Licensing Opportunities

Below is a list of our technologies available for license or joint development. This is just a flavour of the research going on at the university as we are constantly discussing new technologies with our researchers. So if you don't see what you are looking for please call and we'll see what we can do to help. 

Engineering & Physical Sciences

Improved speech recognition, intelligibility and noise reduction using real-time source separation

This technology provides real-time separation of sounds from a mixture of sound sources using a very small array of 3 or 4 microphones. The technology can be used to improve speech recognition or intelligibility, to separate individual sound sources, and in a noisy environment for removing unwanted sounds.

Status: There is a Granted US patent and a number of pending patents for this technology. For more information see quad.io or contact Elucidare

Engineering failure detection

This is new maths for extracting useful information, not previously accessible, from continuous periodic data streams. Potential uses include fault detection to avoid catastrophic failure in turbines and other engineering situations.

This technology was developed in collaboration with the King's College London. Status: Patent pending.

Temperature stabilising semi-conductor alloys

This range of new materials can increase the device efficiency of lasers and LEDs. Current devices are inefficient and need temperature stabilisation electronics which cost far more than the laser or LED itself. This invention has the potential for energy reductions of >80% and substantial reductions in the complexity and costs of producing such devices.

Status: Patent pending.

Low cost silicon-based mid and far infrared detector for gas detection and thermal imaging

Current mid and far IR detectors operating above 2µm are based on toxic materials and are difficult and expensive to make. This is a new class of cheap, non-toxic detector based on silicon using conventional fabrication techniques that could replace mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) and other similar detectors. Applications include thermal imaging, night sights and gas detection.

Status: Patent pending.

3D nano and micro-milling

This technology is based on the milling of materials using a focused ion beam to produce 3D nano and micro-structures. With applications throughout micro and nano-technology and manufacturing, the technique can produce a wide-range of curved structures, such as lens arrays, with high precision. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Granted EU patent, Patent pending Japan, US.

High value, low cost, super-resolution lenses

This is a cheap and fast way of producing super resolution lenses of various shapes and sizes. The lenses can be place above optical cavities for imaging things smaller than the diffraction limit, i.e. beyond the limit of conventional optical microscopes. They can therefore be used with conventional optical microscopes to transform them to super-resolution microscopes to resolve much smaller objects. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Patent pending.

Light micro-jets

This is a transparent structure which produces concentrated jets of light. The micro-jets propagate vertically with minimal beam spreading for distances several times the wavelength of the light used. These micro-jets can be obtained even when a thin metal film is in the direct pathway of the beam. Applications may include solar cells, organic photoelectric devices, optical devices and computing, transparent conductors or any application where light has to be manipulated with a transparent structure. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Patent pending.

Improving internet security by hiding information in communication activities

This software allows data sent over the internet to be hidden in, or hidden as, other common internet activities such as email or pictures. It can be used as an alternative to, or additional security layer on top of encryption, and allows the transmission of private messages or images which are hidden and therefore more difficult to intercept. 

Status: Patent pending.

GNSS / GPS navigation receiver algorithm - fail safe for Safety of Life and other critical applications

This technology is for tracking Binary Offset Carrier (BOC) and Multiplexed BOC (MBOC) navigation signals planned for the modernised US GPS, the European Galileo and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems. This is the only method that truly avoids false lock onto the GNSS signal and therefore has applications in safety of life and other critical applications. It is also less affected by multipath signals.

Status: There are numerous granted patents on this technology including in Europe, US and China.

Improving the efficiency of organic semiconductors

This is a platform technology for production of efficient and stable organic optoelectronic devices, providing thin semi-conductor films incorporating uniformly dispersed carbon nanotubes. The films have high performance and are produced using a solution of soluble semi-conductor materials so are therefore particularly applicable to large area deposition such as for organic solar cells.

Status: Granted US patent.

Temperature-controlled lasers

This new design of the laser diode avoids he need for external cooling systems by designing temperature stability into the chip.

This technology was developed by Professor Alf Adams, who invented the strained-layer quantum-well laser which features in all types of electronic equipment. Status: Granted US patent.

LED monitoring and control of efficiency and colour-mix

This technology offers a simplified system for ensuring LEDs operate in the most efficient mode. Here LEDs are arrangement so they are able to measure each other’s quantum efficiency, utilising the very basis of what an LED is. With a slight modification to the driver, a feedback loop ensures the assembly can operate to maximum efficiency preventing ‘efficiency droop’ which occurs with temperature changes. The same theory and technique can also be applied to solve colour-change in white LED lighting.

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Patent pending.

 

For information on these technologies speak to:

Rob Yates T: 01483 68 9321, E: r.yates@surrey.ac.uk

 

 

Life Sciences

Sepsis detection, fitness monitoring

This is new maths for extracting useful information, not previously accessible, from continuous periodic data streams. Potential uses include:

  • Continuous analysis of blood pressure traces to enable earlier detection of sepsis and avoid morbidity and deaths.
  • Providing information to users in wellness and fitness training programmes to help monitor progress.

This technology was developed in collaboration with the King's College London. Status: Patent pending.

Hydrogel based molecularly imprinted polymers

Scientists from the University of Surrey and Imperial College London developed an invention which uses hydrogel based molecularly imprinted polymers (HydroMIPs) for protein crystallisation, providing a higher yield of protein crystals over current techniques. This method also works with protein structures that are difficult to crystallise using other methods. For more information on the purchase of HydroMIPS please contact Jonathan Hodrien

Status: Granted GB patent. US Patent pending.

Antimicrobial animal bedding for agricultural and domestic use

A naturally occurring material that provides a cheap and safe way of preventing growth of pathogens, bacteria and production of ammonia. In poultry housing it will significantly improve animal welfare and help the farms meet new stricter legislation on the release of ammonia. In domestic use it will help prevent bacteria associated with food poisoning and reduce odour from pet bedding. 

Status: Patent pending.

Natural residual antimicrobial - can be used on food and surfaces

A newly discovered natural antimicrobial mixture that is extremely safe to use and has a residual effect when applied to food and surfaces. Applications include hospital infection control (for MRSA etc), prevention of fruit spoilage, general uses in industry and around the home. 

Status: Patent pending.

Sensitive bi-directional flowmeter and respirometer

The design and arrangement of the pressure sensors used in this respirometer makes this device both bi-directional and of a higher sensitivity and higher accuracy than current respirometers, whilst still price competitive. This device has been prototyped as a respirometer and features disposable mouthpieces.

Status: Patent pending.

Automated retinal image analysis for diabetic retinopathy screening

Developed in collaboration with Moorfields Eye Hospital this software separates normal from abnormal retinal images allowing skilled people to concentrate on diagnosis. Moorfields estimates that currently 80% of their time is dedicated to separating out normal retinal images. The software has been tested on thousands of ethnically diverse retinal images and would improve throughput and reduce costs in screening and diabetic monitoring programmes.

Status: Patent pending.

 

For information on these technologies speak to:

Jonathan Hodrien T: 01483 68 3676, E: j.hodrien@surrey.ac.uk

Contact:

Engineering & Physical Science

Rob Yates

T: 01483 68 9321
E: r.yates@surrey.ac.uk

 

Life Sciences & Software

Jonathan Hodrien

T: 01483 68 3676
E: j.hodrien@surrey.ac.uk
 

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