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Novel Electroactive Polymer-based Flow Sensors for Automotive Systems

Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s sensing technology enables potential commercial applications in a broad range of industrial applications where information is needed on a combination of fluid/gas flow rates (e.g., in a line), along with the real-time density/viscosity variation of those fluids or gases. The invention uses electroactive...
Published: 4/25/2011   |   Inventor(s): Guoming Zhu, Xiaobo Tan, David Hung
Keywords(s): 3D Cursor, Automotive, Engine Control Module, Ethanol, Mass Air Flow Sensor, Polymers Category(s): Mechanical, Electrical, Devices

A Novel Extractive Ammonia Fiber Expansion (AFEX) Process

IntroductionIn the continuing push to develop alternative fuels, bioethanol is clearly a viable option. However, if it is to become a truly economical alternative, a more effective and efficient method of processing lignocellulosic biomass must be developed. Description of Technology Michigan State University has developed a novel lignocellulosic biomass...

Utility Promoters for Biomass Feedstock Biotechnology

IntroductionGenetic optimization of biomass is necessary to improve the rates and final yields of sugar release from woody biomass. Areas that would benefit from genetic optimization include growth rate, environmental stress tolerance, yields of easily fermentable polysaccharides, total lignin content, lowering biomass recalcitrance to fermentation,...
Published: 4/13/2011   |   Inventor(s): Kyung-Hwan Han, Jae-Heung Ko
Keywords(s): Biofuel, Biomass, Ethanol, Feedstock, Lignocellulose Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Energy

High Starch in Plant Leaves at Harvest

IntroductionCurrently, there is a great interest in using plant biomass, instead of grain, to produce ethanol. Starch can easily be used to make ethanol and would improve ethanol production from cellulose. In most plants, though, starch accumulated during the day is usually broken down each night, resulting in very little starch accumulation in the...
Published: 2/25/2011   |   Inventor(s): Thomas Sharkey, Sean Weise
Keywords(s): Biofuel, Ethanol, Maize, Transgenic Crops Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

Continuous Nano-Hybrid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Biofuels

IntroductionDue to its abundant resources, lignocellulosic biomass is a promising candidate for bioethanol production to reduce the dependence of transportation fuels on petroleum and decrease the greenhouse gas emission. Biomass pretreatment is an essential processing step in the enzymatic hydrolysis of biofuels or pulp from lignocellulosic plants....
Published: 1/21/2011   |   Inventor(s): Ilsoon Lee, Wei Wang, Shaowen Ji
Keywords(s): Biofuels, Biomass, Biomass Ethanol, Cellulose, Ethanol, Lignin Category(s): Biotechnology, Nanotechnology