Three Purdue University researchers have received funding for various projects from the Trask Innovation Fund to help them move through the commercialization process. Vilas Pol, Mohammad Rahman and Jian Jin received a total of $121,000.

Their technologies include a handheld sensor used to measure the health of crops, an alternative to lithium-ion batteries and a way to choose a health care provider while protecting sensitive information. 

“There were a lot of novel and worthy technologies submitted by researchers. It’s a clear indication of the variety of global challenges Purdue researchers are taking on and the potential impacts these innovations can have,” said Abhijit Karve, senior business development manager for the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.

Pol is an associate professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering and was awarded $50,000 to continue his research into a sodium-ion battery to be used as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries that use rare lithium. Jin is an assistant professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department who was also awarded $50,000. His work deals with a handheld sensor using hyperspectral-imaging to scan a plant for certain features, like moisture, to determine the health of the plant. Rahman is an associate professor in the Krannert School of Management who received over $21,000 to develop a scalable platform to allow for real-time computations on private ledgers without needing to disclose confidential information.

The projects are part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps, which is celebrating advancements in health, space, and other areas to highlight the university’s 150th anniversary. 

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