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Novel Fiber-Particle-Matrix Elastomeric Composite
BackgroundApplications of rapid and reversible change in mechanical rigidity are common in nature. Rigidity tuning is also important in engineered systems, such as robotics where control of actuation and mechanical response is often of paramount importance. As engineering increasingly relies on non-rigid and multifunctional materials, there continues...
Published: 12/24/2019   |   Updated: 12/10/2019   |   Inventor(s):  
Category(s): Materials
Reversible Luminescent Vapochromic Sensors Through Modulation of Metal-Metal Interactions
Background:Vapochromic materials suitable for sensing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by the alteration of auro- and metallophilic attractions have attracted considerable attention. The mechanism associated with the vapochromic response typically involves reversible rearrangements catalyzed by solvent vapor or interstitial solvation of transition...
Published: 7/3/2018   |   Updated: 7/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): Vincent Catalano, Christoph Strasser
Category(s): Materials, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics
Method and Apparatus for Cooling Devices Using Phase Change Materials
BackgroundSmall form factor devices such as smartphones and tablets may be thermally constrained by external skin temperature ergonomic limits and by internal component junction temperatures. The combined effect of making the device thinner and increasing performance exasperates the thermal problem, such that the external skin temperature is a primary...
Published: 6/25/2018   |   Updated: 6/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Dhanesh Chandra, Daryl Nelson, Muralidhar Tirumala, Anupam Kumar, Anjali Talekar
Category(s): Materials
A method of controlling their self-assembly and three families of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals with broad application
The most familiar liquid crystals (LC) are found in the electronic display of mobile devices and computers. LC’s are both a material and a state of matter. This opportunity is protected by 4 issued patents. 3 patents protect 3 families of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLC) which have their own individual characteristics and applications....
Published: 12/27/2017   |   Updated: 7/18/2014   |   Inventor(s): Travis Carson, Sean Casey, Isaac Iverson, Wonewoo Seo, SuK-Wah TaM-Chang
Category(s): Chemical, Construction & Built Environment, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Energy & Renewables, Engineering & Manufacturing, Environment & Sustainability, Food & Drink, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences, Materials, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Aviation & Transport
Two-Dimensional Membrane and Polymers
The King Research Group, led by Benjamin King, at the University of Nevada, Reno Chemistry Department is interested in the chemistry of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS), liquid crystals, and advanced polymers. The group takes a physical organic approach involving methods from synthetic, mechanistic, computation, theoretical, polymer, and organometallic...
Published: 12/27/2017   |   Updated: 6/27/2013   |   Inventor(s): Benjamin King, A. Dieter Schluter, Junji Sakamoto
Category(s): Environment & Sustainability, Chemical, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Energy & Renewables, Engineering & Manufacturing, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Information & Communication Technologies, Life Sciences, Materials, Nanotechnology, Aerospace, Aviation & Transport
High Power-Density Plane-Surface Heating Element
Conventional flat-plate heating elements consist of a resistive element that is encapsulated in electrical insulation. With application of electrical power, current flows in the resistive element, generating heat. The resistive element temperature rises and heat is conducted across the insulation. At high power-density, the low thermal conductance...
Published: 12/27/2017   |   Updated: 7/24/2012   |   Inventor(s): Richard Wirtz, Sean Penley
Category(s): Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Energy & Renewables, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences, Materials, Physical Sciences, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Aviation & Transport