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Improved Hydrogel Technology for Tunable Energy Absorbance

Executive SummaryHydrogels have been known for decades to be capable of absorbing significant amounts of energy largely due to their unusual ability to hold substantial amounts of water. However, these gels often struggle in applications that require large amounts of deformation. MSU researchers have discovered a novel material additive to not only...
Published: 9/20/2018   |   Inventor(s): Weiyi Lu, Roozbeh Dargazany
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Defense, Materials, Nanotechnology

Novel Lubrication for MAF Processing

Executive SummaryManual labor remains one of the most expensive operating costs for machine shops. This MSU-developed technology seeks to improve the use of Magnetic Field-Assisted Finishing (MAF) to reduce the amount of hand finishing, particularly for mold cavities. Additionally, this technology seeks to improve the lifetime of abrasive particles...
Published: 8/21/2018   |   Inventor(s): Patrick Kwon, Haseung Chung, Pil-Ho Lee
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment, Materials, Mechanical, Nanotechnology

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

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
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