High-Impact Technology Portfolios
The following technologies have significant intellectual property portfolios available for licensing and involve current Argonne development programs.
Argonne is seeking industrial partners to collaborate in the further development of these technologies into successful commercial products and will consider a range of partnering scenarios from licensing to start-up companies.
- Oxygen Sensor: High-temperature, low-cost oxygen sensor is uniquely suited for industrial process and automotive applications. It can withstand temperatures up to 1600oC and requires no external reference air system, allowing it to be placed close to the combustion process for faster and more accurate monitoring.
- TES Microbolometer: Microbolometers, used as detectors in thermal cameras, are extremely sensitive instruments that measure electromagnetic radiation with great accuracy. Argonne has invented a novel method for controlling the sensitivity of transition edge superconduction (TES) microbolometers that enable the creation of large TES devices.
- Nanostructured Catalytic Membranes: Argonne has developed a unique method of generating membranes that offer superior catalytic characteristics than those currently available on the market. The technology is based on the ability to coat anodic aluminum oxide membranes with a variety of different materials that enhance the catalytic effect.
- Hydrogen Sensor: As most people know, hydrogen is an explosive gas. Argonne’s novel hydrogen sensor provides a rapid, highly selective, low power and cost effective method for detection that overcomes some of the limitations of other hydrogen sensors on the market.
- Metal Dusting: Metal dusting is a corrosive phenomenon that occurs during many processes in the chemical and petrochemical industries. Argonne has developed new alloys that are resistant to such corrosive effects and could lead to reformers with greatly increased efficiency.
- Antiscatter Grids: Medical imaging is an important tool in medical science. Argonne scientists have developed unique x-ray scatter grids and nuclear collimators using LIGA fabrication that improve image quality, an important aid to the correct diagnosis.
- Ceramicrete: Ceramicrete is a new-generation material that combines many of the best properties of Portland cement and fired ceramic materials. Ceramicrete's superior strength, controlled setting times and inflammability make it highly desirable for many new applications. Read more about development of Ceramicrete for building and dental materials, oil and gas well bore hole sealant and waste stabilization.
- Near-Frictionless Carbon: Argonne has developed a family of near-frictionless carbon films that provide ultralow friction and superior wear resistance in mechanical applications involving rolling, sliding and rotating contacts. The coatings can be applied to a wide range of materials, including steel, aluminum and titanium alloys, glass, ceramics and hard, high-temperature plastics.