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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

Ultra Low Power Data Transfer

Executive SummaryThe number of devices connected to the internet (smartphones, tablets, sensors, etc.) is estimated to grow to approximately 50 billion by 2020. In addition to the devices that the user interacts with directly (phone, PC, etc.) there is a large number of autonomous entities including temperature sensors, home security systems, garag...

Enhancement of Oil Biosynthesis through Engineering of Plastid Lipases

Tech ID: TEC2017-0072
Published: 10/9/2017   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Kun Wang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy, Chemicals

Advanced Ceramic-to-Metal Brazing

Executive SummaryJoining dissimilar materials has been an area of study for many decades, with many challenges still being addressed. Our invention allows for a superior brazed joint between ceramic and metal components, with an end product that has less defects – and therefore a stronger bond – than typical brazing methods allow. Descr...
Published: 9/22/2017   |   Inventor(s): Jason Nicholas, Quan Zhou, Thomas Bieler, Rick Kerr
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy

Fuel Efficient Injection and Ignition

Executive SummaryImproving fuel efficiency is currently perhaps the most heavily researched area of development for the automotive industry. MSU researchers have developed a fuel injection system improving efficiency when compared to current production vehicles. This innovation improves dispersion and ignition of fuel in combustion engines. Descri...
Published: 8/30/2017   |   Inventor(s): Harold Schock, Guoming Zhu, Elisa Toulson, Thomas Stuecken
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Mechanical, Transportation

Method for Fabricating Epitaxial Halide Perovskite Films and Devices

Executive SummaryPerovskite crystal structures allow for a transformation in the field of electronic and solar power harvesting devices. Specifically these transparent halide perovskites are able to be grown as a thin film through a process known as epitaxy and can be utilized to store light energy.Description of TechnologyImproving efficiencies ar...
Published: 7/3/2017   |   Inventor(s): Richard Lunt, Lili Wang, Pei Chen
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy

Reducing Cultivation and Harvesting Costs for Cyanobacteria

Executive SummaryOur technology enables physical plant managers to control cyanobacterial flocculation, which significantly reduces recovery and dewatering requirements. These requirements alone account for up to 40% of operating costs in production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals from cyanobacteria. This technology works by inducing cy...
Published: 6/28/2017   |   Inventor(s): Daniel Ducat, Katherine Osteryoung, Joshua MacCready
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy

Algae/Fungi Endosymbiosis Platform for Lipid Biosynthesis

Executive SummaryBioethanol and biodiesel are produced primarily from terrestrial plant material rich in sugar and starch such as corn, sugarcane, or sweet sorghum. However, producing fuels using food crops is not optimal in the long term since they require premium land, abundant water, and large inputs of energy in the form of agricultural machine...
Published: 6/16/2017   |   Inventor(s): Gregory Bonito, Zhi-Yan Du, Christoph Benning
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Agricultural, Chemicals, Biotechnology

Pretreatment of Biomass for Improved Sugar Yield

Executive SummaryResearchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have developed a new pretreatment technology for lignocellulosic biomass that results in increased sugar yields at a reduced cost and increased speed, and generates a separate lignin stream. This larger, faster, and cheaper yield in sugar directly correlates to improved fuel and chemic...
Published: 3/28/2017   |   Inventor(s): Zhenglun Li, Namita Bansal, David Hodge, Eric Hegg, Vaidyanathan Mathrubootham, Aditya Bhalla, Alexander Toulokhonov
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Energy

Increased Cellulosic Ethanol Productivity Through Enzyme Recycling and Yeast Cells Reuse

Executive SummaryCellulosic ethanol is produced from non-food based feedstock such as corn stover, the leaves and stalks of corn. This feedstock contains lignocellulose (cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin), which must be hydrolyzed to release sugars, which are converted to ethanol. Three major issues impeding commercial production of cellulosic e...
Published: 1/30/2017   |   Inventor(s): Mingjie Jin, Venkatesh Balan, Bruce Dale
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy, Agriculture
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