Available Technologies by Category
Ultra-Thin Interposer Assemblies for Higher Integrated Circuit Bandwidth
  • New ultra-thin interposer aims to achieve high bandwidth in telecommunication processes by using an ultra-small pitch structure and ultra-high density interconnections.
  • The innovation allows for a great increase in bandwidth as well as a decrease  in complexity and costs in comparison to current solutions.
  • Novel invention provides advantages such as scalability, testability pre and post integration, and thermal flexibility for situations needing thermal isolation and conduction.
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Scalable Manufacturing Approach of Graded Polymer Thin Film Has Potential for Widespread Use
  • Combines slot die coating with a custom roll-to-roll imaging system to allow for efficient, rapid, and scalable fabrication of high-quality gradient thin films.
  • An improved manufacturing process over existing techniques because it uses broad material combinations and yields higher quality patterned thin films.
  • Incorporates multiple materials to increase the application of patterned thin films across industries, including microelectronics, energy technologies, and environmental systems.
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Leverage the Advantages of Aluminum Nitride for Superior Ultra-Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for High-Power, High-Temperature Diodes and Transistors
  • Metal modulated epitaxy method enables the production of p-type beryllium-doped aluminum nitride films as key components in ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors for the first time. 
  • Achieves high reverse breakdown voltage—a significant advantage over wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride.
  • Improves current conduction over best previous results in p-type aluminum nitride (AIN) by 30,000,000 times and n-type AlN by 6,000 times.
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Mechanocatalytic Depolymerization of Plastics
  • A new process for recycling plastics has been created where plastics are broken down simultaneously by mechanical and catalytical forces.
  • This chemical recycling has less economic costs, produces less wastes, and allows for an increase in the number of different types of plastics that can be recycled.
  • The process also provides a convenient solution as it is highly scalable, requires less volumes of catalysts, and can be fueled by electronic and renewable energies.
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Back-Illuminated, Modified Silicon Photomultipliers with Largely Enhanced Efficiency for Multiple Applications
  • A novel photomultiplier device has been created that minimizes photon losses, and greatly enhances the efficiency of the device.
  • The photomultiplier may improve the fill factor to 100% from 75% for the current SiPM and increases the usable wavelength range to cover the entire UV-Vis spectrum.
  • The technology contains a texturized photoelectric surface and at least one coating layer and can be produced using standard manufacturing processes and low extinction coefficient materials.
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Overvoltage Surge Protection System for Distributed Energy Resources
  • iMOV is a dynamic system capable of achieving voltage surge clamping within 20% of the system’s nominal voltage. This effectively provides protection for highly sensitive semiconductors present in DER-associated power converters. 
  • This system is built upon a metal oxide varistors (MOV) foundation, whose material composition inherently allows rapid device connection of 500 picoseconds for quicker response times. 
  • iMOV uses integrated microprocessors and sensors in a cloud-based architecture that provides protection against cyberattacks, reduces system cost, and allows system and power grid monitoring.
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Microgeodes Enable Tunable Optical Response for Advanced Coatings/Paint
  • Microgeodes have a programmable structure of nanowires that allows their optical response to be engineered precisely over multiple spectral bands, from UV through mid-IR. 
  • Microgeodes combine the tunability and versatility of nanowires with the processability of microspheres to provide a photonic materials platform for a wide range of applications. 
  • Microgeode paints could reduce building surface temperatures by as much as 25°C, offering the potential for significant consumer savings while retaining aesthetically pleasing colors.
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Variable Slope, Multi-Octave Radio Frequency Filters
  • Customizable: The combined signal may be applied to a standard low-pass, band pass, or high-pass optical filter. The filter can be implemented with any number of poles for a maximum defined-slope, and the choice of pass type may be made according to the desired slope direction.
  • Variable: By moving the optical carrier up and down in frequency through the transition band, the slope of the RF signal can be continuously varied.
  • Versatile: The technology can be used as is or it can augment existing RF lab equipment.
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Soft Wireless Sternal Patch for Detecting Systemic Vasoconstriction Using Photoplethysmography
  • A wireless, soft sternal patch includes integrated skin-like, photolithographically patterned electronics specifically tuned to continuously measure vasoconstriction from the sternum.
  • In overnight trials, the device detected sleep apnea and hypopnea with 95% precision and 100% sensitivity compared to data professionally scored by licensed clinicians.
  • Use of this patch on the chest could improve detection of key markers of numerous harmful health conditions.
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Intelligent Eye-Tracking System Offers Next-Gen Technology for Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Applications
  • This system uses an AI accelerator chip with 4X higher throughput to achieve over 300 FPS, greatly improving processing speed without loss of accuracy.
  • EyeCoD achieves faster communication time by using a lens-less camera that reduces distance between the camera and the accelerator chip.
  • Using a “predict-then-focus” model, this system creates highly accurate images as well as improves visual privacy.
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Solar Cell Manufacturing Technique Increases Efficiency and Lowers Costs
  • This double-side polysilicon/silicon oxide TOPCon (tunnel oxide passivated contact) solar cell concept provides a simple and low-cost way to passivate front and back surfaces of silicon wafers to enhance efficiency.
  • Provides current and voltage comparable to full-area double-side TOPCon but with no appreciable absorption in front polysilicon and without compromising short circuit current density
  • Includes a novel and fast way to pattern polysilicon using laser-induced selective oxidation
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Tunable MEMs Gas Sensor Improves Selectivity and Sensitivity
  • Versatile: Customizes MEMS chemical sensors, compatible with a variety of sensing materials, allowing for the detection of numerous gas-phase analytes
  • Easy to manufacture: Uses batch-fabricated sensors compatible with COTS electronics
  • Highly sensitive: Offers sub parts-per-million detection limits for volatile organic compounds
  • Enhanced selectivity: Combines gravimetric and impedimetric responses to demonstrate enhanced discrimination between multiple VOCs
  • Powerful: Enables the simultaneous observation of both mass loading and dielectric changes in polymeric sensing films upon sorption of an analyte
  • Innovative: Uses the transient response characteristics of a sensor response to a gated exposure event, rather than steady-state sensor data
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Distributed Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Chain Significantly Improves Drone Navigation When GPS Fails
  • The robust Distributed PNT Chain enables a swarm of drones or other autonomous platforms to effectively navigate when they are denied GPS access. 
  • The system shares and processes all available sensor data to significantly improve the robustness and reliability of drone teams.
  • The highly modular system is interoperable with preexisting GPS INSs and supports variable and evolving platform geometries.
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Superluminescent Light Projection (SLP) System Decreases Nanoscale Printing Costs by 10–50 Times
  • This superluminescent light projection (SLP) system decreases overall nanoscale printing costs by 10–50 times. 
  • A parallel writing mechanism supports higher throughput speeds: up to 100 times higher than existing metal printing methods and four times higher than existing polymer printing methods. 
  • SLP creates sharp-edged images with minimal speckling patterns, resulting in high-resolution images and structures on both polymer and metal-based films. 
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Metasurface Enables Rapid, Sensitive, and Low-Cost Permittivity Characterization of Dielectric Materials at Radio Frequencies
  • Characterize complex permittivity of dielectric materials at radio frequencies quickly and at lower cost than with existing techniques. 
  • The electronically reconfigurable system allows integration of active electronics for tunability and eliminates the need for several masks to achieve the needed bandwidth.
  • Measure individual frequencies by swapping out only the metasurfaces, which can be used on a wide range of sample thicknesses.
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Patient-Centered Biofeedback Headset Can Isolate, Monitor, and Analyze Vocal Output in Real Time for Optimal Voice Modulation in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Innovative headset offers real-time haptic feedback for vocal improvement and increased patient autonomy.
  • Device stores easily accessible data for therapist review and fine-tuning of preset therapeutic thresholds to continually improve vocal output.
  • Lightweight, low-profile, battery-powered headset are favorable for all-day wear and use omnidirectional microphones for optimal comfort.
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D-Band Vector Modulator Phase Shifter (VMPS) Achieves Higher Bandwidth
  • Uses tapered delay lines at the input to generate differential quadrature signals that enable wider bandwidth and result in higher speed communications
  • Reaches a moderate gain of 1.5 decibels at a center frequency of 128 GHz, while simultaneously achieving higher bandwidth of 35 GHz than any other mmWave VMPS in silicon
  • Has low power consumption, using only 20.3 mW of average DC power from a 1.5 V supply
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High-Performance Analog Processor Offers Potential to Expand Capabilities of Radio Frequency (RF) Systems
  • TRAFFIC is the first generalized, high-performance analog finite impulse response processor technology that enables direct throughput processing of RF signals within the RF and microwave spectrums.
  • The device enables multiple-function RF capabilities and significantly reduces the size, weight, and power requirements of RF technologies.
  • TRAFFIC has unique performance benefits that allow it to operate reliably in extreme environments, including high performance across wide temperature ranges and radiation-intense applications.
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Plasma-Activated Catalytic Air Purifier Cleans Enclosed Spaces
  • This plasma-activated catalytic air purifier can be used to clean enclosed spaces, such as aircraft, hospitals, and classrooms, while mitigating hazardous gas-phase byproducts. 
  • The air purifier can be used synergistically with UV diode lasers and UV lamps, providing additional contaminant destruction pathways while lowering the potential for dielectric breakdown and plasma formation.
  • This comprehensive technology is effective for germicide and sterilization activities as well as for hydroxyl-radical production and ozone removal in a wide variety of indoor environments.
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Novel Silicon Radiation Detector Enabled By Tunnel Oxide Passivating Contact
  • The technology passivates the bottom surface well and suppresses electron recombination near the bottom contact, resulting in low leakage current.
  • Passivating the silicon surface and decreasing hole recombination near the front contact leads to low recombination current density at the surface and low effective contact resistivity.
  • An extremely low J0 for the tunnel oxide passivating contact on both sides yields a higher energy resolution and lower noise level.
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