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Three chemistry researchers honored for their inventions

Three professors from the Department of Chemistry—George Barany, Philippe Buhlmann, and Marc Hillmyer—were honored at the University Innovations 2012 celebration event, Thursday, March 8.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, University Innovations 2012 honored researchers whose work has been patented, licensed to a company, or used to form a start-up company. Barany was honored for his patent, Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequence Differences Using the Ligase Detection Reaction with Addressable Arrays. Buhlmann was honored for his license, Chemical Sensors Based on Fluorous Sensing Membranes. Hillmyer was honored for his license, Fabrication of Robust Nanoporous Polymer Films with Cocontinuous Structures.

A total of 134 inventors representing 13 colleges from across the university were honored. Their efforts generated 65 patents and 74 license agreements in fiscal year 2011, including the launch of nine start-up companies—the most in the university’s history.

Over the past five years inventions by university researchers have brought more than $341 million in revenue into the state and helped fund numerous initiatives across the university, including fellowships for graduate students, critical research infrastructure and major equipment needs, development investments for university technologies, and funding for additional research, among others.