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Pb-Ge-Te-Compounds for Thermoelectric Generators or Peltier Arrangements

Executive Summary Thermoelectric devices convert heat into electricity. Conversely, if direct current is applied, heat will be transported from one side to the other (Peltier arrangement) and the device can also act as a heat pump. While some applications exist today, more efficient thermoelectric materials are needed to be practical for a broader...

Cubic Thermoelectric Compounds

Executive Summary Thermoelectric devices convert heat into electricity and can play an important role in energy conservation, management and utilization. However, more efficient thermoelectric materials are needed for higher temperature applications. MSU researchers have developed a novel composition with very high thermoelectric figure of merit,...
Published: 10/16/2020   |   Inventor(s): Mercouri Kanatzidis, Kuei-Fang Hsu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Electrical, Advanced Materials

Buck-Boost Voltage Converter

Executive SummaryFor power control applications where the available dc voltage is limited, an additional dc-dc boost converter is needed to obtain the desirable final voltage. This technology is a switch-capacitor voltage boost (SC) converter and its control methods for implementing power conversion. The SC converter employs a switch capacitor circuit...
Published: 7/2/2019   |   Inventor(s): Ameer Janabi, Bingsen Wang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Electrical

A Multiband Sensing Unit

Executive SummaryWireless sensing can be utilized to monitor multiple targets in various fields, including biomedical, civil engineering, automation, aerospace, and defense. Conventional radio waves do not travel well through conductive mediums, such as metal and sea water. This poses an issue for certain applications, like monitoring the corrosion...

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 high...
Published: 8/21/2018   |   Inventor(s): Quan Zhou, Jason Nicholas, Thomas Bieler
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Electrical, Advanced Materials, Computer Hardware, Materials

RFID Tag-Reader System for Long Range Remote Sensing and Identification

Executive SummaryRFID tags are employed in a multitude of applications and industries, such as transportation, animal identification, retail and many others. However, these applications are typically limited to instances where there is free access to the location of the RFID chip. This MSU developed technology allows a RFID tag to be implemented in...
Published: 8/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Premjeet Chahal, Saikat Mondal
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Computer Hardware, Devices, Electrical, Packaging, Telecommunications and Internet

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

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...

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 demonstrate...
Published: 11/8/2017   |   Inventor(s): Richard Lunt, Padmanaban Sasthan Kuttipillai
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Electrical

Efficient and Resilient Wireless Link for Biomedical Implants

Executive SummaryOriginally developed for neural implants in monkeys, this invention allows for in vivo wireless data and power transmission as minimally invasive as possible. By removing wires penetrating through the skin, the possibility of infection and inflammation are greatly reduced and is all-around more comfortable for the subject. Additionally...
Published: 5/2/2017   |   Inventor(s): Andrew Mason, Ehsan Ashoori
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Test and Measurement, Biotechnology, Electrical, Devices
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