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Emulsion Formation using corona discharge and electrohydrodynamic pumping
Project ID: D2020-22 Background Making water-in-oil emulsions often requires high pressure, ultrasonication, or sensitive inversion techniques that may still only result in a semi-stable colloid. In addition to emulsion shelf life, these techniques have drawbacks, such as having high-energy consumption and narrow/sensitive production parameters, needing...
Bitilix: A novel antimicrobial compositions using Bacillus Subtilis
Project ID: D2019-44 Background For several decades, antibacterial products such as sprays and wipes have widespread use in our society. Current antibacterial compositions are becoming increasingly ineffective against drug resistant bacteria causing more hospital-acquired infections and quickening the deaths of immunocompromised patients. The 2020...
Production of polyesters from bio-based feedstocks
Project ID: D2014-20 Background Polyesters are often used to make fabric for clothing and other household items. Manufacturers of polyesters typically use non-renewable fossil fuels as the feedstock, resulting in an emission intensive and environmentally harmful process. On the other hand, furfural is a platform chemical and bio-based feedstock derived...
Monolithic bifacial perovskite-CdSeTe tandem thin film solar cells for harvesting light from the environment
Project #D2021-04Invention DescriptionThe University of Toledo has developed a new tandem solar cell design — the bifacial tandem (Fig. 1) that enabled the first realization of a working monolithic tandem solar cell comprising wide-bandgap metal halide perovskite and narrow-bandgap cadmium selenide telluride (CdSeTe, or CST). The bifacial strategy...
Novel Class of Materials for Boron Extraction
Project ID: D2009-11Invention novelty: The present invention comprises of a novel class of ionic liquid and polymeric ionic liquid materials that are highly selective for boron and serves application in boron extraction. Value proposition: The hazardous effects of drinking and irrigation water have resulted in many boron elimination technologies,...
Biomimetic approach to deposit bone-like coating on PEEK and other materials to improve osteoconductivity in implants
Project ID: D2011-33IP Status: Patent Pending U.S and EuropeInvention Description: Novel method to prepare an implantable article comprised of a biocompatible substrate (polymeric or ceramic) to accept a very thin biocompatible, bioactive coating material to facilitate bio-ingrowth between the substrate and bone or cartilage tissue.Applications: Bone...
Functionally graded graphene transient electronics
Project ID: D2018-22Background It is estimated that electronics account for 42 million tons of waste per year worldwide. As a result, electronic manufacturers have become interested in transient electronics. They contain environmentally benign components that can be degraded over time in a natural environment. Transient electronics can be used to better...
Enhanced Anti-Fouling Properties of Novel Composite Material
Project ID: D2013-31 Novelty: Development of a novel electromagnetic polymer composite material for enhanced anti-fouling effects. Background: Biofouling (bacterial attachment to solid surfaces and colonization) is the main source of bacterial infection and poses potentially harmful impacts on human health. Medical devices, food packaging, and drinking...
Constrained geometry catalysts for the production of polymers
Project ID: D2009-89 Background Polymerization reactions are used in industry to make widely used products, such as polyolefins. There has been an interest in improving control over polymer tacticity and co-polymerization, leading to the development of Constrained Geometry Catalysts (CGCs). The CGCs form complexes with a pi-bonded moiety bridged...
Additive for improved stability of perovskites against water
Project ID: D2019-50 Background Perovskites are commonly used in photovoltaics, LEDs, and water splitting devices. Despite success in increasing cell efficiencies using perovskites, their instability against moisture limits their practical application. Incorporating hydrophobic materials into the perovskite has been used to mitigate this problem,...
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