Research Instruments Corporation Exclusively Options US Patent for
X-ray Imaging Processing Techniques from Brown University
Providence-based Research Instruments Corporation has obtained an exclusive option from Brown University to license x-ray imaging processing techniques involving advanced algorithms that rapidly determine ion battery failure risks and battery life through non-destructive testing.
Co-inventor Christoph Rose-Petruck, a Brown professor of chemistry, explained that the optioned technology enables the X-ray imaging of an entire battery with high sensitivity to the electrodes’ nano-structure which is invisible with conventional X-ray imaging. X-ray images taken with this technology during the initial battery charging cycle help predict the future performance of the batteries. This can be critical quality control as lithium-ion batteries power modern life ranging from cars and airplanes to cell phones.
Daniel DeCiccio, co-founder of Research Instruments Corporation, said that the IP strengthens the company’s portfolio geared to high resolution and high throughput X-ray imaging. “We can leverage these algorithms and methods to create new solutions with our breakthrough laser-driven X-ray source (LPXS) to address the $30 billion global lithium-ion battery market and offer better quality-control solutions to the industrial X-ray inspection systems market.
Neil Veloso, Brown University,
executive director of Brown
said, “We’re excited to work
with Research Instruments
Corporation to translate innov-
ations into real-world
applications and X-ray
imaging solutions for the
future. Through technology
transfer and collaboration like
this we are spearheading at
Brown with alumni, students
and educators,” Veloso said, “we can protect and nurture discoveries to get them out in the marketplace and impact society as a whole.”
Rose-Petruck added, “third-party device manufacturers can integrate our novel platform technologies and algorithms to build higher-resolution X-ray imaging systems. Beyond industrial applications, such as battery inspection on the production line, we’re working on medical device solutions that produce, for instance lung X-ray images, offering greater resolution leading to higher diagnostic accuracy at significantly lower radiation dose to patients compared to the current standard of care.”