Commercialisation Plans Harvest MTRAC Subsidy

MTRAC Michigan Tech Innovation Hub grants over $200,000 for advanced material applied projects in the state. Four different technologies from universities in Michigan demonstrate potential in advanced materials. These are earned from the MTRAC (Michigan Technological (institute) University Translational Research and Commercialization) statewide modernization hub. The engineering facility led two projects.

The program of MTRAC is in partnership with Michigan Economic (monetary) Development Corporation (MEDC) innovation and entrepreneurship initiative is planned for the support of applicants. The purpose of this project is to apply advanced material from higher education institutions, research centers (non-profit) and healthcare systems crossways the state.

An oversight committee of 10 members consists of venture capitalists, experienced entrepreneurs, and materials specialists. They reviewed 17 different proposals from 6 universities. The innovation level is coupled with the capability to solve problems in real life and get commercialization. These were the main factors in the procedure of fund approvals.

New Funded Projects

These are the newly funded projects under these plans:

Polar Salt Procedure for Refined Salt at High Surface Zone

An energy-efficient and novel procedure using Michigan-based low-cost feedstock for the production of premium grade and zero additive salt. It provides an instant burst of tang with limited salt while augmenting other flavours. Tim Eisele, an associate professor at Michigan Tech for Chemical Engineering, was the principal investigator for this project.            

Lithium-ion Battery Recycling

The next generation lithium-ion batteries are recycled for the recovery of valuable product to re-use in latest batteries. These batteries are economical and produce purity materials, and addressing the supply chain, environmental and regulatory concerns for electric vehicle, tablets, laptops and phone market. Lei Pan, an assistant professor at Michigan Tech, investigated this project.

Cheap Fabrication Approach for Smudge-Free and Self-Cleaning Resistant Panels of Glass

The low-cost, high-adhesion and fluorine-free self-cleaning covering system are friendly for the environment. This system is utilized for different applications like foul-resistant coatings, self-cleaning metals, windshields, solar panels, and windows. Muhammad Rabnamaz was investigating this project. He is an assistant professor in Michigan State Institute.

Scalable Metal Based Ultra-Thin Transparent Applications and Conductors

It is a cost-effective and scalable approach for the production of smooth and ultra-thin silver film to exhibits high flexibility, conductivity, stability and optical transmission. It can create low haze for transparent conductors needed in optoelectronic diplomacies. The purpose of this project is to address the requirements of growing and large markets, such as conductive transparent films for flexible electronics, displays, touch screens, windows, smart glass electrochromic and interference shielding electromagnetic. The investigator of the project was Jay Guo, a professor at Michigan University.

These projects receive network connections and good feedback from external oversight. Michigan Tech has four universities for MTRAC program. Each university has different projects and collects funds for acceleration of commercialization within advanced materials, life sciences, agriculture biology and biomedical.

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