Patents and Patent Applications from University of Akron


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US20170350405 INTEGRATED MOTOR COMPRESSOR FOR VAPOR COMPRESSION REFRIGERATION SYSTEM  
Embodiments provide an integrated motor-compressor assembly including a rotating impeller to compress a fluid passing therethrough, and diffuser vanes radially spaced from the impeller, each of...
9834622 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...
US20170342375 THERMORESPONSIVE CELL CULTURE SUPPORTS  
The present invention relates to a cell culture support comprising a substrate and a polymeric blend layer bound to the substrate. The polymeric blend layer comprises at least one thermoresponsive...
9830691 Method for real-time implementable local tone mapping for high dynamic range images  
The present invention relates to a method capable of real-time implementable local tone mapping of high dynamic range images. In one embodiment, the present invention relates to a method capable...
9828597 Biofunctional materials  
The present invention relates to compositions and a process in the field of self-cleaning system using digestive proteins. One composition includes a substrate, a digestive protein capable of...
9827709 Adhesive attachment discs  
The present invention is directed to synthetic attachment discs made from adhesive nanofibers and/or microfibers that are capable of attaching long fibers to a wide variety of surfaces, and...
US20170335059 FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS  
Methods of functionalizing α-halogenated hydroxy acid-based polymers and coupling α-halogenated hydroxy acid-based polymers are provided. Suitable α-halogenated hydroxy acid-based polymers include...
9821310 Two-stage microfluidic device for acoustic particle manipulation and methods of separation  
Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure provide for two-stage microfluidic devices using surface acoustic waves, methods of use thereof, methods of making, methods of focusing and...
US20170327635 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...
9814607 Low-power method and device for cooling prosthetic limb socket based on phase change  
A prosthesis includes a socket for receiving a residual limb, the socket having a socket wall defining a limb-receiving surface; a heat pipe including a working fluid and a wicking structure, the...
9809908 Electrospun microtubes and nanotubes containing rheological fluid  
Microscale and nanoscale tubular structures are provided including rheological fluids in their interior volume and including at least one electroactive component. Multiple tubular structures are...
9809630 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 separating protein from protein-rich materials derived from plant seeds, fruit, or other biomass and products made therefrom. The...
9801902 Debridement method using topical nitric oxide donor devices and compositions  
The present invention relates to methods for removal of dead tissue from wounds or skin using topical nitric oxide donor devices and/or compositions. In one embodiment, the present invention...
9797851 Integrated ultrasonic-inductive pulse sensor for wear debris detection  
An apparatus for detecting wear particles in a fluid includes an inlet channel and an outlet channel. An ultrasonic transducer creating an acoustic wave that defines an acoustic focal zone is...
US20170298183 VEGETABLE OIL BASED VISCOELASTIC POLYMERS THAT DISPLAY PHOTORESPONSIVE RHEOLOGICAL AND ADHESIVE PROPERTIES  
Photoresponsive polymers that comprise a unit derived from an amide functional diol compound that includes a coumarin group are provided. Advantageously, the photoresponsive groups of the...
US20170298166 POLYBUTADIENE GRAFT COPOLYMERS AS COUPLING AGENTS FOR CARBON BLACK AND SILICA DISPERSION IN RUBBER COMPOUNDS  
Coupling agents useful for preparing vulcanized composition with filers such as silica and carbon black are provided. The coupling agents include fluorine substituted styrene compounds and styrene...
US20170295880 IMPACT PROTECTION AND SHOCK ABSORBING SYSTEM AND METHOD  
An impact protection and shock absorbing device includes a support surface, and a plurality of flexible spines, configured of one or more sizes, each having a length defined from a base portion at...
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, —S—, 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...