Category: energy-environment

The developed technology aims to solve the water production and management problem in the cathode catalyst layer of a PEM Fuel Cell during a high current density operation.

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Continuous process for the controlled ozonolysis of organsolv lignin in a solvent consisting of short chain carboxylic acids or short chain carboxylic acid/water mixtures to yield aromatic monomer products including vanillin.

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A safe method for the direct oxidation of methane and light alkanes to methanol and other oxygenates is disclosed.  Selective catalytic oxidation can be a transformative technology for using increasing abundant natural gas, bio-gas and other sources of low value hydrocarbons via gas to liquid process.

This invention provides a method for synthesizing a novel hydrogel that can switch its wettability and absorption for polar liquids and maintain its non-polar liquid repellency while requiring minimal heat input.  The invention enables a separation method has the potential to reduce energy costs for some industrial processes and has been employed to separate immiscible polar-non-polar liquid mixtures (water and oil) and a completely miscible liquid mixture (ethanol and heptane) at room temperature.

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This invention provides a composition and method for effectively and responsibly degrading polymers using an enzyme. It is most applicable in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) applications in the oil and gas industry. The system has the ability to break down a wide variety of fracking polymers without the use of toxic chemicals, and has the potential to degrade other organic molecules and pollutants associated with remediation processes.

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This is a novel seedless floating growth technique for synthesis of a variety of hybrid nanostructures on graphene, primarily for electronic and optoelectronic applications. 

This method utilizes a novel solid catalyst made specifically for olefin epoxidation. The catalyst utilizes a base in order to allow hydrogen peroxide to be utilized as an oxidant.  Further the system allows for a constant flow of feedstock to flow through the catalyst with minimal leaching of the metal from the catalyst allowing for a longer life of the catalyst.

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Method for converting lignin biomass to aromatic compounds using a novel mesoporous acid catalyst. 

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A novel thin-film single-offset superlattice photovoltaic technology with superior performance and low fabrication cost through use of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) manufacturing methods and lower cost materials.

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A novel low-cost method for fabricating high-performance plasmonic graphene for use in thin-film photovoltaic devices and other optoelectronics.

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