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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

RFID Tag-Reader System for Long Range Remote Sensing and Identification

Executive SummaryRFID tags are employed in a multitude of applications and industries, such as transportation, animal identification, retail and many others. However, these applications are typically limited to instances where there is free access to the location of the RFID chip. This MSU developed technology allows a RFID tag to be implemented in...
Published: 8/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Premjeet Chahal, Saikat Mondal
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Computer Hardware, Devices, Electrical, Packaging, Telecommunications and Internet

Tunneling Electrical Contacts

Executive SummaryThe demand for smaller and more efficient electronic devices has driven semiconductor innovation over the past decade. Researchers have studied the nano and sub-nano scale Metal-Semiconductor, Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor, and Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) junctions to develop high performance contacts for integrated circuit design....
Published: 6/28/2018   |   Inventor(s): Peng Zhang, Sneha Banerjee, John Luginsland
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Devices, Electrical, Nanotechnology

A Gating Grid Driver for Time Projection Chamber

Executive SummaryTime Projection Chambers (TPCs) are uniquely useful in analyzing nuclear reactions and resulting particles. These devices rely on fast gating systems to allow or deny entry of particles into the detection area; without which they would not be functional. MSU researchers have developed a novel gating grid driver system for TPCs. Due...

Nanocluster Based Light Emitting Device

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2015, about 10% of total U.S. electricity consumption were used for lighting by the commercial sector and the residential sector. State of the art white organic light emitting devices (WOLEDs) are currently poised to reduce the consumption rate for lighting as they demons...
Published: 11/8/2017   |   Inventor(s): Richard Lunt, Padmanaban Sasthan Kuttipillai
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Electrical

Efficient and Resilient Wireless Link for Biomedical Implants

Executive SummaryOriginally developed for neural implants in monkeys, this invention allows for in vivo wireless data and power transmission as minimally invasive as possible. By removing wires penetrating through the skin, the possibility of infection and inflammation are greatly reduced and is all-around more comfortable for the subject. Addition...
Published: 5/2/2017   |   Inventor(s): Andrew Mason, Ehsan Ashoori
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Test and Measurement, Biotechnology, Electrical, Devices

A Remedial Action Tool with Real-Time Stability Screening for Power System Operators

Executive SummaryIndependent system operators who control the North American electric power grid need real-time or near real-time remedial action screening tools. Current systems do not allow system operators to evaluate and respond to incidents, such as downed powerlines or power generators coming offline, in real-time. This can and often does le...
Published: 7/5/2016   |   Inventor(s): Joydeep Mitra, Niannian Cai, Mohammed Ben-Idris
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Computer Software, Control Systems, Data Processing/Analysis, Electrical, Energy

Reconfigurable Photovoltaic Panels

Executive SummaryPhotovoltaics has long promised to be a viable energy source. However, high costs and limited applicability have restricted the technology’s widespread use. Current solar cells normally are mounted on large, rigid panels. The mounting equipment and packaging around the electronics significantly increases the system cost and ...
Published: 6/28/2016   |   Inventor(s): Marcos Bolanos
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Electrical, Energy, Packaging

Power Source Inverter for Use with a Photovoltaic Solar Panel

Executive SummaryPhotovoltaic (PV) developers desire to make PVs more efficient and cost effective. PVs generate power as direct current, however to power a home or connect to the grid, the power must be converted to alternating current using an inverter. Micro-inverters are typically mounted on the solar panel, making maintenance and replacement o...
Published: 6/21/2016   |   Inventor(s): Bingsen Wang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Electrical, Devices, Energy

Interlayer Additives for Perovskite-based Photovoltaic Devices

Executive SummaryPhotovoltaic devices directly convert solar energy into direct current electricity. Perovskite solar cells are receiving growing attention for large-scale commercial production.. Description of TechnologyHalide perovskite materials are a promising candidate for low-cost and efficient solar photovoltaic applications. A loss of stab...
Published: 5/19/2016   |   Inventor(s): Richard Lunt, Lili Wang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy, Electrical, Materials
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