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10012775 Composite filter for visible light transmission and long wave reflection  
Systems and methods disclosed herein are directed towards the fabrication of a nanomesh composite filter (NCF) that can be manufactured according to various embodiments, all of which are intended...
US20180183038 METHOD OF ACTIVATING TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATERIALS FOR MULTIVALENT/POLYATOMIC-ION INTERCALATION BATTERY ELECTRODES  
A method for activating two-dimensional host materials for a multivalent/polyatomic ion battery may include adding a pillaring salt in electrolyte. This process may be followed by in-situ...
10008653 NbFeSb based half-heusler thermoelectric materials and methods of fabrication and use  
A thermoelectric half-Heusler material comprising niobium (Nb), iron (Fe) and antimony (Sb) wherein the material comprises grains having a mean grain size less than one micron. A method of making...
US20180172908 A METHOD TO FABRICATE CHIP-SCALE ELECTRONIC PHOTONIC (PLASMONIC) - INTEGRATED CIRCUITS  
Electronic-photonic integrated circuits (EPICs), such a monolithically integrated circuit, are considered to be next generation technology that takes advantage of high-speed optical communication...
US20180163995 Selective Solar Absorbers with Tuned Oxygen Deficiency and Methods of Fabrication Thereof  
Systems and methods disclosed herein are directed towards the fabrication of a solar absorber comprising an IR reflector layer deposited on a substrate; a first cermet layer deposited in contact...
9995851 Fabrication of lenses by droplet formation on a pre-heated surface  
A lithography-free, mold-free, single-step method of fabricating high quality optical lenses by curing polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) droplets on a pre-heated smooth surface allows lenses with...
US20180159012 Systems and Methods for the Synthesis of High Thermoelectric Performance Doped-SnTe Materials  
A thermoelectric composition comprising tin (Sn), tellurium (Te) and at least one dopant that comprises a peak dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of 1.1 and a Seebeck coefficient of at least 50...
US20180154450 NANOPOROUS GOLD NANOPARTICLES AS HIGH-PAYLOAD MOLECULAR CARGOS, PHOTOTHERMAL/PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPEUTIC AGENTS, AND ULTRAHIGH SURFACE-TO-VOLUME PLASMONIC SENSORS  
A nanoporous gold disk (NPGD) as a novel surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate. NPGD has SERS enhancement factor similar to that of gold nanoshells, but allows, for example, at...
9986914 Method of fabricating a probe  
An optrode may provide a cylindrical substrate two or more electrodes deposited said cylindrical substrate. The cylindrical substrate and electrodes may be coated by an insulating layer with...
US20180151792 ULTRA-THIN FILM SUPERCONDUCTING TAPES  
An ultra-thin film superconducting tape and method for fabricating same is disclosed. Embodiments are directed to a superconducting tape being fabricated by processes which include removing a...
US20180140686 ENZYMATIC IMMUNOMODULATION OF SOLID TUMORS AND USES THEREOF  
In some embodiments the present disclosure pertains to a method of activating an anti-tumor immune response for the treatment of a cancer. In some embodiments, such a method comprises detecting...
9972760 Formation of p-type filled skutterudite by ball-milling and thermo-mechanical processing  
A method of manufacturing a thermoelectric material comprising: ball-milling a compound comprising a plurality of components, the first component M comprising at least one of a rare earth metal,...
US20180130575 Methods and Systems for Fabricating High Quality Superconducting Tapes  
An MOCVD system fabricates high quality superconductor tapes with variable thicknesses. The MOCVD system can include a gas flow chamber between two parallel channels in a housing. A substrate tape...
9965592 Methods of computing pericardial and abdominal fat and methods for motion compensation  
A new cardiac risk factors are disclosed along with method for deriving the components of the factors, for developing the factors and for using the factors. Methods for computing pericardial fat...
US20180120671 Nonlinear Optical Material and Methods of Fabrication  
Disclosed is a nonlinear optical material (NLO) for use in deep-UV applications, and methods of fabrication thereof. The NLO is fabricated from a plurality of components according to the formula...
US20180120192 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCOUR MONITORING WITH FIBER OPTIC SENSORS  
A scour monitoring system may provide a housing that is separated into multiple segments that are fluidically isolated from each other. The scour monitoring system may be position adjacent to a...
9958264 Portable contact angle measuring device  
In some embodiments, a system and/or method may include assessing surface cleanliness. In some embodiments, the system may include a dispensing device. The dispensing device may dispense, during...
US20180114889 SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF FABRICATION AND USE OF NbFeSb P-TYPE HALF-HEUSLER THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS  
Discussed herein are half-Heusler thermoelectric materials including niobium, iron, antimony, and titanium that are formed by ball-milling and hot-pressing the ball-milled power to obtain various...
US20180112210 BROAD-SPECTRUM SEROLOGICAL DIAGNOSTICS AND USES THEREOF  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to method of screening a biological sample for a plurality of diseases. In some embodiments, such a method comprises obtaining a biological...
US20180107645 BOOK ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION  
A method includes generating style values and experiential language tags (ELTs) for a plurality of books based on retrieved book content and reader reviews, respectively. The method further...
US20180098965 LOCALLY BIOAVAILABLE DRUGS  
Drugs have been designed and developed with a structural motif allowing local bioavailability in the target organ but that are not broadly distributed at a concentration sufficient to illicit...
9939080 Magnetorheological fluid device  
A system, including a flow control system, including a valve, a first cylinder including a piston coupled to the valve, wherein the piston moves axially within the first cylinder to transition the...
US20180097166 Doped N-Type Polycrystalline Sn-Se-S and Methods of Manufacture  
Disclosed is a thermoelectric material according to various SSnSe-based formulas, and the systems and methods of manufacturing the thermoelectric, high performance material by hot pressing...
US20180090911 Externally-Strain-Engineered Semiconductor Photonic and Electronic Devices and Assemblies and Methods of Making Same  
Externally-strained devices such as LED and FET structures as discussed herein may have strain applied before or during their being coupled to a housing or packaging substrate. The packaging...
US20180087782 HEATING PANELS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING SAME  
A system and method for heating structures to either prevent the build-up of freezing precipitation or eliminate freezing precipitation on an exposed outer surface of the structures. The system...
US20180080874 BLUE EMITTING PERSISTENT PHOSPHOR COMPOSITIONS AS DIAGNOSTIC REPORTERS  
Disclosed are methods of detecting one or more analytes in a sample by: (1) associating the sample with a surface that includes an analyte binding agent to result in the immobilization of the...
9922389 Rich feature mining to combat anti-forensics and detect JPEG down-recompression and inpainting forgery on the same quantization  
A method of detecting tampering in a compressed digital image includes extracting one or more neighboring joint density features from a digital image under scrutiny and extracting one or more...
US20180076372 Contacts for Bi-Te-Based Materials and Methods of Manufacture  
Systems and methods of manufacturing thermoelectric devices comprising at least one electrical contact fabricated using hot-pressing to increase the bonding strength at the contact interface(s)...
US20180071944 WOOD DRYING AND PRESERVATION METHODS  
The new methods for treating green wood discuss herein speed up air drying of common green wood, including both softwood and hardwood. This method involves treating and altering the green wood...
US20180071217 Liposomal Formulations of Polymyxin B and Uses Thereof  
The present invention provides an intravenous liposomal formulation of a low dose polymyxin B or a pharmaceutical composition thereof. The present invention also provides methods utilizing the...
US20180061542 Improved Superconductor Compositions  
A superconductor tape may be fabricated via Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) to achieve peel strengths greater than approximately 4.5 N/cm. The superconductor tape may be fabricated...
9905744 Systems and methods for the synthesis of high thermoelectric performance doped-SnTe materials  
A thermoelectric composition comprising tin (Sn), tellurium (Te) and at least one dopant that comprises a peak dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of 1.1 and a Seebeck coefficient of at least 50...
US20180050974 CYCLOBENZOINS  
One-step cyanide-catalyzed benzoin condensations for synthesizing shape persistent cyclobenzoin macrocycles. Selected dialdehydes, and cyanide salts are reacted in aqueous solvents to form such...
9899117 Metallic nanomesh  
A transparent flexible nanomesh having at least one conductive element and sheet resistance less than 300Ω/□ when stretched to a strain of 200% in at least one direction. The nanomesh is formed by...
US20180048466 METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR AUTHENTICATION IN QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION AND/OR QUANTUM DATA COMMUNICATION  
Systems and methods of authenticating and/or communicating key and/or data between communication parties using quantum channels are provided. In some embodiments, authentication may be provided...
US20180047886 Synthesis of N-Type Thermoelectric Materials, Including Mg-Sn-Ge Materials, and Methods for Fabrication Thereof  
Discussed herein are systems and methods for fabrication of MgSnGe-based thermoelectric materials for applications from room temperature and near room temperature to high temperature applications....
US20180043039 Lipid-Based Nanoparticles  
Lipid-based nanoparticle compositions are provided. The compositions generally comprise lipid-hydrophilic polymer-amyloid binding ligand conjugates, and may be liposomal compositions. The...
US20180042714 TWO STAGE CELLULARIZATION STRATEGY FOR THE FABRICATION OF BIOARTIFICIAL HEARTS  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a method of fabricating an artificial heart muscle (AHM) patch. In some embodiments, the method comprises obtaining and/or isolating cells...
9892827 Methods and systems for fabricating high quality superconducting tapes  
An MOCVD system fabricates high quality superconductor tapes with variable thicknesses. The MOCVD system can include a gas flow chamber between two parallel channels in a housing. A substrate tape...
US20180036430 THERAPEUTIC MIRNAS FOR TREATING HEART AND SKELETAL MUSCLE DISEASES  
The present disclosure describes the role for miR-322(424)/503 in the differentiation of cardiac precursor cells. Thus, the use of these molecules in the programming of resident stem/progenitor...
US20180033524 Multi-Filament Superconducting Composites  
A configuration and a method of constructing a high-temperature superconductor tape including a plurality superconducting filaments sandwiched between a substrate and an overlayer comprising...
US20180031484 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTION OF CHEMILUMINESCENT REACTIONS  
Methods, devices and kit for analyzing a sample comprising 1,5-anhydroglucitol and a first analyte via one or more chemiluminescent reactions. Certain embodiments include measuring a first light...
US20180028088 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURE MONITORING  
Systems and methods for monitoring medical procedures. Particular embodiment's relate to monitoring medical procedures performed in operating room environments through the use of various types of...
US20180025804 Scratch Resistant Flexible Transparent Electrodes and Methods for Fabricating Ultrathin Metal Files as Electrodes  
Systems and methods of fabricating electrodes, including thin metallic films, include depositing a first metallic layer on a substrate and passivating the deposited layer. The processes of...
US20180023297 SELF-STRESSING SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY-FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER PATCH  
A self-stressing shape memory alloy (SMA)/fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite patch is disclosed that can be used to repair cracked steel members or other civil infrastructures. Prestressed...
9874528 Portable contact angle measuring kit  
In some embodiments, a system and/or method may include assessing surface cleanliness. In some embodiments, the system may include a dispensing device. The dispensing device may dispense, during...
9874064 Shape memory alloy powered hydraulic accumulator  
A system, in certain embodiments, includes an accumulator. The accumulator includes a first cylinder configured to receive a fluid within an internal volume of the first cylinder. The accumulator...
9873152 Nanoporous gold nanoparticles as high-payload molecular cargos, photothermal/photodynamic therapeutic agents, and ultrahigh surface-to-volume plasmonic sensors  
A nanoporous gold disk (NPGD) as a novel surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate. NPGD has SERS enhancement factor similar to that of gold nanoshells, but allows, for example, at...
US20180015439 HIGHLY ORDERED TITANIA NANOTUBE ARRAYS FOR PHOSPHOPROTEOMICS  
Titania nanotube arrays are useful for phosphopeptide enrichment and separation. These highly ordered titania nanotube arrays are a low cost and highly effective alternative to the use of liquid...
US20180002499 GRAPHITIC NANOCOMPOSITES IN SOLID STATE MATRICES AND METHODS FOR MAKING SAME  
A composition and method for fabricating graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices is presented. The process for fabricating graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices may include...