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August 7, 2012

Purdue innovations to be showcased Aug. 21 for licensing, commercialization deals

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Purdue University-discovered technologies and processes that are ready to be delivered to the public through licensing or commercialization will be featured Aug. 21 during an event in Northwest Indiana.

The Purdue Technology Road Show will be from 12:30-5 p.m. CDT at the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana, 9800 Connecticut Drive, Crown Point, Ind., 46307. The event is presented by the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana.

During the event, faculty and staff innovators will present technologies that were developed through university resources and have high commercialization appeal.

One patent-pending technology is a detector with long optical fibers that monitors water delivery systems for ammonia, developed by George Nnanna, interim department head and professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University Calumet. Reliable detection of ammonia in water is important to protecting people and wildlife. Nnanna's plastic optical fiber detectors are stronger than those currently used and are effective in stagnant and moving water.

Other technologies include:

* A system to optimize power production and reduce rotor fatigue in wind turbines.

* An optimization algorithm that could reduce annual coal fuel costs up to 10 percent.

* An application to download and take notes directly on PowerPoint slideshow presentations.

* A solar UV radiation-based system to disinfect a continuous supply of water.

Officials from Clean Energy Trust will make a lunchtime presentation. The Clean Energy Trust connects early stage companies, entrepreneurs and researchers with capital and expertise required to become sustainable.

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization organizes technology road shows throughout Indiana several times each year. The event is free and open to the public and includes lunch, but reservations are requested because seating is limited. Reservations can be made through Aug. 15 by contacting Sally Ross, 765-588-3490 or saross@prf.org.

 A regularly scheduled networking event for owners of technology-based businesses in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland will be held immediately after the road show. To RSVP for the Tech Talk networking event, contact Lynette Cieslak at 219-644-3680 or ljcieslak@prf.org.

About Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology-transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation program in the country. The park's four Indiana sites are in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The nearly 200 companies located in the park network employ about 4,000 people.

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Source: Sally Ross, 765-588-3490, saross@prf.org