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Tech Talks: Green Design & Manufacturing
Continuous Helical Flow Technology™ for Electric Heat Exchangers

As companies take steps to reduce their overall carbon footprint, it makes sense to switch to electric heat exchangers. However, there is a lot of conflicting information in the market. It’s important to understand that the best heaters have technology that will meet...

By converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Copolymer Removes Toxins from Water

Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture, and destroy perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of federally regulated substances nicknamed “the forever...

A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing with Wood-Based Ink
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
The "polymer of squares” could one day enable the use of plastic products many times over.
A new process can turn bulk quantities of just about any carbon source into valuable graphene flakes.

For the first time, the winners of the Create the Future Design Contest will be announced live! Join us for this special one-hour presentation as we honor our 2020 Grand Prize...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method Turns Fruit Peels into New Batteries
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Smart Window Improves Energy Efficiency of Buildings
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Open source microcontroller technologies in industrially hardened form factors address critical applications.
5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
5 Ws of Algae-Based Flip-Flops
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Portable Tool Analyzes Microbes in the Environment
This device could be used to find threats to ecosystems.
Briefs: Materials
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Energy
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Smart Sponge for Environmental Remediation
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into New Products
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
"Who knows? Maybe one day we will have roofs covered with humidity panels together with solar panels," TAU professor Colin Price told Tech Briefs.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
'Artificial Leaf' Produces Clean Gas
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.