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9793039 Carbon nanotube-based integrated power inductor for on-chip switching power converters  
An inductor has a substrate and at least one coil of carbon nanotubes. A trench is formed in the substrate, and the carbon nanotubes are grown in the trench in order to form a coil for the...
US20170294100 VEHICLE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM  
Various implementations of an occupant detection system may be used in a vehicle to detect the presence of a living occupant (human or otherwise) and generate a warning. The warning may be...
US20170292696 COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR LOW-EMISSIONS AND ALTERNATE LIQUID FUELS  
Implementations of a combustor assembly yield low emissions, require low power, are suitable for alternate liquid fuels, including highly viscous fuels, and are scalable for various heat release...
9779878 Magnetic supercapacitors  
A magnetic supercapacitor has a dielectric layer positioned between magnetic layers. The magnetic layers may comprise hard, soft magnetic material or magnetic exchange coupled magnet (i.e. soft...
9767224 Systems and methods for designing and fabricating contact-free support structures for overhang geometries of parts in powder-bed metal additive manufacturing  
Systems and methods are provided for designing and fabricating contact-free support structures for overhang geometries of parts fabricated using electron beam additive manufacturing. One or more...
9761787 Consensus-based multi-piezoelectric microcantilever sensor  
Systems and methods are disclosed that describe a MEMS device and a method of sensing based on a consensus algorithm. The MEMS device is a sensor comprising multiple piezoelectric layers attached...
US20170252725 SYNTHESIS OF HIERARCHICALLY POROUS MONOLITHS BY A CO-GELATION METHOD  
Disclosed are methods for making monolithic carbon materials as single bodies containing networks of pores in the mesopore and macropores that incorporate nanoparticles of various metals and metal...
9754204 Systems, methods and devices for vector control of permanent magnet synchronous machines using artificial neural networks  
An example method for controlling an AC electrical machine can include providing a PWM converter operably connected between an electrical power source and the AC electrical machine and providing a...
9722566 Systems and methods for tuning resonators  
A high-Q factor resonator includes a solenoid having an embedded capacitor assembled in a machinable high-frequency dielectric printed circuit board (“PCB”), or other substrate. The solenoid...
US20170209858 MIXED METAL DOUBLE SALT IONIC LIQUIDS WITH TUNABLE ACIDITY  
Disclosed are double salt ionic liquids that include at least one organic cation and at least two metal halide anions. Methods of making the double salt ionic liquids can include combining two or...
US20170207016 LAYERED HEUSLER ALLOYS AND METHODS FOR THE FABRICATION AND USE THEREOF  
Disclosed herein are layered Heusler alloys. The layered Heusler alloys can comprise a first layer comprising a first Heusler alloy with a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure and a second...
US20170204224 SYNTHESIS OF LINEAR POLYETHYLENEIMINE BY LIVING ANIONIC POLYMERIZATION  
Disclosed herein are methods for the productions of linear polyethyleneimine using living anionic polymerization of appropriately functionalized aziridine monomers.
9711869 Hexaferrite slant and slot MIMO antenna element  
A MIMO antenna for mobile devices has a system board, and two or more microstrip lines extending along a top surface of the system board. The MIMO antenna additionally includes a ground plane...
9707535 Microfluidic reactors for oligonucleotide synthesis  
The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for the chemical synthesis of micro-quantities of oligonucleotides or other chemical molecules. The system includes a reusable...
9706949 Systems and methods for automatically quantifying mobility  
A system and method for automatically quantifying mobility of a person performing a mobility diagnostic procedure. In one exemplary embodiment, the system measures a posture change test procedure...
9695525 Methods and systems for making carbon fibers for high temperature applications  
The present invention relates to a method for the continuous production of low thermal conductivity endless filament yarns with a compact, homogeneous structural morphology. The presently...
US20170187116 PATCH ANTENNA WITH FERRITE CORES  
Disclosed herein is a method and system for using ferrite cores to suppress harmonic radiation with microstrip patch antennas. In certain embodiments, the ferrites cores exemplified herein...
US20170176491 DYNAMIC SWEEP-PLOW MICROCANTILEVER DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE  
Implementations include a dynamic sweep-plow microcantilever (DSPM) device for nano-machining, nano-manufacturing, and nano-imaging using SPMs (e.g., an AFM). The DSPM device includes two...
9683309 Process for electrospinning chitin fibers from chitinous biomass solution  
Disclosed are methods for electrospinning chitinous biomass solution to form chitin fibers, using ionic liquids or other ion-containing liquids as solvent. Chitin fibers produced thereby and...
9669388 Catalysis by metal nanoparticles dispersed within a hierarchically porous carbon material  
Disclosed are hierarchically porous carbon materials with a plurality of discreet nanoparticles dispersed on their carbon phase. The materials possess a continuous network of pores that spans the...
9663600 Method of fabricating an electrolyte material  
A method of fabricating low EW, water insoluble electrolyte materials includes providing a perfluorinated polymer resin that includes perfluorinated carbon-carbon backbone chain and sulfonyl...
9663589 Coagulation of biopolymers from ionic liquid solutions using CO2  
Disclosed herein are processes for providing a biopolymer from a biomass or source of chitin using ionic liquids. The processes involve contacting a biomass or source of chitin with an ionic...
US20170136539 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DESIGNING AND FABRICATING SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR OVERHANG GEOMETRIES OF PARTS IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING  
Systems and methods are provided for designing and fabricating contact-free support structures for overhang geometries of parts fabricated using electron beam additive manufacturing. One or more...
9643385 Layered heusler alloys and methods for the fabrication and use thereof  
Disclosed herein are layered Heusler alloys. The layered Heusler alloys can comprise a first layer comprising a first Heusler alloy with a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure and a second...
US20170117077 MULTI-STAGE PERMANENT MAGNET STRUCTURE AND INTEGRATED POWER INDUCTORS  
Apparatuses and methods directed to multi-stage permanent magnet and implementations of a permanent magnet on-chip power inductor. Various circuit models, design considerations and simulation...
US20170117074 Mn-X-BASED MAGNETIC MATERIAL  
Mn—X based magnetic materials (such as a binary Mn—X-based magnetic material, a ternary Mn—X-based magnetic material, a quaternary Mn—X-based magnetic material, or a quinary Mn—X-based magnetic...
9628682 High-resolution hyper-spectral orthographic imaging spectrometer  
A camera concurrently produces an orthographic map and map spectral content. Illumination from an image passes through a phase modulator and the resulting rotating photo-flux phase is converted to...
9627747 Dual-polarized magnetic antennas  
The present disclosure generally pertains to dual-polarized magnetic antennas that may be used in various applications and are particularly suited for use in mobile devices and systems. In one...
US20170105163 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-AUGMENTED, RIPPLE-DIAMOND-CHAIN SHAPED RATELESS ROUTING IN WIRELESS MESH NETWORKS WITH MULTI-BEAM DIRECTIONAL ANTENNAS  
Disclosed herein are systems and methods directed to routing in the wireless mesh network (WMN) with multi-beam directional antennas (MBDAs). The disclosed systems and methods describe...
US20170093603 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING UNUSED COMMUNICATION SPECTRUM  
Systems and methods for cognitive radio spectrum sensing of a signal are disclosed herein. On exemplary method comprises applying a pre-defined cyclostationary feature to detect the presence of...
US20170087416 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REHABILITATION OF LIMB MOTION  
Systems and methods for rehabilitation of limb motion are described herein. An example system can include a thermal imaging device for imaging a subject or a plurality of sensors for sensing force...
US20170073994 PRIVACY TENT  
Various implementations include a fully collapsible and portable tent. For example, in various implementations, the tent includes a frame assembly that includes two or more frame members and two...
9590514 Carbon nanotube-based integrated power converters  
A substrate having trenches containing carbon nanotubes has elements to provide a power converter. One set of trenches is configured to form an inductor and another set is configured to form a...
9577425 Systems and methods for controlling power switching converters for photovoltaic panels  
A photovoltaic (PV) system has a plurality of PV panels that convert solar energy into electrical energy. Each PV panel is coupled to a respective switching power converter. A parameter (e.g.,...
9577180 Electrostatically controlled magnetic logic device  
A magnetic logic cell includes a first electrode portion, a magnetic portion arranged on the first electrode, the magnetic portion including an anti-ferromagnetic material or a ferrimagnetic...
9577179 Electrostatically controlled magnetic logic device  
A magnetic logic cell includes a first electrode portion, a magnetic portion arranged on the first electrode, the magnetic portion including an anti-ferromagnetic material or a ferrimagnetic...
US20170030077 MICROENCAPSULATION OF MATERIALS USING CENOSPHERES  
Disclosed are methods for incorporating core materials such as phase change materials or admixtures into building materials like concrete. The methods use cenospheres, which are then etched and...
9558878 Multi-stage permanent magnet structure and integrated power inductors  
Apparatuses and methods directed to multi-stage permanent magnet and implementations of a permanent magnet on-chip power inductor. Various circuit models, design considerations and simulation...
US20170011657 BIOFIDELIC SKIN SIMULANT  
Described are biofidelic skin simulants closely mimicking the biomechanical properties of natural human skin, including vaginal skin tissue. The simulant contains a crosslinked siloxane network.
US20160381596 INTELLIGENT MULTI-BEAM MEDIUM ACCESS CONTROL IN KU-BAND FOR MISSION-ORIENTED MOBILE MESH NETWORKS  
A MAC design for Ku-band mobile wireless mesh network with multi-beam smart antennas is disclosed. This MAC includes an overlay control that separates the collision domain. It also has lower layer...
9527066 Dihydroxybipyridine complexes of ruthenium and iridium for water oxidation and hydrogenation  
The present invention discloses a class of organometallic catalysts for both hydrogenation and water oxidation. The synthesis and the use of these catalysts for hydrogenation, hydrogen production...
US20160356811 CONSENSUS-BASED MULTI-PIEZOELECTRIC MICROCANTILEVER SENSOR  
Systems and methods are disclosed that describe a MEMS device and a method of sensing based on a consensus algorithm. The MEMS device is a sensor comprising multiple piezoelectric layers attached...
9492532 Nucleic acids encoding mosaic HIV-1 gag proteins  
The disclosure generally relates to an immunogenic composition (e.g., a vaccine) and, in particular, to a polyvalent immunogenic composition, such as a polyvalent HIV vaccine, and to methods of...
US20160329714 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING VECTOR CONTROL OF A GRID CONNECTED CONVERTER WITH A RESONANT CIRCUIT GRID FILTER  
An example system for controlling a grid-connected energy source using a neural network is described herein. The example system can include a grid-connected converter (“GCC”) operably coupled...
9481840 Hydroxyethylhydrazinium nitrate-acetone formulations and methods of making hydroxyethylhydrazinium nitrate-acetone formulations  
Embodiments of the present disclosure include one-step synthesis to prepare a hypergolic green Fuel (HGF) propellant from 2-Hydroxyethylhydrazine (HEH) via a “one-step synthesis method”. In...
9469602 Redox-auxiliary catalysis  
Disclosed herein is a method of activating a compound for a chemical reaction comprising functionalizing a compound with a redox auxiliary group and oxidizing the redox auxiliary group that is...
US20160301334 SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR VECTOR CONTROL OF INDUCTION MACHINES USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS  
Described herein is a neural network-based vector control method for the induction motor. The disclosure includes an approach to implement optimal vector control for an induction motor by using an...
9463440 Oxide-based nanostructures and methods for their fabrication and use  
Fabrication of oxide nanowire heterostructures with controlled morphology, interface and phase purity are desired for high-efficiency and low-cost photocatalysis. Disclosed herein is the formation...
9457412 Fabrication method for diamond film coating of drill bit  
Tungsten carbide drill bits for removing material from alloys and other hard materials are disclosed. A conventional drill bit is modified by removing material from the forward portion of the bit...
US20160280598 ADDITION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TO CONCRETE MIXTURES  
A method for reducing the net amount of carbon dioxide generated in the manufacture of concrete by pre-carbonating calcium rich cementitious materials prior to the addition of ordinary Portland...