Patents and Patent Applications from University of Akron


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10062928 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...
10059790 Synthesis of cross-linked plant-oil based polymers using bismaleimides as crosslinkers  
A method of preparing a plant oil based polymer comprising heating a plant oil in the presence of a bismaleimide crosslinker in the substantial absence of a solvent at a temperature at or above...
10058620 Dextran-peptide hybrid for efficient gene delivery  
One or more embodiments of the present invention provide a novel composition for gene delivery are directed to a group of polysaccharide polymers, having one or more nucleic acid delivery side...
10042014 Apparatus and method for analyzing samples with NMR  
An apparatus and method for testing and analyzing the molecular structure of a sample material in an NMR device are described. A sample is held in a pre-determined stretched state in an apparatus...
10038156 Photodetector utilizing quantum dots and perovskite hybrids as light harvesters  
A broad-band photodetector utilizes perovskite hybrid material and quantum dots as light harvesters. In particular, the photodetector is configured so that the structural defects on the surface of...
10035903 Modified soybean oil-extended SBR compounds and vulcanizates filled with carbon black  
Rubber formulations include a rubber and a norbornylized seed oil. The norbornylized seed oil is a seed oil that is modified with norbornylene groups. The norbornylized seed oil can replace...
10029029 Apparatus and method for electrospinning a Nanofiber coating on surfaces of poorly conductive three-dimensional objects  
The present invention is directed to a novel method and apparatus for facilitating and improving efficient application of nanofibers to the surface of poorly conductive three-dimensional objects...
10023689 Functional biodegradable polymers  
Biodegradable polyesters are made by synthesizing copolymers derived from biodegradable hydroxyacid monomers as well as from hydroxyacid monomers containing a functional group such as an azide...
10013015 Fast auto-balancing AC bridge  
A system and method for fast, automatic balancing of an AC bridge utilizes a two-stage process. During the first stage, the phase of the bridge voltage is matched, while during the second stage,...
10005852 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...
10005247 Electromagnetic processing line  
A film-processing apparatus for manufacturing a film in a continuous process includes a continuous carrier belt; a film-casting zone depositing a cast film on the carrier belt; a shearing zone; an...
10000402 Producing algal biomass and products from organic solid material  
A method for treating solid organic materials includes providing phagotrophic algae, providing solid organic material, combining the algae and the solid organic material, allowing the algae to...
9992998 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...
9988492 Methods for post-fabrication functionalization of poly(ester ureas)  
Amino acid-based poly(ester urea)s (PEU) are emerging as a class of polymers that have shown promise in regenerative medicine applications. Embodiments of the invention relate to the synthesis of...
9982117 Thermoset rubber reinforced by supramolecule building blocks  
A thermoset rubber composition includes a thermoset rubber having crystallized domains dispersed therein, the crystallized domains being formed of supramolecule building blocks forming a plurality...
9975971 Preparation of polyisobutylene-based polymer networks by thiol-ene chemistry  
A PIB-based polymer network includes at least one sulfur containing segment and at least two PIB polymer segments. The at least two PIB polymer segments each include a core and at least two...
US20180127524 QUANTITATIVE PREPARATION OF ALLYL TELECHELIC POLYISOBUTYLENE UNDER REFLUX CONDITIONS  
In one or more embodiments, the present invention provides a method for forming allyl telechelic polyisobutylene polymers having well defined molecular weights and molecular weight distributions...
9964493 Mechanoluminescence paint sensor for stress and crack visualizations  
A method of using a paint sensor to observe stress distributions of a stressed substrate includes the steps of applying a composition including a paintable medium and a mechanoluminescence...
9963540 Densely functionalized polymers derived from baylis-hillman adducts  
A method of preparing a polymer is provided comprising preparing a Baylis-Hillman adduct by reacting an activated alkene with a carbon electrophile; and polymerizing the Baylis-Hillman adduct. The...
US20180121627 ENGINEERED 3D LUNG AIRWAY TREE  
A method of producing a model of a human lung includes preparing a computer file within a computer aided design system, mathematically slicing the computer file into a plurality of layers to...
US20180118794 ENZYME-BASED PROTEIN SEPARATION AND ENRICHMENT FROM SOY MEAL, WHEAT MEAL, AND OTHER PROTEIN-RICH MATERIALS DERIVED FROM PLANT SEEDS, FRUITS AND OTHER BIOMASS  
The present invention is directed to enzyme based methods for removing water insoluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs) and/or water soluble or insoluble oligosaccharides from soy products...
9958353 Apparatus and method for quantifying fluid loss in a closed system  
In various embodiments, the present invention provides an improved apparatus and method for quantification of fluid loss from a nominally closed system using a pressure decay with mass point leak...
9957346 Melt processible polyureas and polyurea-urethanes, method for the production thereof and products made therefrom  
A polyurea or polyurea-urethane elastomer comprises a soft polymer segment and a hard polymer segment, wherein the hard polymer segment includes polyurea groups in combination with H-bond...
9931777 Simple device for economically producing electrospun fibers at moderate rates  
An apparatus for the production of electrospun fibers using an electrospinning solution comprising: at least one threaded rod having an exterior surface and having a longitudinal axis oriented...
US20180086885 FABRICATION OF PATTERNED NANOPARTICLE STRUCTURES  
A polymer nanocomposite includes a polymer matrix with nanoparticle assemblies and free polymer chains. The nanoparticle assemblies have a size larger than the radius of gyration of the free...
9920179 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...
9920020 Using squaraine dyes as near infrared fluorescent sensors for protein detection  
Squaraine dyes are used to detect the presence of protein in a test sample, which is a substance that may contain protein. A squarine dye is placed in water, and in some instances joined with an...
9919250 Filters for oil-water separation having zwitterionic polymers coated or grafted thereon  
A filter for the separation of oil and water from oil-water mixtures comprising a porous filter media, wherein the porous filter media has a zwitterionic polymer grafted or coated thereon. The...
9914798 Supramolecular elastomer networks containing grafted oligoamide hard components  
An oligoamide-modified elastomer includes an elastomer having oligoamide units grafted to the elastomer and forming a plurality of sheet-like structures through hydrogen bonding, the sheet-like...
US20180066079 POLYISOBUTYLENES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME  
The present invention generally relates to alcohol-terminated polyisobutylene (FIB) compounds, and to a process for making such compounds. In one embodiment, the present invention relates to...
9909573 Thermal energy harvesting system  
A thermal energy harvesting system includes a pair of shape memory sections formed of shape memory alloy (SMA) material that are each disposed within a tube. The shape memory sections are fixed in...
9907815 Method for preparation of filaments of poly(α-lipoic acid) polymers  
A method for the polymerization of α-lipoic acid and α-lipoic acid derivatives includes preparing an α-lipoic formulation, exposing the α-lipoic formulation to an aqueous phase and a gaseous phase...
9907576 Reduced shock breakaway set screw for use with a surgical construct  
A reduced shock breakaway set screw for use with medical implants and constructs for the spine having improved geometry of the groove area between the upper head portion and lower threaded portion...
9901658 Method for the production of poly(2-octyl cyanoacrylate)-polyisobutylene co-network, and super initiators therefor  
A method for increasing the rate of polymerization of 2-octyl cyanoacrylate, or the rate of copolymerization of 2-octyl cyanoacrylate and a tri-telechelic star polymer comprising polyisobutylene...
US20180049982 CYCLIC PEG COATINGS INCREASE THE BLOOD CIRCULATION TIME OF PARTICLES USED IN DRUG DELIVERY APPLICATIONS  
A micelle comprising a diblock polymer with a cyclic polyethylene glycol block and a hydrophobic block is provided. The micelle may be used in conjunction with one or a combination of therapeutic...
US20180044658 BIOFUNCTIONAL MATERIALS  
The present invention relates to compositions and processes in the field of self-cleaning system using digestive proteins. One composition includes a substrate, a digestive protein capable of...
9891237 Fluorescent sensor for metal cation detection based on 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzazole containing a Schiff base moiety  
Hydroxyphenylbenzazole compounds that are useful for the selective detection of zinc, aluminum, chromium, and iron cations in vitro and in vivo. The Hydroxyphenylbenzazole compounds include a...
9885070 Process of preparing functionalized polymers via enzymatic catalysis  
The invention relates to functionalized, telechelic polymers synthesized by enzymatic catalysis and methods, and the functionalization of polymers via Michael addition with a lipase catalyst, and...
US20180030217 ROOM TEMPERATURE POLYMER CROSSLINKING USING 1-FUNCTIONALIZED BENZOCYCLOBUTENE  
Specific benzocyclobutenes serve as intramolecular or intermolecular or both intramolecular or intermolecular crosslinkers. The benzocyclobutenes can be incorporated into polymers post...
9878049 High drug loading system to co-deliver anticancer drugs and nucleic acids for cancer therapy  
A high drug loading system is described comprising of at least one anticancer drug; at least one peptide; and at least one nucleic acid.
9874552 Engineering individually addressable cellular spheroids using aqueous two-phase systems  
Provided are multi-phase systems that may be used to prepare a three-dimension aggregate of cells referred to as a cellular spheroid. The multi-phase system includes a droplet of an aqueous...
US20180016603 PRODUCTION OF ARABITOL  
A method for producing arabitol may include providing a fermentation culture having a microorganism and a carbon source; allowing the microorganism to ferment the carbon source; monitoring a...
US20180010229 DUPLEX SURFACE TREATMENT FOR TITANIUM ALLOYS  
A surface treatment for a metal substrate includes a nitride layer and a diamond-like carbon coating on said nitride layer. The metal substrate can be a titanium-containing substrate. The nitride...
9865894 Solid oxide fuel cells fueled with reducible oxides  
A direct-electrochemical-oxidation fuel cell for generating electrical energy includes a cathode provided with an electrochemical-reduction catalyst that promotes formation of oxygen ions from an...
9851337 Universal water condition monitoring device  
The present invention is directed to a water condition monitoring device and related methods of use that significantly reduce the cost of the water condition monitoring devices by replacing the...
US20170362458 SWITCHABLE ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTIFOULING CARBOXYBETAINE-BASED HYDROGELS AND ELASTOMERS WITH ENHANCED MECHANICAL PROPERTIES  
Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to switchable carboxybetaine-based polymers, hydrogels, and/or elastomers, along with novel related monomers, crosslinkers, and methods....
9847211 Conductive film and method of making same  
A method for making a conductive film includes the steps of: depositing a conductive metal film on a substrate to form a metal-coated substrate; depositing a fiber pattern on the conductive metal...
9846014 Ballistic materials having a three-dimensional sphere structure  
A ballistic material utilizes a three-dimensional, square-based pyramid unit cell (SBPUC) sphere structure that includes four base spheres and a primary sphere, which are tightly packed and in...
9845318 Class of near infrared optical probes for biological applications  
2,5-Bis(benzoxazol-2′-yl)benzene-1,4-diol derivatives (Zinhbo derivatives) are used to detect zinc ions and have particular application in vivo and in vitro. Zinhbo derivatives upon excitation...
US20170355815 WELL-DEFINED DEGRADABLE POLY(PROPYLENE FUMARATE) POLYMERS AND SCALABLE METHODS FOR THE SYNTHESIS THEREOF  
The present invention provides a low molecular mass PPF polymer (and related methods) that is suitable for 3D printing and other polymer device fabrication modalities and can be made inexpensively...