Patents and Patent Applications from Iowa State University


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9834856 Controlled fabrication of semiconductor-metal hybrid nano-heterostructures via site-selective metal photodeposition  
A method of synthesizing colloidal semiconductor-metal hybrid heterostructures is disclosed. The method includes dissolving semiconductor nanorods in a solvent to form a nanorod solution, and...
9833837 Passivation and alloying element retention in gas atomized powders  
A method for gas atomization of a titanium alloy, nickel alloy, or other alumina (Al2O3)-forming alloy wherein the atomized particles are exposed as they solidify and cool in a very short time to...
9833835 Dispersoid reinforced alloy powder and method of making  
A method of making dispersion-strengthened alloy particles involves melting an alloy having a corrosion and/or oxidation resistance-imparting alloying element, a dispersoid-forming element, and a...
US20170342575 ELECTROCATALYTIC HYDROGENATION OF MUCONIC ACID  
Various embodiments disclosed relate to electrocatalytic hydrogenation of muconic acid and polymers formed from the reaction products thereof. In various embodiments, the present invention...
9826683 Grain mass flow rate determination  
A harvester includes an auger tube having a first portion and a second portion adjacent the first portion, an auger flight within the first portion of the tube and terminating prior to the second...
US20170334808 DEHYDROGENATION OF PROPANE USING A METAL-CONTAINING CATALYST ON A SUPPORT  
The present invention relates to a process of producing a metal-containing catalyst. The process involves mixing a support material with one or more metals in a solution to produce a catalyst...
US20170334803 Stability of gas atomized reactive powders through multiple step in-situ passivation  
A method for gas atomization of oxygen-reactive reactive metals and alloys wherein the atomized particles are exposed as they solidify and cool in a very short time to multiple gaseous reactive...
US20170327438 REAGENT PURIFICATION SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS  
Herein disclosed is an economical standalone system that replaces conventional monomer purification methods needed to perform chemical reactions that require reactants with a high degree of...
9815343 Tire sensing method for enhanced safety and controllability of vehicles  
A method for tire sensing includes providing a tire comprising (a) a tire body having an outer wall for contact with a surface and opposite side walls, and an inside surface and (b) at least one...
US20170321140 METHODS OF PRODUCING SOLID FUEL USING LOW ASH, LOW SULFUR COAL REPLACEMENT FROM FAST PYROLYSIS OF BIOMASS  
The present invention is directed to a method of producing a solid fuel which includes providing a bio-oil and thermally curing the bio-oil to form a carbonaceous solid. The present invention is...
9809804 Materials and methods for characterizing and using KASIII for production of bi-functional fatty acids  
A mutant Bacillus subtilis, which does not express a functional KASIIIA and/or KASIIIB, and method of making; a mutant Rhodospirillum rubrum, which does not express a functional PhaC1, PhaC2,...
9804097 Crop stand analyzer using reflective laser proximity sensors  
A crop stand analyzer includes a first plurality of reflective laser proximity sensors, the reflective laser proximity sensors arranged in a vertical row and perpendicularly to a ground surface to...
US20170305808 Stability of gas atomized reactive powders through multiple step in-situ passivation  
A method for gas atomization of oxygen-reactive reactive metals and alloys wherein the atomized particles are exposed as they solidify and cool in a very short time to multiple gaseous reactive...
9795708 Method for machining metallic foam  
A method of cutting metallic foams that eliminates the problem of smeared surfaces is provided. The method involves infiltration of the foam with another material to serve as a support structure...
US20170298219 METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING PLASTIC COMPOSITIONS USED IN PACKAGING TO INCREASE SHELF-LIFE OF PERISHABLE PRODUCTS AND A SYSTEM THEREOF  
The present invention relates to relates to a method of optimizing a plastic composition formed from a plurality of resin feedstocks. A plurality of resin feedstocks are provided. The plurality of...
9782827 Dispersoid reinforced alloy powder and method of making  
A method of making dispersion-strengthened alloy particles involves melting an alloy having a corrosion and/or oxidation resistance-imparting alloying element, a dispersoid-forming element, and a...
US20170283893 Solid State Grain Alignment Of Permanent Magets in Near-Final Shape  
Magnet microstructure manipulation in the solid state by controlled application of a sufficient stress in a direction during high temperature annealing in a single-phase region of heat-treatable...
US20170283615 IMPROVED ASPHALT PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THEM  
The present invention relates to a method of producing an improved asphalt. The method involves providing an asphalt and providing a compound of formula (I), as described herein. The asphalt is...
US20170275402 POLYMERIZATION CATALYSTS  
The present invention relates to processes for polymerizing unsaturated hydrocarbon monomers. The present invention also relates to a precatalyst having the structure of Formula (I):...
US20170263945 FUEL-CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GENERATING ENERGY FROM CRUDE FUEL  
The present invention relates to a fuel-cell system. This system includes an anode electrode; a cathode electrode; a separator positioned between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode,...
9758775 TAL effector-mediated DNA modification  
Materials and Methods related to gene targeting (e.g., gene targeting with transcription activator-like effector nucleases; “TALENS”) are provided.
US20170247542 REJUVENATION OF VACUUM TOWER BOTTOMS THROUGH BIO-DERIVED MATERIALS  
The present invention relates to an asphalt product. The asphalt product includes an asphalt binder and a bio-oil blend comprising a mixture of a non-hydrogenated bio-oil and a partially...
9745561 Genetic test and genetic basis for SCID in pigs  
The genetic basis for severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) in pigs is described. In addition, tests for detecting pigs that are carriers for SCID or pigs with SCID are also described....
9743673 Modification of nitrogen-fixing rhizobacteria to enhance nodulated plant resistance  
The present invention provides compositions and methods for modification of rhizobacteria to reduce or eliminate gibberellin production. The modified rhizobacteria are used in methods and...
US20170240934 PYROLYSIS OF LIGNIN  
One aspect of the present invention relates to a method of modifying thermoplastic properties of lignin rich biomass to reduce agglomeration during any subsequent pyrolysis. The method comprises...
US20170239780 Lubricated mechanical polishing  
A lubricated mechanical polishing (LMP) process is provided that uses hard nanoparticles of less than 5 nm diameter dispersed in a fluid lubricant as a polishing slurry to produce an ultra-smooth...
9740081 Double lens device for tunable harmonic generation of laser beams in KBBF/RBBF crystals or other non-linear optic materials  
A method and apparatus to generate harmonically related laser wavelengths includes a pair of lenses at opposing faces of a non-linear optical material. The lenses are configured to promote...
US20170234628 Supernucleating multiscale copper surfaces for high performance phase change heat transfer  
A method is provided for forming a biphilic surface on a substrate comprising copper, such as a heat exchanger surface, wherein the method involves forming one or more hydrophilic areas on the...
9736685 Cloaking with footprints to provide location privacy protection in location-based services  
A method for using a location-based service while preserving anonymity includes receiving a location associated with a mobile node, receiving an anonymity level associated with the mobile node,...
US20170226243 TACKIFIER COMPOUNDS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME  
The present invention relates to tackifier compounds and methods of using the same. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a tackifier compound including independently substituted...
9725788 Recovering heavy rare earth metals from magnet scrap  
A method of treating rare earth metal-bearing permanent magnet scrap, waste or other material in a manner to recover the heavy rare earth metal content separately from the light rare earth metal...
US20170218101 THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS VIA REVERSIBLE ADDITION-FRAGMENTATION CHAIN TRANSFER POLYMERIZATION OF TRIGLYCERIDES  
The present invention relates to a thermoplastic block copolymer comprising at least one PA block and at least one PB block. The PA block represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of...
US20170213626 NEODYMIUM-IRON-BORON MAGNET WITH SELECTIVE SURFACE MODIFICATION, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME  
A bulk high performance permanent magnet comprising a neodymium-iron-boron core having an outer surface, and a coercivity-enhancing element residing on at least a portion of said outer surface,...
US20170211081 FOXTAIL MOSAIC VIRUS-BASED VECTORS FOR GENE SILENCING AND GENE EXPRESSION  
The present invention provides plant virus vectors developed from the Foxtail mosaic virus (FoMV). The vectors include a nucleic acid sequence encoding an infectious Foxtail mosaic virus (FoMV)...
US20170209443 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECT OF ORALLY ACTIVE FYN KINASE INHIBITOR SARA-CATINIB (AZD 0530) AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND OTHER RELATED NEURODEGENARATIVE DISEASES  
The present invention describes novel pharmaceutical compositions and methods for treatment of diseases, disorders, or conditions characterized by neuroinflammation, particularly, Parkinson's...
US20170197701 COOLING OF AEROSPACE FLIGHT SYSTEMS  
The invention relates generally to a novel cooling system and fuel preheating system for use in an advanced, high speed aerospace vehicle. A hydrocarbon fluid, such as fuel is accelerated to...
9702753 Grain mass flow estimation  
A method of calibrating a mass flow sensor while harvesting grain includes sensing an accumulated mass of a portion of grain within the grain tank with a first sensor. A mass flow rate sensor is...
9700052 Methods and compositions comprising steroid honey bee feeding inhibitors  
Applicants have discovered novel steroid feeding inhibitors for Apis sp. that can be used in connection with traditional insecticide, pesticide, fungicide or other pest management protocols. The...
9695217 Peptide domains that bind small molecules  
Described herein are small peptide domains and consensus sequences that bind small target molecules of industrial importance, e.g., metals such as nickel, β carotene, and isoflavones such as...
US20170183274 METHOD OF CONVERTING LEVULINIC ACID OR A DERIVATIVE THEREOF TO HYDROCARBONS AND HYDROGEN, AND METHODS OF THE PRODUCTION OF HYDROCARBONS AND HYDROGEN  
The present invention relates to a method of converting levulinic acid or a derivative thereof to hydrocarbons and hydrogen by providing a source of levulinic acid or a derivative thereof and...
9688997 Genetically modified plants with resistance to Xanthomonas and other bacterial plant pathogens  
Applicants have successfully generated heritable phenotypes in plants making them resistant to bacterial blight. TAL effector binding elements, (EBEs) of bacterial pathogen disease susceptibility...
9688794 Tackifier compounds and methods of using the same  
The present invention relates to tackifier compounds and methods of using the same. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a tackifier compound including independently substituted...
9684221 Broadband terahertz generation of metamaterials  
Provided are systems and methods to generate single-cycle THz pulses from a few tens of nanometers thin layer of split ring resonators (SRRs) via optical rectification of femtosecond laser pulses....
9683021 Identification of protective antigenic determinants of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and uses thereof  
The invention relates to a polypeptide of a protective antigenic determinant (PAD polypeptide) of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and nucleic acids encoding a PAD...
US20170166998 Method for producing La/Ce/MM/Y base alloys, resulting alloys, and battery electrodes  
A carbothermic reduction method is provided for reducing a La-, Ce-, MM-, and/or Y-containing oxide in the presence of carbon and a source of a reactant element comprising Si, Ge, Sn, Pb, As, Sb,...
US20170154036 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECOGNIZING, CLASSIFYING, RECALLING AND ANALYZING INFORMATION UTILIZING SSM SEQUENCE MODELS  
A biologically-inspired model for sequence representation, method of construction and application of such models, and systems incorporating same are provided. The model captures the statistical...
9663364 Method of making alkali metal hydrides  
A method is provided for making alkali metal hydrides by mechanochemically reacting alkali metal and hydrogen gas under mild temperature (e.g room temperature) and hydrogen pressure conditions...
9650463 Thermoplastic elastomers via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization of triglycerides  
The present invention relates to a thermoplastic block copolymer comprising at least one PA block and at least one PB block. The PA block represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of...
9650309 Stability of gas atomized reactive powders through multiple step in-situ passivation  
A method for gas atomization of oxygen-reactive reactive metals and alloys wherein the atomized particles are exposed as they solidify and cool in a very short time to multiple gaseous reactive...
US20170130001 BIOADVANTAGED NYLON: POLYCONDENSATION OF 3-HEXENEDIOIC ACID WITH HEXAMETHYLENEDIAMINE  
The present invention relates to a polymer comprising a repeating group having the structure of formula (I) wherein R, R1, R2, R3, R4, X, and s are as described herein and salt thereof. Also...