Memorial's IP Portfolio can be viewed on ExploreIP. The portfolio includes a number of innovative technologies that are available for licensing, partnerships or other research opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about these technologies, please contact RIO.
Patents Available for Licensing
Wideband Piezoelectric Vibratory MEMS Harvester
Inventors: Lihong Zhang; Seyedfakhreddin Nabavi
Abstract: A new piezoelectric MEMS energy harvesting structure capable of vibrating with multiple degrees-of-freedom, with enhanced (i.e. widened) operational bandwidth and functioning at lower frequencies (e.g. 218Hz-285Hz). The vibration level required to trigger the MEMS is extremely small allowing it to convert ambient vibrations, such as blowing wind, ocean waves, road vibration or human motions, to electricity effectively and efficiently.
A Solvent Dispensing System
Inventors: Dennis Cramm & Jason Stevens
Abstract: A novel solvent dispensing system that can dispense solvent from one or more large containers in a safe and controlled environment to prevent the risk of spills, fires, fumes, and explosions. Solvents are often packaged and sold in large containers containing a volume of solvent that exceeds the volume required for the immediate needs of a user. However, transferring a required volume of a solvent from a large container to a smaller container is fraught with difficulties. Large containers are difficult to handle due to their size and weight, and handling large containers to remove a volume of liquid carries the risk of spills and the escape of dangerous fumes, which is a health, fire, and explosion hazard.
Vibration Assisted Rotary Drilling (VARD) Tool
Inventors: Steve Butt; Brock Gillis; Pushpinder Rana
Abstract: Vibration assisted rotary drilling (VARD) tools that provide axial compliance and low amplitude axial displacements at the drill bit, while transmitting the full rotary speed and torque of the drill string to increase drilling penetration rate. The VARD tools consist of: An axially compliant section which transfers axial load across the tool; A mechanism for opposing ends of the tool to displace axially relative to each other; An energy absorbing section which dampens axial bit displacements; A rotation transfer section which allows any rotation and torque applied to the drill string above the tool to be applied to the bit; An optional axial force generating section.
Method for the Conversion of Nitrous Acid to Nitrogen Gas
Inventors: Michael Katz; Cora Young; Trevor VandenBoer; Michaela Deborah Ryan; John Joseph MacInnis
Abstract: A method for sensing and converting nitrous acid (HONO) to nitrogen gas (N2) by contacting the HONO with an amine-functionalized metal organic framework (MOF). The MOF can be made in many different shapes from flat surface to tubes which makes it available to various applications.
Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)-Based Substrates, methods for their Preparation and uses Thereof
Inventors: Erika Merschrod; Stephanie Gallant
Abstract: A highly sensitive magnetic based material that is capable of detecting a wide variety of common organic pollutants in water used during industrial processes.