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have worked successfully at some private universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California, where they have helped create dozens of companies. The Maryland Alliance is one of the first applications in the public sector.


Collaborating with Subject Matter Experts at the ARL in Adelphi and Aberdeen Maryland the program identifies and funds the most promising technologies developed through University System of Maryland institutions so far, University of Maryland, College Park and private firms working with its Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Among the technologies the program is advancing:

  • Next-generation transistors: thin-film graphene with 100 times the capacity of silicon;
  • Revolutionary thin-film battery to power military remote sensing devices;
  • Miniature location device modeled on the super-efficient sensory array found in fly ears;
  • Use of lasers to detect over distances the presence of potentially dangerous vapors;
  • Imaging device to map the molecular surface of unknown bio-chem weapon materials;
  • High-efficiency solar cell that uses a technology unique to Maryland;
  • New class of antibiotics (RNase-L) that enhance people's natural immune response;
  • Non-inflammatory battlefield surgical sutures that will reduce scarring;
  • Producing super-efficient biofuels from trash; scaling-up for commercial production.

The grants are being made in stages. A first-round went out last spring, and a second-round of awards is now being made. Abstracts of each project are available online:

"This is all about new technology, new jobs and national security," said U.S. Senator Barbara A. Miku

Contact: Neil Tickner
University of Maryland

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