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New USD Patent Enables Improved Environmental Monitoring, Biomedical Devices and Precision Agriculture

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VERMILLION, S.D.  - A new patent issued to University of South Dakota researchers led by Rick Wang creates a breakthrough technology by which molecules can be manipulated, designed and synthesized to act on and capture other molecules, enabling enhanced analysis of those molecules.

This new technology will aid in identifying previously undefinable matter or molecules, and will support scientists and research efforts seeking to better understand material properties at the molecular level.

It is anticipated this technology will have significant functions and contributions for precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, biomedical devices and other uses.

The patent explains how molecular super-containers of varying conformations can be designed and assembled in a modular fashion, increasing the commercial applications for this technology.

Zhenqiang (Rick) Wang, Ph.D, is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of South Dakota.  He has been at USD since 2010.  Co-inventor was Feng-Rong Dai, Ph.D., a former postdoctoral researcher in the Wang laboratory at USD.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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