2014-2015 Research Highlights

  • Publications that result from Center-supported Projects (total=48):
    - In peer-reviewed technical journals: 34
    - In peer-reviewed conference proceedings: 14

- In trade journals/books/book chapters: 0

With multiple authors (total = 47):
 - co-authored with ERC students: 38
 - co-authored with industry: 3
 - with authors from multiple engineering disciplines: 22
 - with authors from both engineering and non-engineering fields: 29
 - with authors from multiple institutions: 29

  • Publications that result from Associated Projects in the Strategic Plan (total=30):
    - In peer-reviewed technical journals/book chapters: 29
    - In peer-reviewed conference proceedings: 1
  • ERC members attended/led 29 scientific conferences/workshops, and gave 62 seminars/colloquia/invited talks


ERC Technology Transfer

A.Inventions disclosed: 16

1. A novel processing technology to fabricate magnesium alloys with excellent combination of strength and corrosion resistance (Date of inception: 12/1/2014), Reported by: Zhigang Xu

2. UC Invention Disclosure, 115-034, 07/26/2014, Principles and Practices for Manufacturing Long Nanotubes, M. Schulz, V. Shanov, et al (Date of inception: 7/26/2014), Reported by: Vesselin Shanov

3. UC Invention Disclosure, 115-006, 07/23/2014, Method for Continuous Carbon Nanotube Ribbon Formation, N. Alvarez, V. Shanov, P. Miller, M. Schulz (Date of inception: 7/23/2014), Reported by: Vesselin Shanov

4. UC Invention Disclosure, 115-007, 07/25/2014, Biodegradable Medical Implants and Corrosion Resistant Engineering Components Based on Magnesium Carbon Covetic Material, M. Schulz, J. Shugart, R. Kleismit, V. Shanov, D. Mast, J. Yin. (Date of inception: 7/25/2014), Reported by: Vesselin Shanov

5. UC Invention Disclosure, 115-008, 07/31/2014, Method for Making Magnesium Single Crystal for Biomedical Applications, V. Shanov, V. Chaswal, P. Salunke, M. Joshi, G. Zhang, M. Schulz, S. Yarmolenko (Date of inception: 7/31/2014), Reported by: Vesselin Shanov

6. UC Invention Disclosure, 115-027, 09/23/2014, Additive Manufacturing using Carbon Nanotube Yarn and Ribbon Filament Materials, M. Schulz, V. Shanov, Z. Yin, P. Miller, S. Ruitao, Y. Song, G. Hou, D. Vijayakumar, P. Roy-Chaudhury, N. Alvarez, R. Millik, M. Rahimi (Date of inception: 9/23/2014), Reported by: Vesselin Shanov

7. UC Invention Disclosure, 115-080, 01/30/2015, Carbon Nanotube Filter for Environmental Toxicant Removal and Desalination, M. Schulz, W. Li, G. Hou, V. Shanov, R. Su, A. Wang (Date of inception: 1/30/2015), Reported by: Vesselin Shanov

8. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure; 114-076, Methods for Manufacturing Nanotube Hollow Cable, Mark J. Schulz, John Yin, Noe Alvarez, Vesselin Shanov, Rachit Malik, Anli Wang, Weifeng Li, Arvind Krishnaswamy, April 29, 2014. (Date of inception: 4/29/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

9. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure; 114-074, High Pressure Synthesis of Nanoscale Materials, Mark J. Schulz, Guangfeng Hou, Vesselin Shanov, Arvind Krishnaswamy, April 30, 2014. (Date of inception: 4/30/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

10. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure; 114-073, Inflatable Breathable Stent to Prevent Restenosis in Veins, John Yin, Vesselin Shanov, Yonghai Zhang, Chenhao Xu, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Yang Wang, Begonia Campos, April 30, 2014. (Date of inception: 4/30/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

11. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure. Smart Biodegradable Implants, Mark Schulz, John Yin, Yonghai Zhang, Vesselin Shanov, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Yang Wang, Begonia Campos, Chenhao Xu, David Mast, Tarek Helmy, May 2014. Provisional Patent, U.S. Serial No. 62/006,355; Title: Smart Biodegradable Implants; Inventors: Mark Schulz et al.; UC, Ref. 113-054, June 2, 2014. (Date of inception: 6/2/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

12. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure; 115-034, Principles and Practices for Manufacturing Long Nanotubes, Weifeng Li, Vesselin Shanov, David Mast, Yi Song, Arvind Krishnaswamy, Noe Alvarez, Mark Schulz, David S. Lashmore, Sergey N. Yarmolenko, Svitlana Fialkova, Salil Desai, August 2014. (Date of inception: 8/1/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

13. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure; UC 115-007, Biodegradable Medical Implants and Corrosion Resistant Engineering Components based on Magnesium Carbon Covetic Material By Mark Schulz, Jason Shugart, Richard Kleismit, Vesselin Shanov, David Mast, John Yin, July 24, 2014. (Date of inception: 7/24/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

14. University of Cincinnati Invention Disclosure; Smart Chest Tube, Maham Rahimi, John Yin, Mark Schulz, 2014. (Date of inception: 7/1/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

15. UC Invention Disclosure, 3-D Printing with Carbon Nanotube Yarn, Mark Schulz, Dineshwaran Vijayakumar, Peter Miller, Rachit Mallik, Vesselin Shanov, Prabir Roy-chaudhury, Maham Rahimi, John Yin, Yi Song, Noe Alvarez, Guangfeng Hou, Ruitao SU, Sept 21, 2014. (Date of inception: 9/21/2014), Reported by: Mark Schulz

16. UC Invention Disclosure, Carbon Nanotube Filter for Environmental Toxicant Removal and Desalination, Weifeng Li, Mark J. Schulz, Vesselin Shanov, Ruitao Su, Guangfeng Hou, and Anli Wang, February 2015. (Date of inception: 2/1/2015), Reported by: Mark Schulz

B. Patent applications filed: 7

1. Metallic and Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffolds for Regeneration of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (Date of inception: 3/6/2014), Reported by: Savio Woo
PCT application no.: 61773435

2. Self-assembled Organosilane Coatings for Resorbalbe Metal Medical Devices (Date of inception: 2/3/2015), Reported by: Elia Beniash
Application# 62/111,165 University of Pittsburgh Invention Disclosure entitled, "Self-assembled Organosilane Coatings for Resorbalbe Metal Medical Devices" was reviewed at the October 28, 2014 Technology Transfer Committee meeting. The Committee decided that a provisional application be filed.

Supported by University of Cincinnati and Element One inc., we have filed a provisional patent for transdermally detection of hydrogen gas using hydrogen sensitive material.

4. CNT Sheet Substrates and Transition Metals Deposited on Same (Date of inception: 2/5/2015), Reported by: Yeoheung Yun
PCT about CNT Sheet Substrates and Transition Metals Deposited on Same

5. Mg-Based Suture Anchor (Date of inception: 11/8/2014), Reported by: Savio Woo
Provisional Patent #62077199

6. ULTRAHIGH DUCTILITY, NOVEL Mg BASED ALLOYS FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS (Date of inception: 9/9/2014), Reported by: Prashant Kumta

7. Biodegradable, Non-thrombogenic Elastomeric Polyurethane. Patent Application No: US 2014/0248232 A1 (Date filed: 9/4/2014), Reported by: Sang-Ho Ye


  • Involvement of state and federal government agencies in the growth of the ERC remains a top priority. Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director of the North Carolina Science and Technology Advisory Board, remains as liaison to the state’s agencies for fiscal support opportunities and as a link that will foster the economic development capacity of the ERC.
  • During this reporting period, various members of the IAB and CSAB worked closely with the ERC technical team on multiple occasions on various aspects, from materials development to prototype devices for translational opportunities. These were done through routine Friday 4:00 pm webinars, teleconferences, and personal visits and through electronic communications.
  • Strategy and Collaboration to accelerate the commercialization of promising medical innovations with InCube labs , ERC and Coulter foundation is moving forward with clear focus deliverables
  • ERC Members continue to participate effectively in  global biodegradable standardization committee AC 87
  • Comprehensive testing protocols for the biodegradable mg metals are being collaboratively developed with IAB members, ASTM, ISO members with characterization and assessment details.
  • Additional members joined CSAB and IAB to streamline the operations and opportunities for the center
  • New Industrial Membership agreement procedure initiated during the last year is showing strong evidence for success.
  •  ERC-RMB projects were re-prioritized to have more focus towards the science and research innovation from materials development to characterization.
  • Center scientists continued to progress on innovative non-biomedical technologies that are being developed or discovered while they investigated fundamental scientific issues in areas such as alloy development, coatings technology, corrosion control, sensor development and miniaturization, and so forth. Potential solutions to key problems discovered in these basic research efforts are also being evaluated in medical device-directed test beds. 
  • The ERC team continued to gain experience and deepen its knowledge base, leading to the development of various Mg-based alloys especially with different processing routes and conditions.
  • ERC-RMB co-sponsors and continue to participate in the various impactful conferences and gatherings, establishing itself as a strong team at the global level
  • Sponsorship and active involvement in Sixth International Biodegradable Metals Conference August 2014, Maratea, Italy

Trans-ERC Activities

  • Continuation during the reporting period of trans-ERC discussions on innovation, entrepreneurship, IP, and legal issues for the benefit of the ERC audience
  • Teleconferencing and webinar organization for research discussions on a routine basis among all partner sites, including participation by industrial partners
  • Teleconferencing at trans-ERC level on regular basis (since Fall 2010) with dozens of students/faculty participating