AUTM Newsbrief
May 12, 2011

Cardiac diagnoses get boost from University of Massachusetts Lowell
The Boston Globe
The device is tiny, sitting at the tip of an optic fiber about 125 microns in diameter. Sliding through the artery of a cardiac patient, though, it can make a big difference. It's a sensor developed by assistant professor Xingwei Wang of the department of electrical and computer engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell, designed to allow doctors to measure blood pressure in real time as it travels through a patient's arteries.More

Cambridge University signs intellectual property deal with
solar pioneer

Business Weekly
Solar technology pioneer Eight19 and Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge University's commercialization group, have signed an intellectual property agreement that will spur continued development of high-performance, low-cost printed plastic solar cells. Under the agreement, Eight19 has licensed core IP from Cambridge University and acquires the right for a defined period to exclusively license patents created by key researchers at the university in the growing field of printed plastic solar cells — also known as organic photovoltaics.More

Nautricity to start testing low-cost tidal device
International Business Times
Low-cost tidal energy could be just around the corner if precommercial testing of a device developed by a Strathclyde University in the United Kinsdom spinout company is successful. Glasgow, U.K.-based Nautricity confirmed that it was looking to start testing its CoRMaT tidal technology in the open waters by September with the aim of having commercial devices deployed by 2014.More

Innovative electric vehicle motors get new heat treatment
Plant Engineer
Oxford YASA Motors says it is cutting curing costs since commissioning a WF200 oven from Lenton Furnaces & Ovens for adhesive used in the construction of its electric motor. The oven is also being used to treat an epoxy resin that is vacuum-impregnated within the motor windings to improve strength and resistance to vibration. The spinout company from Oxford University produces motors and generators for electric and hybrid vehicles, using a novel construction that offers very high torque and efficiency, and minimizes manufacturing costs.More

Oil giant BP backs biofuel startup Verdezyne
GigaOM
Verdezyne, an engineer of yeast that eats plant sugars and excretes biofuel and biochemicals, has just landed an undisclosed investment from British oil giant BP and Dutch biochemicals company DSM. Mark the news down as another biotech-based startup teaming up with the industry incumbents to scale up their green fuels and biochemicals.More

University of Wyoming patents process to capture, hold flue gas
carbon dioxide

Wyoming Business Report
A process that directly captures flue gas carbon dioxide from the combustion process and holds it has earned a patent for the University of Wyoming. Professor K.J. Reddy, whose career in research has spanned decades, began testing a mineral carbonation process three decades ago. Through his work, he proposed a technique that uses carbon dioxide to speed up the carbon mineralization process of industrial residues.More

Process uses laser deposition to produce high-strength alloy
The Engineer
Engineers from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom are using laser deposition technology to produce Alloy 625, a high-strength material used in the flanges of offshore oil pipelines to stop them corroding. The researchers — from the university's Materials and Engineering Research Institute — say the method not only reduces material costs by up to 85 percent, but also cuts down on the amount of nickel used, resulting in a more environmentally friendly production process.More

Graphene modulators could break network speed limits
PCWorld
Fiber optic networks are at the forefront of record-setting Internet speeds. Now the scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a graphene modulator that could push the curve forward by a ten-fold leap. The team electrically tuned the atom-thick layers of carbon to absorb light at wavelengths used in data communication. The graphene medium was then fashioned into modulators and placed into tiny optical network cables to switch the light transmitting the data on and off.More