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R2I at CCI: University of Texas at Austin

CCI Phase I: Center for Molecular Tools for Conjugated Polymer Analysis and Optimization

This Phase I CCI will combine experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding the relationships between the molecular, mesoscale and bulk properties of neat conjugated polymers. The CCI team will test the theory that intra- and inter-polymer chain interactions give rise to macroscopic materials properties in predictable and systematic ways. The CCI will focus on the molecular origins of the bulk properties of polythiophene and other conjugated polymers that may be useful in a variety of electronic and photovoltaic applications.

The Center for Molecular Tools for Conjugated Polymer Analysis and Optimization will offer a unique educational and professional training environment by integrating spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, microscopy, synthesis and theoretical approaches. The Center will also promote the participation of a diverse group of future scientists and engineers.

Si2C Evolution: Direct Writing of Silicon Carbide Components

University of Texas at Austin, 2003 - $13,700

Tool steel is the dominant material of choice for aluminum die casters, but it's very tough, hard, and challenging to work with. Machining tool steel to create complex aluminum casting dies is a labor intensive, complex, and slow process that ranges from four to twelve weeks.

The Si2C Evolution E-Team developed new technology that provides superior die tooling to the metal casting industry. The team discovered a process of forming silicon carbide using selective laser sintering (SLS) technology, a process for turning a powdered material and polymer binding agent into a three dimensional part.

Update: the team, now incorporated as Advanced Laser Materials, is on its feet and growing.

CameraMouse (TM) E-Learning Team: Developing Technology for the Disabled

University of Texas at Austin, 2001 - $14,500

Increasingly, special education and rehabilitation programs are providing clients with computers and, at the same time, trends show that people with disabilities are getting increased access to programs that have traditionally excluded them. The government supports equal access to computers for people with disabilities, while schools, caregivers, and employers seek new ways to increase opportunities and productivity for their clients or workers with disabilities.

In response to these trends, this E-Team developed CameraMouse(TM), the only assistive technology hands-free mouse control device of its kind. With CameraMouse(TM), people with severe disabilities can completely control computers. It is image-driven and non-invasive, and does not require head harnesses, adhesive dots, wires, or illumination with infrared lights as other products do. Intuitive even to small children, users learn to operate CameraMouse(TM) within minutes, and they can soon play educational computer games, write with an onscreen keyboard, and surf the Internet. A research paper on the efficacy of CameraMouse(TM) showed that nine out of twelve people with limited voluntary muscle control due to cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury learned to use the technology. These nine used CameraMouse(TM) to spell words, operate commercial software, and access the Web.

For more information, visit the E-Team's website.

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