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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

Simplified Manufacturing of Ink, Water, Oil, and Grime Repelling Coating

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 materials. This technology is Fluorine-free and cost effective to manufacture. The coating not only repels liquids, but is mechanically durable once ap...
Published: 12/6/2017   |   Inventor(s): Muhammad Rabnawaz, Vijay Pandian
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Materials, Chemicals, Packaging

Metal Coating of Hydrophobic Polymer Surfaces

Executive SummaryAs the plastics industry has begun to reach the limits of mechanical properties, specialized applications are beginning to turn to composites instead. Metallic plating of materials offers many benefits such as increased abrasion resistance and improved mechanical properties, but is time consuming, costly, and manufacturing is poten...
Published: 6/16/2017   |   Inventor(s): Ilsoon Lee, Wei Wang, Ankush Gokhale
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Materials, Packaging

Improved Corrosion Resistance in Aluminum Joints

Executive SummaryWhile aluminum and aluminum products are generally not subjects of corrosion due to environmental conditions, they are still subject to the effects of galvanic corrosion. By altering the nobility of aluminum, the effects of galvanic corrosion can be minimized and the durability of aluminum products may be enhanced. Description of T...
Published: 5/25/2017   |   Inventor(s): Andre Lee, Yuelin Wu, Yang Lu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Materials, Nanotechnology, Chemicals

Methods for Estimating Remaining Life of a Monitored Structure

Executive SummaryUnderstanding how structures are deteriorating over time is critical to preserving safety and functionality while establishing a cost effective maintenance program. Recently, self-powered sensors have been developed for sensing fatigue in mechanical structures. It is desirable to develop robust data interpretation techniques that a...
Published: 6/24/2016   |   Inventor(s): Nizar Lajnef, Mohamed Rhimi
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Data Processing/Analysis, Materials, Test and Measurement

Fluorescent Labeling and Tracking of Nanoclay

Executive SummaryThe most commonly used nanoclay is montmorillonite. There are potential environmental and health risks in exposure to these materials. One reason for the lack of understanding of the impact that these materials have on the environment and biological system lies in the shortcomings of the analytical tools that currently exist aimed ...
Published: 6/23/2016   |   Inventor(s): Rafael Auras, Maria Rubino, Joseph Hotchkiss, Krishnamurthy Jayaraman, Yining Xia, Carlos Diaz
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Materials, Packaging

Downstream Fractionation of Extractive AFEX Lignin Streams

Executive SummaryEnzymatically processing lignocellulosic biomass for ethanol production results in the separation of cellulose and lignin. While cellulose can be used to create ethanol, the lignin extracted through standard paper pulping and other chemically harsh methods is generally considered unfit for commercial use due to impurities and heter...
Published: 6/16/2016   |   Inventor(s): Bruce Dale, Shishir Chundawat, Venkatesh Balan, Leonardo Da costa sousa
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Energy, Materials

Conductive Coatings Produced by Monolayer Deposition on Surfaces

Executive SummaryGraphite has excellent material properties such as thermal and electrical conductivity, strength, and abundance. Highly customizable use of graphite is now possible for coatings, films, and composites. Description of TechnologyNanographite coating and films can be created with this technology cost effectively. Nanographite coat...
Published: 5/19/2016   |   Inventor(s): Lawrence Drzal, Inhwan Do
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Materials

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

RF-Enabled High-Brightness Ultrafast Electron Microscope

IntroductionSpatial and temporal resolution in electron microscopy depend on the electron source. To achieve nanometer resolution on a femtosecond time scale, electrons from the source must be produced within a femtosecond and closely bundled spatially. These requirements lead to space-charge limitations, i.e. the repulsion of like charges confined...
Published: 4/8/2016   |   Inventor(s): Chong-yu Ruan, Martin Berz, Zhensheng Tao
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Analytical Instruments, Nanotechnology, Test and Measurement, Materials
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