Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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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...
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Shaoqin Gong, Zhiyong Cai, Qifeng Zheng | P140038US02

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Detecting Seismic S Waves with Unprecedented Accuracy

Seismic events produce two types of seismic waves, referred to as P waves and S waves. P waves are relatively easy to detect (or “pick”) with software. S waves travel more slowly and arrive in the...
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Clifford Thurber, Christopher Rawles | P140387US01

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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...
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Annamalai Karthikeyan | T130012US02

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Micromachined Shock Sensor

Shock sensors are accelerometers that respond to specific levels of acceleration. The design usually consists of a proof mass and a flexible suspension. At a preselected level of acceleration, th...
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Yogesh Gianchandani, Shamus McNamara | P01336US

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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...
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Srinivasan Damodaran | P02135US

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Detecting Compounds with Liquid Crystals

Although highly sensitive techniques already exist for monitoring gas phase chemicals in the environment, these methods involve expensive, complex instruments and processes such as mass spectroscopy, ...
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Nicholas Abbott, Rahul Shah | P01228US

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Photocatalytic Water Treatment Device

Drinking water must be treated to remove organic contaminants, such as pathogenic microorganisms, and inorganic contaminants, such as heavy metals.
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Marc Anderson, Gary Hatch, Michael Steinhardt, Michael Kurth | P06347US

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