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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

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

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: 6/4/2018   |   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 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
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