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Polar Liquid Crystals with High Dielectric Anisotropy

Vanderbilt inventors have developed a new class of liquid crystals with high dielectric anisotropy. A new class of liquid crystals containing boron in their structure has been developed with high dielectric anisotropy, which results in low threshold voltages.

Enhanced Cooling of Oil Based Transformers and Other Heat Generating Equipment with NanoParticle Suspensions

Nanometer-sized, low-cost, readily available, particulate nanodiamond is used as an additive to the mineral oil used in electrical power transformers and other oil-cooled electrical equipment to enhance the thermal conductivity [TC] and dielectric properties of the oil without compromising the oil's required electrical insulation, such that failures are suppressed, oil life is greatly extended and load boundaries are elevated. This could extend transformer life and allow increases to transformer MVA ratings.

Biohybrid, Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion Device Based on Photosystem I Deposited Silicon Electrodes

Summary: Aresearch team at Vanderbilt University have developed a biohybrid, photoelectrochemical energy conversion device with multilayer films of Photosystem I (PSI) deposited on silicon electrodes, which yielded an average photocurrent density of 875 µA/cm2; one of the highest reported photocurrent densities for a film of PSI deposited onto an electrode of any material.

On Chip Polarimetry for HTS

Using microfluidic technology developed by the Bornhop Lab at Vanderbilt, this invention enables the rapid determination of the optical activity of compounds and solutions. Due to the nature of this invention, it is possible to screen a multitude of samples in a high throughput manner in less time with less material and greater accuracy than the industry standards.

Inhibition of Hyperacute Rejection in Pulmonary Xenograft

One of the several problems with organ transplantation is the actual procurement of needed organs. The number of patients requiring transplants far exceeds the number of available organs. Thus, tissues and organs from different species (xenografts) may offer help to many more potential organ donors, and consequently may help the organ shortage. However, many obstacles still remain with xenografts, with the major challenge being tissue/organ rejection. The need to reduce this rejection and the injury it can inflict upon the transplanted tissue/organ therefore remains high. Vanderbilt researchers have patented a technology that helps to prevent the rejection of transplanted tissues/organs and the injury that occurs to these tissues. This technology inhibits specific pathways that regulate platelet adhesion and aggregation, which have been linked to the rejection of transplanted tissues/organs.

Human Choline Transporter cDNA

Vanderbilt researchers report the isolation and characterization of a human cDNA encoding the high affinity, hemicholinium-3 sensitive choline transporter. This transporter is expressed in cholinergic terminals, and it provides for transport into cholinergic terminals of choline, the precursor for acetylcholine biosynthesis. The cDNA, through HC-3 radio ligand binding assays or choline transport assays, allows for high-throughput screening of choline transporter directed agents or as a negative screen to insure specificity for nicotinic and muscarinic acetylcholine receptor-directed agents (as well as other pharmaceutics). The choline transporter in vivo is highly regulated, and the human choline transporter's regulation is poorly understood. Use of the cDNA may allow for the development of novel cholinergic therapeutics targeted at choline transporter modulation. Antibodies directed against the human choline transporter should be useful probes of human cholinergic neurons. Sequences in the human choline transporter cDNA should allow for the generation of transporter specific gene probes that can be queried by in situ hybridization, PCR analyses of transporter gene expression or gene chip approaches evaluating alterations in presynaptic cholinergic function.

Stable HERG Expressing Cells

Vanderbilt researchers have designed a cell line with stable expression of the human heart potassium channel, HERG. This cell line has robust and very consistent cell-to-cell HERG activity without detectable endogenous ionic currents, making it ideal to use in preclinical drug screening.

Brain Shift Compensation Using Computer Models

This technology eliminates the need to place cortical fiducial markers during image guided neurosurgery. As an additional and important feature, the technology is able to compensate for brain shift due to deformation of the brain during surgery.

Magnetically Attachable Polydimethylsiloxane Stencils (MAtS)

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a unique system for patterning cells or proteins in cell culture environments using magnetically attachable stencils (MAtS) secured onto a culture surface by applying transbase magnets.

Rotary planar peristaltic micropump (RPPM) and Rotary Planar Valve (RPV) for microfluidic systems

A research team led by Professor John Wikswo of Vanderbilt University has developed a low-cost, small-volume, metering peristaltic micro pumps and microvalves. They can be either utilized as a stand-alone device, or incorporated into microfluidic subsystems for research instruments or miniaturized point-of-care instruments, Lab on a Chip devices, and disposable fluid delivery cartridges. The key advantage of this pump is that it can deliver flow rates as low as a few hundred nL/min to tens of µL/min against pressure heads as high as 20 psi, at approximately 1/10th the cost of stand-alone commercial syringe and peristaltic pumps. The RPV can implement complicated fluid control protocols and fluidic mixing without bulky pneumatic controllers. Both the RPPM and RPV can be readily optimized for particular applications.

Bright White Light Nanocrystals for LEDs

A research team lead by Professor Sandra Rosenthal at Vanderbilt University has developed nanocrystals (~2 nm diameter) that emit white light with very high quantum efficiency. This technology would be a viable cost effective candidate for commercial solid-state lighting applications, such as Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These nanocrystals were originally discovered by the same group in 2005; a recent breakthrough in post-treatment results in improving fluorescent quantum yield up to ~ 45%.

Arbitrary Shape Selective Excitation Summed Spectroscopy (ASSESS)

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel single-voxel localization technique for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), termed ASSESS (Arbitrary Shape Selective Excitation Summed Spectroscopy). ASSESS can measure spectra from regions of arbitrary shape allowing the user to customize the region of interest.

System and Methods of Using Image-guidance for Placement of Cochlear Stimulator Devices, Drug Carrier Devices, or the Like

Vanderbilt inventors have developed and tested a device (C-in) and method that would shift the current invasive, risky surgical procedure of cochlear implantation to a less invasive outpatient procedure.

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