Celebrate Princeton Invention 2012
Princeton University is home to a vibrant community of researchers engaged in making discoveries that have the potential to benefit society.
Technology transfer is an essential step in translating University discoveries into products and services in partnership with industry.
Celebrate Princeton Invention showcases the researchers involved in invention, disclosure, patenting and licensing. We welcome you to browse our 2012 Featured Presenters below or download our 2012 brochure.
Princeton's Office of Technology Licensing works with the investment and entrepreneurial community to provide licensing of Princeton University technologies. In 2012, OTL assisted 250 inventors from across campus on 106 newly disclosed inventions and 139 patent applications, as well as the issuance of 31 patents and the licensing of 27 technologies.
For more information about technology transfer at Princeton, visit the Office of Technology Licensing.
A new technology that can detect greenhouse gases and other pollutants has been developed for applications such as monitoring industrial smokestacks and use in other low-visibility environments. Known as chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy (CLaDS), the technique can be used at longer distances than today's detection systems, making it less likely to be damaged in industrial settings.
Gene Induction and Protein Degradation Systems
David Botstein, Princeton's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics
David Botstein and colleagues have developed a system to activate single genes and another system that can degrade, or "turn off," a single resultant protein. Both techniques could be used to help uncover fundamental gene regulatory systems. Other applications include high-throughput screening of drug candidates for effects on gene expression.
Novel Catalysts for Industrial Processes
Paul Chirik, Princeton's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry
Paul Chirik and colleagues have developed a way to coax iron into acting as an industrial catalyst for use in chemical reactions necessary for the manufacture of silicone, which is used in many consumer goods. Iron could replace platinum as an industrial catalyst, which would save manufacturers money and reduce the environmental impact of mining for precious metals.
Sensing Sheet for Structural Monitoring
Branko Glišić (left), assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and Naveen Verma, assistant professor of electrical engineering
Princeton researchers have developed a low-cost yet accurate sensor system for detecting defects in bridges and other massive structures. Embedded in customizable plastic sheets, the sensors can differentiate between a minor and major structural problem, and feature integrated circuits that allow communication with other sensors in a bridge. The sensors are made from inexpensive thin-film circuit technology.
Collaborative Information Sharing
Margaret Martonosi, the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science
Margaret Martonosi and her collaborators have created novel ways to apply the information gathering and sharing abilities of smartphones to real-world problems such as how to avoid stop-and-go traffic. Their methods harness the computational ability of smartphones, but also preserve battery life, reduce data usage and forgo granting an external computer access to a personal phone.
Solar Energy Conversion Devices
Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Emily Carter's group has designed materials that could lead to the design of cheaper, more efficient and longer lasting solar and fuel cells. She has developed materials that can act as photocatalysts, which use light to modify the rates of chemical reactions, and materials for use in devices like photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells, which use light to produce electricity and fuel.
The E Club provides support for Princeton undergraduates interested in developing a product or company and exploring the steps to entrepreneurship. The club holds a variety of events, including pitch competitions, feedback sessions with mentors and a speaker series.
Vorbeck Materials Corp.
Ilhan Aksay (left) professor of chemical and biological engineering, and John Lettow, president of Vorbeck Materials
Founded with technologies licensed from Princeton, Vorbeck is leading the way in the manufacture and applications of graphene, a carbon-based nanomaterial. Vorbeck’s graphene-based conductive ink, Vor-ink™, can already be found in consumer packaging for theft-control. Other applications under development include sensors for detecting biological agents, diabetic test readout strips, and novel airplane and aerospace materials.