agents, making them ideal for food safety, medical and HVAC applications.
Transforming Organic Waste into Renewable Energy Solutions
ITility’s renewable energy technology is based on Anaerobic Digestion (AD), which uses processes where microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. When integrated into a waste management system, AD reduces operational carbon footprint and the emission of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere normally associated with decaying organic waste. Two outputs from this process are nutrient rich digestate usable as fertilizer and methane rich gas, commonly known as biogas. More than half of biogas is methane (natural gas) which is usable as a renewable energy source. The digestate can be land applied, composted and used as a soil amendment, or processed into fertilizer types. Biogas can be combusted in an engine to power a generator for creating electricity. In addition to the electricity, a large amount of heat energy is also produced which can support system processes or diverted to other onsite power functions. While AD technology is not new, ITility’s processes that create efficiencies, scalability and flexibility for the warfighter are transformational in the renewable energy domain. The impact of ITility’s renewable technology processes make it both economically viable as green energy and operationally advantageous in expeditionary environments to extract energy from organic waste.
Photochromic Film a.k.a. Chameleon film(tentative name), auto-tinting films
Through the cooperated works with companies in developing new chromogenic materials that can be deposited below 150oC, we successfully demonstrate the flexible photochromic film that can reversibly tune its transmittance in response to sun light. While it has an average transmittance of 70% at 600 ~ 700nm at its original state, it turns to greenish blue with 20% transmittance at 600 ~ 700nm upon exposure to sunlight. As the previously fabricated photochromic glass, photo-switching time of this photochromic films are not affected by their dimension. Switching time for coloring and bleaching is not the same. While the former is about 5min, the latter takes much longer time, about 5 hours. Now we focus on optimizing switching time for bleaching under dark condition by carefully tuning material’s composition. Our photochromic film does not need external power to operate that can greatly reduce expenditure of installation and maintenance.
Klong Luang, Pathumthani
Diagnostics and treatment of several infectious airborne diseases are costly. In several countries, governments subsidize this cost, as cases of infections keep emerging. As several outbreaks of virulent airborne microbes have raised public awareness and concerns, nanofiltration has been a focal point in research and development towards clean air. Even though several research groups have studied and fabricated nanofibrous membranes, fabrications into practical nanofilters have not been reported or realized. The lack of practical applications come from the limitations of the nanomembranes related to physical integrity, mechanical robustness and durability. We have developed and patented an innovation related to multifunctional nanofibrous membranes capable of eliminating airborne Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Generated were hierarchical and multicomponent interwoven networks of nanofibers forming an ultrafine physical barrier able to block nano to micro-sized microbes such as TB bacteria. Model nanofilters were then fabricated from these mechanically-robust and highly porous nanomembranes. From field trial, airborne TB filtration was successful with 100 % elimination. Together with its antibacterial property, excellent flexibility and mechanical strength, the antiUV and water resistant features will surely boost the nanomembrane’s durability against various usages under mild and harsh conditions.
A fast, high resolution and wide area airborne gimbal imaging system.
An accurate, efficient, and versatile gimballed imaging system is developed to collect fast, high-resolution, and immediately visualizable geospatial information over a wide area. Aboard a Cessna 182, NGIT’s gimballed imaging accomplishes a 2-mile swathwidth with a 10cm resolution per flypass; while this used to take ten flipasses of fixed-Nadir-imaging. Traditional gimballed systems, such as L3-WESCAM turrets, have sophisticated mechanics/electronics and inflexibility to host sensors. NGIT’s gimballed imaging embodiments feature simplified mechanism, which are easily adaptable to host advanced sensors and optics for various fixed-/rotor-wing, airship, orbit platform operations. For example, a pair of latest mid-format cameras, a Falcon4 86MP CMOS and an SVS-Vistec 47MP CCD, attached with 80mm and 210mm lenses respectively, have been adapted onto a NGIT’s gimballed embodiment. NGIT’s gimballed imaging incorporates precise and agile roll, pitch, yaw actuations to steer its payload imaging at a sub-pixel angular pointing accuracy even using super-telephotos. The agile-and-precise-imaging-beam-angular-steering efficiently exploits fast frame resources of modern sensors, e.g. making Falcon4 2.7GB/s throughput sensing much wider. This unprecedent performance impacts modern remote sensing applications, including rapid mapping, ISR, change detection, persistent surveillance, homeland security, emergence response, search-and-rescue, demanded by decisionmakers, policymakers, and military/civilian agencies.
Innovative Engine Systems
Various non-ICE (internal combustion engine), non-nuclear and emission free systems are configured to effectively manage working medium in cyclic system directing mass flow of medium as (potential) energy to drive, or propel, a custom turbine (kinetic) machine to produce torque motor horsepower in demand, whereby, appropriate transmission delivers revs/rpm as specified for generator, wheels, propellers, impellers and other mechanical application.
Advanced Ozone Based Water Purification
Roving Blue, Inc. manufactures and distributes ozone based water purification components and systems. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is a highly effective germicidal agent and is a powerful oxidizer; it is, in fact, stronger than chlorine, and is used worldwide in water purification, water and wastewater recycling, and food production. To make ozone, you need oxygen. This is typically obtained by using a method called “corona arc”, which uses the oxygen in the air or bottled oxygen gas. Roving Blue’s ozone technology is electrolytic; we make ozone out of the oxygen in water itself - the “O” in H2O.
A nontoxic and novel way to prevent and treat cancer and inflammatory disease
We examined the expression of every single gene to find the most promising targets we can use to prevent and treat cancer. Our immediate efforts utilize our lead compound (called “MASL”) to target a unique receptor (called “PDPN”) on cancer cells. PDPN promotes cancer motility, invasion, and metastasis. We can use MASL to prevent and treat many forms of cancer. In addition, PDPN promotes inflammatory destruction leading to rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. MASL can be used to prevent and treat disease in addition to cancer.
Plasma Jet Printer for Additive Manufacturing
The plasma jet printer is a multi-material additive manufacturing platform which supports a variety of materials including metals, polymers, and ceramics. Aerosolized nanoparticles of the desired material are directed through a stream of plasma which impinges on a target substrate. The plasma jet enables the deposition of oxidation-sensitive materials such as copper and functionalizes polymer substrates to enable deposition of optical and electronic materials. Plasma jet deposition accelerates and simplifies the manufacturing process by eliminating pre-treatment of the surface or post-processing with material sintering. The low temperature deposition process enables multiple materials to be deposited without detriment to the underlying deposited material(s). In addition, the plasma activates and accelerates the aerosol material for deposition onto a substrate surface and the plasma can modify the substrate surface energy to enhance adhesion of the aerosol material to the substrate surface. Potential applications include electronics, optical devices, sensors, and MEMS systems.
Cloud Hypervisor Forensics and Incident Response Platform (CHIRP)
More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be affected by the shift to the Cloud during the next five years. This shift to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms has brought challenges to cyber Incident Response (IR) and forensic teams investigating not only breaches and leaks, but also cyber-crime, due to the ephemerality, location and ownership of the data, disks, and technology provided by Cloud Service Providers (CSP). Our Cloud Forensics Platform introduces a novel approach using Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) to provide intelligence and forensic artifacts from active VMs in cloud systems. Each IaaS leverages a VM Monitor, or hypervisor, to service VMs in the Cloud. Most hypervisors do not expose a useful Application Programming Interface (API) to support customizable, contextual introspection, which is what an analyst needs to conduct an investigation. We have developed scalable VM instrumentation and introspection at an in-depth level that allows fast handling of events, as well as direct access to VM state (or memory), in a safe, stable fashion.
Twistact technology comprises a pure-rolling-contact device that transmits electrical current between a stationary and rotating frame (or two rotating assemblies having different speeds and/or direction of rotation) along an ultra-low resistance path (e.g. 1 milliohm). Twistact devices accomplish this pure-rolling-contact galvanic connection using a flexible, electrically conductive belt and a matching set of epicyclic sheaves. Laboratory testing has proven that a single Twistact device will be capable of operating over the full 30-year service life of a multi-megawatt direct-drive wind turbine without maintenance or replacement. A technoeconomic analysis undertaken by NREL on behalf of DOE determined that the substitution of rare-earth magnets with a wire-wound rotor and Twistact module in a 10 MW direct-drive wind turbine eliminates the need for rare earth magnets without incurring any penalties in power generation efficiency or levelized cost of energy (LCOE).
Gentle, Robot Gripper
Our gripper, Gentle, is fully electrically actuated. Electrical motors are used to drive multiple fingers in a cable-driven design. This technology allows for extremely simple position and speed controls which is a first in the soft gripper space as soft robots have traditionally used pneumatic actuation that caused extreme complexity in the control side of the operation. Additionally, Gentle is a cost-effective, light-weight, plug-and-play system. This is a notable advantage as existing pneumatic systems require a large compressor and a large control box adding to the cost and limiting the deployability or robots. Ease of use, deployability, and price advantages will allow small- to medium-size business organizations to adopt robotic automation technologies and thus grow the market for delicate object handling and packaging beyond what is possible today.
Silica fibrous material for sorption, separation, catalytic and battery applications
Silica (SiO2) fibrous material is a special functional material with unique properties represented by amorphous fiber structure. These silica fibers can adsorb significantly more water than commercially available silicagel of the same mesoporous character. This feature is especially apparent in the range of medium relative humidity (30-70 % RH), which is industrially the most important range for adsorption (in electronics, food, chemical industries, and numerous others). Owing to its porosity the fibrous sorbent can be desorbed for its next use at significantly lower temperature (at least 20°C lower), which has positive effect on the cost figure of the process. High specific surface area and mesoporosity are the main advantages and make the material especially suitable for sorption and catalytic applications. The material can be used as an adsorbent, catalytic carrier, battery electrolyte etc. It is produced by Centrifugal Spinning technology which enables to produce fibers with diameters between 800-1200 nm. Fibers can be delivered in different modifications, either as COTTON or POWDER (after milling that leads to fiber shortening to several microns) and can be produced in large volumes with easy and fast upscaling capacity.
Certified on the Verizon wireless and wired networks, vClick3d is the only bandwidth and storage solution using no compression and operating at true zero with 100% evidentiary data. vClick3d can be installed on existing analog and digital cameras and instantly achieve 28x bandwidth and storage reductions. Applied to autonomous vehicles vClick3d provides for revenue streams across global highways bringing driverless cars to market much faster with higher reliability.