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Synthesis of Biobased and Substituted Terephthalic Acids and Isophthalic Acids

Executive SummaryMarket and societal pressures are encouraging widespread utilization of biobased plastics. Many chemicals needed to make plastics, particularly PET, are derived from petroleum. This technology allows for the production of these necessary chemicals from either natural gas or renewable feedstocks. Description of TechnologyThis tec...
Published: 9/24/2018   |   Inventor(s): John Frost
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Biotechnology, Environmental, Materials, Packaging

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

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

Co-culture solar production of high-value products utilizing encapsulated, carbohydrate-secreting cyanobacteria

Executive SummaryBiobased plastics and chemicals offer an alternative solution to products traditionally made from fossil fuel sources. Fermentation generally uses heterotrophic organisms to convert carbohydrate-rich feedstocks like sugarcane, sugar beets, and corn into value-added compounds (e.g nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, etc.). Bec...
Published: 6/18/2018   |   Inventor(s): Daniel Ducat, Taylor Weiss, Eric Young
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Agricultural, Chemicals, Energy

Improved Alkaliphile Isolate for Lignocellulosic Biomass Conversion at High pH

Executive SummaryBiomass conversion to fermentable sugars has emerged as a preferred type of renewable energy source to supplant fossil fuels for many applications including fuels, chemical products, and biomaterials like plastics. Biomass derived form starch-based raw materials, however, competes with food markets and tends to be of higher cost to...
Published: 6/5/2018   |   Inventor(s): Jonathan Walton, Bingyao Li, Dina Kruger (jabbour)
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agricultural, Chemicals, Energy

Ambient Cured Omniphobic Polyurethanes Coatings

Executive SummaryResearchers at Michigan State University have developed a new omniphobic polyurethane coating with the ability to repel many types of liquids (such as ink, water, and oil) and other contaminants. This technology is Fluorine-free and cost effective to manufacture. The coating not only repels liquids, but is mechanically durable once...
Published: 6/4/2018   |   Inventor(s): Muhammad Rabnawaz
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Packaging

Lignin Extraction Solvent and Process

Executive SummaryThis MSU technology was developed to remove lignin from woody biomass in order to simplify further downstream processing of the purified cellulose and hemicellulose. This innovation is particularly relevant to those in the sugar and biofuel industries who already utilize woody biomass and are seeking to either reduce operating cost...
Published: 6/4/2018   |   Inventor(s): Mikhail Redko, James Jackson, Christopher Saffron, Leo Lacivita
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Agricultural, Chemicals, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Improved Technology for Mannitol Production

Executive SummaryIndustrialized production of mannitol for use as a food sweetener and various pharmaceutical applications is currently achieved by hydrogenation of a fructose/glucose syrup at high pressures and temperatures. The reaction produces a mixture of mannitol and sorbitol that is both inefficient (70% sorbitol as end-product) and requires...
Published: 5/31/2018   |   Inventor(s): Claire Vieille, Seung Hoon Song, J. Gregory Zeikus
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical

Omniphobic coating

Executive SummaryHydrophobic coatings can be observed in an abundance of industries. From anti-corrosion ship hulls, smudge and water protection of touchscreen devices, and linings of distillation columns the immense dissemination of protective coatings for polymers has driven the research field towards more efficient and hydrophobic compositions. ...
Published: 4/16/2018   |   Inventor(s): Muhammad Rabnawaz, Fahad Khan
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Materials, Chemicals

Lens with Electronically Controlled Optical Properties

Executive SummaryThis MSU-developed device allows for electrical control of the optical properties in a liquid lens and other optic devices. Capable of altering light’s focal point, this technology lends itself into many applications such as displays, microscopes, telescopes, interferometers, and many more. Description of TechnologyBy control...
Published: 4/12/2018   |   Inventor(s): Gary Blanchard, Greg Swain, Romana Jarosova, Ke Ma
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Devices, Photonics
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