Patents and Patent Applications from Rice University


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10019912 Providing information to a user through somatosensory feedback  
A hearing device may provide hearing-to-touch sensory substitution as a therapeutic approach to deafness. Through use of signal processing on received signals, the hearing device may provide...
10011854 Fatty acid productivity  
The present disclosure relates to an engineered microbe capable of improved productivity of fatty acid or fatty acid derivative. An NAD+-dependent 3-oxoacyl-ACP reductase or NAD+-dependent...
10011839 Metabolic transistor in bacteria  
The disclosure relates to a metabolic transistor in microbes such as bacteria and yeast where a competitive pathway is introduced to compete with a product pathway for available carbon so as to...
US20180183041 SULFUR-CONTAINING CARBON NANOTUBE ARRAYS AS ELECTRODES  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrodes that include a plurality of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and sulfur associated with the vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. The...
US20180179588 STOICHIOMETRIC TUNING OF NUCLEIC ACID HYBRIDIZATION PROBES BY AUXILIARY OLIGONUCLEOTIDE SPECIES  
This invention describes a method of controlling the hybridization yield of nucleic acid probes by adjusting the relative concentrations of auxiliary oligonucleotides to the probes and the...
US20180175379 GERMANIUM-CONTAINING CARBON NANOTUBE ARRAYS AS ELECTRODES  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrodes that include a plurality of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and germanium associated with the vertically aligned carbon nanotubes....
US20180169611 METHOD, SYNTHESIS, ACTIVATION PROCEDURE AND CHARACTERIZATION OF AN OXYGEN RICH ACTIVATED POROUS CARBON SORBENT FOR SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF CARBON DIOXIDE WITH ULTRA HIGH CAPACITY  
The present disclosure pertains to methods of capturing CO2 from an environment at pressures above 1 bar by associating the environment with a porous material that has a surface area of at least...
US20180169300 SURFACE COATING METHOD TO IMPROVE IMPLANTABLE DEVICE BIOCOMPATIBILITY  
Techniques for modifying the surface of implantable devices, such as bioprosthetic valves, to improve the biocompatibility of the implantable devices are provided. In particular, a customizable,...
9997705 Porous SiOx materials for improvement in SiOx switching device performances  
A porous memory device, such as a memory or a switch, may provide a top and bottom electrodes with a memory material layer (e.g. SiOx) positioned between the electrodes. The memory material layer...
9994881 Functionalized carboxylic acids and alcohols by reverse fatty acid oxidation in engineered microbes  
Bacteria that run the beta oxidation cycle in reverse anabolic direction are provided, along with many novel primers to start the reverse cycle, pathways to make such primers, and a large variety...
US20180155634 VISCOSITY REDUCTION OF CRUDE OIL THROUGH STRUCTURE DETERMINATION OF ASPHALTENE MOLECULE  
Asphaltene may be effectively broken into smaller molecules by first elucidating the structure of the asphaltene and then developing a catalyst system based on the elucidated structure. The...
US20180148746 KAS-III FREE FA SYNTHESIS  
The present disclosure describes a genetically engineered a KASIII-independent fatty acid biosynthetic pathway that makes use of the promiscuous nature of the rest of the FAS enzymes...
9981010 Methods and compositions for bone formation  
A method and system to induce bone growth by locally delivering bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) to the target location for a prolonged period without invasive procedures are disclosed. The new...
US20180142273 ITERATIVE PLATFORM FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF ALPHA FUNCTIONALIZED PRODUCTS  
The use of microorganisms to make alpha-functionalized chemicals and fuels, (e.g. alpha-functionalized carboxylic acids, alcohols, hydrocarbons, amines, and their beta-, and omega-functionalized...
US20180135059 SYNTHESIS OF OMEGA FUNCTIONALIZED PRODUCTS  
The use of microorganisms to make omega- and/or omega-l-functionalized products through an iterative carbon chain elongation pathway that we call a reverse beta oxidation pathway. The pathway uses...
US20180127730 MODIFIED FATTY ACID BIOSYNTHESIS WITH ACP-DEPENDENT THIOLASES  
Methods of using microorganisms to make chemicals and fuels, including carboxylic acids, alcohols, hydrocarbons, and their alpha-, beta-, and omega-functionalized derivatives are described. Native...
US20180127463 DESACETOXYTUBULYSIN H AND ANALOGS THEREOF  
In one aspect, the present disclosure provides tubulysin analogs of the formula (I) wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, X1, X2, X3, and A1 are as defined herein. In another aspect, the present disclosure also...
9963781 Carbon nanotubes grown on nanostructured flake substrates and methods for production thereof  
Carbon nanotubes grown on nanostructured flake substrates are disclosed. The nanostructured flake substrates include a catalyst support layer and at least one catalyst layer. Carbon nanotubes...
US20180120390 ELECTRON PARAMAGNETIC RESONANCE (EPR) SYSTEMS WITH ACTIVE CANCELLATION  
An active cancellation system may be utilized to cancel interference, such as from transmitter leakage or self-interference in a transceiver of an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)...
US20180119183 ALPHA OMEGA BIFUNCTIONAL FATTY ACIDS  
The present disclosure describes an engineered microorganism for producing alpha omega bifunctional C6-16 fatty acids from renewable carbon sources.
9947918 Porous silicon particulates with micropores and mesopores within macropores  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to porous silicon particulates and anode materials that contain them. In some embodiments, each of the porous silicon particulates include a plurality...
9936880 Camera based photoplethysmogram estimation  
A system for estimating a photoplethysmogram waveform of a target includes an image processor configured to obtain images of the target and a waveform analyzer. The waveform analyzer is configured...
US20180082172 Automated Compilation of Probabilistic Task Description into Executable Neural Network Specification  
A mechanism for compiling a generative description of an inference task into a neural network. First, an arbitrary generative probabilistic model from the exponential family is specified (or...
9919927 Methods of producing graphene quantum dots from coal and coke  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of making graphene quantum dots from a carbon source (e.g., coal, coke, and combinations thereof) by exposing the carbon source to...
US20180065976 DERIVATIVES OF UNCIALAMYCIN, METHODS OF SYNTHESIS AND THEIR USE AS ANTITUMOR AGENTS  
In one aspect, the present disclosure provides new analogs of uncialamycin. The present disclosure also provides novel synthetic pathways to obtaining uncialamycin and analogs thereof....
9910411 Method and device for real-time differentiation of analog and digital signals  
The controller includes a differentiating engine configured to receive an input signal value (ISV), wherein the ISV corresponds to state information for one selected from a group consisting of a...
9909116 Systems and methods for magnetic guidance and patterning of materials  
Systems and methods generally useful in medicine, cellular biology, nanotechnology, and cell culturing are discussed. In particular, at least in some embodiments, systems and methods for magnetic...
US20180057444 AMINATION AND HYDROXYLATION OF ARYLMETAL COMPOUNDS  
In one aspect, the present disclosure provides methods of preparing a primary or secondary amine and hydroxylated aromatic compounds. In some embodiments, the aromatic compound may be...
9896340 Rebar hybrid materials and methods of making the same  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming a reinforcing material by: (1) depositing a first material onto a catalyst surface; and (2) forming a second material on...
US20180047519 GRAPHENE NANORIBBON-BASED MATERIALS AND THEIR USE IN ELECTRONIC DEVICES  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making electrically conductive materials by applying nanowires and graphene nanoribbons onto a surface to form a network layer with...
US20180030438 MATERIALS AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF HEMOGLOBINOPATHIES  
The present application provides materials and methods for treating hemoglobinopathies. More specifically, the application provides methods for producing progenitor cells that are genetically...
9881746 Flexible and transparent supercapacitors and fabrication using thin film carbon electrodes with controlled morphologies  
Mechanically flexible and optically transparent thin film solid state supercapacitors are fabricated by assembling nano-engineered carbon electrodes in porous templates. The electrodes have...
9879056 Insecticidal protein  
Provided are an artificially designed and modified insecticidal protein or a segment thereof. The insecticidal protein belongs to a Vip3A-type insecticidal protein. The protein or the segment...
US20180027201 LENSLESS IMAGING SYSTEM USING AN IMAGE SENSOR WITH ONE OR MORE ATTENUATING LAYERS  
A lens-free imaging system for generating an image of a scene includes an electromagnetic (EM) radiation sensor; a mask disposed between the EM radiation sensor and the scene; an image processor...
US20180012577 CAPO WITH ATTACHMENT MECHANISM AND FRETTING ACTION IN SEPARATE OFFSET PLANES  
Embodiments of a capo and fretting component are described. In certain embodiments, the fretting component is threaded onto a crossbar configured to overlie the instrument strings when in use and...
US20180008957 HYDRATED POROUS MATERIALS FOR SELECTIVE CO2 CAPTURE  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of capturing CO2 from an environment by hydrating a porous material with water molecules to the extent thereby to define a...
US20180008730 MULTIFUNCTIONAL FLUORESCENT AND MRI-ACTIVE NANOSTRUCTURE  
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) enhancement agent includes a plurality of particles, each particle including: a metal core; a dielectric shell disposed on the metal core comprising at least one...
9863662 Generating a heated fluid using an electromagnetic radiation-absorbing complex  
A vessel including a concentrator configured to concentrate electromagnetic (EM) radiation received from an EM radiation source and a complex configured to absorb EM radiation to generate heat....
US20180002658 HYPOTHERMIC 3D BIOPRINTING OF LIVING TISSUES SUPPORTED BY PERFUSABLE VASCULATURE  
The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for producing hydrogel matrix constructs. Methods of using hydrogel matrix constructs for tissue repair and regeneration and for the...
9857447 Electron spin resonance for medical imaging  
A method includes generating, from an integrated oscillator circuit, an oscillating output signal and generating, by an integrated power amplifier (PA) circuit, an amplified oscillating output...
9856499 Long chain organic acid bioproduction  
Method of cell culture, comprising adding a redox active compound with a redox potential of between −0.116 to −0.253 to a culture capable of forming hydrogen via a hydrogenase so that the redox...
9856412 Ultra-low-tension compositions and their use in enhanced oil recovery  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to compositions for enhanced oil recovery. In some embodiments, such compositions include: (1) a first agent, wherein the first agent acts as a...
9845551 Methods for production of single-crystal graphenes  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming single-crystal graphenes by: (1) cleaning a surface of a catalyst; (2) annealing the surface of the catalyst; (3)...
US20170357220 METHODS AND RELATED SYSTEMS OF ULTRA-SHORT PULSE DETECTION  
Ultra-short pulse detection. At least some example embodiments are methods including: receiving by an antenna a series of ultra-short pulses of electromagnetic energy at a repetition frequency,...
9840418 Production of graphene nanoplatelets by oxidative anhydrous acidic media  
Methods of producing graphene nanoplatelets by exposing graphite to a medium to form a dispersion of graphite in the medium. In some embodiments, the exposing results in formation of graphene...
US20170349808 Method of Decreasing the Viscosity of Heavy Oil Downhole  
Asphaltene produced during the production of hydrocarbons in an underground reservoir may be reduced and decomposed by introducing into the underground reservoir a fluid having a catalyst of from...
US20170342578 A NEW CLASS OF ELECTROCATALYSTS  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrocatalysts that include a surface and a plurality of catalytically active sites associated with the surface. The catalytically active sites...
9831424 Nanoporous metal-oxide memory  
A nanoporous (NP) memory may include a non-porous layer and a nanoporous layer sandwiched between the bottom and top electrodes. The memory may be free of diodes, selectors, and/or transistors...
9820336 Dual channel Wi-Fi for congested WLANs with asymmetric traffic loads  
A method of wireless local area network communication between a client and an access point includes sending, by the client, a client-originated message to the access point over a bidirectional...
9806217 Fully integrated CMOS-compatible photodetector with color selectivity and intrinsic gain  
A metal-semiconductor-metal photodetecting device and method of manufacturing a metal-semiconductor-metal photodetecting device that includes a p-type silicon substrate with an oxide layer...