Available Technologies by Category
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
8269, 8987
Recirculation System for Aerosol Collectors Maximizes Particle Concentration for Improved Pathogen Detection
  • Enhanced detection: Continuously recirculated collection buffer increases the concentration of targeted particles collected and improves detection of pathogens 
  • Increased sampled air volume: Recirculating the buffer enables running the system for longer periods of time and with larger volumes of air to improve pathogen detection in entire buildings
  • Increased control: Users have active control of the volume of fluid introduced during collection via the system’s recharge pump
Thin Current Spreading Layers Improve Breakdown Performance
  • Increases current uniformity: Improves cumulative current flow distribution from ~40% to ~100% of the p-type contact
  • Improves breakdown performance: Avoids premature breakdown at the mesa edges making quasi-vertical devices comparable in performance to more expensive vertical devices.
  • Improves Immunity to Etch Variation: Because current flow is no longer crowded along the mesa edges, process related variations in the mesa etching are less important to the diode performance.
p-type Be-Doped AlN Films and Layered Films
  • Enabling: Leverages MME method to provide the first access to p-type AlN:Be films, a superior ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor material good for high-power, high-temperature diodes and transistors
  • Ease of fabrication: Avoids costly and complicated methods unfavorable for beryllium doping
  • Improved breakdown performance: Achieves high reverse breakdown voltage—a significant advantage over WBG materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN
8810, 8666, 8786
Scalable Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity for Chemical Separations
  • Scalable: Uses simple chemistry and eliminates production steps to enable large scale polymer manufacturing
  • Solution-processable: Permits the development of a variety of membrane morphologies including dense flat sheets, thin film composites, and hollow fibers
  • High chemical stability: Results in stable structures able to withstand exposure to solvents and other chemicals, enabling stable separation performance and industrial application
Micro Ammonia Production System (MAPS)—Systems and methods for making nitrogen-based compounds
  • Higher yield and efficiency: Uses hollow hybrid nanoparticles instead of solid nanoparticles for a three-fold enhancement in electrocatalytic activity due to the increased surface area and higher number of successful reactant collisions
  • Sustainable production: Leverages renewable electricity sources and offers clean and sustainable ammonia electrosynthesis, unlike the current industrial method for ammonia production that is energy intensive and heavily relies on fossil fuels
  • Simplified process: Enables production of ammonia via gas-phase system with few or no additional steps for separation and purification
A Biomimetic Nose with Machine Learning for Advanced Threat Detection
  • Enhanced chemical detection: Reduces proximity issues and enhances detection
  • Functional in air and liquid mediums: Can detect single or multiple chemical agents even when the medium contains both a liquid and a gas. An attachment makes it possible to use the device in liquid with air monitoring sensors.
  • Continuous improvement: Uses machine learning algorithms to continually improve agent characterization
Advancing Mass Spectrometry with Novel Interface
  • Flexible: Allows for integration with a range of operational modes and analytical workflows for different ESI-MS techniques
  • High performance: Offers enhanced sensitivity and a significantly improved limit of detection
  • Robust and effective: Minimizes charged ion loss and enables sampling of the most analytically “valuable” droplets
Virtual Sensing Integrated for Predictive Reliability (VIPR)
  • Advanced: Acquires system data via virtual sensing, without the need for physical sensors in all desired locations
  • Cost-reducing: Aims to reduce maintenance and planning costs for solid rocket motors and potentially other vehicle propulsion systems
  • Predictive: Provides useful, repeatable, extensive data sets to predict rocket performance and enable proactive plans for propulsion system maintenance, upgrades, and replacements, potentially reducing downtime and failures
Next-Generation Flow Battery for Large-Scale Energy Storage at One-Tenth the Cost
  • Higher power density: This design has achieved ultra-high power densities of 630 W/Ldevice (charge) and 170 W/Ldevice (discharge), compared to existing flow battery designs that achieve only 500 W/Ldevice (charge) and 90 W/Ldevice (discharge).
  • Ultra-high current density: The design has achieved current densities of >300 mA/cm3 per device.
  • Dramatically lower cost: The elimination of parts reduces fabrication costs by 90%. Cost is ~$330 rather than ~$4,400.
8284, 8571
Innovative Ion Mobility Spectrometry with Open-Air Assembly
  • Protective: Potentially helps protect the technician against contact with ionic hazards
  • Rapid: Separates ions through fast detection of differences in their mass, charge, and cross-section
  • Convenient: Leverages an open-air arrangement that significantly reduces time for experiment setup and sample preparation
Tautomeric Sensing with a Covalent Organic Framework
  • Fast: Provides highly responsive color change within seconds
  • Passively reversible: Does not require external stimuli for regeneration
  • Long-term stability: Sensing ability extends for months
Optical Architecture Enables High-Performance Chips
  • High performance: Provides efficient, practical, and manufacturable optical computing solutions for a variety of platforms
  • Efficient: Permits a new way of designing high-performance computing and decision-making tasks using manufacturable solutions with high-speed processing, despite fabrication imperfections
  • Flexible: Offers photonic chips in a variety of material platforms (i.e., silicon, silicon nitride) and meta-surface arrays implemented in hybrid platforms that combine dielectrics and nonlinear/reconfigurable materials
Hybrid Meta-Surfaces for Active, Non-Volatile Light Manipulation
  • Fast: Enables highly dense pixels with fast (nanosecond) switching capability
  • Scalable: Can be fabricated with features down to nanometer sizes; the overall device can incorporate several meta-surfaces with different features over a large-size wafer
  • Agile: Offers high switching robustness (up to 1012 cycles)
Hybrid Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks for Effective Gas Separation
  • Tunable: Provides a mechanism for adjusting the porosity and functionality of ZIF materials to be used in a range of applications
  • Advanced: Demonstrates significantly higher levels of separation selectivity from molecular mixtures of interest than previous ZIF models
  • Scalable: Holds potential for large-scale CO2 separation in different materials, such as membranes and adsorbents
Detecting Change of Dielectric Constant
  • Enables detection of materials based on changes to the effective dielectric constant of a circular resonator
  • Measures the index of refraction to detect the change in optical wavelength that is occurring
  • Able to detect the power of the electromagnetic wave in the circular resonator at resonance condition and/or during build-up stage
Method for Imaging Mass Spectrometry
  • Precise – Method allows for automatic, precise control of molecule deposition
  • Scalable – Deposition method can be done on large or multiple samples
  • Solvent-Free – Improved imaging quality by eliminating solvent in deposition
Eliminating Phase Separation Issues
  • Phase separation is eliminated
  • Growth process is faster
  • Processing temperatures are lower and over a wider range
Reduced Cyanine Dyes
  • Simple Synthesis - Easy one-step synthesis from commercially available cyanine dyes
  • Dependable - Exceptional sensitivity
  • Versatile - High stability and wide range wavelength tunability
Chemically Resolved Microscopy Using Microplasma Discharges
  • Can be operated under ambient temperature and pressure
  • Higher chemical and spatial resolution than currently exists
  • Has the ability to pair mass spectrometry to microscopy