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Synthetic Bacterial Microcompartment Shell Proteins Derived by Circular Permutation and/or Genetic Fusion

INTRODUCTION Bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) are organelles used by various bacteria to encapsulate metabolic pathways into a proteinaceous shell. BMCs serve as scaffolds to organize encapsulated enzymes and as physical boundaries to reduce diffusive loss of volatile or toxic intermediates and restrict crosstalk with cytosolic biosynthetic pathways....
Published: 9/30/2022   |   Inventor(s): Cheryl Kerfeld, Bryan Ferlez, Markus Sutter, Andrew Hagen, Nancy Sloan
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy, Chemicals, Environmental, Manufacturing Equipment

A Robust Algal Assemblage to Enhance Carbon Dioxide Capture and Improve Biomass Production

­A Robust Algal Assemblage for Biomass Production and Carbon Dioxide Capture Executive Summary: Stable algal assemblage cultured for biomass production and carbon dioxide capture is robust under different bioreactor configurations, environmental conditions, and CO2 supplements. Background: Carbon dioxide accounts for 82% of greenhouse gas...
Published: 9/13/2022   |   Inventor(s): Wei Liao, Yan (susie) Liu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agricultural, Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Environmental

Brazing Technology for Aluminum Containing Stainless Steel Providing High Electrical Conductivity Joints

­ Executive Summary Oxidation resistive ferritic stainless steels are used in applications such as solid oxide fuel cells where corrosion resistance is needed under extreme environmental conditions. These materials are commonly bonded to other metals or ceramics by methods including brazing where the braze joints need to withstand high temperature...
Published: 8/20/2022   |   Inventor(s): Jason Nicholas, Genzhi Hu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy

Engineered Shell Proteins to Enable Electron Transfer Across the Shell of a Bacterial Microcompartment

INTRODUCTION Bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) are organelles used by various bacteria to encapsulate metabolic pathways into a proteinaceous shell. Because of their attributes (self-assembling modules, optimization of the reactions in their lumen.) they have potential as catalytic bioreactors that can be customized to support new metabolic functions....
Published: 8/20/2022   |   Inventor(s): Cheryl Kerfeld, Clement Aussignargues
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Energy, Environmental, Manufacturing Equipment

Polyazacrown-based Materials for Mercury Capture

Executive Summary Coal burning plants emit significant amounts of mercury to the environment, which is harmful to humans. A variety of processes are currently used to mitigate mercury emissions, but there is a need for more effective approaches. MSU researchers have developed a new polymer and method of synthesis for binding to mercury ions and removing...
Published: 8/20/2022   |   Inventor(s): Mikhail Redko, James Jackson, Volodymyr Tarabara, Julian Taurozzi
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Environment, Materials, Energy

Pb-Ge-Te-Compounds for Thermoelectric Generators or Peltier Arrangements

Executive Summary Thermoelectric devices convert heat into electricity. Conversely, if direct current is applied, heat will be transported from one side to the other (Peltier arrangement) and the device can also act as a heat pump. While some applications exist today, more efficient thermoelectric materials are needed to be practical for a broader...

Two Phase Consortium for Production of Metabolites from a Cyanobacteria/Bacteria Mixed Consortium

Executive SummaryBiobased plastics and chemicals offer an alternative solution to products traditionally made from fossil fuel sources. Bioindustries utilize heterotrophic organisms to convert carbohydrate-rich feedstocks like sugarcane, sugar beets, and corn into value-added compounds (e.g. nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, etc.). Because these...
Published: 8/20/2022   |   Inventor(s): Daniel Ducat, Taylor Weiss, Eric Young
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Agricultural, Chemicals, Energy

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...

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: 8/20/2022   |   Inventor(s): Edward Timm, Harold Schock, Guoming Zhu, Trevor Ruckle, Kevin Moran
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Transportation, Advanced Materials

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 demonstrate...
Published: 8/20/2022   |   Inventor(s): Richard Lunt, Padmanaban Sasthan Kuttipillai
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Electrical
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