High dependence on corn for a supply of both food and fuel in the United States has resulted in increasing costs of corn and protests in Congress by representatives from the dairy, poultry, and livestock industries. The Ohio State University researchers, led by Dr. Anne Co, developed a method to produce alcohol from the direct conversion of carbon dioxide. Using electrochemical processes on a metal catalyst resulted in over 50% selectivity for hydrocarbon formation. Dr. Co’s method not only simplifies the complex method of alcohol production, but it also has the potential to reverse the negative effects that accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has on the environment. Learn more about this technology.
Anne Co’s new, five-year $651,729 NSF CAREER Award for “Control of surface reactivity for catalyzing hydrocarbon formation from CO₂," will allow her to expand her research on advanced electrocatalytic materials for chemical conversion and energy storage. Co, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and her students, focus on fundamental studies of electrochemical reactions and electrocatalyst function.Read More
Dr. Mallery is a Professor and Chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and member of the OSUCCC – James Molecular Carcinogenesis/Chemoprevention Research Program. Dr. Mallery and her colleagues at Ohio State worked alongside researchers at the University of Michigan to develop a mucoadhesive fenretinide-delivering patch for the treatment of precancerous oral lesions. The Ohio State University has licensed the rights to this pharmaceutical technology to a newly formed company, Sirona, located in central Ohio.Read press release.
Recently, nitrogen fertilizer has become a more costly resource due to the high price of natural gas. However, as over two million tons of ammonia emission goes into the atmosphere, 80% stemming from animal production, industry loses a significant amount of nitrogen that farmers could use for fertilizer. Capturing the ammonia emissions and generating nitrogen fertilizer would mitigate the lack of nitrogen fertilizer within the market. Dr. Lingying Zhao has developed a Spray Acid Wet Scrubber that recovers an average of 73% ammonia emissions from poultry and composting facilities while simultaneously generating nitrogen fertilizer. Learn more about this technology.
Currently, auditory prostheses transmit incoming sounds and either focus on reducing background noise, leaving the user with poor awareness of their surroundings but good intelligibility, or they do not lessen the background noise, creating an incoherent environment for the user. Dr. Apoux developed an encoding strategy to provide artificial temporal fine structure cues for cochlear implants (CI) enhancing CI users speech/noise recognition. To learn more about this technology click here. Learn more about this technology.