Novel NOx sensing technology determining value by looking at patent potential and possible partnerships
Author(s)Watson, Whitney E
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Michael J. Cima.
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Professor Michael Cima in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering has developed a new approach for sensing NOx (nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide), and Christophoros Vassiliou, a Masters of Engineering student in Electrical Engineering, is working with Cima on the development of the technology in the lab. The novelty of the electrochemical sensor is that it employs a molten alkali carbonate electrolyte as opposed to sensors with solid electrolytes, which are generally used. While the science of the sensor is still under development, Cima has targeted diesel engines for implementation. The purpose of this thesis was to assess the value of the technology and suggest possible actions. By looking at the structure, trends, and competitive drivers in the market for automotive gas sensors, I have outlined the plausibility and grounds for obtaining a patent and also suggested possible licensing opportunities or partners to fund reduction to practice. Such companies include Ceramatec, Bosch, and City Technology.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2006.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Page 20 blank.Includes bibliographical references (pages 18-19).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering.