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Accelerating palladium nanowire hydrogen sensors using engineered nanofiltration layers

Researchers at UCI have developed a method for enhancing existing hydrogen gas sensors, leading to as much as a 20-fold improvement in sensor response and recovery times.

Plasmon Resonance Enhanced Optical Means for Surface Disinfection

UCLA researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have developed a novel surface disinfection material for use in hospital coatings.

Diels-Alder Chemistry for Bioconjugation and Incorporation into Non-Natural Amino Acids

A bioconjugation method to covalently link molecular entities to polypeptides such as antibodies using a simple one-pot process.

3D Magnetic Topological Structures for Information Storage

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new way to directly create 3-dimensional topological magnetic structures that allows for efficient information storage with potentially low energy dissipation.

Architected Material Design For Seismic Isolation

Just in the Los Angeles area alone, USGS database shows a 95.23% change of a major earthquake occurring. While there are a variety of seismic devices already installed for the protection of high value structures, other customizable, cost efficient devices currently don’t exist for a wide range of other structures such as apartments, residential homes, or event moderate to high value equipment and artifacts. University of California has invented a novel material and method for creating cost efficient seismic protection devices for all types of such structures.

Process For Electrodepositing Manganeese Oxide With Improved Rate Capabilities For Electrical Energy Storage

The invention is a novel method for enhancing the energy, power and performance of lithium ion batteries. It applies a new process for electrodepositing Manganese Oxide in a way that improves the electrical properties as well as the rate at which the battery can operate. Using this method, the energy storage capabilities is boosted significantly; making it faster, more reliable and enabling various applications to become more dependent on electric/battery solutions.

Hydrogen Gas Sensors Based On Patterned Carbon Nanotube Ropes

This is a fabrication method for hydrogen gas sensors; these sensors have more rapid response times and are more sensitive than current detection techniques.

Anti-Microbial Contact Lens With Ocular Drug Delivery

Anti-microbial, anti-fungal drug eluting contact lens for the controlled release of ophthalmic therapeutics.

Novel Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal Nanopillared Surface

Medical devices are susceptible to contamination by harmful microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, which form biofilms on device surfaces. These biofilms are often resistant to antibiotics and other current treatments, resulting in over 2 million people per year suffering from diseases related to these contaminating microbes. Death rates for many of these diseases are high, often exceeding 50%. Researchers at UCI have developed a novel anti-bacterial and anti-fungal biocomposite that incorporates a nanopillared surface structure that can be applied as a coating to medical devices.

Nanoporous Metal Foam Filters for Clean Air

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed nanoporous metal foams as universal pollutant arrestors.

Butadiene Sulfone (BDS) as a Green Multi-Functional Telomerization Agent for Tunable Hydrophobic Nanocellulose

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a green method green for the telomerization of cellulose using BDS as a multi-functional reagent, solvent and acid source.

Combined Individual Nanomaterial Enhancements for Total X-Ray Enhancement

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a method to combine individual nanomaterial enhancements to achieve greater X-ray enhancement.

Peripheral Nerve Repair By Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers.

UCLA researchers in the Department of Surgery have developed a novel method that promotes directed nerve growth and peripheral nerve regeneration using peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers. The combination of conduit and PA nanofiber scaffold offers greater success than currently used methods of bridging with empty conduits. This novel approach may become a substitute for nerve graft for clinical use in the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries.

Revolutionizing Micro-Array Technologies: A Microscopy Method and System Incorporating Nanofeatures

UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have developed a novel lensfree incoherent holographic microscope using a plasmonic aperture.

Concentration Of Nanoparticles By Zone Heating Method

UCLA researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have invented a novel method to concentrate nanoparticles (NPs) into metal crystals via zone melting.

Process For Recycling Surfactant In Nanoemulsion Production

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have developed a novel method to separate and recycle surfactants used in the manufacturing of nanoemulsions.

Two-Step Processing With Vapor Treatment Of Thin Films Of Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Materials

Prof. Yang and colleagues have developed a novel method of preparing organic-inorganic thin films using a solution process followed by vapor treatment, presenting a low-cost, high-performance solution method of producing optoelectronic devices.

A General Method For Designing Self-Assembling Protein Nanomaterials

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have developed a novel computational method for designing proteins that self-assemble to a desired symmetric architecture. This method combines symmetrical docking with interface design, and it can be used to design a wide variety of self-assembling protein nanomaterials. 

Low Cost Wireless Spirometer Using Acoustic Modulation

The present invention relates to portable Spirometry system that uses sound to transmit pulmonary airflow information to a receiver.

Substrate For Deep Vertical Etches

Many modern microelectromechanical and microembossing applications require the formation of high resolution vertical channels through thin film substrates, which are often difficult and expensive to achieve in current substrates. Researchers at UCI have overcome these limitations by developing an inexpensive material that is inherently easy to vertically etch.

Microfluidic Component Package

The present invention describes a component package that enables a microfluidic device to be fixed to a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) or other substrate, and embedded within a larger microfluidic system.

Tunable Thz Generation In Chip-Scale Graphene

UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have developed a novel tunable and efficient terahertz (THz) plasmon generation on-chip via graphene monolayers.

Broadband Absorbers Via Hyperbolic Metamaterial Particles

Broadband absorbers are essential components of many light detection, energy harvesting and camouflage schemes. Materials that “perfectly” absorb light already exist, but they are bulky and can break when bent. They also cannot be controlled to absorb only a selected range of wavelengths, which is a disadvantage for certain applications. In addition, transferring planar materials to flexible, thin or low-cost substrates poses a significant challenge.

Measurement of Nanoscale Physical Enhancement by Materials under X-ray Irradiation

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a method to study interactions of high density nanoparticles in solution with high spatial resolution.

New Method For Determination Of Molecular Orientation At Interfaces

Sum frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG) is a technique used to analyze surfaces and interfaces. This nonlinear laser spectroscopy method can deduce the composition, orientation distributions, and some structural information of molecules at gas–solid, gas–liquid and liquid–solid interfaces. In a typical SFG setup, two laser beams mix at a surface and generate an output beam with a frequency equal to the sum of the two input frequencies. SFG has advantages in its ability to be monolayer surface sensitive, ability to be performed in situ (for example aqueous surfaces and in gases), and not causing much damage to the sample surface. SFG is comparable to second harmonic generation in Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. It is a challenge to measure orientation heterogeneity. For decades, surface-specific vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy (referred to as 1D VSFG hereafter) has been used to determine the mean tilt angle, under the assumption of a narrow orientational distribution. However, in this case, the knowledge of orientational distribution is lost, and the measured mean tilt angle can deviate from the real mean tilt angle when the orientational distribution is large, which is the well-known “magic angle” challenge.

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