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February 15, 2018

Leading-edge technologies ready for licensing highlighted at Purdue Technology Showcase

Jahanshahi crack detection

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University and NSWC Crane researchers will exhibit their innovative advancements in the areas of pharmaceuticals, materials, medical, agriculture and other fields during the Purdue Technology Showcase on Wednesday (Feb. 21).

The second annual showcase will highlight license-ready innovations from 46 Purdue University and NSWC Crane innovators from 1 to 5 p.m. before a crowd of investors, international corporate executives and entrepreneurs at the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center, 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd. The goal is to help move pioneering developments to the marketplace as quickly as possible.

Each innovator will have three minutes to present their discoveries during the fast-paced event. All of the technologies being presented are available for licensing through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.

“The showcase allows investors and companies to see in one stop some of the outstanding research being done at a university known worldwide for its startup and commercialization activities,” said Brooke Beier, OTC executive director. “There is a great story behind each one of these discoveries and each of these innovations could have an impact on so many lives.”

Among the innovations being highlighted:

* Mohammad Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, will display a method of using artificial intelligence to detect cracks captured in videos of infrastructure systems, representing a future inspection technology to reduce accidents and maintenance costs.

* Jeffrey Rhoads, a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, will present a method of identifying biological markers to detect traumatic brain injury before it becomes symptomatic.

* Tillmann Kubis, a research assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, presenting his innovation of predicting drug molecules in dynamic environments that will allow researchers to model the influence of formulation, finite temperatures, shelf life and other variables on drug properties and thereby avoiding futile experiments misguided by unrealistic predictions.

* Garth Simpson, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, will display an instrument that can detect trace crystallinity in pharmaceutical formulations. Crystallinity prevents some pharmaceutical formulations from being effective, and this triboluminescence instrument is an easy and inexpensive method of testing for it.

The showcase is free and open to the public. RSVP to

Here is a complete list of the compelling innovations being highlighted at the showcase, the primary researcher and the time of the presentation:

* Inexpensive Crystallinity Detection for Pharmaceuticals and Other Formulations, Garth Simpson, 1:04 p.m.

* Nanocrystal Scaling-Up Method, Li Tonglei, 1:08 p.m.

* Completely Continuous Plug Flow Crystallization Process of Pharmaceutical Production, Zoltan Nagy, 1:12 p.m.

* Accelerated Degradation of Pharmaceuticals, R. Graham Cooks, 1:16 p.m.

* Enhanced Drug Delivery Across Epithelial Barrier, Arun Bhunia, 1:20 p.m.

* Water Soluble Glucagon Derivative Stable at Neutral pH, Elizabeth Topp, 1:24 p.m.

* Synthetic Lung Surfactant for Respiratory Distress Syndrome, You-Yeon Won, 1:28 p.m.

* Sepsis Treatment Derived from Chitosan, Yoon Yeo, 1:32 p.m.

* Carrier-Free Nanoparticle Formulation with Good Circulation Stability, Yoon Yeo, 1:36 p.m.

* Simultaneous Treatment of Alcohol Use and Psychiatric Disorders, Richard Van Rijn, 1:40 p.m.

* Continuous Roll-to-roll Fabrication of High Performance CNC Coatings for Plastic, Jeffrey Youngblood, 1:48 p.m.

* Functionalized Sponges for Rapid and Robust Oil-Water Separation, Justin Weibel, 1:52 p.m.

* A New Method for 3-D Nanoscale Continuous Printing, Bryan Boudouris, 1:56 p.m.

* Overview of Purdue light hydrocarbon catalyst and process technologies, Jeffrey Miller, 2 p.m.

* Lithium and Sodium Ion Battery Technologies, Vilas Pol, 2:04 p.m.

* Novel Oil-Free Solid Lubricant, Vilas Pol, 2:08 p.m.

* Mechanically Robust High Temperature Composites and Processes for Manufacturing Such Composites, Ken Sandhage, 2:12 p.m.

* Additive Manufacturing of Nanoporous Membranes Using Nanoparticle Etchants, Alex Wei, 2:16 p.m.

* Antimicrobial Treatment for Hardened Metallic Surfaces, David Bahr, 2:20 p.m.

* CAM2 and Database, Yung-Hsiang Lu, 2:28 p.m.

* Real-Time Advanced Congestion Identification and Warning Using Cloud-Based Traffic Data, Darcy Bullock, 2:32 p.m.

* Prediction Algorithm for Determining Molecular Properties in Fluids, Tillmann Kubis, 2:36 p.m.

* Wafer-scale Vacuum Packaging for Optomechanical Inertial Sensors, Sunil Bhave, 2:40 p.m.

* Substrate for Protein Electron Microscopy with Reduced Non-Specific Binding, David Thompson, 2:44 p.m.

* Remote Imaging for Crack Detection and Failure Prediction, Mohammad Jahanshani, 2:48 p.m.

* Multiple Reaction Monitoring Profiling, R. Graham Cooks, 2:52 p.m.

* Ion Manipulation in Air, R. Graham Cooks, 2:56 p.m.

* Rope Climbing Machine for Exercise and Strength Training, Chris Brown, 3 p.m.

* Microelectonics, Matt Kay, 3:04 p.m.

* Power Management Systems, John Schneider, 3:08 p.m.

* Detection of Phenols, Paul Wenthold, 3:12 p.m.

* Synergy of Cold Atmospheric Plasma with Electroporation for Cancer Treatment, Prasoon Diwakar, 3:20 p.m.

* On-Site Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury, Jeffrey Rhoads, 3:24 p.m.

* Silk-Based Textile Platforms of Semiconductor Photocatalysis Using Light Localization, Young Kim, 3:28 p.m.

* Tunable, Synthetic Transcriptional Regulators that are Responsive to Environmental Triggers, Kevin Solomon, 3:32 p.m.

* Implantable Single-Use Drug Delivery for Opioid Overdose, Hyowon Lee, 3:36 p.m.

* Wearable Test for Detecting or Predicting Preeclampsia, Craig Goergen, 3:40 p.m.

* Enhanced Imaging Using Vibrational Photoacoustic Tomography, Craig Goergen, 3:44 p.m.

* Injectable Elastic Polymeric System for Tissue Scaffolds, Meng Deng, 3:48 p.m.

* Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) Emission Capture System, Andy Whelton, 3:56 p.m.

* White Referencing System for 3-D Object Imaging, Jian Jin, 4 p.m.

* Ubiquitous Smartphone Bioluminescence Detection, Euiwon Bae, 4:04 p.m.

* Crop Moisture Meter Networked to Smartphones, Klein Ileleji, 4:08 p.m.

* Enhanced Insect Susceptibility to Entomopathogens, Mike Scharf, 4:12 p.m.

* Smartphone-Based Device for Monitoring Chemical Pollutants in Water, George Nnanna, 4:16 p.m.

* Continuous-Flow Photo-Reactor for the Photocatalytic Destruction of Water Soluble Ethers in Water Using TiO2, Reynaldo Barreto, 4:20 p.m.

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 U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Tom Coyne, 765-588-1044, 

  Brooke Beier, 765-588-3464, 

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