3D printing of electrochemically driven point-of-care test (POCT) device for heavy metal ions detection

This project aims to develop a fast-response, portable and mobile-readable point of care test (POCT) device. Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology is proposed to fabricate the configuration that features components and elements functioning to accommodate and integrate all principle stages of analysis, including sample pre-treatment, fluidic manipulation and signal detection.

Process quality control in electropolishing

Passive Action (PA) has established know-how and technology to finish metal parts for a wide range of applications (e.g. storage racks for the pharmaceutical industry). They use an electropolishing to achieve this finish of metal parts. This technology has shown its economic advantages over other conventional techniques for surface smoothening and deburring (remove sharp edges).

Nanostructured functional materials from the bottom up

In this series of collaborative projects, we propose a combination of computational and experimental investigations of the preparation and dielectric properties of new, mixed inorganic materials. We will optimize the fabrication process of standard oxide dielectrics and semiconductors, and mixed derivative materials for efficiency and costs, and study the effects of making small modifications to the material’s composition on its field response. The materials proposed here have the potential to evolve in a new class of energy storage and related technology within the next 10 years.

Development of an Industrial Design Workflow to Incorporate 3D Scanning for Manufacturing Tooling Processes – Phase II

Today's modern industries aim at supplying premium quality products that can offer added performance value, lower weight, less environmental impact, decreased manufacturing and maintenance costs, increased durability and safety, and eventually higher customer satisfaction and market competitiveness. To achieve these goals, new-engineered materials such as glass fiber reinforced polymers (GFRPs) are rapidly replacing traditional single materials such as steel and aluminum.

Selective Spray Oxidation of Impurity Metals

This research project seeks to develop a novel method for selectively oxidizing impurities in metals. Using available plasma spray technologies, this project will determine a set of parameters to optimize the effect of oxidation in certain metal samples. Three sample metals to be tested are German silver, Sterling silver, and 18 Karat gold. The goal will be to target the oxidation of impurities present in these metals such as nickel and copper.

Exfoliation of graphite within polypropylene compounds by melt compounding

In this project we will employ melt compounding to obtain finely delaminated graphite/polypropylene composites, suitable for automotive applications. The targeted applications involve composites having electrostatic dissipative properties and high flexural modulus. High purity graphite, prepared by a proprietary method developed by the sponsoring organization, Grafoid, will be melt compounded with polypropylene and polypropylene-based thermoplastic olefin blends.

Development of industrially scalable graphene oxide acoustic transducers

The excellent mechanical properties and its lightness make graphene a revolutionary material as efficient audio transducers for speakers and headphones. Several studies have reported the superior performance of graphene diaphragm in electrostatic and thermoacoustic transducers [1-2]. However, these graphene diaphragms are produced from expensive methods with low scalability and are not suitable for application in the more popular mechanical transducer.

Expanded graphite/thermoplastic composites

This research will develop an easy to implement compounding process to produce thermoplastic composites containing delaminated graphene platelets, starting from a proprietary exfoliated graphite product (MesographTM). MesoGraf is a highly-exfoliated product that contains near defect-free, few-layered and multi-layered graphene. Graphene nanoplatelets have high mechanical and conductive properties and can thus impart high strength, electrical and thermal conductivity when combined with suitable polymer matrices.

Aging and life prediction of Li-ion batteries

In this project, the effective life of advanced Li-ion batteries will be assessed using experimental tools and predictive modeling. Li-ion batteries have emerged as an alternative source of energy on-board cars, i.e., electric vehicles (EVs). Unlike internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, EVs suffer from performance degradation over driving and idle time posing limitations on their widespread deployment in the market.

Fiber-optic ultrasound generation and detection system for high-resolution ultrasonic and photoacoustic imaging

Our vision is to develop fiber-optic high-frequency ultrasound generation and detection system for ultrasonic and photoacoustic imaging in biological and biomedical applications such as intravascular imaging in ICU for patients with real-time imaging and monitoring capability.The research will be conducted with our partner organization iNano Medical to provide the need of the spatially resolved ultrasound imaging, for which better location and identification of cancer cells could be offered using our ultrasound generator and detector.