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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

Tunneling Electrical Contacts

Executive SummaryThe demand for smaller and more efficient electronic devices has driven semiconductor innovation over the past decade. Researchers have studied the nano and sub-nano scale Metal-Semiconductor, Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor, and Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) junctions to develop high performance contacts for integrated circuit design....
Published: 6/28/2018   |   Inventor(s): Peng Zhang, Sneha Banerjee, John Luginsland
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Devices, Electrical, Nanotechnology

RF Detection of Analytes

Executive SummaryDue to public health concerns since the 1920’s, the U.S. dairy industry is federally required to be monitored and treated for bacterial contamination. Most municipalities mandate pasteurization to reduce the number of viable pathogens likely to cause disease. Pre- and post-pasteurized milk is often tested for contamination vi...

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

Fast and Efficient Production of Cellulose Nanowhiskers for Use in Composite Materials

Executive SummaryCellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) are small needle like structures comprised of nanostructured cellulose that provide greater stiffness and higher tensile strength than conventionally used wood fibers. However, the current production process of CNWs is very costly and time-consuming, which renders commercialization impossible. This inn...
Published: 3/14/2017   |   Inventor(s): Ilsoon Lee, Shaowen Ji
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology

Nanoparticle-DNA for Anti-Counterfeiting

Executive SummaryA 2008 report by the International Chamber of Commerce valued the counterfeit market at $650 billion and was expected to rise to $1.7 trillion in eight years. There is large safety concern with many counterfeit products, especially pharmaceuticals and toys manufactured with toxic agents. Researchers at Michigan State University hav...
Published: 12/12/2016   |   Inventor(s): Evangelyn Alocilja
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Nanotechnology

AFM Control System for Video Rate Imaging and Manipulation

Executive SummaryAtomic force microscopes (AFM), are a very high-resolution type of scanning probe microscope. Imaging speeds, however, are limited by the inertia and resonances of the scanning systems and of the AFM cantilever. It is desirable to increase the scan speed of applications without the need to make physical changes to the dynamics of t...
Published: 6/17/2016   |   Inventor(s): Ning Xi, Bo Song, Jianguo Zhao, Wai Chiu King Lai
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Analytical Instruments, Control Systems, Devices, Nanotechnology

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

Field-Operable Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)-Based Biosensor with Embedded Temperature Control

IntroductionInnovators at Michigan State University developed a portable Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)-based biosensor that utilizes magnetic nanoparticles as a biomarker for label-free isolation and detection of target bio-materials from complex sample matrices. The NMR-based biosensor operates at 0.47 Tesla, utilizing an embedded magnet and el...
Published: 11/7/2013   |   Inventor(s): Evangelyn Alocilja, Yilun Luo
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Medical, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Devices, Test and Measurement
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