FORT WAYNE, Ind., WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Technology experts will present intellectual property available for licensing from Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization and Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation during a Friday (April 17) conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Members of the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association will meet 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the International Ballroom of the Walb Student Union at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Sean Ryan, director of engagement at IPFW, said intellectual property presentations have been part of several events in Fort Wayne since 2006. This is the first year the presentations will be integrated into the NIDIA conference.

“The events were designed to promote licensing and startup opportunities around various pieces of intellectual property that we felt appealed to the industry clusters in the northeast Indiana region,” he said. “IU and Purdue add to the NIDIA conference by showcasing intellectual property that has a high potential to be turned into a revenue stream for defense- and homeland security-related businesses. At the same time, they are getting broad exposure to a critical high-tech industry sector in Indiana.”

Technologies discovered and developed by Indiana University and Purdue University researchers to be presented at the conference are:

* “Method for improving lithium-ion battery lifetime by controlling dendritic growth.” Jian Xie at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has discovered a novel method for controlling lithium ion dendritic growth inside batteries. By controlling these damaging spikes that grow during normal charge/discharge cycles, the lithium-ion battery lifetime can be significantly extended.

* “Optical frequency comb generation using controllable mode interaction.” Andrew Weiner at Purdue University has discovered a novel method to control the dynamics of comb generation. This new method can be used to achieve broadband mode locking, tune the repetition rate and tailor the spectrum shape of the frequency comb.

Retired Col. David Augustine, president of NIDIA, said the organization focuses on defense growth, which he said cannot happen without intellectual property development.

“It’s important to have an active academia-industry relationship for this to happen. NIDIA looks to academia for research and development opportunities that streamline integration with small business,” he said. “We want our small business members to focus on technology development, not paperwork.”

About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology-transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university’s academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342,


Col. David Augustine (ret.), 269-967-6232,
Sean Ryan, 260-399-1662,