Available Technologies

Available Technologies

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines are on the forefront of innovation. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing creative solutions to a wide range of scientific and engineering challenges. For more information, contact Will Vaughan, Director of Technology Transfer (wvaughan@mines.edu).


A Nanoparticle-Based Coagulation Method for Cost-Effective Microalgae Harvesting (PDF)
A cost-effective method to harvest microalgae

Reference Number: 10005

Increased Lipid Accumulation and Carbohydrate Synthesis in Strains of Microalgae (PDF)
Modified microalgae that produce high levels of lipids and starch

Reference Number: 11020

Use of Endogenous Promoters in Genetic Engineering of Nannochloropsis gaditana (PDF)
The genome sequence and protocols for genetic manipulation for Nannochloropsis gaditana, a microalga that has high lipid and biomass production

Reference Number: 12007

Nonstoichiometric Perovskite-Type Oxides for Solar Thermal Fuels Production (PDF)
Characterization of promising nonstoichiometric-perovskite-type oxide catalysts for solar thermochemical fuel productions

Reference Number: 13023


Biological Engineering and Medical Devices

Artificial Cells for Advanced Drug Delivery (PDF)
Targeted drug delivery across biological barriers using artificial cells

Reference Number: 9002

Microfluidic Flow Assay for Measuring Hemostatic Phenotypes (PDF)
A microfluidic flow assay is a method for measuring the propensity to form a blood clot

Reference Number 10004

Detection of Magnetic Field Concentrated Analytes in a Lateral Flow Capillary (PDF)
A lateral flow capillary devise to detect target analytes that are concentrated by a magnetic field

Reference Number 11011

Optical Alignment Deformation Spectorscopy (PDF)
A microfluidic device and method for high-throughput measurement of cell deformation

Reference Number 12012

Plasma-Based Flow Assay for Measuring Trombin and Fibrin Generation (PDF)
A microfluidic plasma-based flow assay for measuring thrombin and fibrin generation

Reference Number 12031

Delivery of Therapeutic Antibodies from Biodegradable Polymer Scaffolds (PDF)
A direct delivery system for the administration of therapeutic antibodies

Reference Number 13011

Polymer Modified Nanoparticles as Contrast Agents for the Non-Invasive Measurement of pH in vivo (PDF)
A non-invasive and accurate method for in vivo pH measurements

Reference Number 13014

Dynamic Viscoelasticity as a Rapid Single-Cell Biomarker (PDF)
A rapid non-destructive method to identify differences in cell phenotypes using cell viscoelastic properties

Reference Number 13021

Wrist Gimbal Rehabilitation Device (PDF)
A low-cost device to assess and improve wrist and forearm motor function

Reference Number 14041

Three-Dimensional Gaze Control of Robots for Navigation and Object Manipulation (PDF)
A control system to guide robots for navigation and object manipulation that uses 3D eye tracking

Reference Number 15005

Autonomous Robotic Laparoscope Based On Eye Tracking (PDF)
An autonomous control framework for robotic laparoscope using eye tracking

Reference Number 15006

Magnetic-Field Driven Colloidal Microbots Employing Wall-Based Propulsion (PDF)
Magnetic-field driven colloidal microbots for interventional procedures in the cardiovascular system

Reference Number 15031

Controlled Precipitation of Biomimetic Apatites via In Situ Mineralization of an Organic Polymeric Matrix (PDF)
A method for the controlled precipitation of biological apatites within a polymeric support substrate

Reference Number 15038


Fuel Cells and Batteries

Palladium Alloy Membranes for Use in Hydrogen Separation (PDF)
Palladium alloy membranes for hydrogen separation that are resistant to poisoning by sulfide compounds

Reference Number: 6001

Unsupported Palladium Alloy Membranes (PDF)
A cost-effective method to produce thin, durable, support-free palladium and palladium alloy membranes

Reference Number 8002

Stable Catalyst Layers for Hydrogen Permeable Composite Membranes (PDF)
A hydrogen permeable membrane that is stable over a broad temperature range

Reference Number 10007

Acidic Ion Exchange Membrane (PDF)
An acidic ion exchange membrane with very high proton conductivity 

Reference Number 10012

A High Efficiency, Reversible Flow Battery System for Energy Storage (PDF)
A solid oxide fuel battery for high efficiency energy storage

Reference Number 11007

Fabrication of Palladium-Alloy Composite Membranes for High Temperature Applications (PDF)
Palladium-alloy membranes that exhibit structural stability, improved strength, and high hydrogen flux

Reference Number 12028

Impedance-Based Sensor for Detection of Catalyst Coking in Fuel Reforming Systems (PDF)
A novel sensor for detecting the early stages of catalyst coking in fuel reforming systems

Reference Number 13012

Electrochemical Device for Synthesis Gas and Liquid Fuel Production (PDF)
A method for creating liquid fuels from carbon dioxide and water using a solid oxide electrolytic cell

Reference Number 13015

Triple Conducting Cathode Material for Intermediate Temperature Protonic Ceramic Electrochemical Devices (PDF)
A novel perovskite-type multicomponent compound that displays high electrochemical performance at intermediate temperatures

Reference Number 15016



Colloidal Crystallization via Applied Fields (PDF)
The use of external fields to produce three-dimensional crystals of colloid-sized matter

Reference Number: 4001

High Modulus Polymer Composites (PDF)
A method of producing high molecular weight filled polymeric matrices that have desirable physical characteristics

Reference Number 5001

Polylactide-Graft-Lignin Copolymers (PDF)
Methods to produce renewable polyactide-graft-lignin blends and copolymers

Reference Number 12020

Near Zero Coefficient of Thermal Expansion Beta-Eucryptite Without Microcracking (PDF)
A method to produce doped Beta-eucryptite that does not display the normal problem of microcracking 

Reference Number 12023

Polyamide Blends of Varying Renewable Content (PDF)
A method to produce blended polymers that have different renewable carbon content and a suite of high performance properties

Reference Number 13007

Alumina-Rich Glasses (PDF)
A low-temperature method for making aluminum rich glasses that have high chemical durability and mechanical properties close that are to sapphire single crystals

Reference Number 13027

Methods for Making Glasses from Organic Waste Food Streams (PDF)
A renewable method for making commercial and new glasses from organic waste products

Reference Number 14001

Fabrication of Electrochromic Tungsten Oxide Films for Optical Modulation (PDF)
Mesoporous tungsten oxide films that are capable of modulating optical transmission up to the theoretical limit of 100% in the visible regime

Reference Number 14005

Plasma-Assisted Nanofabrication of Two-Dimensional Metal Chalcogenide Layers (PDF)
Low-temperature plasma-assisted methods to produce two-dimensional metal dichalcogenide layers

Reference Number 14008

Anisotropic Multiphysics Sensing Systems for Layered Materials (PDF)
A method to detect physical properties of layered materials

Reference Number 14039

Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Method (PDF)
A hybrid additive manufacturing method that allows for precise deposition of various photo curable resins

Reference Number 15040


Minerals and Mining

A Piezo Sensor Based Smart-Die Structure (PDF)
A piezoelectric thin film sensor that monitor the onset of failure during die casting operations

Reference Number: 8001

Synthesis of Boron Using Molten Salt Electrolysis (PDF)
A method to produce elemental boron

Reference Number 9006

Methods for Osmotic Concentration of Hyper Saline Streams (PDF)
A novel method of extracting minerals from an aqueous source 

Reference Number 12025

Cavitating Water Jet Hard Rock Dredge Mining System (PDF)
A way to incorporate high-pressure cavitating waterjets within a rotary cutter head 

Reference Number 13028

Pressure Oxidation of Enargite Concentrates (PDF)
A method to separate copper and arsenic at moderate temperatures and pressures 

Reference Number 14011

De-Zincing Zinc-Coated Metals (PDF)
An electrochemical method to dezinc zinc-coated metals 

Reference Number 14012

Purification of Yttrium Using Iminodiacetic Acid Resin (PDF)
A method to separate yttrium from heavy rare earth mixtures 

Reference Number 14015

The Sulfuric Acid Baking of NdFeB Magnet Scrap (PDF)
A method for extracting rare earth metals from Nd2Fe14B magnet scrap 

Reference Number 15001

Pneumatic Mine Dust Sampling Instrument (PDF)
A hand-held coal and rock dust sampling devise suited to collect consistent mine dust samples 

Reference Number 15034

Production of Indium Concentrate from Waste LCD Screens (PDF)
A commercially viable process for the extraction of indium from liquid crystal displays (LCDs) 

Reference Number 16041



Reactor Unit Control System for Space and Terrestrial Applications (PDF)
A reactor unit control system for small space reactors

Reference Number: 11021

Scoring and Shape Reconstruction of Antlers from Two-Dimensional Images (PDF)
A method to reconstruct three-dimensional shapes of antlers from two-dimensional images 

Reference Number 15037


Oil and Gas

Downhole Tools and Methods for Selectively Accessing a Tubular Annulus of a Wellbore (PDF)
A downhole tool that selectively opens and closes an axial/lateral bore of a tubular string positioned in a wellbore 

Reference Number: 10015

Wave-Equation Migration Velocity Analysis using Image Wrapping (PDF)
A method to construct velocity models for imaging the interior of the Earth 

Reference Number 11009

Monitoring of Drinking Water Aquifers during Possible Contamination Operations (PDF)
A method to monitor the integrity of water aquifers 

Reference Number 12019

Using Seismic Wavefields to Monitor Geological Targets (PDF)
A method to image geological mediums using seismic wavefields 

Reference Number 13009

Surface Relaxivity Calculations using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurement (PDF)
A method to determine the surface relaxivity on unconventional rock formations

Reference Number 15002

Matrix-Fracture Interface Cleanup Protocol for Tight Sandstone and Carbonate Reservoirs (PDF)
A novel approach to clean up the matric-fracture interface to improve oil and gas production 

Reference Number 15007

Casing Section Rotation Method and Apparatus (PDF)
An apparatus and method improve the cement seal at the bottom of surface casing during drilling operations 

Reference Number 15015

Characterization of Water/Oil/Gas Emulsions and Foams Using Low Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (PDF)
A method to characterize the emulsion properties in oil and gas producing wells at downhole condition or pipelines 

Reference Number 15025


Reaction Engineering

A Novel ZnO Catalyst (PDF)
A method to produce unique ZnO structures that are rich in defect sites

Reference Number: 9003

Synthesis of Boron Using Molten Salt Electrolysis (PDF)
A method to produce elemental boron 

Reference Number 9006

Laser Ignition of Reaction Synthesis Systems (PDF)
Use of a tunable laser to initiate a self-propagating high-temperature combustion reaction 

Reference Number 13001

Nonstoichiometric Perovskite-Type Oxides for Solar Thermal Fuels Production (PDF)
Characterization of promising non-stoichiometric-perovskite-type oxide catalysts for solar thermochemical fuel productions

Reference Number 13023

Ammonia Synthesis at Moderate Conditions (PDF)
The synthesis of ammonia at moderate temperatures and pressures using a membrane reactor 

Reference Number 15028


Semiconductors and Photovoltaics

Solar Thermoelectric Generator (PDF)
A novel design for solar thermoelectric generators with improved efficiencies 

Reference Number: 8004

Novel Photoconductive Decay Measurement System (PDF)
A nondestructive, contactless means to measure the recombination of lifetime of a wide range of semiconducting and photoconducting materials

Reference Number 9001

Process to Recycle End of Life Cadmium Telluride Modules and Manufacturing Scrap (PDF)
A novel method for recycling of thin film Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic modules at the end of their life   

Reference Number 11024

Solubilizing Imide Precursors for Poorly Soluble Polymers (PDF)
A method for making polyimides and other rigid conjugated polymers via soluble amide-ester precursors

Reference Number 13002

An Electron Transistor with Ionic Gating and Complementary Optical Response (PDF)
A thin film transistor that can modulate its optical transmission from opaque to transparent 

Reference Number 13005

Rapid Reduction of Sodium Occupancy in Type II Silicon Clathrate by Chemical Etchinge (PDF)
A method to reduce the sodium occupancy in type II silicon clathrate 

Reference Number 14019

Tailoring the Optical Gap and Absorption Strength of Silicon Quantum Dots (PDF)
Silicon-based quantum dots (SiQDs) with an organic surface functional that have improved electronic and optical properties 

Reference Number 14024

Rapid Thermal Processing of Back Contacts for Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells (PDF)
A high-throughput method to produce back contacts for cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells that improves the cell’s properties

Reference Number 14028



Hollow Waveguide Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy (PDF)
A hollow waveguide cavity ringdown spectroscopy design for measurements of an absorption medium

Reference Number: 7001

Hybrid Dielectric/Surface Plasmon Polariton Waveguide (PDF)
A novel hybrid dielectric/Surface Plasmon Polariton waveguide design 

Reference Number: 8003

Spectroscopic Polarimeter (PDF)
A spectroscopic polarimeter that contains designs for filtering light for both a specific bandwidth and for selecting a single polarization state  

Reference Number 10001

LED Pumped Lasers and Amplifiers (PDF)
A method and apparatus for pumping solid state lasers and amplifiers using high-powered LED arrays

Reference Number 14016



System and Method to Create Osmotic Saltwater Intrusion Barrier (PDF)
A method to eliminate or reduce or salt water encroachment into fresh water aquifers 

Reference Number: 9010

Methods for Sustainable Membrane Distillation of Impaired Water Streams (PDF)
A membrane distillation process for water reclamation and mineral extraction that reduces membrane fouling 

Reference Number: 12019

Biohydrochemical Enhancement structures for Streamwater Treatment (PDF)
A method to remove stream water contaminants 

Reference Number 14029


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