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Falling Bed Plasma Reactors

VALUE PROPOSITION A large variety of applications require powdered materials to be treated by plasmas. Most applications used in the industry and research labs have a static configuration, where the powder samples are placed in a tray and stay still during the process. This is ineffective if the powders pile up in multiple layers since the plasma...
Published: 7/22/2021   |   Inventor(s): Qi Fan, Martin Toomajian
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Devices, Manufacturing Equipment

Engineered Shell Proteins to Enable Electron Transfer Across the Shell of a Bacterial Microcompartment

INTRODUCTION Bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) are organelles used by various bacteria to encapsulate metabolic pathways into a proteinaceous shell. Because of their attributes (self-assembling modules, optimization of the reactions in their lumen.) they have potential as catalytic bioreactors that can be customized to support new metabolic functions....
Published: 3/3/2021   |   Inventor(s): Cheryl Kerfeld, Clement Aussignargues
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Energy, Environmental, Manufacturing Equipment

High-density Plasma for Material Processing

Executive SummaryRF plasma discharges are widely used for materials processing in semiconductor industry and coatings applications. The efficiency of interactions between plasma and materials depends on the plasma density. Conventional RF discharges tend to lose high-energy electrons to the electrodes leading to lower plasma densities and unfavorable...
Published: 8/5/2019   |   Inventor(s): Qi Fan, Thomas Schuelke, Michael Becker, Bocong Zheng
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Materials, Manufacturing Equipment

Single Beam Plasma Source

Executive SummaryPlasma-based ion sources are used in a variety of modern manufacturing processes, such as thin film deposition, etching, and surface engineering. Conventional linear ion sources have a race-track geometry that leads to a wide beam angle, limiting the ability to tune the ion-source interactions. Further advances in these processes require...
Published: 5/24/2019   |   Inventor(s): Qi Fan, Thomas Schuelke, Lars Haubold, Michael Petzold
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Devices, Manufacturing Equipment

System for Coating Inner Diameter Surface

Executive SummaryDiamond-like coatings offer a coating solution rivaled by few technologies available today. Capable of improving the durability and extending the lifetime of many metallic products, these coatings are typically applied in Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) chambers. PVD processing is a line-of-sight process, meaning the distance between...
Published: 9/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Thomas Schuelke, Michael Becker, Lars Haubold, Qi Fan
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment, Devices, Materials

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

Reactors for Activating Biochar

Executive SummaryConventional techniques for biochar activation are characterized by notable disadvantages, including limited yield, excessive temperature requirements, and lengthy treatment intervals. Using their expertise in plasma-based materials processing, MSU researchers have proposed a concept for substantially enhancing the efficiency of biochar...
Published: 8/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Qi Fan, Martin Toomajian, Thomas Schuelke
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Manufacturing Equipment

3-D Printer Technology

Executive SummaryThis novel 3-D print head technology allows for the addition of printing with multiple materials to 3-D printers. The technology allows both the deposition and removal of materials as well as surface property modifications in small, spatially localized regions. This treatment can change the material’s physical properties, such...
Published: 5/16/2016   |   Inventor(s): Timothy Grotjohn
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment, Subassemblies and Components

Laser Assisted SiC Growth on Si Substrates

IntroductionAs the demand for energy production shifts from non-renewable sources to renewable sources the market for those renewable energy sources will grow. Solar cell technology is a leading contender in the renewable arena. Enough energy comes from the sun in 1 hour to power the global population for a year. Although renewable technologies such...
Published: 4/8/2016   |   Inventor(s): Premjeet Chahal, Tim Hogan, Amanpreet Kaur
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment

Composite Thermo-Hydroforming Manufacturing Process for Thermoplastic Composite Laminates

Introduction In hydroforming, a metal blank is formed into a desired shape with the use of fluid pressure impinging on the blank which in turn impinges on a die that gives the blank its final shape. Hydroforming has a number of advantages when compared to other shaping processes, including reduced tooling cost, increased drawability, and enhanced...
Published: 10/8/2015   |   Inventor(s): Farhang Pourboghrat, Nicholas Kuuttila
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Equipment