Patents and Patent Applications from University of Akron


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9790301 Terpene/isoolefin copolymers having substantially heterogeneous compositional distribution and displaying thermoplastic elastomeric properties  
Copolymers having a substantially heterogeneous composition distribution and strong UV absorption are the direct reaction product of an isoolefin and at least one terpene having the molecular...
US20170295357 DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO COMMUNICATION  
A three-dimensional (3D) communication device includes a 3D stereoscopic camera for capturing video and photos in 3D. The device also includes a 3D display, which enables the display of video and...
9787237 Fault tolerant control system for multi-phase permanent magnet assisted synchronous reluctance motors  
A fault tolerant control system for a multi-phase permanent magnet assisted synchronous reluctance motor utilizes vector control to provide safe operation under various phase loss fault...
9783631 Synthesis and characterization of UV-curable maleimide-terminated imide oligomers  
Polyimide oligomer terminated with maleimide end groups may be cured by irradiation with UV light. The polyimide oligomer terminated with maleimide end groups may be cured in a polymerization...
9783554 Lanthanide ion complexes and imaging method  
A lanthanide complex, method of forming and method of using the lanthanide complex as a near-infrared luminescent material are described. The complex includes at least one lanthanide ion and at...
9783442 Digestion of waste activated sludge with algae  
Phagotrophic algae are used in connection with aerobic or anaerobic digestion of solids, especially waste activated sludge (WAS), to more efficiently digest solids and to meet, over a shorter...
9782433 Co-network of high and low molecular weight 3-arm star cyanoacrylate-telechelic polyisobutylene and 2-octyl cyanoacrylate  
In one or more embodiments, the present invention relates to a substantially homogeneous miscible liquid adhesive composition comprising a relatively high number average molecular weight...
9777082 Synthesis of hyperbranched polyacrylates by emulsion polymerizsation of inimers  
A method for the production of hyperbranched polyacrylates includes the step of reacting acrylic inimers through controlled living polymerization in aqueous conditions. The inimers may have the...
US20170265468 RHAMNOLIPID BASED BIOPESTICIDES  
A biopesticide composition includes a solvent and a plurality of rhamnolipid complexes, each rhamnolipid complex including a rhamnolipid complexed with a cation. The biopesticide composition may...
US20170260497 THERMORESPONSIVE CELL CULTURE SUPPORTS  
The present invention relates to a cell culture support including a substrate and a thermoresponsive polymeric blend layer, wherein the polymeric blend layer includes at least one thermoresponsive...
US20170260318 SYNTHESIS OF -S-CH2CH2-OH TELECHELIC POLYISOBUTYLENES AND THEIR USE FOR THE PREPARATION OF BIOSTABLE POLYURETHANES  
Sulfur containing, hydroxyl-telechelic PIBs, hydrolytically and oxidatively resistant, biocompatible and biostable polyurethanes (PUs) made therefrom, and methods for making both are disclosed....
US20170259088 RESPIRATORY DEVICE FOR HEAT STRESS, HEAT STROKE AND HYPOTHERMIA MITIGATION  
A respiration-based body temperature modifying apparatus including an air temperature modifying element producing temperature-altered air and a respiration zone that, in use, communicates with the...
US20170247506 BIODEGRADABLE POLYMERS WITH PENDANT FUNCTIONAL GROUPS ATTACHED THROUGH AMIDE BONDS  
Amide compounds are defined and are polymerized to create polyesters and polyurethanes having amide units bearing a pendant functional group, where the nitrogen atom of the amide group is part of...
9745967 Thermal energy harvesting device  
A thermal energy harvesting device includes a rotatable shaft and a shape memory alloy element secured to rotatable shaft. The shape memory alloy element is adapted to undergo a shape memory...
9744055 Antagonistically actuated shape memory alloy manipulator  
An antagonistically actuated shape memory alloy (SMA) manipulator utilizes a pair of SMA actuators. The SMA actuators are configured, such that one actuator is trained to have a substantially...
US20170240493 NOVEL POLYISOBUTYLENE-BASED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS  
The present invention is directed to a new class of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and processes for making them. In some embodiments of the present invention, the end groups of the multi-arm PIB...
US20170234745 FLEXIBLE SENSORS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME  
A flexible sensor for monitoring operating parameters, including pressure and temperature, of a flexible structure, such as a tire, provides electrodes and an active area that are formed of...
US20170227596 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONDITION MONITORING OF ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION STRUCTURES  
System and method for monitoring the condition of electricity conductor support systems, i.e. towers, in a power network distribution system employing a tower structure integrity sensor...
US20170222113 PEDOT:PSS COMPOSITE FILMS HAVING ENHANCED THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES  
A PEDOT:PSS film having enhanced thermoelectric properties is doped with DMSO and a binary secondary dopant, such as PEO. The composition of such film causes the ratios of PEDOT in bipolaron...
US20170216492 MODULAR SURFACE FUNCTIONALIZATION OF POLYISOBUTYLENE-BASED MATERIALS  
A polymer composite includes a functionalized polyisobutylene and an additional polyisobutylene-containing material. One or more methods of making the polymer composite are also provided. Where...
US20170210852 DEGRADABLE AMINO ACID-BASED POLY (ESTER UREA) COPOLYMER ADHESIVES  
The present invention is directed to a novel group of amino acid-based poly(ester urea)s (PEUs) for use in biodegradable adhesive and related methods for their making and use. These novel amino...
US20170209033 A SMARTPHONE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM  
A smartphone endoscope system includes a smartphone with first and second imaging sensors, and an imaging optics attachment. The imaging optics attachment includes a first and second imaging...
9714333 Single and twin screw extruders with ultrasound horns for decrosslinking and devulcanization  
Processes for decrosslinking crosslinked plastic and devulcanizing vulcanized rubber include advancing such materials through single screw or twin screw extruders including special ultrasonic...
US20170202633 IMAGING AND DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR GUIDING MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS  
An imaging and display system for guiding medical interventions includes a wearable display, such as a goggle display, for viewing by a user. The display presents a composite, or combined image...
9709376 High sensitivity inductive sensor for measuring blade tip clearance  
A high sensitivity inductive sensor for measuring clearance of a rotating blade tip includes a one or more of sensing coils. The sensing coils are formed of magnet wire, which is wound to form...
9707704 Surface enhancement by incorporation of magnetic particles by electromagnetic molds, rollers, coating blades and brushes  
A method for applying a magnetic element to a surface includes the steps of providing a magnetized surface capable of holding a magnetic element, providing a substrate having a surface to be...
9701939 Thermoresponsive cell culture supports  
The present invention relates to a cell culture support comprising a substrate and a thermoresponsive polymeric blend layer, wherein the polymeric blend layer comprises at least one...
9701781 Photochemical preparation of hydroxyl-terminated polyisobutylenes and related methods and uses  
The present invention relates to novel hydroxyl-terminated polyisobutylenes and methods of making and using them. The hydroxyl-terminated polyisobutylenes contain a sulfur unit, ā€”Sā€”, within each...
US20170190865 SINGLE AND TWIN SCREW EXTRUDERS WITH ULTRASOUND HORNS FOR DECROSSLINKING AND DEVULCANIZATION  
Processes for decrosslinking crosslinked plastic and devulcanizing vulcanized rubber include advancing such materials through single screw or twin screw extruders including special ultrasonic...
US20170189531 COMPOSITION AND METHODS FOR TETHERING BIOACTIVE PEPTIDES TO METAL OXIDE SURFACES  
In various aspects, embodiments of the present invention are directed to a series of multivalent dendrons containing a bioactive peptide domain and surface-binding catechol domains. In some...
9695286 Rubbery polysiloxanes carrying cyanoacrylate functions and related methods for their preparation and uses therefor  
A family of silicone rubbers (e.g., polydimethylsiloxane) carrying one or more cyanoacrylate groups and their methods of production are provided. These silicone rubbers endowed with cyanoacrylate...
9695275 Integrated zwitterionic conjugated polymers for bioelectronics, biosensing, regenerative medicine, and energy applications  
The present invention is directed to a versatile and high performance zwitterionic CP platform, which integrates all desired functions into one material. This zwitterionic CP consists of the...
9694346 Functional gas-assisted impregnation method for producing noble metal alloy catalysts with defined morphology  
A method for making catalysts of noble metal nanoparticles or alloy nanoparticles or both having shaped morphology, the method including the steps of: pretreating a support material; impregnating...
US20170179546 A METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERIES  
A method for charging batteries that have at least one metal electrode or at least one metal-based compound electrode includes applying a DC signal to the batteries and applying an AC signal to...
US20170175151 NOVEL MATERIALS DERIVED FROM FERMENTATION-PRODUCED RHAMNOLIPIDS AND METHODS OF PRODUCTION  
A method of preparing a product derived from a rhamnolipid includes the steps of: providing a rhamnolipid, combining the rhamnolipid with a reagent, allowing the rhamnolipid and reagent to react...
US20170174796 POLYISOBUTYLENES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME  
The present invention generally relates to alcohol-terminated polyisobutylene (PIB) compounds, and to a process for making such compounds. In one embodiment, the present invention relates to...
9670060 Hydrophobic surface coating systems and methods for metals  
This is provided a hydrophobic or superhydrophobic surface configuration and method of forming a hydrophobic or superhydrophobic material on a metallic substrate. The surface configuration...
US20170154730 SOLID-STATE FILM CAPACITORS USING SELF-ASSEMBLED BLOCK COPOLYMERS  
A capacitor including: a first electrode; a second electrode; and a dielectric material situated between the first electrode and the second electrode, where the dielectric material is a...
9664717 Flexible tactile sensors and method of making  
A tactile sensor includes a flexible medium having electrically conductive strips embedded therein and extending in a first direction, said electrically conductive strips including conductive...
9663614 Photoresponsive coumarin based polymers: synthesis and applications  
A photoactive coumarin monomer includes a substituted coumarin molecule that has at least two functional groups may be used to produce a polymer with a coumarin unit or a coumarin derivative unit...
US20170136058 CO-NETWORK OF HIGH AND LOW MOLECULAR WEIGHT 3-ARM STAR CYANOACRYLATE-TELECHELIC POLYISOBUTYLENE AND 2-OCTYL CYANOACRYLATE  
In one or more embodiments, the present invention relates to a substantially homogeneous miscible liquid adhesive composition comprising a relatively high number average molecular weight...
US20170128132 Integrated fiber optic probe for performing image-guided laser induced thermal therapy  
A fiber optic probe includes a first diffuse reflectance spectroscopy fiber, a second diffuse reflectance spectroscopy fiber, and a temperature sensor at a distal end of a temperature sensor...
US20170125172 PEROVSKITE HYBRID SOLAR CELLS  
Perovskite hybrid solar cells utilize a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) active layer that is formed as a composite of an organometal halide perovskite and a water soluble fullerene, such as A10C60. In...
9636021 Flavonoid compounds of low toxicity for biological imaging applications  
Flavonoid compounds that are selective for a protein, a portion or a living cell, or a portion of an organism may be used as biological imaging agents. The flavonoid compounds are useful for...
US20170086978 MODULAR DEVICE FOR PREVENTING COMPRESSION AND INSTABILITY IN A SEGMENTAL DEFECT REPAIR SCAFFOLD  
The present invention relates to a polymer scaffold design and method for treating segmental long bone defects without amputation that permits permanent regrowth of bone in the area of the...
9608554 D-Q control system and method for controlling a switched reluctance motor  
A D-Q or rotating reference frame control system for a switched reluctance motor (SRM) provides a negativity removal module and a non-linear model module. As such, the control system utilizes...
9603868 Polymer adhesives comprising a low boiling point biocompatible solvent, high molecular weight multi-arm star cyanoacrylate-telechelic polyisobutylene and 2-octyl cyanoacrylate  
The present invention is directed to a substantially homogeneous miscible liquid adhesive composition comprising a relatively high number average molecular weight (Mn=6,000-10,000 g/mole)...
9603560 Flexible electrode for detecting changes in temperature, humidity, and sodium ion concentration in sweat  
The present invention includes a flexible sensor suitable for contact with skin comprising: a nanocomposite; and a top layer; where the sensor provides in-situ detection in sweat or other aqueous...
US20170081568 PHOTORESPONSIVE POLYMERS FOR ADHESIVE APPLICATIONS  
Provided is a pressure sensitive adhesive polymer comprising adhesive polymerscrosslinked with a crosslinker that includes a photoresponsive group. Also provided is a method for preparing a...
US20170081496 ENCAPSULATION OF FLY ASH BY POLYMERS  
A method for preparing composites of polymer and fly ash particles, wherein the fly ash particles contains heterogeneous compositions of carbon and metal oxides, the method including: the steps of...