Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Technology

Superabsorbent, Sustainable Aerogels

Aerogels are the world’s lightest solid materials made by removing liquid from gels. Such materials may contain up to 99 percent air and have special properties like high porosity and absorption. O...
Learn More
Shaoqin Gong, Zhiyong Cai, Qifeng Zheng | P140038US02

Technology

Sustainable Organic Aerogels for Insulation

Aerogels are the world’s lightest solid materials made by the removal of liquid from gels. Such materials may contain up to 99 percent air and combine unique properties like high porousness and exce...
Learn More
Shaoqin Gong, Alireza Javadi, Zhiyong Cai, Ronald Sabo, Qifeng Zheng | P120283US03

Technology

Ultrafast Synthesis of Activated Carbon

Activated (porous) carbon is conventionally produced by pyrolysis (carbonization) of carbon-rich biomass or coal followed by activation/oxidation. Activated carbon produced by this conventional method...
Learn More
Annamalai Karthikeyan | T130012US02

Technology

Corrosion- and Wear-Resistant Coating for Vessels, Equipment and More

Corrosion costs the United States billions of dollars every year. As one example, approximately 345 million square feet of structures aboard naval ships and crafts require costly corrosion control mea...
Learn More
John Perepezko, Frank Wong, Jeffrey Haslam, Nancy Yang, Enrique Lavernia, Craig Blue, Olivia Graeve, Robert Bayles, Larry Kaufman, J. Schoenung, L. Ajdelsztajn | P06483US02

Technology

Plasma Treatment within Dielectric Fluids

Conventional techniques for generating plasmas aren't suitable for plasma reactions in liquids such as gasoline or diesel fuels. They are inefficient and can result in significant heat and unwanted ef...
Learn More
Ferencz Denes, Sorin Manolache | P03049US

Technology

Protein-Polysaccharide Hybrid Hydrogels

A hydrogel polymer is a naturally occurring or synthetic material which swells in water or some liquid, retaining a large amount without dissolving. Hydrogels find high volume use as industrial, consu...
Learn More
Srinivasan Damodaran | P02135US

Technology

Machining of Lithium Niobate by Laser Fracturing

Lithium niobate is used in the fabrication of a wide variety of optical and electro-optic devices, including optical modulators, switches, frequency shifting devices, polarized controllers and pulsed ...
Learn More
Leon McCaughan, Chad Staus | P02194US

Technology

Zirconium-Rich Bulk Metallic Glass Alloys

Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) exhibit unique properties including high strength, excellent wear and corrosion resistance, high resistance to fractures and outstanding castability. They are also inexpen...
Learn More
Y. Austin Chang, Hongbo Cao, Dong Ma, Ling Ding, Ker-chang Hsieh | P04251US

Technology

Plasma-Enhanced Functionalization of Inorganic Oxide Surfaces

Bioactive surfaces created by binding biomolecules to the surface of inorganic substrates are used in many bioassays, biosensors, and other devices. One common approach to functionalizing surfaces so ...
Learn More
Ferencz Denes, Sorin Manolache, Jason Helgren, Max Lagally, Bradley Larson | P04163US

WARF