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Polyazacrown-based Materials for Mercury Capture

Executive Summary Coal burning plants emit significant amounts of mercury to the environment, which is harmful to humans. A variety of processes are currently used to mitigate mercury emissions, but there is a need for more effective approaches. MSU researchers have developed a new polymer and method of synthesis for binding to mercury ions and removing...
Published: 10/21/2020   |   Inventor(s): Mikhail Redko, James Jackson, Volodymyr Tarabara, Julian Taurozzi
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Environment, Materials, Energy

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

Two Phase Consortium for Production of Metabolites from a Cyanobacteria/Bacteria Mixed Consortium

Executive SummaryBiobased plastics and chemicals offer an alternative solution to products traditionally made from fossil fuel sources. Bioindustries utilize heterotrophic organisms to convert carbohydrate-rich feedstocks like sugarcane, sugar beets, and corn into value-added compounds (e.g. nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, etc.). Because these...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Daniel Ducat, Taylor Weiss, Eric Young
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, 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 demonstrate...
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, garage...

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 Summary Joining 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. Description...
Published: 9/22/2017   |   Inventor(s): Jason Nicholas, Quan Zhou, Thomas Bieler, Rick Kerr
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy
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