AUTM Newsbrief
Feb. 24, 2011

Georgia Tech researchers create new pneumonia sampling device
RT: For Decision Makers in Respiratory Care
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a sampling device to diagnose pneumonia. PneumoniaCheck, the device will be commercially launched to health care professionals through a startup company, MD Innovate Inc. The device detects the lung pathogens causing pneumonia, according to David Ku, professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech and professor of surgery at Emory University.More

Colorado State University supercluster alliance making global impact
The Coloradoan
Advanced MicroLabs LLC is preparing to launch its first prototypes in the hopes of developing new microchip measurement techniques that can be used in water treatment plants to determine water purity. It owes a great deal to Colorado State University's supercluster, MicroRx.More

Catching light from tiny lasers
The Charlotte Observer
In research aimed at making computers even smaller and more powerful, two engineers at Duke University in Durham, N.C., have made headway in the quest to control the beams of light generated by tiny lasers. The engineers — Nan Marie Jokerst, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and doctoral student Sabarni Palit — found solutions that could prove particularly useful in battery-powered computers, such as hand-held imaging and diagnostic devices.More

Nanostart invests in membrane-monitoring sensor startup
MINT, founded in 2009 as a spinoff from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University and chaired by professor Tony Fane, is a producer of next-generation technology for monitoring and controlling water quality in filtration-based water treatment plants. The core of the new technology lies in its proprietary, nanotech-based sensors, which automatically monitor the efficiency and proper functioning of filter membranes by continuously measuring key output parameters. More

ALD technology to be commercialized for volume c-Si cells
Dutch research organization TNO spinoff company SoLayTec has received an investment from Rena and Brabant Development Agency to bring its atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology for volume manufacturing of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells to commercialization. Research by the Technical University of Eindhoven has claimed that cell efficiencies can be improved by depositing aluminium oxide as a rear-surface-passivating dielectric layer to passivated emitter and rear cell-type c-Si solar cells, resulting in conversion efficiencies of 20.6 percent.More

Bing Energy associates with Florida State University to produce cheaper, efficient fuel cells
The A to Z of Clean Technology
Bing Energy, a company that produces parts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, declared that it has entered into a commercialization accord with Florida State University for sole use of an innovative nanotechnology developed by the University. The new technology will allow Bing Energy to produce a new type of small sized, light weight and robust type of hydrogen fuel cells cost-effectively. More

Khalifa University signs agreement to develop and operate GNEII
Khalifa University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sandia National Laboratories and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station of Texas A&M University System to develop and operate the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII). This agreement furthers the principles signed between the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates, concerning cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy in April 2008. More

Yissum and Danziger Innovations introduce a revolutionary method for modifying the genome of plants
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Yissum Research Development Company Ltd., the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Danziger Innovations Ltd., a biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and manufacture of new advanced breeding solutions to improve traits in crops, introduce a novel, groundbreaking method for genetic modifications in plants that is precise, quick, effective, reliable and applicable to all plants. More

Praying for an energy miracle
Technology Review
Every clean-technology startup these days claims to have a breakthrough that will finally make renewable and clean energy sources cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels. But are we really on the brink of a clean-energy economy?More