With 37 new U.S. patents filed, 71 invention disclosures and $6.3 million in licensing revenue in 2007 alone, The University of Akron ranks first in the state of Ohio in return per research dollar spent. Akron’s advantage lies in creative and talented faculty, staff and students, as well as a nationally recognized research foundation that facilitates licensing, collaboration and new venture creation through an open and easy process.


View Excel spreadsheets of UA’s full database of 150 active US patents and patent publication database with 111 recently published inventions.

For more information on patents and licensing, contact Susan Dollinger, Technology Transfer Marketing Director and Project Manager, at sed@uakron.edu

Graph of U.S. Patents and Disclosures by Year

Pie Chart of University of Akron U.S. Patents by Class

Pie Chart of University of Akron Published Patent Applications by Class

Areas of UA research expertise:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Data Processing
  • Devices
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Medical
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Polymer Composites
  • Polymer Processing
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Process Control
  • Security
  • Specialty Polymers


Current Research Projects

 For Current Research Projects

With over 100 U.S. patents to his credit, Dr. Joseph Kennedy has discovered yet another high performance isobutylene based polymer.  He has more recently invented a polyisobutylene-based polyurethane composition which demonstrates superior oxidative resistance over any known biomaterial in the field.

 Dhinojwala Gecko Adhesives Inspired by the tiny foot hairs that allow geckos to run up walls and across ceilings, Dr. Ali Dhinojwala fixed aligned carbon nanotubes to flexible plastic to create a synthetic tape that can support four times more shear stress than a gecko’s foot. Unlike typical adhesives, the gecko tape could be used underwater or in outer space.
 Wiley Youngs Silver Antimicrobial Research Dr. Wiley Youngs’ diverse research activities cover metal-based antimicrobials and anti-cancer drugs, polymeric membranes for fuel cells and cage systems based on metal compounds. A new type of compound, known as silver N-heterocyclic carbene complexes or SCCs, has bacteria-fighting properties, effectively treating lung infections in an animal study.

Steven Chuang Coal Fuel Cell   FirstEnergy made a $2 million pledge to UA to establish an Advanced Energy Research Center. The program will pioneer carbon capture and energy projects, including Dr. Steven Chuang's coal fuel cell, pictured at left, which is twice as efficient as coal burning power plants and easily captures carbon dioxide and harmful emissions.