WPI has a strong interdisciplinary technical culture that focuses on practical applications and solutions including, for example Non-Destructive Testing (e.g. laser holography), industrial process efficiency and wastewater remediation.

Pending Patents

Bergendahl/Thompson , U.S. patent pending, Methods and devices for removal of organic contaminants from H2O - in-situ, regenerable molecular sieves with advanced oxidation for organic and chlorination by-product contaminant destruction.

DiIorio, U.S. patent pending, Heavy metal recovery using bacterial Polygamma-Glutamic Acid  – Improvements in the use of biopolymers for the heavy metal removal application (U.S. Pat. No. 6,533,938) include non-PGA biopolymers.

Cyganski/McGimpsey , U.S. Pat. App. No. 10/798,822; U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 20050202352, Systems and methods for subwavelength imaging – Current semiconductor fabrication industry strategy to reduce feature size in micro and nanoscale applications including integrated circuits generally involves decreasing photonic wavelengths.  The limitations of photolithographic techniques at ever-decreasing wavelengths are numerous. This invention is a lower risk lithographic method that exploits multi-photon activated exposure materials as wafer coatings and may be applied generally, limited only by the availability of multi-photon specific materials in desirable wavelength ranges.


Berka, U.S. Pat. No. 6,592,929 , Method of exposing and developing a fingerprint from the surface of an oxidized metal object - This invention provides a means to recover forensically useful fingerprints from metal objects that have been undergoing surface oxidation (rust) for significant periods of time of several weeks or more.

DiIorio, U.S. Pat. No. 6,533,938 , Polymer enhanced diafiltration: filtration using PGA This innovative application of a charged biopolymer, polyglutamic acid, achieves enhanced and efficient removal of heavy metal ions from water at high volume and/or low metal ion concentration.

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