Dr. Christopher Mulligan from the Department of Chemistry developed a device that remedies the inefficiency of direct, liquid-phase, or solvent-borne chemical analysis via ambient mass spectrometric (MS) ionization methods. The DELTA device allows for rapid and sensitive analysis of liquids without the hassle of time-consuming sample preparation or chromatographic separations. The DELTA device can achieve mid- to low-parts-per-trillion detection limits of liquid samples in 2 minutes or less compared to 45 minutes or more for traditional methods.
DELTA allows for the continuous, long-term monitoring of liquids. It is perfect for the constant monitoring of pollutants in public water sources and large chemical synthesis where minor variations in chemical composition must be identified immediately. Public works officials with a system that incorporates the DELTA device can monitor the contaminants in water reservoirs, sewage treatment facilities, and streams in real time. Large scale chemical manufacturers can continuously monitor and address compositions of chemicals with this device. DELTA permits users to not only identify potential concerns, but address those concerns immediately without having to send samples to a lab.
This technology is currently available for licensing. To learn more about this device and its uses, please contact Cory Abernathy, ISU Intellectual Property Officer, at (309) 438-0615 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST) at Illinois State University has developed a curriculum specifically targeted at grades K-8. The Creative Core Curriculum consists of a series of lessons and activities that specifically address Common Core Standards for Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. The STEM Project Editions are one component of the Creative Core Curriculum. This series provides ideas, instructions, and professional development for teachers as they use projects specifically designed to teach mathematical, scientific, and engineering standards.
The development of STEM curricula for elementary and secondary schools is an integral part of the CeMaST mission. Through scholarship and education partnerships, the center has built a national reputation for developing and supporting successful projects and activities around STEM education.
The Creative Core Curriculum is currently being distributed through a partnership with industry publishers and has been adopted in California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and New York. It is one of only a few complete STEM curricula adopted in those states.