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SIU’s world-class research faculty and Office of Technology Transfer have disclosed hundreds of inventions and issued dozens of licenses/options over the past decade, propelling SIUC to number 27 on Forbes’ list of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities 2015. Technologies available for license can be browsed by category below. Please contact us for more information on partnering with SIU or licensing available technologies or processes.

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Agriculture

Agriculture’s status as the primary economic driver for Southern Illinois is reflected in SIU’s strong agricultural research programs. SIU agricultural innovations span from engineering healthier soybeans to making crops more drought-resistant. Select agricultural technologies are featured below. Contact us for more information on partnering with SIU or licensing available technologies or processes.

Method of Determining Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome Resistance

Issued as US Pat #7,288,386
Inventors: David A. Lightfoot, Paul T. Gibson, and Khalid Meksem
Summary: Resistance of soybean plants to suddent death syndrome can be determined and characterized via a method which involves cultivating soybean plants in soil inoculated with the Fusarium solani fungus, characterizing resulting soybean tissue infections, and correlating infection severity with genetic markers.

Methods of Using Plants Containing the gdhA Gene

Issued as US Pat #8,383,887
Inventors: Ahmad Fakhoury and David Lightfoot
Summary: Increased gdhA gene expression can help to enhance certain plants' resistance to root rot and aflatoxin contamination.

Soybean Genes Resistant to Cyst Nematode and Sudden Death Syndrome

Issued as US Pat #7,902,337
Inventors: David A. Lightfoot and Khalid Meksem
Summary: A genetic marker associated with soybean resistance to cyst nematodes and sudden death syndrome is identified, as are a method for identifying resistance, a method for detecting a nucleic acid molecule that encodes this resistance, and a relevant recombinant host cell and assay kit.

Wireless Multi-Band Photodiode Sensor

Patent pending
Inventors: Susan O'Shaughnessy, Steven Evett, Martin Hebel, and Paul Colaizzi
Summary: A multi-band photodiode sensor capable of measuring plant canopy multi-spectral reflectance and temperature is coupled with spectral analysis processes to detect plant stress such as water deprivation or disease. This technology is able to isolate soil background signatures to improve sensitivity and utility.

Computer-Based

In computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and myriad other disciplines, SIU's faculty, staff, and student researchers are developing novel algorithms, apps, and other computer-based tools and innovations. Select computer-based technologies are featured below. Contact us for more information on partnering with SIU or licensing available technologies or processes.

All-Optical Proteretic Photonic Integrated Device

Patent pending
Inventors: Mohammad Sayeh, Nima Davoudzadeh, and Mohamad Tafazoli
Summary: An all-optical photonic integrated device utilizes the characteristic of reverse hysteresis (proteresis) in a bi-stable device capable of ultra-high speed performance in on-chip applications.

Binary Delta-Sigma Modulator

Issued as US Pat #7,355,538
Inventors: Mohammad R. Sayeh and Azad Siahmakoun
Summary: High-speed analog-to-digital conversion with an all-optical or all-electronic device for faster and more reliable signal processing with higher oversampling frequencies. Also includs a method for converting a continuous-time signal to a binary signal.

Computationally Distinguishing Handrwritten Pencil Marks from Preprinted Marks in a Scanned Document

Issued as US Pat #9,019,570
Inventors: Randal Fry, Raghuveer Kanneganti, Ahmed Fadhil, and Lalitmore Gupta
Summary: Image processing operations and a pattern recognition algorithm are coupled with a multivariate Gaussian classifier to distinguish graphite marks from other markings using low-cost visible light scanners.

Multicast Routing Protocol for Computer Networks

Patent pending
Inventors: Bidyut Gupta, Sindoora Koneru, and Shahram Rahimi
Summary: A means for improving bandwidth utilization for multi-user/group communication using Distance Vector Routing (DVR) information and Reverse Path Forwarding (RPF). Applications include video conferencing, distance learning, social networking, battlefield communications, and more.

Recommender System Via Matrix Completion

Patent pending
Inventors: Qiang Cheng and Zhao Kang
Summary: A method for improving recommendations of items within a large database to users via more precise completion of sparse matrices. Applications include e-commerce, music or media streaming services, search engines, personality matching tools, etc. Tests with benchmark data sets show accuracy improvement of up to 28% as compared to existing state-of-the-art methods.

Energy & Environment

Once a pillar of the US coal industry, Southern Illinois has strong roots in the energy sector. Today, SIU scientists and engineers are developing cleaner, safer, and more sustainable energy innovations. Select energy technologies are featured below. Contact us for more information on partnering with SIU or licensing available technologies or processes.

Automated System for Coal Spiral

Issued as US Pat #9,126,205
Inventors: Manoj Mohanty, Ajay Mahajan, and Baojie Zhang
Summary: A device that converts a conventional coal spiral to an electrically automated system capable of adjusting splitter position to optimize spiral performance under changing operating conditions. The retrofit apparatus includes a sensor and a microprocessor-controlled servo or gear motor.

Ceramic Cathode Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Gas Separation Systems

Patent pending
Inventor: Rasit Koc
Summary: A lanthanum-based ceramic material with a pseudo-perovskite structure and calcium, strontium, or barium dopants is combined with coboltite, chromite, and ferrite oxides for use in solid oxide fuel cell and electrolytic gas separation applications.

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Featuring Powdered Coal

Patent pending
Inventor: Lichang Wang
Summary: A dye-sensitized solar cell featuring a coal-based dye on a titanium dioxide (TiO2) substrate.

Liquid Fuel Production from Solid Precursors with Carbon Nanotubes

Patent pending
Inventors: Saikat Talapatra and Kanchan Mondal
Summary: Single-wall and/or multi-wall carbon nanotubes are used to generate liquid fuel from coal, organic matter, or other precursor feedstocks via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

Porous Glass Composite Materials

Issued as US Pat #6,756,217 and US Pat #7,541,167
Inventors: Bakul Dave and Mukti Rao
Summary: A "smart" porous glass material allows for advanced chromatographic and molecular delivery applications. The gel-derived material features a hydrophilic group, a hydrophobic group, and a group with alterable charge.

Spray System for Longwall Shearer Dust Control

Patent Pending
Inventors: Yoginder P. Chugh, Harrold Gurley, and John Pulliam
Summary: A liquid spray system for longwall shearer mining machines that creates an envelope to contain or neutralize dust generation. Improves air quality and worker health and safety in coal and other mining applications by reducing respirable dust.

Synthesis of Metal Borides

Issued as US Pat #9,073,758
Inventors: Rasit Koc, Jennifer R. Mawdsley, and John David Carter
Summary: Method for preparing carbon-coated precursors to be used for producing metal borides, including lighter-weight metal borides, at low cost. These materials can be used in bipolar fuel cell plates and other electronic, aerospace, and energy applications.

Water Sprays for Dust Control on Mining Machines

Issued as US Pat #8,632,133 and US Pat #8,979,212
Inventor: Yoginder P. Chugh
Summary: An innovative dust control system for a continuous mining machine creates a water curtain to limit respirable quartz and coal dust, improving safety and working conditions for miners.

Medicine & Health

With more than 100 research laboratories at SIU School of Medicine and a vibrant life science and biomedical engineering research community system-wide, SIU fosters important medical discoveries and innovations. Select medical technologies are featured below. Contact us for more information on partnering with SIU or licensing available technologies or processes.

Biopotential Waveform Data Fusion Analysis and Classification Method

Patent pending
Inventors: Kalford C. Fadem and Lalitmore Gupta
Summary: Classification of biopotential waveform measurements such as ECGs, EMGs, EEGs, and ERPs. This technology correlates measured potential differences generated from electrochemical activity in the underlying tissue to with physiologic and/or cognitive disorders such as heart conditions, learning/developmental disabilities, neuromuscular disorders, etc.

Heterogeneous Catalysts for NMR/MRI Enhancement via SABRE

Patent pending
Inventors: Boyd Goodson, Eduard Chekmenev, Fan Shi, and Aaron Coffey
Summary: Catalysts to enhance the signal of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging using the Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange technique. Catalysts can be injected into a patient, organism, or biological tissue to enhance signals by several orders of magnitude, allowing for faster, more accurate imaging using lower-cost imaging equipment.

Method for Creating Hyperpolarization at Microtesla Magnetic Fields

Patent pending
Inventors: Warren Warren, Thomas Theis, Eduard Chekmenev, Milton Truong, Aaron Coffey, Boyd Goodson, and Fan Shi
Summary: Hyperpolarization allows for enhanced magnetic imaging of patients, organisms, or biological tissue using greatly reduced magnetic field strength. This enhancement allows for faster, more accurate imagine using lower-cost equipment.

Method of Detecting Analyte-Biomolecule Interactions

Issued as US Pat #7,931,791 and #8,435,396
Inventors: Luke Tolley and Matthew McCarroll
Summary: Fluorescence anisotropy is used to detect an interaction between an analyte and a biomolecule separated according to its isoelectric point. This technology can be used to characterize the effects of contaminants or pharmaceutical compounds on specific biomolecules within a cell.

Multi-Sensor Electronic Nose for Analyte Detection

Issued as US Pat #8,443,647
Inventors: Andrei Kolmakov and Victor V. Sysoev
Summary: A multi-sensor featuring single-crystal metal oxide nanowire mats with analyte- and irradiation-sensitive resistivity. Changes in resistance can be compared to known response profiles to detect the presence of irradiation or a specific analyte species. Recognized in Global Venture Challenge 2010.

pH-Sensitive Imaging Agents

Patent pending
Inventors: Yong Gao and Boyd Goodson
Summary: Surface-functionalized SPION-based agents allow for pH-sensitive contrast in magnetic resonance imagine applications. These agents feature a paramagnetic core, a linker group, and a macromolecule with pH sensitivity. A method for imaging biological tissue using such compounds is also addressed.

Porous Glass Composite Materials

Issued as US Pat #6,756,217 and US Pat #7,541,167
Inventors: Bakul Dave and Mukti Rao
Summary: A "smart" porous glass material allows for advanced chromatographic and molecular delivery applications. The gel-derived material features a hydrophilic group, a hydrophobic group, and a group with alterable charge.

Water Solubule Catalysts for NMR/MRI Enhancement

Patent pending
Inventors: Eduard Chekmenev, Boyd Goodson, Milton Truong, Ping He, Quinn Best, Fan Shi, Kirsten Groome, and Aaron Coffey
Summary: Water-soluble catalysts to enhance the signal of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging in biological media. Catalysts can be injected into a patient, organism, or biological tissue to enhance signals by several orders of magnitude, allowing for faster, more accurate imaging using lower-cost imaging equipment.

Other

SIU's innovative faculty, staff, and student researchers include world-class experts in hundreds of distinct research areas. Select technologies are featured below. Contact us for more information on partnering with SIU or licensing available technologies or processes.

Apparatus and Method for Showing Contour Lines in Modeling

Issued as US Pat #6,930,784
Inventors: Thad Heckman
Summary: A table apparatus and method of use thereof for adding contour lines to architectural, geologic, or other physical three-dimensional models using projected planes of laser light.

Explosives Detection Via Fluorescent Organic Ninofibrils

Issued as US Pat #8,153,065
Inventors: Ling Zang, Jeffrey Moore, Tammene Naddo, and Wei Zhang
Summary: Vapor from explosives and other volatile organic compounds can be sensed via quenching of the fluorescence of a film of organic nanofibrils. A production method for scaffold synthesis and approach for optimization of molecular arrangement along the nanofibril length are also included.

Method for Fractioning Peptides and Other Compounds

Issued as US Pat #8,143,571
Inventors: Daniel Dyer and Gary Kinsel
Summary: Method for selectively isolating a desired fraction of a mixed sample using a polymer brush and polymer chain. Can be used to enhance matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) analysis.

Micro-Lens for High Resolution Imaging

Patent pending
Inventors: Punit Kohli, Ramiah Pradeep, and Chuanhong Zhou
Summary: An optical nanoscope capable of sub-100 nm resolution in atmospheric conditions is achieved at low cost by coupling microlens with a conventional microscope. Microlenses are produced via self-assembly with no advanced nanofabrication requirements. 

Multi-Sensor Electronic Nose for Analyte Detection

Issued as US Pat #8,443,647
Inventors: Andrei Kolmakov and Victor V. Sysoev
Summary: A multi-sensor featuring single-crystal metal oxide nanowire mats with analyte- and irradiation-sensitive resistivity. Changes in resistance can be compared to known response profiles to detect the presence of irradiation or a specific analyte species. Recognized in Global Venture Challenge 2010.

Oxidation Protection of Carbon-Carbon Composites with Glass-Based Ceramics

Patent pending
Inventors: Jarlen Don
Summary: Glass-ceramic coating materials with improved density and reduced porosity protect carbon-carbon materials from oxidation. The coatings are derived from heat-treated liquid precursors and have applications in aircraft and other brakes. 

Silaanthracene Compounds for Red or Near-Infrared Sensors, Probes, Dyes, and Tags

Patent pending
Inventors: Daniel Dyer, Colleen Scott, Matthew McCarroll, Lichang Wang, Narsimha Sattenapally, Quinn Best, and Denise DeAnne Dyer
Summary: A non-toxic, biocompatible silaanthracene compound with an absorbance peak of greater than 600 nm is used as a fluorophore probe. Applications include fluorescence microscopy, in vivo imaging, flow cytometry, fluorescence correleation spectroscopy, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), and dye tracing.

Wire Connector Driver

Issued as US Design Pat #D573,426
Inventors: Bruce DeRuntz and Christopher DeRuntz
Summary: Design for a wire nut driver with several features to enhance performance and flexibility.

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