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ORNL to host Technology Innovation Showcase on June 16

The 2022 Technology Innovation Showcase will be held June 16 at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, a DOE user facility, on ORNL's Hardin Valley campus. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will present new technologies available for licensing during the annual Technology Innovation Showcase. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, or MDF, at ORNL’s Hardin Valley campus.

The facility is located at 2350 Cherahala Blvd. in Knoxville.

The showcase will include technology presentations followed by demonstrations and a tour of the MDF, a DOE user facility focused on early-stage research and development. ORNL Technology Transfer staff members will be available to discuss licensing opportunities to industry representatives. Please register online to attend by June 10.

The five technologies to be presented during the showcase include:

  • ChemSitu Microfluidic Imaging, presented by Jack Cahill of ORNL’s Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate, which provides a new analytical capability to solve the problem of elucidating the complex chemistry occurring within microfluidic devices. Knowledge of the chemical constituents inside microfluidic devices is valuable for understanding cell function and the mechanisms of molecular transport in living systems.
  • Eco-Friendly, High-Lubricity Ionic Liquids, presented by Jun Qu of ORNL’s Physical Sciences Directorate. These new groups of eco-friendly high-lubricity ionic liquids, used as additives for hydraulic and hydropower lubrication, are thermally stable, nonflammable, noncorrosive, miscible and chemically compatible with EPA-approved eco-friendly base oils.
  • Sintered Composite Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries, or SINC-lyte, presented by Sergiy Kalnaus of ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, which introduces a composite electrolyte that addresses lithium battery challenges by combining properties of several materials. Ion-conducting ceramic is partially sintered to provide a conductive percolative pathway and to serve as a skeleton that is subsequently back-filled with a polymer electrolyte.
  • Operation Duration Extender for UAV, presented by Veda Prakash Galigekere of ORNL’s Energy Science and Technology Directorate, which uses optimized wireless power transfer systems suitable to be placed on transformers and poles with clear airways. UAVs adapted for the technology will have a compatible, efficient and compact WPT receiver system that can fast-charge the onboard battery by merely hovering over or landing on the transmission pad.
  • CAN-D: Controller Area Network Decoder, presented by Stacy Prowell of ORNL’s National Security Sciences Directorate. CAN-D applies machine learning to quickly decode the structure of messages on the controller area network bus to enable downstream technologies to understand them. This innovation creates an ecosystem of monitoring that allows for improvement of vehicle performance, safety and security.

Read more about the technologies in the 2022 Technology Innovation Program brochure.

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