“I FIND VALUABLE PROBLEMS WHERE NO ONE ELSE IS LOOKING AND INVENT ELEGANT MACHINES TO SOLVE THEM. IF YOU ARE AN INDUSTRY EXPERT AWARE OF AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TECH DISRUPTION, I AM YOUR TICKET TO SUCCESS. I CO-FOUND COMPANIES AND BUILD MARKET-READY HARDWARE.”
My second company (currently confidential).
A vessel to intercept and sink invasive sargassum seaweed in Caribbean. Now an active company (soscarbon.com) in the Dominican Republic.
Gray, L.A.; Bisonó León, A.G.; Rojas, F.E.; Veroneau, S.S.; Slocum, A.H. Caribbean-Wide, Negative Emissions Solution to Sargassum spp. Low-Cost Collection Device and Sustainable Disposal Method. Phycology 2021, 1, 49–75. https://doi.org/10.3390/phycology 1010004
Low-cost, rapidly scalable sargassum collection device retrofits onto any small boat and allows collection of sargassum before it makes landfall. Local fishermen can participate in cleanup, services can be extended beyond tourism to civilian beaches, and avoiding sand-contamination allows many types of valorization of collected sargassum. This device matches the collection capacity of larger conveyor-based collection barges (at a fraction of the cost and lead-time) and has a flat marginal cost of <$1/m3, allowing cleaning all day (cleaner beaches!).
An excavation-free method for replacing failing building foundations (alternative to needle-beam underpinning and cut-and-post underpinning).
A method for automated container lashing aboard container ships.
A train that manufactures HVDC cable in-situ.
"Cable Train: In-Situ Manufacturing of Trackside Underground Cable HVDC Transmission Systems" L. Gray, Q. Du, A. Slocum, CIGRE US National Committee 2018 Grid of the Future Symposium (October, 2018)
Precision mechanical device for QA of radiotherapy treatment plans.
"Design of a Reconfigurable Quality Assurance Phantom for Verifying the Spatial Accuracy of Radiosurgery Treatments for Multiple Brain Metastases" A. Cobi, L. Gray, E. Mittmann, S. Link, N. Hanumara, Y. Lyatskaya, E. Roche, A. Slocum, P. Zygmanski, ASME Journal of Medical Devices (December, 2019)
An apparatus for adapting existing microalgae raceways for growing macroalgae, such as gracilaria.
Apparatus for measuring optical properties of molten salts.
"Optical properties of high temperature molten salt mixtures for volumetrically absorbing solar thermal receiver applications" M. Tetreault-Friend, L. Gray, S. Berdibek, T. McKrell, A. Slocum, Solar Energy (May, 2017)
"A floating modular cover for high temperature open-tank molten salt solarthermal volumetric receivers" M. Tetreault-Friend, M. Diago, T. Cooper, L. Gray, A. Slocum, Solar Energy (October, 2018)
Project attempted to quantify the energy deficit associated with lane assignment in the 200m and 400m events in Track and Field. There has yet to be a sufficiently technical study, which measures the physical effects of lane assignment at appreciable speeds. The goal of this project was to determine the relationship between the curvature of different lanes and the force and body lean required to maintain running speed. The results of this project show that at a speed of 9.0 m/s the body lean and average force application of the subject varied by 6.34° and 76.3 N, respectively, from Lane 1 to 6, and this difference is positively correlated with running speed. These results call for further investigation and consideration of systemic changes to the sport of Track and Field.
Summer program in Bangkok, Thailand and under the umbrella of Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol's Laboratory of Natural Products. I learned column chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR; 1H & 13C), fluorescence microscopy, gel electrophoresis, and developed a flow cytometry method for detecting insulin sensitivity. We used this method to confirm the efficacy of an extract from Gynostemma Pentaphyllum (GP), a component of a popular Ginseng tea, on insulin signaling in human HepG2 cells.