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Faculty Inventor Spotlights

Say hello to Virginia Tech inventors who are changing the world

Finding cures, promoting national security, making mobility smart - these are just a few of the ways researchers at Virginia Tech are making an impact. For some, transitioning technologies from the lab into the marketplace through commercialization and new ventures ensures that their discoveries are able to reach patients and people who can benefit most. Here’s to those who are turning What-if into What’s Next.


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    Guoliang (Greg) Liu
    Guoliang (Greg) Liu

    Dr. Liu’s research focuses on materials integration in order to diversify access to energy sources, a more efficient energy usage, and a sustainable environment.

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    Erdogan Kiran
    Erdogan Kiran

    Dr. Kiran’s research eliminates or reduces the environmentally harmful solvents in processing of materials by using supercritical fluids in innovative ways.

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    Aaron Noble
    Aaron Noble

    Dr. Noble discovers novel ways to harvest critical minerals from industrial waste, positively impacting the environment and providing economic opportunities in disadvantaged communities.

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    Catherine Freed
    Catherine Freed

    A researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Freed is building a startup based on enhancing plant phosphate uptake and use here at Virginia Tech.

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    Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
    Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

    Through his research, Ben-Tzvi conducts fundamental and applied research in robotics and mechatronics from robotic exoskeletons for use in rehabilitation to victim extraction robots (SAVERS) that can remove injured people from harm’s way.

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    Bo Zhang
    Bo Zhang

    Zhang, plant scientist and soybean breeder extraordinaire develops elite crop varieties adapted to the Mid-Atlantic region.

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