Technology Commercialization Office

Recently Published Techs:

Cellular Treatment of Metabolic Disorders

The implantation of engineered thermogenic cells for treating metabolic disease.

NeverStrand Drive Train; Hybrid All-Wheel-Drive System

Integrating multiple vehicle power sources for efficient power and limp home capability

Sona-Clear Membrane Filter Cleaner

Ultrasonic cleaning of inorganic cross-flow filtration membranes.

Segmentation and Automated Measurement of Chronic Wound Images

A method that allows automated characterization of chronic wounds without requiring significant user input.

Scopebot: An Endoscopic Accessory Platform

An endoscopic platform for the introduction and control of commercially available endoscopic instruments.

Novel Adenosine Monophosphate-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) Activators

An activator that could potentially treat cancer and aberrant metabolic conditions.

Innovative Method for the Electrotransfection of Cells

A cell electroporation delivery platform capable of delivering charged agents in a highly controlled manner down to the single cell level.

Flexible Microwave-Absorbing Materials

Simply fabricated BaM/PDMS composites exhibiting superior microwave absorption

Synthesis of Hydrogen Gas

Production of Hydrogen gas using economical and environmentally friendly catalysts.

Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diode

A wide bandgap semiconductor device based on AlGaN nanowire heterostructures doped with Gd.

Vehicle Obstacle Warning Radar with Object Differentiation

The Need

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear;” though problematically, objects often cease to appear in the mirror at all. While many devices are currently available to address this need, they are successful only within limited confines of operation. Current market solutions cannot detect the specific distance, angle, positions, size, and shape of the objects being queried. The ability to distinguish between low priority obstacles such as a small pothole, and high priority obstacles such as a pedestrian, are lacking. A low-cost yet highly accurate system would allow the automotive industry to build smarter vehicles in the future.

The Market

The technology has several potential applications including collision avoidance radar, home and facility security, as well as target detection and tracking.
  • Annually, in the US, over 17,000 are injured from automobile back-up accidents, more than 200 suffer fatalities. (
    • 44% of victims are children under the age of 5.
  • The global market for blind spot detection and local hazard warning was $290 million in 2013 and is expected to grow to $790 million by 2020; a CAGR of 17.4%. (BBC Research)

The Technology

The Ohio State University researchers, led by Dr. Eric Walton and Dr. Chi-Chih Chen, developed a novel radar array and algorithm design that when mounted on a vehicle allows the distance and angle of nearby objects to be detected using a single continuous wave frequency, thereby avoiding signal interference. The technology allows for a range of radar detection completely encompassing the vehicle; applicable detection zones include the front, rear, and sides. The radar’s pivotal differentiation arises from its ability to differentiate between “high priority” objects such as animals and pedestrians, and “low priority” objects such as potholes and curbs. Benefits:
  • Can detect the position, distance and size/shape of objects;
  • Works in hazardous weather conditions;
  • Useable day and night;
  • Functional while vehicle is not in motion.

The Buckeye Belly

A disposable, inexpensive, and realistic simulation overlay for abdomen training.

Novel Indole-3-Carbinol-Derived Antitumor Agents

An antitumor agent developed from indol-3-carbinol, a naturally ocurring phytochemical in crucifeous vegetables.

Lupus Nephritis Biomarkers

Indicators for predicting a lupus nephritis flare

Capillary Refill Simulator

A capillary refill training tool that can be installed into already existing high-fidelity mannequins. Through an LED lighting system, this device can be used during pediatric or adult simulation training.

Hybrid Air-Water Conditioning Heat Pump with Integrated Solid Desiccant Wheel

A novel space conditioning device which combines three systems: conditioning, heat pump, and water heating.

Device for Lysis of Surgical Adhesions

A device for lysis of surgical adhesions with low-frequency and low-pressure fluid irrigation.

College Prep 8 and D.R.E.A.M. Program

A program that guides underrepresented junior high and high school students through the college admissions process.

Novel Use of Pharmacological Inhibitors of Gap Junctions as Insecticides

Compounds targeting unique signaling pathways for use in the control of insects

High-Capacity Anodes for Lithium Storage

An advanced lithium-ion battery design that will prevent battery swelling while increasing storage capacity and cyclability.

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