FIU Chemistry & Biochemistry professor and graduate student are granted a US Patent

Dr. Konstantinos Kavallieratos at the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department in collaboration with Dr. Nikolaos Tsoukias, at FIU Biomedical Engineering Department and chemistry graduate student Lissette Lozano-Lewis have invented a family of new Organometallic Nitric Oxide Fluorescent Sensors. (US PATENT: 8,906,694 B2) Nitric oxide (NO) is an endogenously produced molecule that plays critical roles in numerous physiological processes. The Nitric Oxide Fluorescent Sensing is a direct result of spectroscopic changes that occur upon reaction of NO with an organometallic complex, demonstrating a new paradigm of NO detection mechanism. This can be expanded to a broader family of complexes that can be commercialized at a substantially lower cost than current NO dyes. This technology is expected to provide a low cost, ratiometric fluorescent probe that will directly detect and quantify NO in biological tissues and replace commercially available fluorescent indicators.

For additional information about this technology opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Garami at or by phone at 305-348-0008 and ask about record IP 1205.