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Method for Manufacturing Controlled Open-Cell Silicone Foam

A company is looking for a method to manufacture controlled, ultra-lightweight, open-cell silicone foam. The foam cells must have very similar size, and the foam must be very elastic with a water absorption coefficient of 300-400%. The company is looking for companies able to design or to license the process for controlling temperature cycle, curing time, and other main process parameters. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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NASA Technology Prize Competitions – Summer 2008

NASA has a program of technology prizes currently consisting of seven competitions held throughout the year. The program, which began in 2005, is known as Centennial Challenges in recognition of the centennial of powered flight. In keeping with the spirit of the Wright Brothers and other American innovators, the Centennial Challenge prizes are offered to independent competitors who work without government support including small businesses, student groups and garage inventors. The prize competitions are targeted at a range of technical challenges that support NASA’s missions in aeronautics and space. The goal is to encourage novel solutions from non-traditional sources. In the Centennial Challenge program, NASA offers the prize money but each of the competitions is managed by an independent organization, sometimes with additional private sponsorship.

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High-Performance CIGS Solar Cell Saves Resources

AIST has developed a thin-film technology that can reduce the consumption of raw selenium below one-tenth of the conventional standard when manufacturing non-silicon-based copper-indium- gallium- selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells. The technology uses radio-frequency- cracked selenium radicals instead of conventional vaporized selenium, enhancing the conversion efficiency of a solar cell, and results in cells of reproducible quality from run to run. Additionally, the technology uses a black metal electrode and a light-absorbing layer containing zinc oxide. This brings about a great advancement for mass production of high-performance CIGS modules.

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Paracellular Drug Delivery Through Baker’s Yeast Microcapsules

Yeast has the ability to reversibly open up the junctions between cells to aid drug delivery. By micro-encapsulating active ingredients inside the yeast cells, this technology enhances paracellular movement of active ingredients in mucus-rich areas such as buccal, oral, nasal, vaginal, anal, and others. Application could be by means of powder, tablet, capsule, chewable tablet, chewing gum, melting film strip, spray, cream, or gel. Yeast offers an alternative to chitosan as a permeation enhancer and mucoadhesive mechanism.

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Self-Contained Therapeutic Thermal Wrap

A company seeks technology leading to a flexible, adhesive thermal patch or wrap for sore muscles that provides lasting warmth for 8 to 12 hours or more. The technology should not involve a chemical active in contact with the skin. The heating effect should be able to be activated anywhere, without the use of plugs or wires. It should provide perceivable relief from discomfort within about one minute, and fit comfortably over wrists or knees without being overly obtrusive. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Substance with High Affinity for Large Antigen Molecules

A company seeks a process of making high-affinity antibodies (or other substances) that can bind rapidly to antigens of large molecular sizes, such as proteins. Achieving high-affinity binding is important for expanding detection limits and achieving diagnostics in short amounts of time. This need is for a highly sensitive, high-affinity antibody or process of designing and making a substance that works as well as antibodies in having a high affinity to a given analyte, and a high speed of binding. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Analytical Technique for Healthcare and Industrial Applications

Aria Analytics is commercializing a novel analytical technology to characterize liquids for healthcare and industrial applications. As a drop of liquid evaporates on the vibrating quartz sensor, it undergoes distinctive phase changes representing the unique chemical and physical characteristics of the sample. This unique “fingerprint” represents information that is not readily available from any combination of analytical methods currently in use.

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