Patents and Patent Applications from University of Akron


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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...
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...