Technology development

Grants to support the development of Clemson technology

CLEMSON – The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) announced that seven researchers will receive Technology Maturation Fund grants to support the critical last stage of technology development.

Projects supported by this fund include the development of prototypes and minimal viable products, scale-up activities to generate sample materials for application testing, field beta testing, and preclinical studies.

Clemson University Research Foundation logo“The Technology Maturation Fund is a unique program that offers researchers the opportunity to further develop their technologies through licensing or collaboration with industry,” said Chris Gesswein, Executive Director of CURF. “Since the program’s launch in 2014, CURF has awarded more than $870,000 in maturation funds to Clemson researchers. The success of the Fund’s principal investigators, which generated follow-on research funds, and the execution of several commercial licenses for the technologies funded under this program are good indicators of the positive impact this program has had. on the research enterprise of Clemson University.

This year’s scholarships range from $15,000 to $60,000 and have been awarded to:

  • Kendall Kirk, Precision Agriculture Engineer at the Edisto Research and Education Center, to continue building five prototype pre-production hay yield monitors for use in field test and evaluation trials. The monitoring system, which can be adapted to existing hay balers currently on the market, will allow hay growers to generate accurate yield data for areas of a specific field.
  • Alexey Vertegel, associate professor in the department of bioengineering, to further develop a polymer coating that can adhere to metal implants. The technology can significantly reduce the burden of orthopedic implant pin site infections through the use of highly adhesive, drug-eluting antimicrobial polymer coatings.
  • Liang Dong, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, to create efficient all-solid-state photonic bandgap fiber lasers based on a three-level laser scheme system. The system, which operates at a wavelength of 976 nm, will improve scale precision processes in industrial micromachining.
  • Igor Luzinov, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, to further develop a textile dyeing and finishing technology, created in collaboration with the University of Georgia, for exceptionally efficient and durable textile dyeing machines using fibers nanocelluloses. The refined technology will reduce the amount of water, salt and alkali used in cotton/blend fabric dyeing processes to lessen the environmental impact of these by-products.
  • Jiro Nagatomi, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, will work to develop a new adhesive mesh system for abdominal hernia repair by combining a bifunctional polyamine hydrogel adhesive with surface modification technology. This method does not have the disadvantages of traditional processes used to repair abdominal hernias and will be helpful in providing a patient-specific solution for hernia repair.
  • Dan Simionescu, professor in the department of bioengineering, to pursue the development of vascular grafts resistant to diabetes. Many surgeons use small-diameter synthetic grafts in bypass surgery to save failing limbs or hearts in diabetic patients; however, many of these transplants fail dramatically in diabetic patients. This targeted approach addresses the unmet need for “off the shelf” grafting solutions that are resistant to the complications associated with diabetes.
  • Christopher Post, a professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, to further develop a commercial smart phone color sensor app that can be used for soil assessment. Soil color assessment has traditionally been done by matching soil color with color chips. This innovative color sensor will significantly improve the soil classification process.

Clemson University Research Foundation
the Clemson University Research Foundation manages technology transfer for Clemson’s thriving innovation environment. Founded in 1981, CURF is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. CURF operates for the benefit of, to perform the functions of, and to achieve the purposes of Clemson University. CURF is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors.

CURF will be accepting applications for the FY 2020 Technology Maturation Fund this spring, the release of the RFP and proposal deadlines will be announced. For more information, visit or contact the CURF office at [email protected]

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