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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...
7658989 Nano-and micro-cellular foamed thin-walled material, and processes and apparatuses for making the same  
Polymeric materials having a plurality of cells formed therein are described. The polymeric materials include a foamed layer comprising a plurality of uniform microcells, nanocells or combinations...
US20100029161 MICRODENIER FIBERS AND FABRICS INCORPORATING ELASTOMERS OR PARTICULATE ADDITIVES  
Multicomponent fiber and fabrics made therefrom are provided, wherein the multicomponent fibers may incorporate one or more elastomers or additive-containing polymers in a bicomponent core. The...
US20100028945 LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCES ENCODING STRESS-RELATED 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,...
US20100025823 PASSIVATION OF ALUMINUM NITRIDE SUBSTRATES  
The present invention provides methods of protecting a surface of an aluminum nitride substrate. The substrate with the protected surface can be stored for a period of time and easily activated to...
7655860 Nano-structured photovoltaic solar cell and related methods  
A solar cell includes a substrate having a horizontal surface, and an electrode layer on the substrate. The electrode has a plurality of vertical surfaces substantially perpendicular to the...
PP20689 Raspberry named ‘Nantahala’  
Rubus idaeus Linnaeus ‘Nantahala’ is a new and distinct variety of raspberry that has the following unique combination of desirable features that are outstanding in a new variety. 1. Late season...
US20100016985 PROCESSING OF BIOCOMPATIBLE COATING ON POLYMERIC IMPLANTS  
The present invention provides polymeric substrates comprising a biocompatible coating and methods of preparation thereof. In particular, the coating may be a ceramic material, especially a...
US20100007512 Tongue Operated Magnetic Sensor Based Wireless Assistive Technology  
An assistive apparatus and method for remote control of an appliance by a subject are provided. The apparatus can comprise a tracer unit affixed to the tongue of the subject such that a change in...
7645925 Tobacco products with increased 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...
US20100000881 Electrochemical detection of nucleic acid hybridization  
A nucleic acid hybridization detection assay is carried out at an electrode. A solid electrode, such as an indium tin oxide electrode, is modified by capture probes comprising single-stranded...
7642546 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...
7641984 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...
US20090326834 Systems, methods and computer program products for characterizing structural events  
Sensor assemblies for non-destructively monitoring a structure to detect a structural event include a plurality of sensor nodes configured to provide at least one sensor signal responsive to a...
US20090324859 DENSE, SHAPED ARTICLES CONSTRUCTED OF A REFRACTORY MATERIAL AND METHODS OF PREPARING SUCH ARTICLES  
The invention provides a method of forming a dense, shaped article, such as a crucible, formed of a refractory material, the method comprising the steps of placing a refractory material having a...
7633007 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...
7632454 Dense, shaped articles constructed of a refractory material and methods of preparing such articles  
The invention provides a method of forming a dense, shaped article, such as a crucible, formed of a refractory material, the method comprising the steps of placing a refractory material having a...
US20090306943 METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR REDUCED ORDER MODEL ADAPTIVE SIMULATION OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS  
Methods, systems and computer program products for selecting input data, including operational parameters for a nuclear system using a reduced order model of a complex computational model are...
US20090304761 FUNCTIONALLY GRADED BIOCOMPATIBLE COATING AND COATED IMPLANT  
The present invention provides a biocompatible coating comprising calcium phosphate that is functionally graded across the thickness of the coating. The coating, which preferably includes...
US20090297456 SWALLOWTAIL MOTIFS FOR IMPARTING WATER SOLUBILITY TO PORPHYRINIC COMPOUNDS  
Porphyrinic compounds that contain solubilizing groups are described, along with methods of making and using the same and compositions comprising such compounds. Examples of such compounds include...
7622035 Methods of deresinating crude oils using carbon dioxide  
A method of deresinating a crude oil comprises contacting the crude oil with a carbon dioxide containing fluid, the crude oil having an initial API gravity and comprising an oil phase, resins, and...
US20090270475 INHIBITION OF BACTERIAL BIOFILMS WITH IMIDAZOLE-PHENYL DERIVATIVES  
Disclosure is provided for imidazole-phenyl derivative compounds that prevent, remove and/or inhibit the formation of biofilms, compositions comprising these compounds, devices comprising these...
7608700 Lactobacillus acidophilus nucleic acid sequences encoding stress-related 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,...
US20090263438 INHIBITION AND DISPERSION OF BACTERIAL BIOFILMS WITH IMIDAZOLE-TRIAZOLE DERIVATIVES  
Disclosure is provided for imidazole-triazole derivative compounds that prevent, remove and/or inhibit the formation of biofilms, compositions comprising these compounds, devices comprising these...
7605308 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...
US20090258559 STAPLE FIBER DURABLE NONWOVEN FABRICS  
The invention provides durable nonwoven fabrics comprising staple fibers. Methods of preparing durable nonwoven fabrics based on staple fibers are also provided. The methods can include the steps...
7601394 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...
7601181 Methods of making thin film capacitors comprising a manganese doped barium titantate dielectric  
Described herein are methods for making articles comprising a dielectric layer formed from any solution composition that can form barium titanate during firing and containing manganese in an...
US20090250331 AUTOTHERMAL AND MOBILE TORREFACTION DEVICES  
The present invention provides an autothermal torrefaction device, which can be either stationary of mobile. Embodiments of the present invention include a torrefaction chamber having a chamber...
7595407 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;...