Abstract:This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop high efficiency polymers for organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs). OPVs based on polymers are ideal for environmentally-benign and affordable energy generation. However, the efficiency of OPVs is still low compared to… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Targeting the B-cell Receptor Complex and Downstream Kinases The B-cell Receptor Complex (BCRC) comprises a cell-surface membrane bound Ig (mIg) and closely associated co-signaling molecules. Previous strategies to targ
et the BCRC molecules in B-cell… more
Abstract:Soilborne fungal pathogens Rhizoctonia and Pythium are major yield limiting factors in cereal production systems in the Pacific Northwest with an estimated $101 million loss per year due to th ese pathogens. The expected outcome is a more effective management system for these pathogens that provides… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase I project will develop a phage technology to remediate and control the foam-causing microorganisms at wastewater treatment plants. The research will include isolation of problematic foaming Nocardia species, isolation of phage capable of killing foaming Nocardia, and evaluation of… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Dramatic growth of the senior population in the U.S. is widely expected to challenge the capacity of this segment of the U.S. health system. Alternative strategies to support seniors living independently will be critica
l in meeting the short fall. My Health Care… more
Abstract:Rural farming communities, rural homeowners, the farmers, the small business/industries, the schools, and the municipalities need quality alternative energy solution to help offset all or a portion of their electrical power usage. In many instances the high cost of energy prohibits economic recovery… more
Abstract:Thousands of tons of food service disposable and packaging products made from non-renewable resources are discarded every year in the USA. Not only do these products pollute and stay in the environment for hundreds of years, they are also toxic in production, usage and disposal. According to… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project develops a unique and transformative ramp load hard disk drive actuator that provides significant improvements over existing ramp load technology by increasing performance and reducing costs. A ramp is used to park the read/write heads… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will design, build and test a prototype wireless weigh-in-motion or W-WIM system. The proposed W-WIM system comprises an array of up to eight 3in cubes embedded in the pavement. Each cube contains a MeMS accelerometer, a microprocessor,… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall objective of this project is to develop a prostate cancer diagnostic test for biopsies with atypical findings. Over one million prostate biopsies are performed in the US each year. Approximately 10% show abn
ormalities that are suspicious but not… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been an important treatment option for many patients with hematologic malignancies and solid tumors such as acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes
, chronic myeloid leukemia, systemic… more
Abstract:The production of saleable products of lily bulbs and plants normally requires a minimum of 2 years. These production systems involve growth of bulbs and plants in the field, vernalization of saleable bulbs, and planting and growing plants from the bulbs in greenhouses. The field production phase… more
Abstract:More than 20% of the American population harbor the risk factors defined for metabolic syndrome, a condition that is highly correlated with the development of type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Various botanical extracts have been used in traditional medicines to treat the symptoms of… more
Abstract:The Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development have identified development of alternative energy as a top priority. In light of this important policy priority, the Department of Energy's technical report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030, projects an exploding demand for… more
Abstract:With rapid worldwide industrialization, the energy consumption and accompanying greenhouse gas emissions are becoming a major worldwide problem. This is causing global warming and potential health hazards. DOE
Abstract:Detroit was facing dire conditions well prior to the economic crisis currently faced by the rest of the nation. The city's median household income in 2007 was $29,109. Per capita income was $14,916 and median earnings for workers was $21,527. In May of 2009, when the nation reached the highest… more
Abstract:Biogas & Electric LLC proposes a novel low cost approach to NOx removal through a combination of extended absorption and selective non-catalytic reduction utilizing the anaerobic digester liquid waste stream. If efficacy in the proposed NOx removal process can be shown, the new method will be… more
Abstract:Pectin is, after cellulose, the second most abundant polymer on earth; but its level of utilization in industrial products is very low. High molecular weight pectin is used in food products where it suffers from stagnant markets and high production costs due to the use of organic solvents, low… more
Abstract:Studies have shown that up to 70 percent of conventionally applied fertilizer goes unutilized by plants and becomes a contaminant of surface and ground (drinking) water. Fertilizer run-off in surface water leads to oxygen depletion of streams, lakes, and other bodies of water. Without oxygen, the… more
This Phase I research effort is to design and develop “seed” nursery methodologies for development of commercial-scale production of young kelp plants, specifically Saccharina latissima (Phase I), Alaria esculenta and Laminaria digitata (Phase… more
Abstract:Recently, there has been a tremendous worldwide interest in the commercialization of energy efficient, environmentally friendly, hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles and devices. One of the key challenges in the development of fuel cell technology for these applications is the problem of onboard… more
Abstract:Pressure compensating (pc) drippers provide uniform water flow through drippers inserted anywhere along the irrigation pipe, regardless of pressure differences. PC drippers provide precise, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of water and chemicals to plants and crops. Today the process for… more
Abstract:The cost of hydrogen fueling stations in the United States is unacceptably high. The industry must explore any opportunity to reduce the cost of hydrogen fueling and infrastructure in order to make hydrogen refueling a commercially beneficial possibility. This project will explore and document… more
Abstract:Thin film solar cells, or thin film photovoltaic (PV) cells, are a promising and cost effective means of generating electricity from sunlight. Their manufacture, however, often requires critical, careful process controls in order to produce efficient and economically viable devices. Current process… more
Abstract:Current commercial thermoelectric generators (TEG) and materials can only harvest waste energy at temperatures below 250C, with newer systems that might reach 500C(PbTe). Current TE systems are not cost competitive with competing energy harvesting technologies. This is because current methods of… more
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