Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Thermoplastic-Based Sulphur Nanocomposites

Brief

Lowers manufacturing cost while maintaining desirable physical properties

Technology Overview

Thermoplastic, also known as thermosoftening plastic, is a polymer that becomes pliable or moldable above a specific temperature, and returns to a solid state upon cooling. The developed thermoplastic sulfur-polymer composite is comprised of a thermoplastic polymer, such as polyethylene and polystyrene, and a sulfur element. The thermoplastic polymer is a polymer matrix with the sulfur filler is dispersed in the polymer matrix. 


Inventors
  • Saeed Alkhazraji
  • Ahmed Abdalla
  • Sara Aldhaheri
  • Dana Fadlalla
  • Sara Qeshta
  • Nafisa Ali
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides good alternatives to pure polymers by providing similar physical properties
  • Results in lower manufacturing costs because the filling component is less expensive than most of the respective host polymer materials 
  • Doesn’t require chemical modification
Market Application
  • Thermoplastics
  • Polymers
  • Plastics
Intellectual Property
  • U.S. 9,783,652
  • U.S. 10,030,125
Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Device for Water Collection from Atmospheric Moisture

Brief

Providing access to fresh water in areas of scarcity

Technology Overview

Water is one of the most important resources in the world, however there is scarce access to fresh water in some locations. The developed device can be used for collecting water from the atmospheric moisture with no without energy input except for solar radiation. The device is comprised of a water absorbing material, a protection wall and a water container. When the water absorbing material is below phase separation temperature, hydrogen bonds are formed with water molecules resulting in the absorption of water from the air.


Inventors
  • Saeed Alkhazraji
  • Sara Aldhaheri
  • Fatima Alhameli
Competitive Advantage
  • Results in the collection of water in energy efficient and environmentally friendly manner
  • Requires minimal human intervention and minimal maintenance
  • Low-cost and easy to use
Market Application
  • Fresh water collection
  • Water conservation
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,440,187

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Molybdenum Disulfide Foam

Brief

Enhancing the structure of molybdenum disulfide

Technology Overview

Sulfur-containing compounds are by-products from oil and gas production. Molybdenum disulfide is the preferred catalyst for hydro-desulphurization, which is the catalytic chemical process to remove sulfur from natural gas or other refined chemical products. However, molybdenum disulfide is limited to the surface area of the material. The developed process expands the surface area of the material by increasing the porosity and internal cavities of the material.


Inventors
  • Saeed Alkhazraji
  • Salama Almarzouk
Competitive Advantage
  • Enables control of the porosity of foam produced to adapt to various processes and specific requirements
  • Provides a new form of molybdenum sulfide for potential new uses and applications
  • Synthesis method can be applied to other sulfides such as tungsten sulfide, as well boron nitride and graphene
Market Application
  • Petroleum industry
  • Catalysts
  • Coatings / lubricant
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,963,357

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Fabrication of a Super Nano Ion-Electron Source

Brief

Nanotips with desirable apex atomic structures

Technology Overview

The developed method of fabricating a super nano ion-electron source can lead to improved nanotips for applications in nanotechnology, particularly in scanning probe microscopy and electron microscopy. The method involves placing an assembly of precursor tip with an apex and a shank and a heating metal ring in a field ion microscope chamber, applying a direct current to heat the metal ring, applying an electrical field to the precursor tip, and monitoring the evolution of the tip apex until sharpened to a desirable structure.


Inventors

Moh’D Rezeq

Competitive Advantage
  • Results in extremely sharp and clean nanotips that terminate with an apex of atomic scale or a single atom
  • Provides superior control of the shape of the nanotip in the etching process
  • Produces clean tips with no enchant gases or contaminants
  • Works with all metals and is not restricted to a specific meta
Market Application
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nano semiconductor devices
  • Nanotip that can be used as a super source of electron or ion beams
  • Nano-probe in scanning probe microscopes
Intellectual Property

U.S. 8,460,049

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Binder-Free Nano Fiber Catalyst for Petroleum Hydrocracking

Technology Overview

A new binder-free catalyst and a process to produce a designed zeolite-based catalyst with high selectivity. The novel feature of this technology is the use of only catalyst active materials and therefore producing high-quality catalyst through a cost-effective process. 


Inventors
  • Raed Hashaikeh
  • Shaheen Anis
  • Gnanapragasam Singaravel
Competitive Advantage
  • Efficient
  • Fast recovery
  • Scalable
  • Cost-effective
Market Application
  • Catalyst formulation and shaping
  • Petroleum refining
  • Syngas reforming
  • CO2 capture
Intellectual Property

US 2020-0009542 A1

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae 

Smart and Self-Powered Sensors for Geological Hydro-Fracturing

Technology Overview

Smart sensors for in-situ measurement for monitoring and fracture mapping during and after geological hydro-fracturing. The sensors records and provides near to real-time data on temperature, pressue, chemical composition, etc. A record set of these sensors can be embedded in the proppant and provide status of the well. All data and information within the fractured rock and any information changes is transmitted wirelessly.


Inventors
  • Mohamed Sassi
  • Manhal Sirat
  • Irfan Saadat
  • Rashid Abu Al-Rub
Competitive Advantage
  • Self-contained energy sensors
  • Can operate at harsh conditions
  • Long-lasting durability
  • Wireless transmission of information
Market Application
  • Increased production
  • Efficiency on predictive maintenance
  • Saving on operation costs
  • Near to real-time status monitoring
Intellectual Property

US 2019-0273973 A1

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Photo-Regenerable Filters Useful for the Removal of Organic Compounds

Brief

Enhanced filters designed to alleviate pharmaceutical pollution of water

Technology Overview

Pharmaceutical compounds are emerging contaminants in the water supply due to increasing use throughout the world. The developed photo-regenerable filters are designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and other contaminants from water. The filter is comprised of carbon nanotubes and high surface area titanium dioxide nanospheres, in which the high surface area titanium dioxide nanospheres are dispersed in the carbon nanotubes.


Inventors
  • Farrukh Ahmad
  • Qammer Zaib
Competitive Advantage
  • Efficiently removes a variety of pharmaceutical and other contaminants from fluids
  • Structure can be physically modified to alter the properties
  • Can be produced utilizing several manufacturing methods including vacuum adsorption and ultrasonication
  • Filter can be regenerated by applying ultraviolet light for 1 to 8 hours
Market Application
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,840,425

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Cellulose Blends with Enhanced Water Retention

Brief

Enhanced utilization/conservation of water using cellulose gels

Technology Overview

Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer that can be extracted inexpensively from plants and other organisms. The developed cellulose gel compositions are prepared by modifying native cellulose to generate a material with enhanced water absorption and retention properties. The material is produced through the regeneration of cellulose in aqueous polyethylene oxide. The material has been demonstrated to hold twenty times its weight.


Inventors
  • Raed Hashaikeh
  • Ali Asghar
Competitive Advantage
  • Enables efficient water absorption
  • Reduces water consumed for irrigation purposes
  • Provides a non-toxic, low-cost, and biodegradable solution to address irrigation challenges
  • Can be combined with insoluble media to produce a plant growth media
Market Application
  • Landscaping
  • Water retention in arid climates and sandy soils
  • Soil enhancement
  • Plant growth media
  • Erosion / water run-off prevention
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,901,040

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

System and Method for Continuous Transesterification of Oils

Brief

Multi-chamber reactor for converting waste oil into biofuel

Technology Overview

Biodiesel is an important alternative fuel that includes a fatty acid methyl or (ethel) esters produced from trigylcerides as the product of vegetable, lipid, animal, trapped grease, or recycled cooking oil. However, production of biodiesel is limited due to current production methods. The developed multi-chamber continuous tubular reactor for the transesterification of oil can improve production. The multi-chamber design operates in a helical flow pattern to enhance mass transfer and increase conversion.


Inventors
  • Isam Janajreh
  • Rasha Rabu
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides continuous transesterification of oils using a multi-chamber tubular reactor
  • Minimizes pumping loss due to no limitations with mass transfer
  • Increases throughput and yield
  • Increases conversion of oil and methanol into glycol and fatty acid methyl (ethel) ester
Market Application
  • Alternative energy
  • Biofuel/biodiesel
  • Waste cooking oil
  • Transesterification 
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,468,899

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Cellulosic Gel Material as a Pharmaceutical Excipient

Brief

Improved process of preparing pharmaceutical tablets

Technology Overview

A gel material from structure-modified or processed cellulose combined with an active pharmaceutical ingredient can be used to improve the process of tablet production. The approach introduces a continuous process that can reduce labor, time, and cost of production. In addition, the approach results in an improved tablet with desirable properties.


Inventors
  • Raed Hashaikeh
  • Hatem Abushammala
Competitive Advantage
  • Results in a high yield, continuous, and efficient production process that can be implemented at a commercial scale
  • Eliminates the need of using a tablet compression machine to produce a hard tablet
  • Produces a tablet with beneficial attributes including hardness and drug delivery
Market Application

Production of pharmaceutical products in tablet form

Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,446,000

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae