Patents and Patent Applications from University of Illinois


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8372601 Compositions and methods for the synthesis of APPA-containing peptides  
The disclosure of the present application provides polypeptide sequences and nucleotide sequences coding for the polypeptide sequences of proteins used in the production of APPA-containing...
8367416 Nucleic acid based fluorescent sensor for mercury detection  
A nucleic acid enzyme comprises an oligonucleotide containing thymine bases. The nucleic acid enzyme is dependent on both Hg2+and a second ion as cofactors, to produce a product from a substrate....
8367035 Methods of making spatially aligned nanotubes and nanotube arrays  
The present invention provides arrays of longitudinally aligned carbon nanotubes having specified positions, nanotube densities and orientations, and corresponding methods of making nanotube...
8362699 Interwoven wire mesh microcavity plasma arrays  
Embodiments of the invention provide for large arrays of microcavity plasma devices that can be made inexpensively, and can produce large area but thin displays or lighting sources Interwoven...
8362220 Metal complex compositions and methods for making metal-containing films  
The present invention provides compositions of matter useful as deposition agents for making structures, including thin film structures and hard coatings, on substrates and features of substrates....
8361401 Vortex reactor and method of using it  
A vortex reactor is provided. The vortex reactor includes a substantially cylindrical shaped portion forming a reaction chamber therein, wherein said substantially cylindrical shaped portion forms...
8357518 Thermostable enzymes for the hydrolysis of mannan-containing polysaccharides  
The present disclosure relates to hydrolysis of mannan-containing poly- or oligo-saccharides by use of a polypeptide having endo-β-mannanase activity. In particular the present disclosure relates...
US20130019216 INTEGRATION OF DATA MINING AND STATIC ANALYSIS FOR HARDWARE DESIGN VERIFICATION  
A method of generating assertions for verification of a hardware design expressed at a register transfer level (RTL) includes running simulation traces through the design to generate simulation...
US20130017175 ACTIVATED MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS FOR WOUND HEALING AND IMPAIRED TISSUE REGENERATION  
Inflammatory cytokines e.g. IFN-γ, serve as initiating stimuli for mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) immunosuppresive activity in vivo. Other inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF alpha, the molecule...
US20130011338 CUPREDOXIN DERIVED TRANSPORT AGENTS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF  
The present invention discloses methods and materials for delivering a cargo compound into a cancer cell. Delivery of the cargo compound is accomplished by the use of protein transduction domains...
8351053 Apparatus and method for in situ testing of microscale and nanoscale samples  
According to example embodiments of the invention, a microscale testing stage comprises a frame having first and second opposing ends and first and second side beams, at least one deformable force...
8349802 Methods and compositions for contributing to the treatment of cancers  
Methods and compositions for contributing to the treatment of cancers, especially ovarian tumors, are disclosed. The methods and compositions utilize an endothelin B agonist (ETB) to enhance the...
8349318 Use of specifically engineered enzymes to enhance the efficacy of prodrugs  
The invention provides methods for enhancing efficiency of prodrugs by specifically engineered enzymes with altered or enhanced activity and broader substrate specificity towards nucleoside...
US20130004431 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...
8344333 Multi-color fluorescence enhancement from a photonic crystal surface  
A photonic crystal substrate exhibiting resonant enhancement of multiple fluorophores has been demonstrated. The device, which can be fabricated uniformly from plastic materials over a ˜3×5 in2...
8344108 Method and system for corn fractionation  
Methods and apparatus for processing corn into one or more corn products. Zein is extracted from corn or corn products or by-products with a solvent. The corn-solvent mixture is separated into...
8344107 Method and system for corn fractionation  
Methods and apparatus for processing corn into one or more corn products. Oil is extracted from corn or corn products or by-products with a solvent. The corn-solvent mixture is separated into...
8343878 Method of plasma etching GA-based compound semiconductors  
A method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors includes providing a process chamber and a source electrode adjacent thereto. The chamber contains a Ga-based compound semiconductor...
8342120 Apparatuses and methods for applying one or more materials on one or more substrates  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an apparatus having a tube with an ingress opening to receive a liquid, and an egress opening to release...
US20120327608 Controlled Buckling Structures in Semiconductor Interconnects and Nanomembranes for Stretchable Electronics  
In an aspect, the present invention provides stretchable, and optionally printable, components such as semiconductors and electronic circuits capable of providing good performance when stretched,...
8338601 Slow release of organoboronic acids in cross-coupling reactions  
A method of performing a chemical reaction includes reacting a compound selected from the group consisting of an organohalide and an organo-pseudohalide, and a protected organoboronic acid...
8338308 Method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors  
A method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors includes providing a process chamber and a source electrode adjacent to the process chamber. The process chamber contains a sample...
8337873 Hollow and porous orthopaedic or dental implant that delivers a biological agent  
This invention relates to the synthesis of new tooth or bone from an encapsulated biological agent such as a growth factor or stem cells contained within a hollow and porous biocompatible vehicle...
US20120321785 Methods of Making Spatially Aligned Nanotubes and Nanotube Arrays  
The present invention provides arrays of longitudinally aligned carbon nanotubes having specified positions, nanotube densities and orientations, and corresponding methods of making nanotube...
US20120321536 MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE COMPRISING A BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MAKING SUCH A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE  
A microfluidic device comprising a biodegradable material comprises, according to one embodiment, a body including one or more channels extending therethrough for passage of a fluid, where the...
8334976 Second-order nonlinear susceptibility of a nanoparticle using coherent confocal microscopy  
A coherent confocal microscope and methods for measuring elements of the non-linear susceptibility of a nanoparticle, including, more particularly, all of the elements of the second-order...
US20120315621 PERSONAL GLUCOSE METERS FOR DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF A BROAD RANGE OF ANALYTES  
A methodology for developing highly sensitive and selective sensors that can achieve portable, low-cost and quantitative detection of a broad range of targets using only a personal glucose meter...
US20120313012 Photobleaching and Intermittency Localization Microscopy  
A method of image analysis creates super-resolution images from images with high densities of fluorophores by processing a movie in which the fluorescent molecules or particles are photobleaching...
8332007 Quantitative three-dimensional mapping of oxygen tension  
Methods and apparatus are disclosed for measuring and mapping oxygen tension in a tissue and, in particular, permit direct non-invasive measurement of retinal tissue oxygen tension. In one aspect,...
8331615 Match, expand, and filter technique for multi-view stereopsis  
In accordance with one or more aspects of a match, expand, and filter technique for multi-view stereopsis, features across multiple images of an object are matched to obtain a sparse set of...
US20120308611 FIBROUS PROTEIN FUSIONS AND USE THEREOF IN THE FORMATION OF ADVANCED ORGANIC/INORGANIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS  
The claimed invention provides a fusion polypeptide comprising a fibrous protein domain and a mineralization domain. The fusion is used to form an organic-inorganic composite. These...
US20120308542 Method for Ameliorating or Preventing Arrhythmic Risk Associated with Cardiomyopathy by Improving Conduction Velocity  
A method for reducing arrhythmic risk associated with cardiomyopathy by improving conduction velocity, includes administering a composition containing NAD+ or a mitochondrial targeted antioxidant...
US20120307352 Energy-Efficient Smart Window System  
Energy-efficient windows incorporating spectrally selective optical elements capable of providing desirable optical characteristics (transmission, reflection, refraction or diffraction) for...
8324409 Efficient method for preparing 2,5-dimethylfuran  
The present disclosure provides methods to make liquid fuels from renewable, carbon neutral precursors. Specifically, methods to prepare 2,5-dimethylfuran from a source of fructose or other...
US20120302509 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS TO PREVENT CANCER WITH CUPREDOXINS  
The present invention relates to compositions comprising peptides that may be variants, derivatives and structural equivalents of cupredoxins that inhibit the development of premalignant lesions...
US20120300293 Simple Ultra-Stable Stage with Built-in Fiduciary Markers for Fluorescence Nanoscopy  
An improved microscope stage mount with built-in fiduciary markers is used for fluorescence microscopy, and comprises: (a) an optically-transparent glass plate adapted for specimen mounting and...
8318983 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...
US20120290607 AUTOMATED PROSTATE TISSUE REFERENCING FOR CANCER DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS  
This application provides to a method for identifying one or more prostate tissue samples in a database that are closest to a test prostate sample, which can be used to aid pathologists when...
US20120290088 System and Method for Prosthetic Fitting and Balancing in Joints  
A device for intraoperative use in balancing joint forces and verifying the placement of the tibial component in total knee arthroplasty includes a spacer defining an enclosure; the spacer is...
US20120289870 PORTABLE ACTIVE PNEUMATICALLY POWERED ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOSIS  
A portable active fluid-powered ankle foot orthosis. A lower leg mount and a foot bed are pivotally coupled at or proximate to an ankle position. A fluid powered rotary actuator is configured to...
US20120289482 Method for modulating or controlling connexin 43(Cx43) level of a cell and reducing arrhythmic risk  
A method of modulating or controlling connexin 43 (Cx43) level of a cell includes inducing mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in the cell.
US20120288486 Method for Ameliorating or Preventing Arrhythmic Risk Associated with Cardiomyopathy  
A method for reducing arrhythmic risk associated with cardiomyopathy includes administering a composition containing NAD+ or a mitochondrial targeted antioxidant to an individual in need thereof.
8310128 High precision silicon-on-insulator MEMS parallel kinematic stages  
MEMS stages comprising a plurality of comb drive actuators provide micro and up to nano-positioning capability. Flexure hinges and folded springs that operably connect the actuator to a movable...
8308940 Chromatography devices and methods  
Provided are chromatography devices having a stationary phase that includes patchy particles having at least two different surface chemistries, such as Janus particles. Also provided are methods...
8308452 Dual chamber valveless MEMS micropump  
A valveless MEMS micropump capable of improved efficiency and performance is disclosed. The micropump includes two adjoining chambers separated by a piezoelectric actuated pump membrane. The...
US20120283744 INSERTION TOOL FOR A SPINAL CORD STIMULATION ELECTRODE  
The present invention is directed to an insertion tool for a spinal cord stimulation electrode. The insertion tool comprises a first leg and a second leg coupled to the first leg. The first and...
US20120279306 Mechanical Nanoresonator for Extremely Broadband Resonance  
In an embodiment, provided are nanoresonators, nanoresonator components and related methods using the nanoresonators to measure parameters of interest. In an aspect, provided is a nanoresonator...
8307414 Method and system for distributed, localized authentication in the framework of 802.11  
A method for controlling Internet access of a mobile device by using a communication system having a number of access points includes the steps of performing a certificate-based authentication...
8305682 Optical frequency up-conversion of femtosecond pulses into targeted single bands in the visible and ultraviolet  
An apparatus and methods for generating a substantially supercontinuum-free widely-tunable multimilliwatt source of radiation characterized by a narrowband line profile. The apparatus and methods...
US20120278958 Ultra-Low Damping Imaging Mode Related to Scanning Probe Microscopy in Liquid  
Provided are methods and systems for high resolution imaging of a material immersed in liquid by scanning probe microscopy. The methods further relate to imaging a material submersed in liquid by...