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100% Recyclable, Fluorine- and Plastic-Free Fat, Grease and Water Resistant Paper Coating

Executive SummaryWith a societal push to remove plastics from the food industry, there is a need for alternative packaging solutions. Governments and corporations alike have begun banning various single-use plastic products in favor of protecting the environment. This technology seeks to improve polymer coating materials for paper products. This te...
Published: 12/10/2018   |   Inventor(s): Muhammad Rabnawaz, Zhao Li
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Materials, Packaging

Soft Actuators with Stiffness and Shape Modulation

Executive SummaryAccurate and stable robotic systems have traditionally been constructed using rigid materials. However, soft and deformable structures have seen growing interest and application in recent years because they tend to outperform rigid systems. Soft robotics is a subfield that utilizes soft and deformable features, similar to ones foun...
Published: 12/10/2018   |   Inventor(s): Xiaobo Tan, Mohammed Al-Rubaiai, Thassyo Pinto
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Materials, Mechanical

System for Coating Inner Diameter Surface

Executive SummaryDiamond-like coatings offer a coating solution rivaled by few technologies available today. Capable of improving the durability and extending the lifetime of many metallic products, these coatings are typically applied in Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) chambers. PVD processing is a line-of-sight process, meaning the distance betwe...
Published: 9/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Thomas Schuelke, Michael Becker, Lars Haubold, Qi Hua Fan
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment, Devices, Materials

Methods to Manufacture Large Area Single Crystal Diamond Substrates

Executive SummaryThe innovation of manufacturing silicon-based semiconductors led to a boom in the electronics industry, allowing for computer chips to be created. While cleanrooms, improved processing, and other advancements led to even more powerful chips, they are still inherently limited to the material properties of silicon. This suite of MSU ...
Published: 9/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Timothy Grotjohn, Ramon Diaz, Aaron Hardy
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Materials

Slurry Formulation for the Formation of Layers for Solid State Batteries

Executive SummaryElectric vehicles increase the interest in breakthrough energy-storage technology. One approach is to develop solid-state battery (SSB). A primary challenge in SBBs is the development of new manufacturing techniques for ceramic layers, and the assembly of these layers into new cell architectures. This invention presents a novel slu...
Published: 9/24/2018   |   Inventor(s): Isabel Boona, Jeffrey Sakamoto, Travis Thompson
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy, Materials

Improved Hydrogel Technology for Tunable Energy Absorbance

Executive SummaryHydrogels have been known for decades to be capable of absorbing significant amounts of energy largely due to their unusual ability to hold substantial amounts of water. However, these gels often struggle in applications that require large amounts of deformation. MSU researchers have discovered a novel material additive to not only...
Published: 9/20/2018   |   Inventor(s): Weiyi Lu, Roozbeh Dargazany
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Defense, Materials, Nanotechnology

Novel Lubrication for MAF Processing

Executive SummaryManual labor remains one of the most expensive operating costs for machine shops. This MSU-developed technology seeks to improve the use of Magnetic Field-Assisted Finishing (MAF) to reduce the amount of hand finishing, particularly for mold cavities. Additionally, this technology seeks to improve the lifetime of abrasive particles...
Published: 8/21/2018   |   Inventor(s): Patrick Kwon, Haseung Chung, Pil-Ho Lee
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment, Materials, Mechanical, Nanotechnology

Controlled Wetting and Spreading of Silver on Ceramics Using Porous Nickel Interlayers

Executive SummaryCeramic substrates such as alumina, aluminum nitride, or beryllium oxide are highly thermally conductive and can dissipate heat quickly across a surface, preventing heat build-up and improving the life of the semiconductors junctions on a printed circuit board (PCB). Therefore, ceramic substrates are ideal for high amperage and hig...
Published: 8/21/2018   |   Inventor(s): Quan Zhou, Jason Nicholas, Thomas Bieler
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Electrical, Advanced Materials, Computer Hardware, Materials

Reactors for Activating Biochar

Executive SummaryConventional techniques for biochar activation are characterized by notable disadvantages, including limited yield, excessive temperature requirements, and lengthy treatment intervals. Using their expertise in plasma-based materials processing, MSU researchers have proposed a concept for substantially enhancing the efficiency of bi...
Published: 8/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Qi Hua Fan, Martin Toomajian, Thomas Schuelke
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Manufacturing Equipment

Couple-Compression Technology

Executive SummaryWith increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy, researchers continually search for methods of energy generation and storage that increase efficiency and reduce costs. One such method of recovering otherwise wasted energy is the implementation of thermoelectric devices. Thermoelectric devices operate...
Published: 6/4/2018   |   Inventor(s): Edward Timm, Harold Schock, Guoming Zhu, Trevor Ruckle, Kevin Moran
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Transportation, Advanced Materials
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