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7332586 Nanoparticle delivery vehicle  
A nanoparticle delivery vehicle, comprising a nanoparticle, an active agent and a nuclear localization signal and methods of modulating gene expression and protein expression employing the...
7329323 Methods and systems for selectively connecting and disconnecting conductors in a fabric  
Methods and systems for selectively connecting and disconnecting conductors in a fabric are disclosed. First and second conductors are integrated into a fabric such that the conductors intersect at...
US20080033130 MULTIMODAL FLUOROPOLYMERS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME  
A method for forming a fluoropolymer comprises providing a reaction mixture comprising carbon dioxide, at least one fluoromonomer, and an initiator; and reacting the at least one fluoromonomer in...
US20080029155 SELF-ASSEMBLED PHOTOSYNTHESIS-INSPIRED LIGHT HARVESTING MATERIAL AND SOLAR CELLS CONTAINING THE SAME  
A solar cell is described that comprises: (a) a semiconductor charge separation material; (b) at least one electrode connected to the charge separation material; and (c) a light-harvesting film on...
US20080026389 SCREEN FOR ANTI-INFECTIVE COMPOUNDS  
The present invention provides methods and compositions for identifying compounds useful as therapeutics and disinfectants. Such compounds would be particularly useful in treating Gram-positive...
7323561 Metal complexation of 1-acyldipyrromethanes and porphyrins formed therefrom  
A first aspect of the invention is a method of making a porphyrin-metal complex, comprising: (a) providing a first reagent selected from the group consisting of 1-acyldipyrromethanes,...
7323540 Process for preparing microrods using liquid-liquid dispersion  
The invention provides a method for forming polymer microrods, the method including the steps of providing a polymer solution comprising a polymer dissolved in a first solvent; providing a...
US20080010798 Thin film dielectrics with co-fired electrodes for capacitors and methods of making thereof  
Methods of making capacitors are disclosed that comprise forming a dielectric layer over a substrate with a first electrode or a bare metallic foil, depositing a top conductive layer over the...
US20080006536 Processing cellulosic material utilizing atmospheric-pressure plasma  
Cellulosic material is treated by atmospheric-pressure (AP) plasma to enhance processes for extracting sugars from cellulosic material and fermenting sugars into alcohols or other chemicals. In one...
7317108 Boron complexation strategy for use in manipulating 1-acyldipyrromethanes  
A method of making a metal complex comprises combining a 1-monoacyldipyrromethane with a compound of the formula R1R2MX, wherein M is boron, R1 and R2 are each independently organic substituents;...
US20080003912 High Strength, Durable Fabrics Produced By Fibrillating Multilobal Fibers  
A fabric including microdenier fibers is provided, the microdenier fibers prepared by fibrillating a multicomponent, multilobal fiber including a contiguous core fiber component enwrapped by a...
US20080000304 SENSOR DEVICE FOR REAL-TIME MONITORING OF RELATIVE MOVEMENT USING CAPACITIVE FABRIC SENSORS  
A capacitive sensor device, including electrode materials carried by fabric substrates, is provided for monitoring relative movement of an expanding and/or contracting structure, such as the...
7314941 Synthesis of phosphono-substituted porphyrin compounds for attachment to metal oxide surfaces  
A method of making a phosphono-substituted dipyrromethane comprises reacting an aldehyde or acetal having at least one phosphono group substituted thereon with pyrrole to produce a...
7312100 In situ patterning of electrolyte for molecular information storage devices  
This invention pertains to methods assembly of organic molecules and electrolytes in hybrid electronic. In one embodiment, a method is provided that involves contacting a surface/electrode with a...
7309857 Gamma ray detectors having improved signal-to-noise ratio and related systems and methods for analyzing materials in an oil well  
A gamma ray detector assembly for placement in a logging tool in a borehole can include a first gamma ray detector elongated along an axis and having a void extending along the axis. A second gamma...
7307243 Dynamic radiant food preparation methods and systems  
A continuous oven for heating a food product having an outer surface and an interior includes an enclosure with a first heating zone and a second heating zone. A conveyor is configured to convey...
US20070280848 Methods Of Forming Alpha And Beta Tantalum Films With Controlled And New Microstructures  
Thin tantalum films having novel microstructures are provided. The films have microstructures such as nanocrystalline, single crystal and amorphous. These films provide excellent diffusion barrier...
7304951 Methods and systems for rate-based flow control between a sender and a receiver  
Methods and systems for rate-based flow control between a sender and a receiver are disclosed. A receiver performs TCP-like flow control calculations based on packets received from a sender. The...
7304220 Regulation of quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase expression  
DNA encoding a plant quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase (QPRTase) enzyme, and constructs comprising such DNA are provided. Methods of altering quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase expression are...
7304160 Regiospecific synthesis of nicotine derivatives  
Methods of synthesizing nicotine analogs and derivatives are described. The methods are particularly useful for the regioselective production of enantiomerically pure nicotine anlogs having...
7303465 Hydroentangling jet strip device defining an orifice  
A hydroentangling jet strip device is provided, wherein such a device comprises a plate member having opposing sides and defining at least one nozzle orifice extending between the opposing sides....
US20070270554 Hydrogenation of Polymers in the Presence of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide  
A method of hydrogenating a polymer comprises: (a) providing a dense phase, the dense phase comprising a polymer in a solvent; (b) providing a catalyst system, the catalyst system comprising as...
US20070258955 Lactobacillus acidophillus nucleic acid sequences encoding cell surface protein homologues and uses therefore  
Cell wall, cell surface and secreted protein nucleic acid molecules and polypeptides and fragments and variants thereof are disclosed in the current invention. In addition, cell wall, cell surface...
US20070257333 Seeded growth process for preparing aluminum nitride single crystals  
A method of growing bulk single crystals of an AlN on a single crystal seed is provided, wherein an AlN source material is placed within a crucible chamber in spacial relationship to a seed fused...
7288573 Method of repelling insects  
A method of repelling an insect pest such as a tick, mosquito or cockroach comprises applying to a subject or substrate, in an amount effect to repel the insect pest, a compound of Formula I:...
7282582 Boron complexation strategy for use in manipulating 1-acyldipyrromethanes  
A method of making a metal complex comprises combining a 1-monoacyldipyrromethane with a compound of the formula R1R2MX, wherein M is boron, R1 and R2 are each independently organic substituents;...
US20070238660 Light activated antiviral materials and devices and methods for decontaminating virus infected environments  
A method of inactivating viruses, articles for inactivating viruses and methods of manufacture of such articles are disclosed. Singlet oxygen generating dyes are attached to a substrate. Upon...
US20070232665 SYNTHESIS AND REGIOSELECTIVE SUBSTITUTION OF 6-HALO-AND 6-ALKOXY NICOTINE DERIVATIVES  
The present invention provides active compounds for modulating nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and methods of making the same. The methods of preparing the active compounds utilize different...
US20070226970 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING JET STREAKS IN HYDROENTANGLED FIBERS  
A system for hydroentangling a fabric material, while reducing the incidence of jet streaks therein, is provided. Various embodiments of the present invention provide an elongate hydroentangling...
7270842 Thermal gelation of foods and biomaterials using rapid heating  
The invention uses rapid heating to effect a material property change in a biomaterial. The biomaterial is heated to a predetermined real temperature, whereas the biomaterial's total thermal...
US20070212897 HIGH-TEMPERATURE ATTACHMENT OF ORGANIC MOLECULES TO SUBSTRATES  
This invention provides a new procedure for attaching molecules to semiconductor surfaces, in particular silicon. The molecules, which include, but are not limited to porphyrins and ferrocenes,...
US20070210482 High modulus polyamide fibers  
A process for preparing high initial modulus and high tensile strength polyamide fibers is described. The process comprises complexing the polyamide with a Lewis acid, dry-jet wet spinning the...
7266340 Systems, methods and computer program products for standardizing expert-driven assessments  
Assessment is standardized by linking project objectives to normalized assessment outcomes using a common set of keywords. Specifically, assessment methodologies are captured as text and codes, and...
7265375 Optoelectonic devices having arrays of quantum-dot compound semiconductor superlattices therein  
Methods of forming a nano-scale electronic and optoelectronic devices include forming a substrate having a semiconductor layer therein and a substrate insulating layer on the semiconductor layer....
7265088 Method and compositions for altering mucus secretion  
Methods and compounds for increasing or decreasing mucus secretion in subjects, and particularly mucus secretion in the airways, are described. Methods of screening compounds for the ability to...
7264650 Ultrahigh-selectivity oxygen enrichment filled elastomeric silicone polymer membrane incorporating nanofillers  
A semipermeable separation element includes (a) a porous substrate, and (b) a film formed on the microporous substrate; the film comprising a silicone elastomer and a nanoparticle filler. The film...
US20070191600 METHODS AND INTERMEDIATES FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF DIPYRRIN-SUBSTITUTED PORPHYRINIC MACROCYCLES  
The present invention provides dipyrrin substituted porphyrinic macrocycles, intermediates useful for making the same, and methods of making the same. Such compounds may be used for purposes...
7255835 Single pass attenuated total reflection fourier transform infrared microscopy apparatus and method for identifying protein secondary structure, surface charge and binding affinity  
Apparatus and method for acquiring an infrared spectrum of a sample having or suspected to have an amide I band, an amide II band, an amide III band, an amide A band, an OH stretching region or a...
7253466 Crossbar array microelectronic electrochemical cells  
The present invention provides microelectronic electrochemical structures and related fabrication methods. A composite microelectronic structure is provided that includes first and second...
US20070172495 Lactobacillus acidophilus nucleic acid sequences encoding cell surface protein homologues and uses therefore  
Cell wall, cell surface and secreted protein nucleic acid molecules and polypeptides and fragments and variants thereof are disclosed in the current invention. In addition, cell wall, cell surface...
US20070170437 Hierarchical Assembly of Interconnects for Molecular Electronics  
A hierarchical assembly methodology can interconnect individual two- and/or three-terminal molecules with other nanoelements (nanoparticles, nanowires, etc.) to form solution-based suspensions of...
US20070170422 Devices containing chiroptical switching materials and methods of making and using the same  
A polycarbodiimide polymer that is reversibly switchable between two distinct optical orientations is described. The polymer is useful in forming devices such as filters, storage media, actuators,...
US20070164374 Molecular memory devices including solid-state dielectric layers and related methods  
According to some embodiments, an article of manufacture comprises a substrate; a molecular layer on the substrate comprising at least one charge storage molecule coupled to the substrate by a...
7246075 System for scheduling multiple time dependent events  
A scheduling system for choosing the most appropriate heuristic for solving time-dependant scheduling problems. The invention includes a means for selecting the most appropriate heuristic method...
US20070161308 Atmospheric pressure plasma-aided antimicrobial finishes of textiles  
Novel methods of producing a textile fabric exhibiting antimicrobial characteristics are provided. The methods include providing a textile fabric having a fabric surface and providing an...
US20070155963 Geometric synthesis of porphyrin rods  
A method of making a compound of Formula I′ comprises reacting a compound of the formula DLCHO, with a compound of the formula to produce the compound of Formula I′. Methods of using the com...
7237308 Composite hydroentangling nozzle strip and method for producing nonwoven fabrics therewith  
A composite nozzle strip for hydroentangling of a fibrous mass is provided to lower nozzle erosion potential and increase operational efficiency. The composite nozzle strip comprises a substrate...
US20070143897 Ornamental sweetpotato plant named 'Sweet Caroline Bewitched Purple'  
Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Bewitched Purple’ is an erect to semi-erect, bunch-type cultivar producing many shoots and having very dense foliage. This cultivar is distinguishable from other cul...
US20070143896 Ornamental sweetpotato plant named 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green'  
Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green’ is a very compact to compact, partially mounded cultivar producing many shoots and having dense foliage. This cultivar is distinguishable fro...
US20070143895 Ornamental sweetpotato plant named 'Sweet Caroline Green Yellow'  
Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Green Yellow’ is a moderately compact to slightly trailing cultivar. This cultivar is distinguishable from other cultivars by its green and yellow to light yel...