Patents and Patent Applications from University of Illinois


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US20130303941 Method and Apparatus for Evaluating Dynamic Middle Ear Muscle Activity  
Provided are methods and devices for evaluating dynamic middle ear muscle activity in a subject. A probe is provided having a speaker and a microphone in sound-wave communication with an eardrum...
US20130302669 METHOD OF ENHANCING THE CONNECTIVITY OF A COLLOIDAL TEMPLATE, AND A HIGHLY INTERCONNECTED POROUS STRUCTURE  
A method of enhancing the connectivity of a colloidal template includes providing a lattice of microparticles, where the microparticles are in contact with adjacent microparticles at contact...
US20130299909 HYBRID PLASMA-SEMICONDUCTOR ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL DEVICES  
The invention provides combination semiconductor and plasma devices, including transistors and phototransistors. A preferred embodiment hybrid plasma semiconductor device has active solid state...
US20130298977 METHOD OF FORMING AN ARRAY OF NANOSTRUCTURES  
A method of forming an array of nanostructures includes forming a plurality of seed points on a surface of a substrate, and growing masks from the seed points to create masked regions of the...
8581045 Hypervirulent mutant of Agrobacterium tumefaciens  
This disclosure relates to a mutant Agrobacterium tumefaciens that is functionally deleted for the atu1060 gene that codes for the cyclic di-GMP synthase Atu1060, as well as methods for its use in...
8580776 Compositions and methods for treating neurodegenerating diseases  
This invention provides agents, compositions, pharmaceutical compositions and methods for treating or slowing the progression of a neurodegenerating disease, such as Alzheimer's disease and a...
US20130296989 IMPLANTER FOR NERVE STIMULATION  
The present invention is directed to an implanter for nerve stimulation. The implanter comprises a plurality of preformed stylets and a hollow needle. Each preformed stylet defines a butt end, a...
US20130296573 System for Controlling the Reactivity of Boronic Acids  
A protected organoboronic acid includes a boron having an sp3 hybridization, a conformationally rigid protecting group bonded to the boron, and an organic group bonded to the boron through a...
US20130295688 OPTICAL ANALYTE DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE  
Various embodiments are drawn to systems and methods for detecting an analyte of interest in a sample including an optical sensor, a capture probe attached to a surface of the optical sensor...
US20130295631 COMBINATORIAL DESIGN OF HIGHLY EFFICIENT HETEROLOGOUS PATHWAYS  
The present disclosure relates to the production of highly efficient heterologous pathways in host cells by identifying favorable enzyme and/or promoter combinations. In particular the present...
US20130295588 COUNTING PARTICLES USING AN ELECTRICAL DIFFERENTIAL COUNTER  
This disclosure relates to methods and devices to count particles of interest, such as cells. The methods include obtaining a fluid sample that may contain particles of interest; counting all...
US20130295551 MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MODULATING A GAS ENVIRONMENT OF CELL CULTURES AND TISSUES  
A microfluidic device having a perfusion chamber, the perfusion chamber having a base, a bath opening in the base, a supply inlet and an exhaust outlet. The device further includes a gas permeable...
8575103 Peptides and methods for inhibiting G alpha protein signaling  
Permeable Switch Region I and II peptides in the range of 9 to 25 amino acid residues in length are provided for specifically inhibiting signaling through Gα subunits. In addition, compositions...
US20130289934 ANGLE-BASED SPEED ESTIMATION OF ALTERNATING CURRENT MACHINES UTILIZING A MEDIAN FILTER  
A computer-implemented method for estimating a rotor speed of an alternating current (AC) machine is provided. The method includes determining a stator flux signal based on signals of voltage and...
US20130285001 METHODS FOR FORMING A NANOWIRE AND APPARATUS THEREOF  
A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for depositing a first material that substantially covers a nanoheater, applying a signal to the...
US20130284938 DETECTOR APPARATUS HAVING A HYBRID PIXEL-WAVEFORM READOUT SYSTEM  
A gamma ray detector apparatus comprises a solid state detector that includes a plurality of anode pixels and at least one cathode. The solid state detector is configured for receiving gamma rays...
8568690 MRI contrast agents and high-throughput screening by MRI  
The present invention provides an MRI contrast agent, comprising: MRI contrast agent particles, and oligonucleotides, attached to the particles.
US20130281539 Highly Selective 5-HT(2C) Receptor Agonists That Show Anti-Psychotic Effects with Antagonist Activity at the 5-HT(2B) Receptor  
Highly selective 5-HT(2C) receptor agonists receptors are disclosed. The 5-HT(2C) receptor agonists are used in the treatments of disease and conditions wherein modulation of 5-HT(2C) receptors...
US20130281523 LOW DOSE CANNABINOID MEDICAMENTS  
The present invention provides methods for treating cannabinoid-sensitive disorders with a lose-dose oral cannabinoid which results in delivery of a therapeutic level during an extended...
US20130281484 HDAC Inhibitors and Therapeutic Methods of Using Same  
Histone deacetylases inhibitors (HDACIs) and compositions containing the same are disclosed. Methods of treating diseases and conditions wherein inhibition of HDAC provides a benefit, like a...
US20130280908 METAL ASSISTED CHEMICAL ETCHING TO PRODUCE III-V SEMICONDUCTOR NANOSTRUCTURES  
Methods of metal assisted chemical etching III-V semiconductors are provided. The methods can include providing an electrically conductive film pattern disposed on a semiconductor substrate...
US20130279245 ADAPTIVE RESISTIVE DEVICE AND METHODS THEREOF  
A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device including a nanoelectrode having a gap, and a resistive change material located in the gap,...
US20130276512 Portable Gas Analyzer  
A portable gas analyzer comprising an integrated micro-flame ionization detector (micro-FID), a micro-gas chromatograph (micro-GC), an electrolyzer, and a flame-shaped electrode are provided. The...
8565376 Method and apparatus for measuring properties of a compound  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an apparatus having a collimator having at least one aperture and a fluorescence detector. The collimator...
8563777 Ionizable isotopic labeling reagents for relative quantification by mass spectrometry  
Relative quantification of metabolites by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS) requiring a mechanism for simultaneous analysis of multiple analytes in two or more samples. Labeling...
8563690 Modulation of platelet aggregation  
Methods and compositions for inhibition of platelet cell aggregation are described. In particular, compositions comprising cell permeant RGT peptides, such as RGT bound to a lipid moiety are...
8562095 High resolution sensing and control of electrohydrodynamic jet printing  
Provided are various methods and devices for electrohydrodynamic (E-jet) printing. The methods relate to sensing of an output current during printing to provide control of a process parameter...
8561508 Hard turning micro-machine tool  
A micro-scale apparatus for supporting a tool for hard turning comprises a base, a pivot coupled to the base, an actuator coupled to the base, and at least one member coupled to the actuator at...
US20130274226 SILICA NANOPARTICLE AGENT CONJUGATES  
The invention provide a silica nanoparticle comprising a non-porous matrix of silicon-oxygen bonds, wherein the matrix comprises organic agents conjugated to silicon or oxygen atoms in the matrix,...
US20130274173 STABLE HELICAL IONIC POLYPEPTIDES  
The invention provides polymers comprising Formula I: wherein monomer is a repeating unit comprising 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 carbon atoms and the monomers are linked together through amide or ester...
US20130274144 COMPOUNDS, REACTIONS, AND SCREENING METHODS  
The invention provides a method comprising identifying a successful metal-mediated conjugation reaction by analyzing a test mixture for the presence of a conjugation product. The invention...
8559193 Zero-voltage-switching scheme for high-frequency converter  
Method for operating an ac/ac converter circuit for a high-frequency-link converter. The ac/ac converter circuit converts an ac input voltage to an ac output voltage. When the ac input voltage is...
8557980 Methods for forming protected organoboronic acids  
Described are methods of forming protected boronic acids that provide in a manner that is straightforward, scalable, and cost-effective a wide variety of building blocks, such as building blocks...
8557777 Methods for treating cancer using prostate specific antigen and tumor endothelial marker peptides  
The present invention is directed to prostate specific antigen (PSA) and tumor endothelial marker 8 (TEM8) peptide compositions and methods for treating cancer with the compositions.
US20130267457 PEPTIDE INHIBITORS OF PROTEIN SYNTHESIS  
The present invention discloses compositions of peptide inhibitors of protein synthesis, and methods of identifying peptide inhibitors that are capable of inhibiting protein synthesis through an...
8552299 Stretchable and foldable electronic devices  
Disclosed herein are stretchable, foldable and optionally printable, processes for making devices and devices such as semiconductors, electronic circuits and components thereof that are capable of...
US20130262455 REAL TIME IMPLICIT USER MODELING FOR PERSONALIZED SEARCH  
A method and apparatus for utilizing user behavior to immediately modify sets of search results so that the most relevant documents are moved to the top. In one embodiment of the invention,...
US20130261124 THERAPEUTIC METHODS AND AGENTS FOR TREATING MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY  
The invention provides compounds, compositions and methods for treating myotonic dystrophy. The compounds can selectively bind to CUG repeats in RNA, or to CTG repeats in DNA, and inhibit...
US20130261010 OPTICAL ANALYTE DETECTION SYSTEMS WITH MAGNETIC ENHANCEMENT AND METHODS OF USE  
Various embodiments are drawn to systems and methods for detecting an analyte of interest in a solution that also contains a plurality of magnetic particles. The system may include a first magnet...
8547004 Encapsulated metal microtip microplasma devices, arrays and fabrication methods  
An embodiment of the invention is a microtip microplasma device having a first metal microtip opposing a second metal microtip with a gap therebetween. The first and second metal microtips are...
8546067 Material assisted laser ablation  
This invention provides photoablation—based processing techniques and materials strategies for making, assembling and integrating patterns of materials for the fabrication of electronic, optical...
8545812 Transport agents for crossing the blood-brain barrier and into brain cancer cells and methods of use thereof  
The present invention discloses methods and materials for delivering a cargo compound into a brain cancer cell and/or across the blood-brain barrier. Delivery of the cargo compound is accomplished...
US20130254945 SOYBEAN APHID RESISTANCE GENE RAG2  
Provided herein are isolated nucleic acid molecules representing a genetically defined region of the genome of the aphid resistant soybean plant (Glycine max) cultivar PI 200538 that confers...
US20130252236 TUMOR STEM CELLS  
Tumor stem cells can be obtained by culturing a tumor cell population, and exposing the cultured tumor cell population to free radicals. In certain embodiments, the free radical agent can be a...
8541946 Variable electric field strength metal and metal oxide microplasma lamps and fabrication  
Preferred embodiments of the invention provide microcavity plasma lamps having a plurality of metal and metal oxide layers defining a plurality of arrays of microcavities and encapsulated thin...
8541337 Quaternary oxides and catalysts containing quaternary oxides  
A quaternary oxide includes a dopant metal, a dopant nonmetal, titanium, and oxygen. The atomic ratio of titanium, oxygen and dopant nonmetal may be 1:0.5-1.99:0.01-1.5. Quaternary oxides may be...
US20130243670 Apparatus and Methods for the Automated Synthesis of Small Molecules  
Provided are methods for purifying N-methyliminodiacetic acid (MIDA) boronates from solution. Also provided are methods for deprotection of boronic acids from their MIDA ligands. The purification...
8535110 Method to manufacture reduced mechanical stress electrodes and microcavity plasma device arrays  
In a preferred method of formation embodiment, a thin metal foil or film is obtained or formed with microcavities (such as through holes). The foil or film is anodized symmetrically so as to form...
US20130237899 Nanoscale Neuromodulating Platform for Retina Neuron Activation Apparatus and Method  
The present invention relates to methods and compositions for modulating receptors in postsynaptic neurons of damaged or diseased retinas. The invention also related to methods for using the...
US20130236923 Characteristic Parameters of Cells and Tissue from Quantitative Phase Imaging  
Methods mapping a characteristic parameter of a specimen, such as a scattering mean free path and a scattering anisotropy factor, based on a quantitative phase shift measurement. The methods have...