* denotes 2023 Innovation Award Winner
Non-composite, polymer-free densified carbon nanotube (DCN) sheet as extreme cold weather resistant gasket materialA new advanced gasket material called densified carbon nanotube (DCN) sheet that does not become brittle and does not cause seal failure in extreme cold weather (-50°F) has been developed without the need of any polymer materials.
A new class of smart responsive materials developed for self-healing anti-corrosion coatings in extreme environments.A2O has created a smart responsive coating system that solves corrosion-related asset failure and deterioration. Compared to traditional coatings, our materials possess unprecedented wet adhesion to metal. These materials create extended performance and protection through the ability to self-heal or repair themselves from damage and constantly regenerate adhesion.
Functional Inks for Additive Manufacturing of ElectronicsWe invented an ink system that can enable manufacturers to utilize new printing techniques for producing electronic components with finer resolution (10x better than conventional method). The new inks are tunable with a wide range of materials and properties, which can be tailored for different printing methods and applications.
A fast-learning and low-cost humanoid robot that acts as workforce multiplierAivot's end-to-end solution combines the latest AI and robotics technologies into an integrated platform that can perform a variety of open-ended tasks and be operated by customers. As a “no-code” platform, Aivot comes preloaded with an extensive skills library that helps it adapt quickly to new settings.
Effective and Non-toxic Underwater and Marine AdhesiveCurrent adhesives perform poorly underwater or in wet conditions, and use toxic solvents or chemicals. We will use novel chemistry to create mussel-inspired protected catechol-containing adhesives that will provide increased adhesion in both wet and dry conditions, with initial application to the Navy's special hull treatment for submarines.
Blockchain and AI/ML Enabled 6G network for Swarm of UAVsBryka Skystocks LLC proposes 6G networks capable of incorporating autonomous services to Swarm Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the US Navy. It will integrate Blockchain and AI/ML to improve communication, coordination, Autonomy, scalability, and navigation to establish an ultra-reliable, Intelligent, and Secure intra-UAV network on Battlefield.
Naval Alloys With Reduced SensitizationDevelopment of Naval aluminum based light-weight alloys with reduced corrosion sensitization potential through the use of elements that block grain boundary corrosion. This will enable lower manufacturing and maintenance costs and extend the life of Naval platforms.
Additive Manufacturing with Dynamic Laser Beam Shaping based on Coherent Beam CombiningIncreased productivity additive manufacturing of high strength complex structural shapes out of steel, iron-, nickel-, tungsten- and titanium-based alloys and other refractory materials and alloys (nickel aluminum bronze, copper nickel, high strength steels, titanium CP & 6-4, stainless steels, superalloys, such as IN718, TiAl, FeAl).
Additively Manufactured Continuous Fiber C/C and Ceramic Matrix Composite (C/SiC, SiC/SiC) Preforms for Hypersonic ApplicationsCreation of hypersonic CMC composite preforms utilizing automated robotic additive manufacturing platform and continuous fiber reinforcement. During printing, the fibers are wetted, steered, and cured into novel geometries at near net shape, the preform composite is then ready for downstream densification processing.
Conductive Copper InksWe manufacture conductive copper inks that are solderable, anti-corrosive and antioxidative that can be sintered at as little as room temperature. Our solutions are positioned to replace silver, which dominates a 3.5 billion dollar market. Applications include hypersonics, medical devices, photovoltaics, wearables, sensors, antennas and more.
Intrepid Expeditionary 3D PrinterThe Intrepid 3D printer is a rugged, portable, intelligent system designed and deployed through collaboration with the USMC, US Army, and US Navy that can manufacture military-grade parts from advanced high-temperature plastics, composites, and flexibles, on a single platform when, and where, they are needed in the most austere environments.
Hybrid Additive System For Ceramic Matrix CompositesThe system is an additive tool designed to couple to a CNC machine from any manufacturer. The System uses feedstock from the ceramic injection industry. In conjunction provides the capability to feed fiber for composites. Providing a machine with additive, subtractive, and composite manufacturing in one.
Physical Identifiers for 21st Century Fleet Fabrication and SustainmentWe propose the use of a radically new item-level fingerprint to establish digital identity for critical parts in the Navy’s Fleet Fabrication and Sustainment enterprise. Our Dendritic Identifier technology will enable the insights needed to optimize production, streamline logistics, and provide assurance with minimal cost and training burden.
A single step seamless digital solution for autonomous hybrid remanufacturing and repair: from 3D scanning to path planning.ElementX is single-step seamless digital solution for automated inspection and repair of damaged components. ElementX produces hybrid additive subtractive manufacturing path planning based on 3D scanned equipment for automated repair using computer numerical control systems. Our solution brings eyes to advanced manufacturing systems to produce an automated remanufacturing tool chain.
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Cyclo.Cloud: Development of Fish Scale Waste-Derived Materials for Adsorbance of Aquatic PollutantsCyclo.Cloud is a heavy metal biosorbent from upcycled Oreochromis niloticus fish scale waste. It reached 82% heavy metal removal. Plant growth improved 179% and germination 60%. At $0.23/kg to treat 1000L of wastewater to EPA drinking water standards, Cyclo.Cloud combats heavy metal contamination and reclaims resources from waste.
Recycling of Asphalt Pavements Using Environmentally Benign Recycling AgentsThis technology uses environmentally friendly oils to increase the amount of old asphalt pavements that can recycled into new asphalt pavements.
FLX BOT for Manufacturing MaintenanceThe FLX BOT is a 1” diameter, handheld, collaborative snake-like robot that a maintenance technician can use with minimal training to maintain critical equipment in manufacturing plants. Interchangeable end effectors include 360 degree 3D cameras, grippers, leak detectors, etc. to help perform the maintenance required more efficiently and safely.
Method to Separate Heavy Rare Earth Elements from Kaolin Mining WasteGeorgia State University researchers invented a cost-competitive efficient method of separating mineable concentrations of heavy rare earth elements from waste generated when mining kaolin deposits in Georgia (GA) and elsewhere. Kaolin is a clay deposit mined to the order of over 7 million tons per year domestically (a $1B industry).
Convolution HiDeNN-AI for Integrating Multiscale Topological Optimization with Additive ManufacturingConvolution HiDeNN-AI is a new machine learning technology that integrates robust physics-based models with convolution and deep neural network (DeNN) that are applied at hierarchical scales of interest. The goal is to accelerate the design optimization process with a focus on additive manufacturing.
Aluminum-steel gauze accumulative roll bonded composite sheetThe novel composite material comprises an aluminum sheet as the matrix and steel wire as the strengthening element, providing a combination of toughness and lightweight properties. This material can effectively protect electronics as casing components during the stamping process.
Extraction of Collagen from Eggshell Membrane by Enzymatic Hydrolysis ReactionA new way to extract collagen and organic calcium from eggshell waste using an acid-reductant-enzyme hydrolysis reaction was proposed, reducing environmental pollution.
Additive Hypersonic FabricationBeacon Industries proposes manufacturing of the fast production of Cf/SiC material using 3D printing CMC method for US Navy application. The method enables the rapid manufacture of high-strength, lightweight, and durable parts with excellent thermal and mechanical properties.
A new coating additive that enables the environment-friendly water-based wood stainsWe invented a new coating additive that enables manufacturers to switch to more environmentally friendly water-based stains without sacrificing the performance or drastically increasing the cost. This will help significantly reduce the usage of oil-based wood stains that contain flammable and hazardous volatile organic solvents.
3D Sand Printer for Metalcasting Agility, Lightweighting & Advanced Defense MaterialsMetal castings are ubiquitous and require low life cycle energy. However, traditional sand casting is limited in its design freedom. 3D sand printing enables lightweighting and advanced defense materials, and is finally economical and environmentally friendly with LightSpeed's revolutionary BlueNanoTM technology!
High-Quality Composite Repair with a Single Vacuum BagCurrently, a Double Vacuum Debulk (DVD) process is used to repair damaged composite components. This process limits repair size, is expensive and creates logistical challenges. Luna Labs has developed a wet layup, on-part repair procedure that generates superior repair quality. Formal qualification of the developed process has been initiated.
Discrete Mult-walled Carbon nanotube HIV Therapy TechnologyMolecular Rebar Design (MRD) has developed Medical Grade Molecular Rebar (MGMR), a customizable drug delivery device comprising of discrete, functionalized, multi-walled carbon nanotubes that can deliver a wide array of therapeutic molecules to specific therapeutic targets as well as positively impact cell growth.
Silane-modified Molecular Rebar® for EV TiresChemically altered carbon nanotubes greatly improve the mileage lifetime and energy efficiency of tires for electric vehicles thereby reducing vehicle operating costs. These improvements will lessen discarded tires, save energy, and improve electric vehicle adoption rates for consumers and fleet owner/operators.
Multi-axis 3D printingDifferent printheads in orthogonal directions extrude materials in different directions, providing the ability to customize the properties of the 3D structure by controlling the deposition orientation and material at a prescribed design segment.
Machine Learning Enabled Nondestructive Monitoring Device for Surface Adhesives and CoatingsOptowares’ technology uses advanced spectroscopy techniques combined with machine learning in a miniaturized format to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze coatings and adhesives critical to acoustic coatings on submarines. The risk associated with acoustic coating delamination is high, and this technology helps mitigate it and ensure high quality coatings.
Robotic Additive Manufacturing with Continuous Carbon Fiber for Large and Novel StructuresOrbital Composites is an advanced manufacturing company utilizing robotic carbon fiber 3D printing. Orbital is able to produce composite parts of any size at 10-100X lower cost vs. traditional methods. A true platform that marries hardware, software, AI, and cutting edge design, Orbital is re-imaging composites manufacturing.
Uncooled Shortwave Imagers for Hypersonic TargetingAn uncooled infrared imager that allows a hypersonic weapons/interceptors to image a target at long range while remaining stealthy even in GPS denied environments. Shortwave infrared can image through hot windows found on hypersonic weapons.
Gold catalyst working at room temperature for air quality contolQuantumCat has developed a synthesis technology of gold catalyst that can be commercialized for the first time. The gold catalyst can remove harmful gaseous pollutants such as CO and VOCs at room temperature, which can be applied for outdoor or indoor air quality control.
Creating Part Authentication Ecosystem from the Ground UpSeparating counterfeit from authentic parts is a QA process, and QA processes require buy-in from fabricators, inspectors, and users. Buy-in starts with a low-barrier, easy-to-use process. Here, we describe existing acoustical sensors, advanced processing, and linkage to a blockchain-protected database. A challenge is simplifying the go-to-market strategy.
Environmentally friendly and efficient smart garments and heated textilesSoliyarn is revolutionizing the smart wearables industry by leveraging Chemical Vapor Deposition technology to create textiles with unprecedented heating, sensing, and liquid repellent functionality. Ultrathin polymers transform ordinary fabric into highly durable functional textiles without altering garment feel, breathability, comfort, or performance without the environmental cost of textile production.
Double-Double Composite Laminates for Versatile ManufacturingStanford researchers led by Stephen Tsai are advancing a new, much simplified design approach for composite laminates – termed "double-double" – that can replace conventional laminates for lighter, tougher, and lower cost airplane structures among other uses.
High-density, direct photo-patterning of stretchable electronic polymersDr. Zhenan Bao's lab has developed a new process for direct photo-patterning of electronic polymers that improves device density of elastic circuits over 100x. It combines crosslinked polymer systems with a monolithic optical microlithographic process that directly micropatterns a set of elastic electronic materials by sequential ultraviolet light-triggered solubility modulation.
3D Bioprinting using Stiffened Polymer Bioinks and Bioorthogonal CrosslinkersDr. Sarah Heilshorn's lab at Stanford University has developed a platform for 3D bioprinting which stiffens the structure post-printing using chemistry that is completely bioorthogonal.
Copper and tin 3D-printing ink for electronicsThe Naval Surface Warfare Center has invented a new ink for 3D-printing electronic components. The ink is primarily copper, which has outstanding conductivity, but is technically a bronze alloy, as tin is added for its very low melting point.
Preparation of chitin nanocrystals from crustacean biomassA simple, inexpensive, efficient, and environmentally friendly method for creating chitin Nanocrystals from crustacean shells. Typically, chitin must be first extracted from biomass, like crustacean shells, and then can be converted to other forms like chitin nanocrystals. This technology directly produces chitin nanocrystals from biomass.
Selective Removal of Barium and Select Ions from Brackish Water with Chemically Enhanced ElectrodialysisThis invention can selectively remove problematic metal ions over background electrolytes. Doing so in a targeted fashion reduces energy consumption associated with traditional non-targeted methods. This technique has the potential to be applied toward other ions of interests.
Personalized Hair-mimicking Fibers: Build Your Own Hair CamouflageA highly customizable and easy-to-apply hair-mimicking fiber is developed as a concealing strategy to hide bald spots or thinning hairs. Customers can develop their own formula of hair camouflage at home, to match their own hair texture and colors and to improve the visual appearance of hair.
Data storage using peptidesThis is a new method for data storage, by storing data with peptides and retrieving the stored data using tandem mass spectrometry-based peptide sequencing. This method can allow denser and more durable data storage than the existing methods.
Sustainable Self-powered Textiles and Manufacturing TechnologyAn innovative smart functional self-powered textile with excellent electrical properties, breathability and softness and its manufacturing process using traditional textiles, functional textile materials, and 3D pattern structure that matches the style of human motion for sustainable and wearable energy and electronic applications.
Smart Electric-generating Carpet with Self-Powered Sensing Systems and Manufacturing TechnologyA new type of smart electric-generating carpet with self-powered sensing systems and inherent textile features that can harvest ubiquitous mechanical energy and convert them to electric energy, and its manufacturing process combining material science and textile technology is simple and scalable.
iActive: Intelligent Active-Perspiration ActivewearBeyond existing activewear, iActive is faster and more controllable in removal of sweat using nature-inspired technologies, including low-voltage-driven artificial “sweat glands” and a root-like branching liquid transport system that matches the body’s sweat map. This intelligent activewear delivers all-day comfort, dryness, light weight, and breathability to improve performance and endurance.
Real-time and passive acoustic structural monitoring of ships and componentsWe propose a system for real-time structural health monitoring of naval ships and engines using unique polymer-based ultrasound sensors (polyCMUTs). The sensor network operates in passive mode, complemented by an intelligent signal processing layer, to detect acoustic emission in the structure and the response to ambient vibrations.
Non-toxic, Lactase Enzyme-based Bacterial and Bio-film ControlDecreasing or limiting the expression of virulence factors could be a powerful tool to combat costly plant, animal and human pathogens. Lactonase enzymes are being explored as a novel way to inhibit expression of virulence factors and reduce the pathogenicity of bacteria and biofilm formation.
Compostable polyester plasticsUsing a simple manufacturing method for plastics based on extrusion, the potential biodegradability of polyester plastics is improved to make readily compostable plastics. This technology employs a straightforward addition of readily available salicylic acid to polyesters to improve biodegradability.
Electroadhesive ClutchesLow-cost, lightweight, and easy-to-fabricate fracture mechanics-based ionoelastomer electroadhesive clutch that modulates stiffness in soft and flexible systems, such as wearable applications, while consuming little power.
Multifunctional Janus ParticlesA scalable approach to production of clickable Janus particles.
Multistable elastic pixels (MEPs) for reversible programming of optical propertiesTwo-dimensional materials patterned with colloidal pixels that can be actuated by external forces (such as electromagnetic fields) for stable switching of optical properties.
Industrial Bioplastics for a Circular Carbon EconomyZILA BioWorks has developed a patented bio-epoxy resin used in products such as composites, coatings, and adhesives. We have identified clear steps to a 60% reduction in carbon footprint compared to petroleum-based epoxies. ZILA formulates our bio-resin systems so manufacturers can adopt without any retooling.