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Propane Dehydrogenation over Carbide Catalysts with High Selectivity
Summary: Iowa State University researchers have developed a propane dehydrogenation method to transform shale gas efficiently to propylene, which allows a new route to the second most abundant polymer, polypropylene. This is the first example of using carbide nanostructures for the catalytic dehydrogenation of propane, propylene selectivity was sho...
Published: 9/13/2017
Category(s): Energy, Cleantech & Environmental, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials
Method for Synthesizing Magnet Alloys via Thermal Spray Using Recycled Material
Summary: Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method to recycle rare earth elements (REE) waste from magnet processing as well as REE from end-of-life magnets using a very simple and economical process. The process involves creating new magnetic material through a thermal spray technique, resulting in magnets with...
Published: 9/1/2017
Category(s): Ames Laboratory, Energy, Cleantech & Environmental, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials
Logarithmic Photo-Converter with Huge Dynamic Range
Summary: This device is capable of measuring optical light levels that may vary from the single photon level up to many orders of magnitude larger illuminations. In fact, the upper range can be almost, apart from practical spatial details, as large as one desires. This device is possible due to the fact that the SiPMs can be exposed to daylight at ...
Published: 8/25/2017
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences, Healthcare, Imaging, Medical Devices, Research Tools & Design Tools
Synthesis of pure or doped porous oxide materials through self-assembly of coordination polymerization
Summary: A simple, effective and controllable synthetic method for porous materials for markets of photo-catalysis, carbon capture, gas storage & separation and beyond Stage1.png Development Stage: Description: Porous materials are of technological significance in a broad range of market applications in catalysis, CO2 capture, gas storage, se...
Published: 7/25/2017
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials
Autonomously self-healing and self-strengthening polymer-metal composites
Summary: Autonomously self-healing and self-strengthening polymer-metal composites developed at Iowa State University have the potential to impact many material markets. Stage1.png Development Stage: Description: Despite self-healing technology being available since 2001, there are limited commercial examples of self-healing materials. ISURF 04588...
Published: 7/25/2017
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials
Bio-Based Lubricants Containing Hydroxy-Branched Fatty Acids
Summary: Hydroxy-branched fatty acids and their ester derivatives, when combined with appropriate base oils, have demonstrated superior performance to commercially available petrochemically-derived lubricants. The hydroxy-branched fatty acids, functionalized at the omega-terminus of the fatty acid, are produced using microbial fermentation, minim...
Published: 7/12/2017
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences
Modular Unit for Thermal Conductivity Measurements in Multiple Cryogenic/Magnetic Field Environments
Summary: Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a modular sample stage and thermal conductivity measurement device that is compatible with a variety of cryogenic and magnetic field apparatus. This modular device allows for easy switching between apparatus to perform a variety of measurements without sample or thermome...
Published: 2/16/2017
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials, Research Tools & Design Tools, Ames Laboratory
Functionalization of Ceria with Phosphate for Catalytic Application
Summary: ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a catalyst functionalized with phosphate that allows for several catalytic processes to occur simultaneously. Stage1.png Description: Ceria (CeO2) catalysts have been a useful solid phase catalyst that has seen an increase in industrial use recently due to its convenient and tunable redo...
Published: 1/10/2017
Category(s): Ames Laboratory, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials
High-Throughput selective capture of biological cells by dielectrophoresis at a bipolar electrode array
Summary: ISU researchers have developed a device that employs an array of > 1,400 wireless electrodes for the continuous high-throughput isolation of cells that often are expressed in small concentrations. Description: ISURF #04548 describes an array of > 1,400 wireless bipolar electrodes (BPEs) in dielectrophoresis (DEP) devices. This allow...
Published: 11/15/2016
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences, Medical Devices, Research Tools & Design Tools
Propane Dehydrogenation Catalyst with Greatly Enhanced Lifespan
Summary: Iowa State University and researchers have developed a process to platinum-tin catalysts for propane dehydrogenation to enhance catalyst lifetime before regeneration up to six-fold. Description: Propane dehydrogenation is a common method to produce propylene, one of the most important chemical building blocks. Platinum-tin catalysts have ...
Published: 9/13/2016
Category(s): Engineering & Physical Sciences, Materials
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