Available Technologies by Category
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.
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.
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.
Monitor Vehicle Location and Maintain Vehicle Health During Long-Term Storage
  • Vehicle health and location monitoring system automatically establishes a mesh network for vehicle fleet monitoring by a human, drone, or mobile robot.
  • Checks battery and other vehicle health status as well as determines locations of all connected vehicles in storage.
  • When a vehicle is found with low battery levels, a mobile robot can safely provide a charge to the battery to get the vehicle running.   
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
Deployable Critical Active Learning (DECAL) System Offers Better Characterization for Improved Diagnostics and Imaging
  • The deployable critical active learning (DECAL) system’s bi-modal interface enables better characterization with large training sets that generate more accurate output for higher precision.
  • The algorithm used during the initialization period creates a framework that can be expanded and generalized to any data method and application.
  •  The DECAL algorithm samples uniquely important, unlabeled data to aid existing active learning systems in generalizing more quickly, providing faster diagnosis statistics.
Parametric Resonance Approach for Efficient, Versatile Acoustic Power Transfer for Implantable/Wearable Devices, Sensing, and Communications
  • New class of transducers utilizes parametric resonance to convert acoustic energy from an ultrasonic source to a sustained electrical signal. 
  • Technology powers implantable biomedical devices, small wearable sensors, and other wireless charging applications.
  • Simple yet robust generation of stable electromechanical frequency combs is also possible in both air and liquid environments using a capacitive micro-resonator array.
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Customizable Smart Charging Solution for Electric Vehicles in Residential Areas
  • This customizable smart charger uses algorithms and a hardware prototype to control electric vehicle charging and optimize benefits to consumers and power grid operators. 
  • Consumers can charge according to their preference (e.g., minimize cost, maximize carbon-free energy usage, minimize charging time, or minimize battery degradation).
  • The smart charger selects charging profiles that delay charging to avoid excessive loads on the power grid.
Quantitative, Performance-Driven Framework for Optimal Desalination Architectures and Energy Subsystems
  • Incorporate and simultaneously compare attributes of multiple types of both desalting systems and energy subsystems for optimal system architectures
  • Assess parameters that impact overall cost to discover complete architectures that would not have been discoverable using traditional methods.
  • Focus on renewable energy subsystems such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and others to create complete desalination architectures that are cleaner and more water efficient than their conventional counterparts. 
Anodically Coloring Molecular Electrochromics (EC) Improve Contrast, Color, and Transitions
  • True black-to-clear transitions with high contrast and color tuning are now possible with anodically coloring electrochromics.
  • Broad absorption supports color mixing and color tunability in the charged state, and color tuning is enabled by manipulating the oscillator strengths of radical cation transitions.  
  • Energy required for practical electrochromic applications is effectively decreased by much lower oxidative potentials, as compared to their corresponding polyamides.
Self-Driven, Reusable, Scalable Technique for Harvesting Microalgae with Porous Superabsorbent Polymer
  • Fast: The optimized pore structure of the PSAP beads allows fast and selective absorption of water, greatly reducing standard processing time.
  • Cost effective: Microalgae harvesting with PSAP beads cuts costs, as it does not require any complex instrument and little training is needed to operate the harvesting procedures.
  • Scalable: PSAP beads can be produced in large quantities at a significantly lower cost than conventional harvesting tools.
Buoyant Platform Assembly Improves PCM Thermal Management
  • Enhances solidification: Incorporating highly localized agitation via a stirring whip rod, this technology seeds solidification to improve this often-arduous phase of PCM thermal cycling. 
  • Prevents scale build-up: This technology reduces the instance of sheets of solid PCM forming on the heat sink. The high-frequency, extensible whip rod orbits around the passageway to facilitate nucleation (creating improved solidification), while preventing scale build-up on the interior passageway surfaces. 
  • Customizable: The structural design allows the platform to be tailored to the effective density of the PCM material, enabling it to stay between the liquid and solid phases. 
Lightweight, Versatile Cryogenic Conductors
  • Lithium exhibits lower atomic mass, higher power density, and lower losses under cryogenic conditions
  • Conductors such as lithium become even more power-dense at lower temperatures, exhibiting improved electrical performance 
  • Cladding with copper enables lithium to be drawn using standard wire-drawing techniques and tools
Vapor Phase Infiltration Produces Solar Cells with Greater Thermal Stability
  • Stability: Decreasing spiro-OMeTAD crystallization improves thermal stability of hole transport layers within perovskite solar cells (PSCs) 
  • Longevity: Eliminating the main cause of PSCs’ operational degradation increases the overall product lifespan
  • Efficiency: Preventing the delamination of the layers transporting electronic charge has doubled the power conversion efficiency of modified PSCs
Atomic Metal Catalysts
  • Innovative: Generates new isomers by changing the order in which atoms are added in a hetero-atomic cluster (can maximize available catalytic sites)
  • Efficient: Creates and optimizes active isomers of atomic metals such as Au and Pd, increasing the catalytic efficiency of these high-demand metals (requires minimal precious catalytic metal)
  • Scalable: Provides a scalable process resulting in theoretically predictable catalytic properties
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Reprocessing, Recycling, and Repairing Covalent Adaptable Network Polymers
  • Environmentally friendly: Recycles fibers and polymers without the use of supercritical chemicals (e.g., acids) 
  • Effective: Allows for pressure-free surface repair and welding 
  • Efficient: Reclaims fibers and polymer with the same mechanical properties as fresh material for use in new products
More Efficient Method for Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
  • Efficient CO2 recycling: Allows for robust recycling of unreacted CO2 from an electrochemical cell 
  • Increased overall CO2 conversion: Features efficient use of recycling, enabling 100% theoretical atom conversion for this reaction with an intrinsically low CO2 conversion
  • Customized deployment: Integrates with a wide variety of product streams 
Self-Powered Highly Stretchable Sensing Interface for Gesture Recognition
  • Self-contained: Includes a signal processing pipeline, providing gesture recognition for an extensive range of input modalities without the need for external power or sensing equipment
  • Assistive: Enables eyes-free, unobtrusive, and ergonomic interaction with computing devices embedded in wearables
  • Versatile: Demonstrates far-reaching potential for applications beyond gesture recognition including in actuation and data acquisition
Flexible Power Generation with Negative Carbon Emissions
  • Energy security: This system enables the continued use of low-cost domestic fuel (i.e., natural gas) for electricity generation and increases the reliability of U.S. electricity production.
  • Environmental protection: Flexible carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems can achieve high CO2 capture rates from flue gas. For example, with this system a power generator could shift the times it exports electricity to the grid, allowing the power generator and CCS plant to operate under steady-state conditions and with reduced emissions.
  • Reduced costs: The cost of a net-zero carbon electricity system is lowered by providing dispatchable power to a high-VRE grid.
Two-Phase Thermal Management System for Integrated Motor Cooling
  • High-performance: Utilizes three-dimensional silicon carbide packaging and novel drive topologies with reduced switching losses, leading to increased power density and lower motor system size and weight
  • Embedded: Integrates with the motor and drive electronics rather than requiring an externally attached heat exchanger system
  • Efficient: Dramatically increases volumetric heat removal rates in electric motor systems by employing a wick structure designed to assist liquid delivery to enable evaporative cooling