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.
Tunable Membrane-Based Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery
  • Customizable membrane structure and surface properties provide selective removal of contaminants of emerging concerns (CEC) and recovery of valuable components.
  • An enlarged membrane surface area, combined with a gutter effect from the interlayer, results in nearly double the water permeability of current filtration membranes.
  • Achieves high-performance recovery of essential nutrients/fertilizers that are free of CECs.
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. 
Chemically Modified Reduced Graphene Oxides (rGOs) Improve Strength and Qualities of Polymer Composites
  • Chemically modifying rGO creates improved dispersibility and miscibility that can be used in polymer processes as a composite reinforcement or coating material.
  • Easily scalable solution chemistry and purification/filtration makes the process economically feasible, resulting in a commercially viable material for many applications.
  • Melt lamination results in a robust conductive coating that is more durable than comparable polymer-based coatings and enables many electronically active device designs.
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.
Nanoparticle-Stabilized Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes for Efficient, Large-Scale Gas Separation
  • Cost efficient: Eliminates the need for the time-consuming process of post-treating precursor fibers in a chemical modifying agent in order to prevent collapse
  • Scalable: Increases available surface area for gas separation to accommodate large-scale applications
  • Adaptable: Allows for selection of the nanoparticles’ concentration and type to meet a desired combination of gas permeance and selectivity
Molecular Flux Measurement Device and Method
  • Efficient: Enables a 3x increase in MBE speed compared with metal organic chemical vapor deposition  
  • Controlled: Provides flux stability and control by enabling in-situ measurement of a signal related to the flux, achieving 0.001% flux stability under optimal conditions
  • Reliable: Enables signal measurement in real time, providing high accuracy and reproducibility
Bio-Inspired Gripper with Shear-Induced Clamping
  • Effective: Assists in lifting/releasing objects when in a shear-activated/disactivated mode
  • Versatile: Works with a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials
  • Robust: Does not require high precision in controlling vise jaws, making it easy to implement in an industrial environment
Novel Thin-Film Coatings for Enhanced Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Cathodes
  • Enhances activity and stability: Electro-catalytic activity and stability were enhanced in symmetrical and anode-supported cells.
  • Eliminates technical hurdles: By reducing operating temperatures to 700°C or lower, this process makes SOFCs more commercially feasible.
  • Efficient: The efficient one-step infiltration process enables implementation for typical SOFC fabrication.
Hybrid Triboelectric Nanogenerator Harvests Mechanical and Electrical Energy
  • Sustainable: Harvests energy from the environment to minimize the use of non-renewable materials for power
  • Highly efficient: Exhibits an unprecedented conversion efficiency of 50% to 85%, an area power density of 313 watts per square meter, and a volume power density of 340 kilowatts per cubic meter
  • Powerful: Integrates with several other TENGs for output power of 1 megawatt
Innovative Draw-based Fabrication of Patterned Structures Beyond Prismatic Geometries
  • Innovative: Pioneers a new method, expanding the applications of drawing lithography for shapes other than sharp point geometry
  • Straightforward: Introduces a simpler procedure that, unlike photolithography, does not require a cleanroom or ultraviolet (UV) curing, making it viable for continuous manufacturing
  • Flexible: Includes parameters that can be tuned to produce patterns of different sizes and shapes
High-Caliber 3D and Aerosol Jet Printing with Regenerated Silk Fibroin (RSF)
  • High fidelity: Preserves silk fibroin’s advantageous mechanical properties by creating a printable RSF solution without the need for chemical additives
  • High quality: Identifies the optimum parameters for producing printed patterns with minimal flaws
  • Efficient: Reduces obstacles (e.g., clogged nozzle and overspray) normally encountered in other processes, like inkjet printing
Vapor Modification Method for Wood Product Preservation
  • Water repellant: Manages moisture content by facilitating deep penetration and coating of metal oxide throughout the wood structure
  • Fungal resistant: Withstands mold growth in humid and moist environments
  • Thermally insulating: Reduces thermal bridging in wood studs used in building materials
A Process to Chemically Modify Polymeric Materials
  • Cost reduction – cost is reduced due to technique simplification
  • Efficiency – technique has no requirement for repeated cycling
  • Flexibility – VPI can be applied at any stage in production processes
Alternative Plastic Solution Using Chitin Nanofibers
  • Environmentally friendly – made from renewable materials and biodegradable
  • Competitive – permeability comparable or better than industry standard
  • Cheap – made from a low cost and renewable resources 
Contact Resistance Stabilization for Lead Free Surfaces
  • Efficiency — fuel flexibilty
  • Cost effective — single-step solution and less expensive materials
  • Lower operating temperature — clean production of electricity
Superomniphobic Paper
  • Cost effective
  • Higher oil repellency than currently available
  • Can be modified to repel other substance
Hybrid Extrusion and Coating Technology
  • The technology provides dynamic, in-process patterning that will benefit the mass production of layer-based thin film devices
  • This new approach allows for a purely additive approach to making layer-based devices and does not require an additional subtractive step
  • The integration of CAD into the system allows for making complex patterns
Sol-Gel Films and High Energy Capacitor Device
  • Sol-gel materials are a targeted research area for thin film energy storage and enhanced storage capabilities for wide variety of applications
  • All solution-processing including ready-to-spin recipes
  • Compatible with flexible substrates and roll-to-roll processing