Patents and Patent Applications from Washington State University


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9790115 Processing biomass using thermochemical processing and anaerobic digestion in combination  
Systems and methods for integrating thermochemical processing of biomass and anaerobic digestion are provided. Light oxygenated organic compounds are produced as byproducts of thermochemical...
US20170283839 DESATURASES AND METHODS OF USING THEM FOR SYNTHESIS OF POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS  
The amino acid and nucleic acid sequences of a Δ5-desaturase enzyme and a Δ8-desaturase enzyme are disclosed. The nucleic acid sequences can be used to design recombinant DNA constructs and...
9777889 Vapor cooled shielding liner for cryogenic storage in composite pressure vessels  
A novel tank cryogenic-compatible composite pressure vessel that beneficially utilizes Vapor Cooled Shielding (VCS) is introduced to minimize thermal gradients along support structures and reduces...
9777381 Modified metal materials, surface modifications to improve cell interactions and antimicrobial properties, and methods for modifying metal surface properties  
The present disclosure is directed to modified metal materials for implantation and/or bone replacement, and to methods for modifying surface properties of metal substrates for enhancing cellular...
9775347 Methods to convert lignin to phenolic and carboxylate compounds  
A method of converting lignin to phenolic compounds and dicarboxylates in high yield is described. The method involves the use of peroxy acids to react with lignin at a moderated treatment...
9770759 Highly stretchable interconnect devices and systems  
Techniques for forming highly stretchable electronic interconnect devices are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an electronic interconnect device includes forming a...
US20170268856 HIGH-STRENGTH MUNITIONS STRUCTURES WITH INHERENT CHEMICAL ENERGY  
Munitions structures comprising one or more high strength reactive alloys, in particular reactive bulk metallic glasses, have significant amounts of inherent chemical energy. This energy may be...
US20170263541 MITIGATION OF WHISKER GROWTH IN TIN COATINGS BY ALLOYING WITH INDIUM  
A method comprising incorporating indium into an entire Sn film for preventing the growth of whiskers from the Sn film, wherein the Sn film is applied to a metallic substrate. The indium is...
US20170258936 Tunable pH-Sensitive Linker for Controlled Drug Release  
A novel acid labile linker for targeted delivery and/or controlled phosphoryl hydroxypropylglycine release of agents is introduced herein. There is further disclosed a method of developing a...
9762565 Spatial-light-modulator-based signatures of intrinsic and extrinsic scattering surface markers for secure authentication  
Unique methods and systems are introduced herein for the determination of unique spatial light modulator based optical signatures of intrinsic and extrinsic scattering surface markers. These...
US20170254778 PERTURBATION ION MOBILITY MASS SPECTROMETRY AND THE METHOD OF MEASURING ION MOBILITY OF SELECTED IONS  
The methods herein provide for analysis of ion populations. Certain aspects include: directing a continuous gas phase ion beam into an entrance of a drift tube configured within an ion mobility...
US20170253927 HERITABLE EPIGENETIC MODIFICATIONS AS MARKERS OF CHEMOTHERAPY EXPOSURE  
Provided herein are epigenetic modifications that are associated with prior exposure to chemotherapy agents. In particular, differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs) that are characteristic of,...
US20170253622 COMPOUNDS FOR PH-CONTROLLED RELEASE OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE  
The embodiments herein generally relates to compounds and methods for releasing H2S in a pH dependent manner. In particular, the invention provides compounds of various formulations which release...
9751823 Processes for making methacrylic acid  
Processes are described for making methacrylic acid via methacrolein from a biobased isobutene, wherein the biobased isobutene is prepared from ethanol or from acetic acid in the presence of a...
US20170247785 REACTIVE DEPOSITION SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS  
Techniques for reactive deposition are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes providing laser energy into a deposition environment, the laser energy having a focal point and...
9745591 Plants having altered expression and activity of yield-related proteins  
Transgenic plants that have enhanced yield-related traits, such as increased seed oil production, are produced by genetically engineering the plants to down-regulate the expression of at least one...
US20170240833 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE HYDRAULIC FLUID  
A novel hydraulic (e.g., a biohydraulic) fluid which has high performance attributes is disclosed herein. Such a novel hydraulic fluid includes a contribution of a range of 10% up to about 85% by...
US20170240811 STIMULI-RESPONSIVE LIQUID CRYSTALLINE NETWORKS  
Liquid crystalline network compositions comprising azo-containing aromatic epoxy units cross-linked with alkylene diacid units having alkylene segments containing at least one methylene unit,...
9734283 Genomic features associated with epigenetic control regions and transgenerational inheritance of epimutations  
CpG densities and sequence motifs that are characteristic of regions of DNA associated with epimutations and control of epimutations are provided. Such regions include, within approximately 400...
9724213 Nanocrystalline cellulose materials and methods for their preparation  
Disclosed herein are methods for producing nanocrystalline cellulose and oxidized nanocrystalline cellulose from biomass. Also disclosed are methods for forming materials, and the materials formed...
US20170212118 DUAL IONOPHORE ION SELECTIVE ELECTRODE FOR DETECTING NON-IONIC MOLECULES, MACROMOLECULES AND CELLS  
Biosensor and method of using the biosensors for the detection of prostate cancer are provided. The biosensors include a dual ionophore ion selective electrode for detecting very low levels of...
US20170208813 CONTROL OF RIPENING AND SENESCENCE IN PRE-HARVEST AND POST-HARVEST PLANTS AND PLANT MATERIALS BY MANIPULATING ALTERNATIVE OXIDASE ACTIVITY  
Methods of controlling the maturation of plants and/or plant products (e.g. fruit, vegetable, ornamentals, etc.) by manipulating Alternative Oxidase (AOX) activity. An increase in activity hastens...
9714341 Biodegradable polyester-based blends  
Compositions of biodegradable polymer blends and methods for making these polymers are disclosed. A polymer blend may have a composition of at least one biodegradable polyester present in about 50...
US20170207697 WEIGHTED VOLTAGE-CAPACITOR CLUSTERS WITH CLOUD-CHARGING FOR ULTRA-FAST VOLTAGE SCALING WITH NO CHARGE REDISTRIBUTION LOSS  
An on-chip power management system includes one or more processing cores and one or more switched capacitor voltage regulators, each supplying power at an output voltage to one of the cores. One...
9707283 Genetically modified babesia parasites expressing protective tick antigens and uses thereof  
The present invention relates to methods for stable transfection of Babesia parasites, and for vaccines conferring immunity against parasitic arthropods.
9702676 High strength munitions structures with inherent chemical energy  
Munitions structures comprising one or more high strength reactive alloys, in particular reactive bulk metallic glasses, have significant amounts of inherent chemical energy. This energy may be...
9695450 Desaturases and methods of using them for synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids  
The amino acid and nucleic acid sequences of a Δ5-desaturase enzyme and a Δ8-desaturase enzyme are disclosed. The nucleic acid sequences can be used to design recombinant DNA constructs and...
US20170183739 METHODS AND KITS FOR THE PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER  
Provided herein are methods for the prognosis of prostate cancer progression in a patient by analyzing the gene expression in a tumor sample obtained from the patient the prognosis of prostate...
US20170174540 OXIDATION OF CONTAMINANTS  
Various embodiments of contaminant removal systems, compositions, and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, a method for oxidizing a contaminant includes contacting the contaminant with...
9683070 Bio-based superabsorbents prepared via the macromonomer approach  
A novel bio-based superabsorbent polymer material based on a proteinaceous natural polymer is introduced herein. There is further disclosed a method for the manufacture of such a bio-based...
US20170170834 LOCAL OSCILATOR DISTRIBUTION AND PHASE SHIFTING CIRCUITS  
Electronic devices, local oscillator circuits, and methods for operating local oscillators are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a local oscillator circuit includes a first transistor and a...
US20170142942 NANOS KNOCK-OUT THAT ABLATES GERMLINE CELLS  
The present invention provides livestock animals and methods to create recipient animals for spermatogonial stem cell transplantation through modulation of the NANOS gene. In one embodiment genome...
9651483 Compositions of inorganic luminescent materials  
Disclosed herein are material compositions that include a metal doped, alumina rich yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:M). Also provided according to embodiments of the invention are scintillator...
US20170132362 NOVEL MACHINE LEARNING APPROACH FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF GENOMIC FEATURES ASSOCIATED WITH EPIGENETIC CONTROL REGIONS AND TRANSGENERATIONAL INHERITANCE OF EPIMUTATIONS  
A two-step (sequential) machine learning analysis tool is provided that involves a combination of an initial active learning step followed by an imbalance class learner (ACL-ICL) protocol. This...
9642385 Microwave sterilization or pasteurization  
Various embodiments of processing systems and components for sterilization or pasteurization and associated methods of operation are described herein. For example, a method of sterilization or...
US20170121601 Compositions of Inorganic Luminescent Materials  
Disclosed herein are material compositions that include a metal doped, alumina rich yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:M). Also provided according to embodiments of the invention are scintillator...
US20170110311 Digital Waveform Manipulations to Produce MSn Collision Induced Dissociation  
A novel method and mass spectrometer apparatus is introduced to enable collision induced dissociation inside linear ion traps/guides or 3D ion traps based on digital waveform manipulation. In...
US20170109656 DATA-DRIVEN ACTIVITY PREDICTION  
A physical environment is equipped with a plurality of sensors (e.g., motion sensors). As individuals perform various activities within the physical environment, sensor readings are received from...
US20170105346 ROBOTIC SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND END-EFFECTORS FOR HARVESTING PRODUCE  
Robotic systems and specialized end-effectors provide for automated harvesting of produce such as fresh market apples. An underactuated design using tendons and flexure joints with passive...
US20170102408 Variable Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope  
Unique methods and systems are introduced herein that is directed to a new class of Scanning Tunneling Microscope(s) (STM) for Solid Solution (SS) interface studies in which all mechanical...
9620787 Catalyst materials and methods for reforming hydrocarbon fuels  
In one embodiment, a composition for use in reforming is provided comprising a catalyst material comprising molybdenum dioxide and/or MO2 (where M=Mo, W, Ru, Re, Os, Ir) nanoparticles having an...
9616472 Oxidation of contaminants  
Various embodiments of contaminant removal systems, compositions, and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, a method for oxidizing a contaminant includes contacting the contaminant with...
9614250 Flexible solid state conductors including polymer mixed with protein  
Various embodiments of solid-state conductors containing solid polymer electrolytes, electronic devices incorporating the solid-sate conductors, and associated methods of manufacturing are...
9608684 Network-on-chip based computing devices and systems  
Several embodiments of the present technology are related to network-on-chip based integrated circuits, methods of manufacturing or fabricating such integrated circuits, and electronic/computing...
9598445 Methods for producing functionalized graphenes  
Methods for producing functionalized graphene from graphite oxide or graphite are disclosed in which ionic liquids are used as a reaction medium to promote chemical functionalization of the...
US20170074826 TWO-PHASE APPROACH TO FOURIER TRANSFORM ION MOBILITY TIME-OF-FLIGHT MASS SPECTROMETRY  
The methods herein provide for analysis of ion populations. Certain aspects include: obtaining a first data set that includes: a first binary On-OFF frequency sweep across a range of frequencies...
9591847 Control of ripening and senescence in pre-harvest and post-harvest plants and plant materials by manipulating alternative oxidase activity  
Methods of controlling the maturation of plants and/or plant products (e.g. fruit, vegetable, ornamentals, etc.) by manipulating Alternative Oxidize (AOX) activity. An increase in activity hastens...
9589719 Switchable patterned metal shield inductance structure for wideband integrated systems  
Technologies are generally described for switchable patterned metal shield inductance structures. In some examples, an inductance structure on a substrate may include an inductor and a metal...
9586194 Process and catalyst for conversion of acetic acid to isobutene  
A process is disclosed for converting acetic acid to isobutene in the presence of a catalyst. In certain embodiments, a ZnxZryOz mixed oxide catalyst is used for carrying out a gas phase process...
9580365 Process and catalyst for conversion of acetic acid to isobutene and propylene  
A process is disclosed for converting acetic acid to propylene and isobutene as the principal hydrocarbon products made, in the presence of a catalyst and in the further presence of hydrogen. In...