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Cell Transport, Lysis and Analysis on Microfluidic Devices Disclosure Number 200100918 Technology Summary A method for transporting, lysing and analyzing cells in microfluidic devices. Cell lysis can be completed in less than 66 ms using the present method, compared to the several seconds it takes to perform chemical lysis. Rapid cell lysis helps minimize…

Pulse Thermal Processing of Functional Materials Using a Directed Plasma Arc Using pulses of high density infrared light from a directed plasma arc, ORNL researchers invented a method to thermally process thin films and other functional materials on temperature-sensitive substrates. This approach, pulse thermal processing, could revolutionize the handling of functional materials because it reduce…

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: Plasma, Thin Film, Infrared...

High-Performance Plastics from Renewable Sources Lignin, a complex polyphenol found in lignocellulosic biomass, is the third most abundant natural polymer and accounts for up to 30% by weight of wood. This valuable by-product of the biorefinery and pulp and paper industries is produced in quantities exceeding 200 million metric tons annually. Significant commercial potential exists for the conv…

Method for Sequencing Nucleic Acids Disclosure Number 200000812 Technology Summary A method for sequencing nucleic acids at the single molecule level. The method thus allows dynamic sequencing of nucleic acids during the polymerization reaction. Inventor FOOTE, ROBERT Chemical Sciences Division Licensing Contact CALDWELL, JENNIFER T UT-Battelle, LLC…

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: Chemistry, Acid, Fuel Cell...

Carbon Nanotubes Grown on Various Fibers ORNL researchers invented a method for growing carbon nanotubes on the surfaces of various fiber materials, including quartz, carbon, and activated carbon fibers. These materials may have significant applicability for a variety of advanced fiber composites and products, such as aviation structural materials and military armor. The materials could also co…

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: Fiber, Carbon Nanotube, Carbon...

Catalytic Conversion of Bioethanol to Hydrocarbons A method for catalytically converting an alcohol to a hydrocarbon without requiring purified or concentrated alcohol was invented by ORNL researchers. This approach can be used for relatively dilute bio-mass produced alcohols, such as those found in a biomass fermentation reactor. Conventional biomass to hydrocarbon conversion is generally not c…

To dramatically improve the wear resistance characteristics of titanium aluminide (Ti-Al) intermetallic alloys, ORNL researchers invented a surface treatment method using oxygen diffusion. Preliminary study has demonstrated a friction reduction of 20% and a wear reduction of at least three orders of magnitude when dry sliding against a bearing steel. Ti-Al intermetallic alloys are known for their…

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: Alloy, Oxygen, Titanium Alloy...

Nanotextured, non-plating electrode for low temperature electrochemical nanoparticle synthesis and other particulate electrochemical reactions Nanotextured, non-plating electrode for low temperature electrochemical nanoparticle synthesis and other particulate electrochemical reactions Disclosure Number 201303002 Technology Summary This invention disclosu…

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Calcium Hexa Aluminate Linings for Alkaline Environments A new composition of calcium hexa aluminate developed at ORNL is a highly effective chemical barrier against corrosive materials inside storage, process, and transport vessel containers. The CA6 composition protects containers from the critical temperatures and chemical environments created by alkali and/or high alkaline salts or salt formi…

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Novel Nanopore Membrane Technology Recovers Energy from Industrial Effluents A vast amount of energy is wasted in the United States from the exhaust/effluent streams of an estimated 163,000 commercial and industrial boilers. Much of this energy could be recovered by sieving the streams through inorganic membranes featuring nano-sized pore technology. The estimated savings by 2030 for energy recov…

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