Researchers at the University of California, Merced, have devoted years of hard work to finding solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems.
The campus' Office of Research  has released a publication that showcases many of those solutions, from technologies that increase the efficiency of solar energy collectors to medical developments that could limit the reproduction of the hepatitis C virus or the spread of HIV to materials that could improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries.
"Inventions" (view PDF here ) is a 64-page, full-color document that includes detailed descriptions and stunning photographs illustrating 55 inventions processed from January 2007 to July 2010. The selection includes 16 inventions related to solar energy technology and 12 related to health research.
"A vital element of our public service obligation to the people of California is to ensure that our research discoveries make the responsible transition from idea to application as products or services that benefit the community and our society," said Sam Traina, vice chancellor for research.
Highlights from "Inventions" include:
Traina said "Inventions" is a testament to the quality of research being conducted at UC Merced and is even more impressive given the campus' relatively brief period of existence.
"Our progress compares favorably with that of larger, more established campuses," Traina said, "especially when you consider that a high percentage of our faculty are assistant professors who are early in their careers."
To receive a hard copy of "Inventions," please contact Rich Miller, associate vice chancellor for research, at firstname.lastname@example.org .