Patents and Patent Applications from North Carolina State University


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US20130012598 APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING NANOFIBERS FROM SHEARED SOLUTIONS UNDER CONTINUOUS FLOW  
Nanofibers are fabricated in a continuous process by introducing a polymer solution into a dispersion medium, which flows through a conduit and shears the dispersion medium. Liquid strands,...
US20130011834 MEAN DNA COPY NUMBER OF CHROMOSOMAL REGIONS IS OF PROGNOSTIC SIGNIFICANCE IN CANCER  
Methods for predicting a disease free time interval (DFI) for a cancer patient under consideration for initial or further chemotherapy treatment are disclosed. The methods include obtaining a...
8350103 Process for conversion of biomass to fuel  
The present disclosure is directed to processes for the direct conversion of lipidic biomass fuelstock to combustible fuels. In particular, the disclosure provides a process for the direct...
8350102 Process for conversion of biomass to fuel  
The present disclosure is directed to processes for the direct conversion of lipidic biomass fuelstock to combustible fuels. In particular, the disclosure provides a process for the direct...
8349232 Micro and nanofiber nonwoven spunbonded fabric  
The invention provides methods for the preparation of nonwoven spunbonded fabrics and various materials prepared using such spunbonded fabrics. The method generally comprises extruding...
US20130005759 SMALL MOLECULE MODIFIERS OF MICRORNA MIR-122  
MicroRNAs are a class of endogenous regulators of gene function. Aberrant regulation of microRNAs has been linked to various human diseases, most importantly cancer. Small molecule intervention of...
US20130005573 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE FOR KETONES AND ALDEHYDES AS HERBICIDES  
Compositions and methods of use for ketones and aldehydes as herbicides are disclosed herein. According to an aspect, a method includes applying an effective amount of an herbicide composition...
US20130005019 GENETICALLY ENCODED PHOTO CONTROL  
The invention relates to a caged lysine, wherein the caged lysine is according to Formula (I): or salts thereof. The invention further relates to polypeptides comprising a caged lysine, and to...
US20130000709 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS  
Photovoltaic cells including silicon solar cells are provided. A silicon substrate having an n-type silicon layer is provided with a silicon nitride layer, a reactive metal in contact with said...
8339566 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...
8338392 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...
8337920 Method for processing biomaterials  
Systems and methods for thermal preservation (sterilization) of heterogeneous and multiphase foods and biomaterials in order to achieve their shelf stability at ambient level temperatures. Flowing...
8329954 Cyclopropene amine compounds  
Methods of applying cyclopropene amine derivatives and compositions thereof to inhibit ethylene receptors in plants and plant material are disclosed. Methods include applying to the plant an...
US20120309250 COMPOSITE INORGANIC/POLYMER FIBERS AND INORGANIC FIBRILS FABRICATED FROM SHEARED SOLUTIONS  
Nanofibers are fabricated by introducing a mixture of a polymer solution and inorganic precursor into a dispersion medium and shearing the mixture. Liquid strands, streaks or droplets of the...
8323910 Methods and compositions for determining the purity of chemically synthesized nucleic acids  
This application describes an antibody that specifically binds to a synthetic oligomer (e.g., an oligonucleotide or oligopeptide) having a organic protecting group covalently bound thereto, which...
8323722 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...
PP23212 Weigela shrub named ‘Sunset’  
‘Sunset’ is a new weigela shrub particularly distinguished by its semi-dwarf habit, and unique variegated foliage with green centers and multicolored margins ranging from and including ivory...
US20120282453 CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITES AND METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING SAME  
In a method for fabricating a carbon nanotube (CNT) composite, an array of CNTs is provided. A CNT ribbon is pulled from the array and wound on a rotating mandrel. A polymer solution is applied to...
8305523 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...
8304590 Autothermal and mobile torrefaction devices  
Autothermal torrefaction devices, which can be either stationary of mobile, are provided and include a torrefaction chamber having a chamber inlet for receiving biomass and at least one chamber...
8304561 Synthetic route to ABCD-porphyrins  
A method of making a metalloporphyrin is carried out by reacting (i) a linear tetrapyrrole, said linear tetrapyrrole having a 19-acyl group and a 1-protecting group, with (ii) a metal salt under...
8298620 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...
8294024 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...
US20120261999 RECONFIGURABLE POWER SYSTEMS AND CONVERTERS  
Reconfigurable power systems and converters and operating methods therefor are disclosed. Reconfigurable power systems may include a DC power source, an electrical energy storage device, an AC...
8288529 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...
8278439 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...
8278340 Inhibition of biofilms in plants with imidazole derivatives  
Disclosure is provided for methods of preventing, removing or inhibiting microbial biofilm formation or microbial infection in a plant or plant part thereof, including applying thereto a treatment...
US20120246772 Sweetpotato plant named 'NCORNSP-013GNLC'  
‘NCORNSP-013GNLC’ is new and distinct variety of ornamental sweetpotato plant. It is a compact, semi-upright; mounding, spreading, cultivar producing many short shoots. This ornamental sweetpotato...
US20120246771 Ornamental sweetpotato plant named 'NCORNSP-014BWPI'  
‘NCORNSP-014BWPI’ is new and distinct variety of ornamental sweetpotato plant. ‘NCORNSP-014BWPI’ is an erect to semi-erect, bunch-type cultivar producing many short shoots. This ornamental...
US20120246770 Sweetpotato plant named 'NCORNSP-015SCPI'  
‘NCORNSP-015SCPI’ is new and distinct variety of ornamental sweetpotato plant. ‘NCORNSP-015SCPI’ is a compact, semi-upright; mounding, cultivar producing many short shoots. This ornamental...
US20120231690 MULTICOMPONENT FIBERS AND MICRODENIER FABRICS PREPARED BY FIBRILLATION THEREOF  
Multicomponent fibers and fabrics made therefrom are provided. The fibers include a multilobal sheath fiber component surrounding a core fiber component, wherein the fibers can be fibrillated to...
US20120220519 Peptide Aptamers that Bind to the Rep Proteins of ssDNA Viruses  
Polypeptides and fusion proteins that bind to eukaryotic viruses, in particular, eukaryotic single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) viruses are provided. The polypeptides and fusion proteins bind to the...
US20120219744 THERMALLY RESPONSIVE COMPOSITE MATERIALS  
A thermally responsive composite material is provided, comprising a first layer, a second layer and a third layer where the third layer is between the first and second layers. The third layer...
US20120216822 TOBACCO INBRED PLANTS NCBEX1F, NCBEX1MS, AND NC EX90  
The present invention provides tobacco inbred plants NCBEX1F and NCBEX1MS, and NC EX90. The present invention also provides parts of such plants and products made from those parts. The present...
US20120211016 PLASTIC FROM TOBACCO BIOMASS  
A tobacco bioplastic composition for use in, on or around a smoking article or a smokeless tobacco composition is provided, the tobacco bioplastic composition being derived from the Nicotiana...
US20120197575 METHOD OF ABSORBANCE CORRECTION IN A SPECTROSCOPIC HEATING VALUE SENSOR  
A method and apparatus for absorbance correction in a spectroscopic heating value sensor in which a reference light intensity measurement is made on a non-absorbing reference fluid, a light...
US20120196325 LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCES ENCODING CARBOHYDRATE UTILIZATION-RELATED PROTEINS AND USES THEREFOR  
Carbohydrate utilization-related and multidrug transporter nucleic acids and polypeptides, and fragments and variants thereof, are disclosed in the current invention. In addition, carbohydrate...
US20120196147 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...
8231941 Procedure for preparing redox-active polymers on surfaces  
This invention provides novel methods for the formation of redox-active polymers attached to surfaces. In certain embodiments, the methods involve providing redox-active molecules bearing at least...
US20120188467 BEAM STEERING DEVICES INCLUDING STACKED LIQUID CRYSTAL POLARIZATION GRATINGS AND RELATED METHODS OF OPERATION  
A beam steering apparatus includes a first beam steering stage and at least a second beam steering stage arranged in-line with the first beam steering stage. The first beam steering stage includes...
8227009 Process for making whey proteins having improved thermal stability in beverage applications at neutral pH  
The present invention is directed to a method for producing a thermal stable whey protein beverage comprising: (a) providing an aqueous solution of at least 2% (w/w) whey proteins and having a...
US20120175696 MULTILAYER FLOATING GATE FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR (FET) DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS  
Multilayer floating gate field-effect transistor (FET) devices and related methods are provided. A multilayer floating gate FET device can include a first floating gate separated via a first...
US20120171129 Inhibition and Dispersion of Bacterial Biofilms with Benzimidazole Derivatives  
Disclosure is provided for benzimidazole derivative compounds that prevent, remove and/or inhibit the formation of biofilms, compositions including these compounds, devices including these...
US20120168772 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...
8212055 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...
8212023 Methods and intermediates for the synthesis of porphyrins  
A method of making a porphyrin is carried out by: (a) condensing (i) a 1,9-bis(N,N-)dialkylaminomethyl)dipyrromethane of Formula II: with (ii) a dipyrromethane to produce a reaction product; then...
8211485 Process for preparing hypoallergenic and non-allergenic peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) utilizing an endopeptidase  
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...
8208578 Systems, methods, and computer readable media for fractional pre-emphasis of multi-mode interconnect  
Systems, methods, and computer readable media for fractional pre-emphasis of multi-mode interconnect are disclosed. According to one aspect, the subject matter described herein includes a method...
8207329 Synthesis of chlorins and phorbines with enhanced red spectral features  
The present invention provides compounds of the general Formula DI: along with methods of making such compounds, formulations containing the same, and methods of using the same (e.g., in...
8201445 Methods and compositions for removing residues and substances from substrates using environmentally friendly solvents  
Environmentally friendly solvents used to dissolve or remove residues and/or substances from substrates wherein the residue and/or substance is contacted with a Generally Recognized As Safe...