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Electronics

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Electronics deals with electrical circuits that involve active electrical components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, and associated passive electrical components and interconnection technologies.

Electronics

  • Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites Preparation Methodologies

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    Background: In current polymer nanocomposite fabrication methods such as simple physical mixing and particle surface functionalization a coupling agent/surfactant is required to achieve uniform particle dispersion and provide good bonds between the nanoparticles and the polymer matrix. The chemicals necessary for these functionalization processes can result in high manufacturing costs and complex manufacturing schemes.

  • Photovoltaic Capacitor for Direct Solar Energy Conversion and Storage

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    Significant research is conducted to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of energy generated by renewable resources. Existing photovoltaic cells and conventional photoelectrochemical cells convert solar energy to electrical energy but are not capable of directly storing the converted energy. Storage of converted energy must be facilitated through connection to an external device such as a rechargeable battery. This increases complexity and decreases overall efficiency of the system. Furthermore batteries require additional space and have life cycle limitations.

  • Electrochemical Capacitor/Battery Energy Storage Device Capable of Self-Charging

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    Background: Batteries convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy and typically are divided into two broad classes primary and secondary. Primary batteries such as alkaline batteries convert stored chemical energy to electrical energy by oxidation and reduction reactions that result in geochemically unfavorable restructuring and depletion of chemical reactants. When the initial supply of chemical reactants is exhausted the battery cannot be readily recharged. Secondary batteries such as lithium-ion batteries also convert stored chemical energy to electrical energy.

  • Optimizing Energy Efficiency in Programmable Devices

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    This technology encompasses a hardware/software extension for embedded systems. This extension monitors energy use and continuously adjusts system parameters in an attempt to improve energy efficiency. The process is undertaken autonomously freeing the designer from the task of hand-optimising system performance. The system is implemented as a software library under a portable API which allows it to be used with a variety of heterogeneous devices presenting an abstracted hardware interface to the application code.

  • Integrated Concentrating Photovoltaics (ICPV) for Self-Powered Portable Devices

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    Concentrating photovoltaics have long been considered as a potential solution to reduce the costs and to enhance the energy conversion efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems. However conventional concentrator technologies designed for large-scale applications have several issues impeding them from being competitive to flat-plate PV and are not directly portable to applications for small-scale mobile electronics. The proposed technology ICPV provides a solution to address these issues.

  • Unconventional Nitride-on-Si Substrate Structures

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    Background: GaN grown on Si substrate have high leakage current and limited breakdown voltage due to conducting Si substrate. Technology Description: This invention introduces three new GaN-on-Si substrate structures that increase nitride transistor breakdown voltage reduce device leakage improve nitride material quality and potentially produce free standing GaN wafers.

  • Transparent Plasmonic Nanogrid Electrodes for Absorption Enhancement in Thin-film Organic Photovoltaics

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    Within solar cells the research focus is on decreasing cost increasing efficiency and increasing the lifetime to make them competitive to fossil fuels. One of the ways to accomplish these objectives are to decrease the size and processing required but there has been issues with absorption while attempting certain methods. In addition indium oxide is a common material used. This a limited resource as by the time we are able to meet the energy demands with solar cells we will run out of that material.

  • Mechanochemical Synthesis Assisted by Sacrificial Support Method for Preparation of Non-PGM Electrocatalysts

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    Background: Metal-nitrogen-carbon (M-N-C) systems are highly effective catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). A number of synthetic approaches exist for preparation of M-N-C catalysts; however synthetic approaches require usage of environmentally unfriendly solvents which leads to complication of manufacturability and increase final costs of operation. There exists a present market need for preparation of M-N-C catalysts utilizing less costly less complicated solvent-free methods.

  • More Cost-Effective & Safer LED Theatrical Illuminating Device

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    Background: The University of Florida is seeking companies interested in commercializing an innovative cost-efficient and safer LED form of the traditional theatrical lighting system. The system utilizes LED technology to provide a more efficient light source that last up to up 10 years under continuous 24 hour operation compared to incandescent sources with a 6 month life span under the same 24 hour operation.

  • Personal Energy Footprint Management System

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    University researchers have developed a system and method to utilize multiple context clocks which are event-driven activities such as user behavior network status and variable electricity rates combining with internal electronic clocks to adjust the duty cycle of an electronic system such as plug-load devices and appliances. The present invention is a method in which electricity usage context information is utilized in an external or internal clock system to govern the duty cycle of a plurality of electronic devices and appliances. The clock is a combination of more than two clock inputs.