Top 10 Innovations: 2017
Scroll through the 10 most viewed innovations on IN-PART in 2017; an indication of interest from the R&D community in technology being developed in universities around the world.
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1. Multinanoemulsions for Templating Complex Nanoparticles
University of California, Santa Barbara: A process of creating multinanoemulsions with high encapsulation efficiency and droplet stability using sequential high-energy emulsification.
2. Composite Toughening with an Ultra-thin Kevlar® Layer
University of Western Australia: An ultra-thin layer of aramid fibres that can be sandwiched between layers of composite materials to improve adhesion.
3. MEMS for Harvesting Vibrational Energy
SATT Ile-de-France Innov: Microsystem for harvesting vibration energy at human frequencies.
4. Fabrication of Porous PLLA Nanofibres
University of Manchester: A technique for fabricating poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) into fibres or films with high tensile strength and high melting temperatures.
Unfortunately, this technology is no longer available for collaboration, but there is a similar innovation on IN-PART from researchers at The Ohio State University: Fabrication of Nanopapers and Nanoparticle Reinforced Polymeric Composites Using Vacuum-Assisted Layer-by-Layer Spraying Technique.
5. A Surgical Navigation System for Breast Cancer Surgery
Queen’s University: A surgical navigation system enables the surgeon to follow (in real-time) a pre-operatively defined ‘excision path’ for removing the tumour, thereby improving spatial awareness of the tumour relative to electrocautery instrument.
6. High-Performance Nanofilms
Australian National University: A flexible, multilayered nanofilm that enables coatings to be manufactured independently of the substrate.
7. Structurally-Coloured Microparticles
University of Cambridge: A process for producing nanocrystalline cellulose microparticles with structural colouration for a new generation of pigment-free, biodegradable, natural coloured products.
8. An Ion-Exchange Catalyst for Contaminant Wastewater Remediation
De Montfort University Leicester: A catalyst for water remediation that works in the presence of an oxidant such as hydrogen peroxide, peroxy acids, hypochlorous acid or it’s salts.
9. Novel Microfluidic Devices for Supporting Clinical Decision
University of Tasmania: A novel microfluidic device for point-of-care analysis of low-molecular compounds in complex sample matrices at very low concentrations.
Unfortunately, this technology is no longer available for collaboration, but there is a similar innovation on IN-PART from researchers at Northeastern University: A Microfluidic Platform for Drug Modelling & Analysis of Tumour Microenvironments.
10. Electrospun Yarns: A Method for the Production of Continuous Nanofibrous Filaments
Oxford University Innovation: A technique for reliably manufacturing continuous nanofibrous filaments for medical healing textiles such as sutures and tissue-engineered scaffolds, as well as non-medical applications.
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