Patents and Patent Applications from North Carolina State University


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7816570 Process for conversion of biomass to fuel  
A process for the direct conversion of lipid biomass fuel stock to combustible fuels include the steps of hydrolyzing a lipid biomass to form free fatty acids, catalytically deoxygenating the free...
7815970 Controlled polarity group III-nitride films and methods of preparing such films  
The present invention provides methods of preparing Group III-nitride films of controlled polarity and substrates coated with such controlled polarity films. In particular, the invention provides...
US20100261983 IMPLANTABLE DEVICES FOR DYNAMIC MONITORING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF TUMORS  
Biocompatible sensors configured for implantation include a first body in communication with a plurality of remote sensor bodies to detect physiological parameters in vivo.
US20100255194 GRADIENT FABRICATION TO DIRECT TRANSPORT ON A SURFACE  
The present invention discloses gradients and methods of forming gradients. The gradients can form a component of a molecular machine, such as those disclosed herein. The molecular machines of the...
US20100255036 ATTENUATED FNR DEFICIENT ENTEROBACTERIA  
The invention provides an attenuated enterobacterium comprising an attenuating mutation in the fnr gene, and optionally further comprising a heterologous nucleic acid encoding a foreign antigen....
US20100245489 METHODS AND APPARATUS OF MANUFACTURING MICRO AND NANO-SCALE FEATURES  
The present invention provides methods of generating scalable micro to nano patterned features on a substrate. The methods include ejecting a succession of droplets; applying a force to the...
7803717 Growth and integration of epitaxial gallium nitride films with silicon-based devices  
Epitaxial gallium nitride is grown on a silicon substrate while reducing or suppressing the formation of a buffer layer. The gallium nitride may be grown directly on the silicon substrate, for...
7799910 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 compounds...
US20100231847 METHODS OF FABRICATING SWITCHABLE LIQUID CRYSTAL POLARIZATION GRATINGS ON REFLECTIVE SUBSTRATES AND RELATED DEVICES  
A method of fabricating a switchable liquid crystal polarization grating includes creating a degenerate planar anchoring condition on a surface of a reflective substrate. An alignment layer may be...
7795509 Tobacco products with reduced nicotine  
DNA encoding a plant quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase (QPRTase) enzyme, and constructs comprising such DNA are provided. Methods of altering quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase expression are...
US20100225876 LOW-TWIST CHIRAL LIQUID CRYSTAL POLARIZATION GRATINGS AND RELATED FABRICATION METHODS  
A polarization grating includes a substrate and a first polarization grating layer on the substrate. The first polarization grating layer includes a molecular structure that is twisted according...
US20100225856 MULTI-LAYER ACHROMATIC LIQUID CRYSTAL POLARIZATION GRATINGS AND RELATED FABRICATION METHODS  
A multi-layer polarization grating includes a first polarization grating layer, a second polarization grating layer on the first polarization grating layer, and a third polarization grating layer...
7790912 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,...
7787937 Methods, systems, and associated implantable devices for detecting radiation in patients undergoing treatment for cancer  
Methods and systems for evaluating external beam radiation therapy delivered to a subject include: (a) placing at least one wireless implantable sensor in a first subject at a target location; (b)...
US20100209998 CELL-PERMEABILISING PEPTIDES AND POLYPEPTIDES FOR MICROBIAL CELLS  
Signal peptides and polypeptides from Methanobrevibacter ruminantium, a methanogenic archaea present in ruminants. Methods of using these peptides to permeabilise microbial cells, particularly M....
7778692 Methods, systems, and associated implantable devices for detecting radiation in patients undergoing treatment for cancer  
Methods and systems for evaluating external beam radiation therapy delivered to a subject include: (a) placing at least one wireless implantable sensor in a first subject at a target location; (b)...
7775974 Force-determining retraction device and associated method  
A retraction device including at least one pair of opposed retraction members, with each retraction member being capable of operably engaging the tissue to be retracted. A drive mechanism is...
US20100205703 Cercis plant named 'Ruby Falls'  
Cercis ‘Ruby Falls’ is a new and distinct variety of redbud that has the following unique combination of desirable features that are outstanding in a new variety. 1. Weeping growth habit.2. Ease...
US20100205702 Cercis plant named 'Merlot'  
Cercis ‘Merlot’ is a new and distinct variety of redbud that has the following unique combination of desirable features that are outstanding in a new variety. 1. Moderate vigor resulting in...
US20100196357 Microrna modulators and method for identifying and using the same  
The present invention is a method for identifying agents which modulate microRNA activity. The invention involves contacting a cell harboring a microRNA and a microRNA binding sequence, which is...
7769431 Methods, systems, and associated implantable devices for detecting radiation in patients undergoing treatment for cancer  
Methods and systems for evaluating external beam radiation therapy delivered to a subject include: (a) placing at least one wireless implantable sensor in a first subject at a target location; (b)...
US20100190703 PEPTIDES SPECIFIC FOR HUMAN BLOOD OUTGROWTH ENDOTHELIAL CELLS  
Provided herein are compositions and methods for binding outgrowth endothelial cells (OEC). The compositions consist of peptide ligands capable of binding OEC with high affinity and specificity....
7763149 Solar photocatalysis using transition-metal oxides combining d0 and d6 electron configurations  
A method of carrying out a catalytic reaction with a catalytic reaction system comprising octahedral-based structures, such as a solid-solution or an ordered layered material, with specific early...
US20100178278 FORMABLE BIOCERAMICS  
A formable bioceramic including hydroxyapatite nanocrystals, gelatin, and sol-gel-containing material is described. Also described is a process for making and using the bioceramic. The formable...
7756568 Methods, systems, and associated implantable devices for dynamic monitoring of physiological and biological properties of tumors  
Biocompatible sensors configured for implantation include a first body in communication with a plurality of remote sensor bodies to detect physiological parameters in vivo.
7754868 Nucleic acid encoding two-component sensing and regulatory proteins, antimicrobial proteins and uses therefor  
Stress-related nucleic acid molecules and polypeptides and fragments and variants thereof are disclosed in the current invention. In addition, stress-related fusion proteins, antigenic peptides,...
7751528 Stationary x-ray digital breast tomosynthesis systems and related methods  
Stationary x-ray digital breast tomosynthesis systems and related methods are disclosed. According to one aspect, the subject matter described herein can include an x-ray tomosynthesis system...
7745618 Method of making porphyrins  
A method of making a compound of Formula I: is carried out by condensing a pair of compounds of Formula II (which pair may be the same or different), or by condensing a compound of Formula III...
US20100154875 COMPOSITIONS AND PROCESSES FOR FORMING PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES  
Photovoltaic cells, including silicon solar cells, and methods and compositions for making such photovoltaic cells are provided. A silicon substrate having p-type silicon base and an n-type...
US20100141092 ELECTROACTIVE NANOSTRUCTURED POLYMERS AS TUNABLE ORGANIC ACTUATORS  
An actuator element formed from an actuator composition is described, along with transducers including the same. The composition comprises: (i) a thermoplastic elastomer copolymer, the copolymer...
7723513 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...
7723154 Methods of forming zinc oxide based II-VI compound semiconductor layers with shallow acceptor conductivities  
A p-type ZnO-based II-VI compound semiconductor layer has silver, potassium and/or gold dopants therein at a net p-type dopant concentration of greater than about 1×1017 cm−3. A method of forming...
7718794 Synthesis of porphyrins designed for attachment to electroactive surfaces via one or more carbon tethers  
Porphyrin compounds having a surface attachment group coupled thereto at the 5 position are described. The surface attachment group has the formula: wherein R is —CHCH2 or —CCH and Ar is an...
US20100106041 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTICHANNEL WIRELESS IMPLANTABLE NEURAL RECORDING  
A system for transmitting bioelectrical signals. The system includes an implantable bioelectrical sensor for receiving at least one bioelectrical signal; an analog-to-time converter for converting...
PP20951 Flowering quince plant named ‘Scarlet Storm’  
‘Scarlet Storm’ is a new quince plant particularly distinguished by a medium-sized, upright, multi-stemmed, fruitless shrub, large, double-flowers with scarlet-red petals, and thornless stems, is...
PP20950 Flowering quince plant named ‘Orange Storm’  
‘Orange Storm’ is a new quince plant particularly distinguished by a medium-sized, upright, multi-stemmed, fruitless shrub, large, double-flowers with orange petals, and thornless stems, is disclosed.
US20100098968 COMPOSITE METAL FOAM AND METHODS OF PREPARATION THEREOF  
The present invention is directed to composite metal foams comprising hollow metallic spheres and a solid metal matrix. The composite metal foams show high strength, particularly in comparison to...
7695901 Identification of poinsettia cultivars  
Methods of determining whether a plant is a member of a known cultivar utilize DNA fingerprinting techniques and the discovery of 41 polymorphic fragments that correlate with cultivar identity....
PP20920 Flowering quince plant named ‘Pink Storm’  
‘Pink Storm’ is a new quince plant particularly distinguished by a medium-sized, upright, multi-stemmed shrub with occasional parthenocapic fruit formation, large, double-flowers with pink petals,...
US20100080870 PROCESS FOR PREPARING HYPOALLERGENIC AND/OR NON-ALLERGENIC PEANUT BUTTER AND ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS  
The present invention relates to the use of a solution containing at least one endopeptidase to substantially reduce or completely eliminate allergenic proteins contained in the peanut (Arachis...
7682709 Germanium doped n-type aluminum nitride epitaxial layers  
A method of preparing an n-type epitaxial layer of aluminum nitride conductively doped with germanium comprises directing a molecular beam of aluminum atoms onto the growth surface of a substrate...
US20100068391 METHODS OF PREPARING THIN FILMS BY ELECTROLESS PLATING  
The present invention provides methods of controlling properties of a thin film applied to a substrate whereby the properties of the thin film may be controlled by the surface morphology of the...
7678900 Refined routes to chlorin building blocks  
A method of making chlorins comprises the steps of reacting (e.g. condensing) a dipyrrin western half intermediate with an eastern half intermediate to form a tetrahydrobilene, and then cyclizing...
7678195 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...
7671209 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 analogs having...
7666499 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...
US20100037942 COMPOSITIONS AND PROCESSES FOR FORMING PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES  
Photovoltaic cells, including silicon solar cells, and methods and compositions for making such photovoltaic cells are provided. A silicon substrate having an n-type silicon layer is provided with...
US20100037941 COMPOSITIONS AND PROCESSES FOR FORMING PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES  
Methods and compositions for making photovoltaic devices are provided. A metal that is reactive with silicon is placed in contact with the n-type silicon layer of a silicon substrate. The silicon...
PP20765 Hydrangea plant named ‘NCHA1’  
‘NCHA1’ is a new Hydrangea plant particularly distinguished by having a medium-sized, rounded, multi-stemmed shrub, a unique combination of compound, corymb inflorescences with prevalent sterile...
7663019 Transgenic snakes and methods of making  
A transgenic animal such as a transgenic snake or other reptile that expresses a heterologous expression product is described, along with methods of making the same. In general, the animal...