Patents and Patent Applications from North Carolina State University


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7863411 Prion protein ligands and methods of use  
Ligands that bind to prion proteins and methods for using the ligands for detecting or removing a prion protein from a sample, such as a biological fluid or an environmental sample. The ligands...
US20100331202 NANOTUBE STRUCTURES HAVING A SURFACTANT BILAYER INNER WALL COATING  
Nanotubes and nanotube array structures comprise (a) a nanotube having an inner wall portion; and (b) a bilayer coating formed on the inner wall portions, with the bilayer coating comprised of...
US20100330284 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...
US20100322859 ORAL DRUG COMPLIANCE MONITORING USING MAGNETIC-FIELD SENSORS  
A method to measure compliance with a pharmaceutical regimen, by the steps of: (a) ingesting a dose of a medication (10) into the gastrointestinal tract of a person, the dose of medication (10)...
PP21561 Clethra alnifolia plant named “Crystalina”  
‘Crystalina’ is a new variety of Clethra alnifolia with a low, compact, rounded habit, with long flower racemes and numerous fragrant flowers, is disclosed.
7838276 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...
7829275 Light addressable electrochemical detection of duplex structures  
A method of detecting the presence of an analyte, such as a target nucleic acid sequence, protein sequence or small molecule, which can also be employed to detect the formation of duplex...
US20100279349 NUCLEIC ACIDS 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,...
7826250 Open circuit potential amperometry and voltammetry  
This invention provides approaches to improve the signal to noise ratio (S/N) in electrochemical measurements (e.g., amperometry, voltammetry, etc.). In particular, a method is described wherein...
7824894 Lactobacillus acidophilus nucleic acids encoding fructo-oligosaccharide utilization compounds and uses thereof  
Fructooligosaccharide (FOS)-related protein nucleic acid molecules and polypeptides and fragments and variants thereof are disclosed in the current invention. In addition, FOS-related fusion...
US20100274092 FORCE-DETERMINING RETRACTION DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD  
A retraction device adapted to retract tissue is provided, comprising at least one pair of opposed retraction members, with each retraction member being capable of operably engaging the tissue to...
7820826 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...
7816665 Use of electroactive monolayers in generating negative differential resistance behaviors and devices employing the same  
A negative differential resistance (NDR) device, and methods of making and using the NDR device. The NDR device includes a substrate comprising a conductor material or a semi-conductor material...
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...