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Carbon Dioxide Flow Battery

Inventors at UCI have developed a novel electrocatalyst that reversibly converts carbon dioxide to its reduced form for the power source of a flow battery. The incorporation of this novel electocatalyst allows a common chemical, such as carbon dioxide to be included in the flow battery providing more affordable alternative than what is currently used. Furthermore, this technology has increased solubility, improving the energy density of the battery.

Direct Synthesis of Light Olefins from Carbon Dioxide using Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Support

The production of light olefins (ethylene, propylene and butylene) via the activation of carbon dioxide as a feedstock is a challenging reaction that requires intermediate steps and often suffers from low yields. The researchers at the University of California, Irvine, discovered a novel bifunctional catalyst comprising of Zirconium and Indium combined with a zeolite matrix to promote the production of light olefins in higher efficiency and yields.

A New Doping Strategy for Layered Oxide Electrode Materials Used in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at UCI have invented a novel method that significantly improves the design and efficiency of lithium ion batteries. The invention is based on a “high entropy” or “cocktail” doping strategy, which improves the electrochemical performance of cathode materials through increasing energy density and cycle life and reducing reliance on expensive and toxic materials such as Cobalt.

Spray Coated Paint Based on Glass Bubbles for Buildings

Developing optical materials with a high solar reflectivity and high mid-infrared emissivity is important for coating the outdoor buildings. The authors proposed a spray coated paint based on glass bubbles which can be used to maintain the thermal environment of constructions.

Stable N-acetylated analogs of Sialic Acids and Sialosides

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have constructed a library of glycans containing N-acetyl sialic acids to mimic those containing naturally occurring O-acetyl sialic acids.

2-D Polymer-Based Device for Serial X-Ray Crystallography

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a single-use chip for the identification of protein crystals using X-ray based instruments.

Optimizing Bipolar Membrane Interfaces to Catalyze Water Dissociation

Researchers at UCI have modified current commercial membranes to enhance efficiency of water dissociation at varying conditions for electrochemical technologies geared towards renewable fuel generation.

Fumigant Detoxification via Reusable Cotton Material

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed wearable, highly adsorptive, cotton fabrics that can neutralize fumigants in both open-air and sequestered environments.

Method For Liquid-To-Solid Phase Separation Of Uranium And Uranyl Contaminant From Various Solutions

Researchers at UCI have developed a separation method for removing radioactive contaminants, specifically uranium contaminants, from liquid solutions.

Facile, Excitation-Based Spectral Microscopy For Fast Multicolor Imaging And Quantitative Biosensing

The number of color channels that can be concurrently probed in fluorescence microscopy is severely limited by the broad fluorescence spectral width. Spectral imaging offers potential solutions, yet typical approaches to disperse the local emission spectra notably impede the attainable throughput.    UC Berkeley researchers have discovered methods and systems for simultaneously imaging up to 6 subcellular targets, labeled by common fluorophores of substantial spectral overlap, in live cells at low (~1%) crosstalks and high temporal resolutions (down to ~10 ms), using a single, fixed fluorescence emission detection band. 

Method for Producing Amphiphilic and Amphoteric Soy Protein Colloids, Sub-Micron Fibers, and Microfibrils

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a method for converting high molecular weight and complex globular proteins such as soy and pea into amphiphilic and amphoteric colloids, sub-microns fibers, and microfibrils important to multiple consumer and industrial applications.

Flow Chemistry Synthesis Of Diisocyanates From Algae Oil Derived Diacids

Isocyanates serve as important and versatile chemical intermediates in the manufacture of diverse products ranging from flexible and rigid polyurethane foams to agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. The production of isocyanates today draws mainly from petrochemical raw materials, including benzene, toluene, propylene, and aniline, and they are produced industrially using phosgenation of alkyl or aromatic amines. This involves highly toxic phosgene and produces corrosive HCl, limiting synthetic applications.

XNA enzymes to Validate and Treat Genetic Diseases

Allelic proteins are often considered undruggable targets, because therapeutics that interfere with these proteins while leaving the wild-type protein unharmed are difficult to come by. Researchers at UCI have developed a xeno-nucleic enzyme (XNAzyme) that offers a solution to this problem by selectively cleaving the mRNA of mutant alleles while leaving the wild-type mRNA unharmed. This novel gene silencing technology offers an efficient, safe, and effective approach to treating genetic diseases.

Low Molecular Weight Xanthene-Based Fluorophore for Near- and Shortwave Infrared

UC Berkeley researchers have discovered a low molecular weight xanthene-based fluorophore that exhibits excitation and emission profiles in the short wave near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum (SWIR). The fluorophore, KeTMR, was found to have an excitation and emission maxima at 853 nm and 1014 nm, respectively. Additional studies found the fluorophore had a Stokes shift of 161 nm, which is much larger than most rhodamine dyes. Fluorophores are optical “paints” that enable direct visualization of biological structures and processes with high spatial-temporal resolution. Small molecule fluorophores have been extensively studied and the color palette of these paints has expanded to the whole visible region of electromagnetic spectrum. Although powerful, the use of these imaging reagents is restricted to inherently transparent organisms and shallow imaging depths.   

Enhanced Block Copolymer Self-Assembly

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Antimicrobial and Osteoinductive Hydrogel for Dental Applications

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering developed osteoinductive and antimicrobial hydrogel adhesives for dental applications.

Ambient Methane Functionalization Initiated by d0 Metal-Oxo Electrocatalyst

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have developed a new strategy to electrochemically functionalize methane at low activation energies under ambient conditions.

Hydrodealkenylative C(Sp3)–C(Sp2) Bond Scission

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have developed a new chemical reaction that combines ozone, an iron salt, and a hydrogen atom donor to enable hydrodealkenylative cleavage of C(sp3)–C(sp2) bonds in a widely applicable manner.

A Sustainable Alternative Route to Produce Methyl Methacrylate

A sustainable alternative route to produce Methyl methacrylate (MMA) in an engineered yeast strain.

Device and Method for Accurate Sample Injection in Analytical Chemistry

Researchers in the UCLA Departments of Bioengineering and Medical and Molecular Pharmacology and the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences have developed a novel microvalve injector for capillary electrophoresis (CE) that improves injection repeatability and consistency.

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