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Top 10 University Innovations 2019, Q2

Alex Stockham

Alex Stockham

Communications Manager – IN-PART, London Office.

The 10 university innovations that generated the most interest from our global R&D community in the second quarter of 2019.

Read the full summaries of these projects on IN-PART’s online matchmaking platform for university-industry collaboration, along with other innovations from 220+ universities and research institutes worldwide.


Biomimetic pigments

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 1

A new route to making vibrant, fade-resistant, structurally-coloured polymer pigments for precise colour control in paints and coatings.

– From researchers at the University of Cambridge

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Programmable soft matter

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 2Magnetically-programmable soft materials that are able to change shape in seconds with high spatial and temporal resolution, designed to create dynamic surfaces for robotics.

– From researchers at the Max Planck Society

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Recycling carbon dioxide

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 3A low-temperature, low-pressure process for converting water and waste carbon dioxide into useful hydrocarbon fuels using low-cost catalysts and sunlight.

– From researchers at The University of Adelaide

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Making ammonia accessible

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 4An alternative, electrocatalytic process for producing ammonia, ideal for making fertilisers in remote areas that can’t support capital-intensive Haber Bosch production facilities.

– From researchers at Case Western Reserve University

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Throwing mosquitos off the scent

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 5What’s that smell? Don’t ask a mosquito… This new group of compounds have been designed to disable their olfactory systems, masking attractive human odours as an effective repellent.

– From researchers at Vanderbilt University

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A new treatment for gum disease

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 6A peptide inhibitor that prevents P. gingivalis from adhering to host cells and other bacteria, preventing gum disease and adjacent inflammatory oral diseases.

– From researchers at Stony Brook University

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Self-healing superomniphobic coatings

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 7Not only does this coating repel water and oil, an inbuilt self-healing mechanism means that its superomniphobic properties are fully restored after mechanical damage.

– From researchers at the University of Kansas

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A new treatment for inflammatory diseases

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 8Novel, orally-active, small molecules demonstrated to selectively inhibit the complement protein receptor (C3aR) with the potential to be developed as a first-in-class treatment for a range of inflammatory diseases.

– From researchers at the University of Queensland

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Enabling anti-inflammatory responses

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 9A new understanding of the human complement system, part of the immune system responsible for defending against pathogens, which has shown that the complement split product ‘C4d’ can be recruited to bolster anti-inflammatory responses.

– From researchers at the Medical University of Vienna

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Multifunctional sensors for wearable biometrics

10 University Innovations 2019, Q2 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 10An inexpensive, flexible, RFID sensor designed to remotely detect temperature, pathogen concentration, moisture content, or the firmness of objects to which they’re attached.

– From researchers at Tufts University

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Technology summaries were written by Naomi (1, 4, 9), Callum (2, 3, 7, 10) and Emma (5, 6, 8).


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