|Title Sort descending||Date Posted||Patent Information||Opportunity|
|A Cost-Effective Process for Making Graphene from Domestic Coal for use in Commercial Products||U.S. Patent Pending||
The invention is a new cost-effective way to make high-quality graphene from domestic coal feedstocks. This graphene can be used to make a wide range of consumer products such as structural composites, water purification sorbents, stain- and water- resistant textiles, battery materials, and specialty pigments for paints and coatings. Graphene is an outstanding material made from honeycomb sheets of carbon just one atom thick. Graphene is one of the lightest, strongest, and thinnest materials ever discovered. It has a high surface area, high thermal conductivity, strong chemical durability and high electron mobility making it ideal for use in products requiring mechanical strength, corrosion resistance and thermal/electrical conductivity. This inventive new process also co-produces rare earth elements (REEs) and distilled crude oil liquid, which have their own markets. The co-production of three high value products makes this invention an opportunity to maximize the profitability of a coal-based manufacturing process.
Despite their amazing properties, carbon nanomaterials have not been widely commercialized primarily because of their high costs and limited supplies. Currently, graphene costs approximately $20,000,000 per metric ton and global production capacity is less than 2000 tons/year. The high cost and low supply of graphene are major factors limiting its use in new and innovative consumer products. These issues are driven, in part, by the expensive carbon feedstocks and complicated manufacturing processes currently used to make graphene. The invention overcomes these challenges by utilizing inexpensive & plentiful domestic coal in a simple one-reactor process. This approach brings the total manufacturing costs in line with other specialty materials, such as carbon fiber and carbon black, making the use of graphene in consumer products commercially viable.
|A Unique Split Laser System for Environmental Monitoring||USPN 7,421,166; USPN 8,786,840; USPN 8,934,511; USPN 9,297,696; USPN 9,548,585||
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have developed a novel split laser system for in situ environmental monitoring via Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) or Raman analysis. The design features fiber-coupled, optically-pumped, passively Q-switched lasers that are small, portable, low cost and robust enough for even downhole applications. The technology can be used in a wide array of applications, including, but not limited to, carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring for CO2 sequestration, oil and gas monitoring, and water analysis (groundwater and municipal systems). The technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research with NETL.
Proof of concept experimentation has been completed. NETL researchers are continuing to design miniaturized lasers and optical delivery systems to allow further size and cost reductions. The researchers have identified the need to complete and demonstrate both single point and multipoint measurement prototypes. The results would further validate the technology and expedite its deployment to the private sector.
|Allyl-Containing Ionic Liquid Solvents for Co2 Capture||USPN 9,975,080||
Research is active on the technology titled,“Sulfur Tolerant Ionic Liquid Solvent for Pre-combustion Carbon Capture.” This invention is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
|Application of Oxide Dispersion Strengthening Coatings for Improved Transpiration Cooling||USPN 9,579,722||
Research is active on the development and incorporation of oxide dispersion strengthening (ODS) coatings for use in gas turbine component cooling applications. This invention is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
|Blended Polymer for Gas Separation Membranes||U.S. Patent Pending|
|Catalytic Coal Gasification Process for the Production of Methane-Rich Syngas||USPN 8,920,526||
Research is active on the patented technology, titled "Production of Methane-Rich Syngas from Fuels Using Multi-functional Catalyst/Capture Agent." This technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
|Chromia Refractory Brick with Carbon Treatment for Resistance to Slag Penetration in Gasifier Environments||USPN 9,598,318||
Research is active on the development of a chromia refractory brick composed principally of Cr2O3, Al2O3, and carbon deposits for operation in the slagging environment of a gasifier operating at temperatures between 1250°C and 1575°C, pressures between 300 and 1000 psi, and oxygen partial pressures between 10-4 and 10-10. This invention is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
|Computational and Simulation-Based Tools for Drilling Optimization||U.S. Patent Pending||
Research is active on the patent pending technology titled, “MSE-Based Drilling Optimization Using Neural Network Simulation.” This technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
|Conducting Metal Oxides Integrated With Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW) Sensors For Use In Harsh Environments||U.S. Patent Pending||
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a method for achieving tunable gas sensitivity of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. The innovation implements a class of materials with tunable absolute film conductivities called conducting metal oxides (CMOs), which enables SAW devices to be calibrated for gas sensitivity in diverse harsh-environment conditions.
|Constant Pressure High Throughput Membrane Permeation Testing System||USPN 8,821,614||
A simple and rapid method for the screening of the permeability and selectivity of membranes for gas separation has been developed. A high throughput membrane testing system permits simultaneous evaluation of multiple membranes under conditions of moderate pressure and temperature for both pure gases and gas mixtures. The modular design, on-line sample analysis, and automation-competence of the technology provides a cost-effective approach to identify the optimal membrane for a given gas separation application. This technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.