AUTM Newsbrief
Feb. 10, 2011

Measuring performance with the tech transfer health index
Blogging Innovation
The "tech transfer health index" is a simple but powerful technique to quantify the impact and productivity of the entire long tail curve of technologies in a university's intellectual property portfolio.More

Researchers build nanolasers on silicon
Researchers at the University of California have found a way to create tiny lasers on silicon, taking a significant step in the use of light to produce more powerful, energy-efficient microprocessors. The advancement points to the possibility of being able to build nanolasers on silicon within the current infrastructure for manufacturing processors. Chipmakers' investment in today's facilities for building products out of silicon is so high that most manufacturers would be unable to build new factories.More

Florida fuel cell company licenses buckypaper nanotechnology
Bing Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of components for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, has entered into a commercialization agreement with Florida State University that gives the company exclusive use of a technology that it says will create "a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells" that are less expensive, smaller, lighter and more durable. The technology, developed by Jim P. Zheng, Ph.D., a professor at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering. More

Light-speed developments in photonic crystal technology
Photonics Online
European scientists and engineers are working together on the COPERNICUS project, developing cutting-edge photonic crystal technology that has the potential to make electronic devices much faster, smaller and more efficient. Photonic technology uses light — instead of electric current — to send and receive signals at extremely high speeds. The technology has a huge number of applications, from telecommunications, medicine and manufacturing to aviation, construction, consumer equipment and many other areas. More

Students' oil technology shown at SkySong
The Arizona Republic
A tiny, tubular material developed by a group of Brazilian graduate students could have a huge worldwide impact on petroleum production and oil-spill cleanup. Rochel Lago, a professor in the chemistry department at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and his students are at SkySong, the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center, to present their discovery and learn about technology transfer opportunities.More

Student inventions, intellectual property, and the bottom line
The American University Washington College of Law Intellectual Property Brief
Tony Brown designed an award winning iPhone app to track local apartment availability. The app was wildly successful, which presumably explains why Brown subsequently received a letter from the university's lawyers, informing him that the university owned a portion of his invention and was due the majority of any revenue generated. While the university eventually relented, and even went so far as to draft new rules relating to student inventions, the conflict suggests important lessons for students everywhere in the modern age.More

Multi-photon photoresists said to beat UV
EE Times
As photolithography research moves toward extremely short wavelengths of ultra-violet (UV) light, one group at the University of Maryland is proposing multi-photon photoresists that allow visible light to achieve nanoscale resolution that is inversely dependent on exposure time.More

Device to tie tiny blood vessels
Five Northeastern University mechanical engineering students geared up to select their senior capstone, they desired a challenging project with a profound real-world application. A month later, as they observed a live reconstructive procedure at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts, they realized the immense global impact their work ahead could have to advance medical care.More