Ohio University honored 75 faculty, staff and student inventors for work in areas ranging from wound healing to superconductors during an awards ceremony Feb. 8.
The Inventors Dinner recognized individuals who had received a patent, filed for a patent or disclosed a new invention through the university’s Technology Transfer Office, which is charged with protecting intellectual property and commercializing innovations developed by the faculty and research staff.
Ohio University has a successful track record in commercializing technologies. The university ranks first among public Ohio higher education institutions for research licensing revenue, with faculty inventions generating $10.6 million during fiscal year 2015, according to a report from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).
“Ohio University is committed to fostering innovation and working closely with our scholars to move new knowledge from the institution to the general public. The Inventors Dinner provides a forum for the university to recognize the successes of our faculty, staff and students in developing creative solutions to real-world problems,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College.
Three College of Arts & Sciences faculty were recognized for receiving patents in 2016:
- “A Versatile Ambient Ionization-Based Interface For LC/MS,” Dr. Hao Chen, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. This device allows for the coupling of two common research laboratory techniques, liquid chromatography (LC), which is a means for separating the components of a mixture in a sample, and mass spectrometry, a means for determining the actual chemical components of the separated sample. A big advantage of the technology is the possibility of real-time analysis of samples.
- “Engineering of an Ultra-Thin Molecular Superconductor By Charge Transfer,” Dr. Saw Hla, Professor of Physics & Astronomy. This new form of superconductor is capable of forming a wire only one molecule thick. It has the potential to improve many existing electronic devices and could someday be used in quantum computers.
- “Systems and Methods for Promoting Wound Healing,” Dr. Tadeusz Malinski, the Marvin & Ann Dilley White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Disclosed in this patent is a system capable of delivering different therapeutic gases to a wound site to promote wound healing.