UA researchers issued patents


Patent Awards 2022

Pictured are Dr. Sozer, Dr. Joy, Dr. Saunders, Dr. Kennedy, Dr. Miller, Dr. Ju, Kelly Bialek, acting director of Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Management and Federal Reporting and Dr. Phil Allen, acting vice president of research and business engagement

UA’s researchers are continuing to solve the world’s issues with their ingenious technology. Five faculty members who were issued eight patent applications developed such things as biotechnology for wastewater treatment and a device to aid in bone remodeling.

“I am proud of the ongoing, innovative work by UA’s talented research faculty,” said President Gary L. Miller. “The contributions they make to their respective fields further demonstrate the University’s commitments to creating and discovering knowledge and providing our students with the opportunity to work and learn alongside some of the best scientists in the world.”

Congratulations to the following colleagues for their recently issued patent applications:

Dr. Abraham Joy, professor, School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, had a patent application issued for “Modification of Segmented Polyurethane Properties by Copolymerizing with Pendant Functionalized Diols,” on Sept. 14, 2021. The patent is for advanced material for use in medical devices and applications with biocompatible, biodegradable polyurethane materials with controlled thermal, anti-microbial, mechanical and anti-fouling properties.

Dr. Lu-Kwang Ju, distinguished professor of chemical, biomolecular and corrosion engineering, was issued patent applications for “Enzyme Processing of Soybeans Into Intact Oil Bodies, Protein Bodies, and Hydrolyzed Carbohydrates,” on Nov. 16, 2021, for biotechnology and soy processing; and “Multi-step Method for Producing Algae Products,” on Dec. 28, 2021, for biotechnology for waste-water treatment and biodiesel production.

Dr. Joseph P. Kennedy, Distinguished Professor of polymer science and chemistry, was issued patent applications for “Star Isobutylene-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers,” on Nov. 2, 2021, for a thermoplastic elastomer made from a star isobutylene polymer; and “High Molecular Weight Polyisobutylenes and Polyisobutylene Networks From Liquid Polyisobutylenes by Thiol-Ene Clicking,” on Oct. 12, 2021, for a new PIB network with high molecular weight and thiol based PIB derivatives.

Dr. Marnie Saunders, interim dean, Graduate School and associate professor of biomedical engineering, was issued a patent application for “Lab-On-A-Chip (LOC) for Biomimetic Bone Remodeling Analysis,” on Dec. 28, 2021, for bone remodeling with LOC capabilities.

Dr. Yilmaz Sozer, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was issued patent applications for “Permanent Magnet Machine,” on Oct. 12, 2021, for low noise and vibration control for electric machines; and “DC Input Current Ripple Reduction in SRM Drive for High Volumetric Power Density Applications,” on Sept. 21, 2021, a control system and device for switch reluctance machines.

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