Air-powered centrifuge

Air-powered centrifuge

BACKGROUND 

Centrifugation is a common technique generally used in the laboratory or in the field to separate biological samples, such as blood. Standard benchtop mini-centrifuges are powered by an electrical outlet and are heavy, in part, because of the metallic components of the electrical motor. Mini-centrifuges are also expensive to produce due to the multiple components required to secure a heavy spinning rotor and the necessity of a correspondingly heavy shield to protect user from flying debris in case of rotor failure. Thus there is a need for a micro centrifuge that is light weight, easily transportable for use in remote areas and does not employ electrical power.

DESCRIPTION 
Dr. Ed Luk, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, at Stony Brook University (SBU) has developed a light-weight, air-powered centrifuge (APC) that consists of only a few parts: a turbine rotor, a bearing, a platform, and a a tubing connected to a nozzle on a platform. The APC can reach >4000 rpm and can be powered by a compressed air canister, hence portable.
APPLICATION 

Low-cost solution to table-top centrifugation in research and teaching laboratories l Centrifugation in field research where electrical power is not available

DEVELOPMENT STAGE 
Prototype available
PATENT STATUS 

Provisional application covering the invention and their use has been filed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

INVENTORS 

Ed Luk
Assistant Professor

CASE MANAGER 

Valery Matthys, Ph. D.
valery.matthys@stonybrook.edu
6316326561

LICENSING STATUS 

Available for License

LICENSING POTENTIAL 
We seek to develop and commercialize, by an exclusive or non-exclusive license agreement and/or sponsored research, with a company active in the area.
TECHNOLOGY ID 
050-8911
PRIMARY KEY 
1892540
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