Economic Development

The College supports economic development in Alabama by preparing the current and future workforce helping to retain talent in the state, form spin-off enterprises, and commercialize innovations generated by A&S faculty, staff, and students.

Innovation and Commercialization Disclosures

DepartmentDateTechnology TitlePrimary Inventor
Chemistry and Biochemistry3/30/2020Methods for Converting PVC Elastomers (Collaboration)Jason E. Bara
Physics and Astronomy4/21/2020Artificially Intelligent Navigation SystemAdam J. Hauser
Physics and Astronomy6/19/2020Growth Methodology: Sputter Beam Epitaxy for Epitaxial GrowthAdam J. Hauser
Chemistry and Biochemistry11/23/2020Formulation and synthesis process of nutraceutical composition with potential higher bioavailability and immunological valueGabriela Gurau

Spin-off Enterprises

DepartmentEnterpriseFaculty Member/s
Chemistry and BiochemistryThruPore Technologies: Develops and manufactures superior heterogeneous catalysts for chemical research and chemical manufacturingMartin G. Bakker
Chemistry and Biochemistry525 Solutions, Inc.: Utilizes natural ingredients to assist in the side effects of diseases like diabetesRobin Rogers
Chemistry and BiochemistryInnovative Valency: Manufactures air-sensitive reagents and ligands for organic synthesis and organometallic chemistryAnthony J. Arduengo III (emeritus)

Patents Awarded to Faculty

Invention NameInventorApplication NumberIssue DatePatent Number
Biofidelic Conductive Skin StimulantKim Lackey (Biological Sciences), Vinu Unnikrishnan* (Aerospace Engineering) – Collaboration16/106,934 – US Utility Application2/23/202110,930,176
Composite Electrodes and Methods for the Fabrication and Use ThereofShanlin Pan/Arun Gupta (Chemistry)16/259,043 – US Utility Application11/30/202111,186,917
Light Driven Metal Pincer Photocatalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Carbon
Elizabeth Papish (Chemistry)16/131,545– Utility8/31/202111,103,861
New and Energy-Efficient Method for Ionic-Liquid-Based Selective Isolation of Chitin Using Aqueous Biphasic SystemsRobin Rogers (Chemistry)15/862,805 – US Utility Application2/23/202110,927,191
Metal Particle-Chitin Composite Materials and Methods of MakingRobin Rogers (Chemistry)15/933,700 – US Utility Application3/9/202110,941,258

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