The University of Limerick has a number of new technologies that are available for commercial exploitation by Industry. For more information on any of these technologies or the research capabilities relevant to them please contact the relevant Case Manager or the Technology Transfer Office. The University of Limerick is interested in seeking partners to exploit the commercial potential of these technologies by entering into licensing agreements. The following Technologies are available for licensing.
Fibre Optic Technologies
The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre have developed a small diameter temperature-compensated pressure sensor made from class (silica) that is 250μm in diameter. It offers advantages such as biocompatibility, miniature size, simple and low-cost fabrication process, mechanically robust.
The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre have developed a number of technologies and capabilities that have a multitude of applications including The Temperature Compensated Pressure Sensor, Optical Based Gas Sensor and Refractive Index Sensor.
Gas Sensing Technology
The product is an optical-based gas detector. There are no consumable parts. Each sensor can be designed to detect either a single gas or multiple gases, once the gasses to be detected are specified in advance at the design stage. Potential markets include exhaust gas sensing; detection of aesthetic gasses; detection of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in SCUBA equipment and many more. The expertise is available for the detection of virtually all gasses.
OraPress Tongue Pressure Measurement Device
OroPressTM is a Class IIa wireless medical device that uses tongue pressure measurement to diagnose and assist in the rehabilitation of oral swallowing dysfunction, thereby reducing hospital stays, healthcare costs and dusphagia-associated complications including pneumonia, dehydration and malnutrition.
Programmable on-chip ADC Test Solution
Mixed-signal System-on-Chip (SoC) testing has become prohibitively expensive with the ever-increasing integration of complex analogue circuitry. Specifically, data converters are components that require significant test resources. UL researchers have developed patent-protected technology that allows SoC developers and Analogue-Digital Converters (ADC) IP vendors to easily embed Built-In-Self-Test (BIST) logic targets at ADC devices.
Stress and Similar Analysis on Computing Devices
Researchers at UL have developed a method which for the first time removes the constraints imposed by computing device precision in matrix algebra. The intellectual property developed by the researchers at UL provides a method and system for analysing the physical properties of an object using a computing device, to any desired accuracy and spatial solution with a degree of certainty and no longer restricted by the floating-point limitations of the computing device.
TextiliseTM is a final-step, cost effective, antibacterial nanoparticle finish for woven (or fibrous) thermoplastic polymer textiles such as polyester (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and associated poly-cotton blends. The practice of coating textiles with antibacterial nanoparticles is not new. However, a cost effective, scalable, continuous method for “locking-in” of the anti-bacterial nanoparticle into the textile so that one can wash the textile under hospital washing machine conditions without the need to replenish the nanoparticle has proven elusive.
Therapeutic Device for Neck Pain
Researchers at UL have developed a neck rehabilitation device that can be used for the efficient, comfortable and cost-effective treatment of whiplash, chronic neck pain and other neck-related injuries. Current treatment of people with chronic neck pain consists of physiotherapy sessions in some cases augmented by the use of biofeedback devices such as the biostabilizer feedback used to strengthen the neck musculature. Due to the often infrequent contact with the physiotherapist these treatments can be suboptimal. Patients greatly profit from performing exercises at home at a more frequent basis, but the problem with these exercises is that they need to be performed correctly and regularly in order to yield good results.