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3D Junction Bipolar Membranes: More Efficient and Reliable Electrodialysis

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a unique membrane material for more efficient and reliable eletrodialysis. By utilizing a 3D junction structure, the nanofiber bipolar membrane does not degrade or delaminate during high current passage unlike commercial 2D membranes that are currently available.

Early Damage and Imbalance Detection of Wind Turbine Rotors using Minimal Sensing

Vanderbilt University researchers have developed a novel detection system that provides knowledge of early damage and imbalance for wind turbine rotors using minimal sensing.

Biohybrid, Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion Device Based on Photosystem I Deposited Silicon Electrodes

Summary: Aresearch team at Vanderbilt University have developed a biohybrid, photoelectrochemical energy conversion device with multilayer films of Photosystem I (PSI) deposited on silicon electrodes, which yielded an average photocurrent density of 875 µA/cm2; one of the highest reported photocurrent densities for a film of PSI deposited onto an electrode of any material.

Bright White Light Nanocrystals for LEDs

A research team lead by Professor Sandra Rosenthal at Vanderbilt University has developed nanocrystals (~2 nm diameter) that emit white light with very high quantum efficiency. This technology would be a viable cost effective candidate for commercial solid-state lighting applications, such as Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These nanocrystals were originally discovered by the same group in 2005; a recent breakthrough in post-treatment results in improving fluorescent quantum yield up to ~ 45%.

Nanofiber Composite Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells

A new nanofiber composite membrane morphology and fabrication scheme has been developed at Vanderbilt University to be used for alkaline anion-exchange membrane fuel cells (AAEMFCs). This membrane has high hydroxyl ion conductivity, good mechanical properties, long term chemical stability and low water swelling. Additionally it is well suited for harsh conditions including high temperature and low humidity.

High Inertance Liquid Piston Engine-Compressor

Inventors at Vanderbilt University have developed a high inertance engine-compressor for use with pneumatically actuated devices, especially those with periods of inactivity between periods of pneumatic use. It utilizes a flexible diaphragm in combination with a liquid piston to achieve high inertance and other operational features such as high efficiency, low noise and low temperature operation.

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Taylor Jordan

Diamond Triode Devices with a Diamond Microtip Emitter

This technology is a diamond triode for micro and power electronics. Diamond microtip field emitters are used in triode vacuum electronic devices, sensors and displays. Diamond triode devices having integral anode and grid structures are fabricated using a patented process. Ultra-sharp tips are formed on the emitters in the fabrication process in which diamond is deposited into mold cavities in a two-step deposition sequence. During deposition of the diamond, the carbon graphite content is carefully controlled to enhance emission performance. The tips or the emitters are treated by post-fabrication processes to further enhance performance.

Synthetic Beam Chopper

A new system of signal modulation and lock-in amplification has been developed at Vanderbilt University. The invention serves as a low cost alternative to current mechanical beam choppers and lock-in amplifiers, with lower limits of detection, decreased need for mechanical precision, and improved accuracy.

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Ashok Choudhury


Jesse Shaver

Through the Tool Tracking for Friction Stir Welding

Utilizing force sensors mounted on the friction stir welding tool, Vanderbilt inventors have developed a technique to keep a weld tool on track. This technology is especially benefi cial in real time corrections for deviations in travel in the case of robotic FSW or ""blind"" welds. The technique is cost- effective in that no additional sensors such as cameras, thermocouples, acoustic emission receivers, etc. are required.

Nanostructured Molybdenum (IV) disulfide (MoS2) Electrodes

The most common counter electrode materials used for in Quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) quickly become poisoned by sulfide, resulting in significant current drops, which lowers solar cell efficiencies and makes them unsuitable for long-term use in a device. Also, some of these materials are rare and expensive, so replacing them with an inexpensive, earth-abundant material is a desirable goal. This invention uses a Mo foil to produce the desired uniform growth of Molybdenum (IV) disulfide (MoS2) petals from the Mo foil, making the foil both the source of Mo as well as the substrate. This petaled MoS2 electrode shows a vastly improved polysulfide reduction compared to Glassy Carbon, ordinary Mo foil, Pt and Au. The petaled MoS2 electrode lost only 0.63% of its initial current density at -1 V whereas Pt lost 13.58% after only five scans, indicating the petaled MoS2 films are highly stable as cathodes. The technology was tested in a solar device setting, using standard photoanodes to test the efficiency of a device employing petaled MoS2 as its cathode. Devices in which a petaled MoS2 cathode was used achieved nearly fivefold improvement in efficiency over those employing a Pt cathode.