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USTAR Funded Projects

Z. Zak Fang

Z. Zak Fang is developing a novel and cost-effective method for producing titanium powder for 3D printing. Titanium’s unique qualities make it desirable to both military and business.

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Matthew Memmott

Matthew Memmott is developing methods for purifying and producing three essential medical nuclear isotopes from the fuel salt in a molten salt reactor.

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Kai Kuck

Kai Kuck has developed a device to monitor and record renal and urinary oxygenation during surgery. Early detection of changes in oxygen levels may predict acute renal injury often associated with cardiac surgeries.

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Jan Miller

Jan Miller is creating a new material to compete with Lithium-ion battery solvents. Use of a solid polymer electrolyte will be tested to determine if it improves safety.

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Irina Polejaeva

Irina Polejaeva is using advanced gene transfer technology to understand heart arrhythmia that puts humans at risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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Dah-Jye Lee

Dah-Jye Lee is focusing on robotic vision computation with applications in manufacturing automation, obstacle detection, and autonomous navigation.

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Christopher Trampel

Christopher Trampel is doing research to develop wireless sensors that can be implanted for the purpose of long-range transmission of physiological health data.

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Young-Min Lee

Young-Min Lee has applied molecular cloning techniques in developing a potential Zika vaccine. This process is safer and more efficient than traditional methods.

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Timothy Doyle

Timothy Doyle is developing a high frequency ultrasound emitter to help detect cancer. The technology may be used to pinpoint the margins of tumors more precisely than any other method currently in use.

Tianbiao Liu

Tianbiao Liu intends to build and test the feasibility of a magnesiumsulphur battery as a rechargeable, economical, and electrochemical energy source.

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Teruo Okano

Teru Okano’s research team is creating new cell sheets that will allow for creating “patches” for damaged organs such as heart, artiledge and other human organs.

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Steven Castle

Steven Castle has discovered a new effect of specialized amino acids to protect peptides against degradation. These can be used to improve the therapeutic window of the medicine.

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Stephen Whitmore

Stephen Whitmore’s recent research focus at USU is on the development of piloted simulation models for lunar-return lifting reentry vehicles, with an emphasis of developing high-precision low-dispersion footprint techniques for lifting aero-capture and aero assist.

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Shawn Owen

Shawn Owen has invented a customizable, quick, single-step diagnostic assay to detect proteins through their properties as antigens or antibodies.

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Randy Lewis

Randy Lewis can synthetically produce several spider silk proteins to exploit their unique properties in periodontal chips, medical sutures, and coated catheters.

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Raj Rajamani

Raj Rajamani has created a method of sorting metals of high economic value from scrap metal waste. This innovation increases the recycling capture and reduces waste.

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Marc Maguire

Marc Maguire has pioneered a reinforced plastic composite to sandwich between concrete panels in buildings to increase thermal efficiency and reduce cost.

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Jon Takemoto

Jon Takemoto is developing a chemical that will reduce the overuse of chemical fungicides to control crop and turf diseases. Compound mixtures are being assessed for their economic and environmental impact.

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John Sohl

John Sohl has created a lightweight air sampling system with sensors that can be affixed to drones, research balloons, or aerostats to collect air quality data. Operation is surpassing current air sampling devices.

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John Hedengren

John Hedengren has invented and prototyped an efficient hydraulic lift mechanism for oil well rigs. Next in the commecialization process will be developing an automation system.

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Jixun Zhan

Jixun Zhan has developed a synthetic biomanufacturing process to produce a blue dye with natural antioxidant and anti-microbial effects. Applications include textiles, food, beverages, and cosmetics.

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Danny Chou

Danny Chou has identified a lead molecule for an ultra-fast acting human insulin. Such insulins are important for meal-time use by persons with Type l diabetes.

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Clayton Williams

Craig Selzman is exploring a treatment for severe heart failure through a combination of electrical stimulation of nerves and a mix of tissue repair proteins and stem cells to improve heart function.

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Chris Winstead

Chris Winstead is developing new methods to reduce energy consumption at data storage centers. This addresses energy concerns in the Big Data Era

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Brian Mazzeo

Brian Mazzeo is developing a system to map hidden concrete cracks using acoustic technology to “hear” subsurface defects. This will reduce catastrophic infrastructure failures.

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Craig Selzman

Craig Selzman is exploring a treatment for severe heart failure through a combination of electrical stimulation of nerves and a mix of tissue repair proteins and stem cells to improve heart function.

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Alistair Ward

Alistair Ward is developing health IT approaches for examining large volumes of genomic data to aid diagnosis through a collaboration with ARUP.

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Nano Synth

We are the forefront researching team making cutting-edge advancements in the fields of chemistry, biology, alternative energy and adaptable technology. Nano Synth’s core technology spans several scientific fields and avenues for application. Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem and one of the most important causes of death from an infectious disease. In 2012, 8.6 million people developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease.

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