NEWPORT, R.I. -- A group of Army scientists pitched their patented inventions at a tech showcase hosted by Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, or SENEDIA, on May 24, in an effort to welcome collaborative relationships that improve warfighter capabilities in the technology discovery phase.

The event was the initiative of Dr. Melissa Flagg, regional lead of the Army Research Laboratory Northeast region. "We're expanding cooperative business opportunities and challenging industry to step forward," she said.

"I'm in the neighborhood, I'm local; I want to come sit with you, understand what you do and explain what we need," Flagg told the businesses. "We can work together to expand Army capabilities. Come talk to me if you want to do business."

Dr. Shashi Karna, an engineer at ARL, explained his patented work on using carbon nanotubes in reducing the size and weight of portable electronic devices.

Holding up his mobile phone, Karna said, "Every electronic gizmo uses an AC/DC converter. Using carbon nanotubes will make the converter components extremely lightweight."

The Army is expanding its research footprint to improve warfighter capabilities, develop talent pipelines and expand access to the defense ecosystem.

The freshly-minted ARL Northeast is headquartered at Northeastern University in Burlington, Massachusetts, as part of ARL's Open Campus Initiative.

Businesses exploring development opportunities were lined up by Molly Donohue Magee, executive director of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and matched with ARL inventors by Mary Arthur, technology transfer specialist at ARL. About 45 people attended.

TechLink, DOD's national partnership intermediary for technology transfer, was on hand to explain the patent licensing process, listing several recent successes.

"We're the DOD's experts in patent licensing. We market to and advise businesses on developing ARL inventions into new products and services," said Dan Swanson, senior technology manager at TechLink.

ARL researchers and the inventions they pitched included:

• Dr. Anindya Ghoshal, Variable pitch turbine blades: Tunable blade mechanism maintains high aerodynamic performance and optimal thermal design for gas turbine engines operating under partial-load conditions

• Robert Haynes, Non-destructive inspection of composite materials: Testing carbon fiber reinforced material for damage, wear and useful life

• Dr. Patrick Jungwirth, Microprocessor design for secure, high-assurance, safety-critical computing: Hardware-level computer security utilizing a hierarchy of access layers substantially raise the difficulty level to hack a computer

• Dr. Shashi Karna, Single-wall carbon nanotube diodes: Developed for ultra-low power electronics this technology can help bring the component size down to the nanoscale level, and carbon nanotube transistors: A field effect array utilizing single-wall carbon nanotubes as the channel with a simple way for processing

• Dr. Ivan Lee, Alcohols to alkenes: Catalytic oxidation of 4-carbon alcohols to produce 4-carbon olefins with yields greater than 90 percent, and Catalyst for the conversion of sulfur containing fuels to hydrogen and syngas: Technology enables on-site production of hydrogen for powering fuel cells and other energy systems

• Justin Shumaker, Stretchable electronics: Elastomeric conductor materials that readily deform and are capable of functioning even when subjected to high strain

• Dr. Gorden Videen, Contact-free holographic imaging of aerosol particles: Imaging single and multiple aerosol particles in situ using digital in-line holography and long wavelength infrared imaging for advanced facial recognition: System creates a 3-D model from thermal images on a pixel-by-pixel basis

Article courtesy: Troy Carter, TechLink

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