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16764 – Hydrogels have received much attention for their controlled drug-delivery applications on account of their similarity to soft biological tissues and highly variable medical properties. This invention achieves localized drug delivery of multiple complements in a minimally invasive manner, with applications in controlled release technologies that, among other uses, may treat macular... Read More
14758 – This microneedle pill may be used for local delivery of biological drugs via oral administration. It may be used for improving and enhancing the delivery of bioactive substances, such as biologics (e.g. peptides and monoclonal antibodies), to gastrointestinal mucosa for increased bioavailability. Furthermore, the microneedle pill will enable oral administration of therapeutics that are... Read More
18400 – MEMS resonators are high-Q, narrow-band filters are used in communications and RF applications. The high-Q, narrow-band filters lead to a more selective filter and the oscillators have a lower phase noise over conventional designs. However, current designs are not fully solid-state and require post processing which cannot be fully integrated. The invention is a novel way... Read More
18217 – Tactile sensors and skins are important areas of research in the prosthetics, robotics and healthcare industries due to the possibility of developing pressure ulcers while using prosthetics and the importance of the tactile sense in robotics and healthcare applications. A variety of technologies have been used including piezoresistive and capacitive sensors. However, they... Read More
18021 – Advances in on-chip spectroscopy are resulting in improved chemical and biological sensing applications. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) technology, a leading spectroscopy system, exhibits an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio over other spectroscopy designs by utilizing Fellgett’s advantage. To achieve this, FTIR spectrometers have a variable arm path length and use modulation of... Read More
17850 – Recently, sensor technology utilizes wire sharing with integrated semiconductor materials for systems requiring large arrays of sensors. These systems use silicon thin films, which are flexible; however, the process of making the films is expensive and adds complexity to the fabrication process. The technology relies on silicon, which is opaque, making it ill-suited for optical... Read More
18412 – Conductometric gas sensors, based on semiconducting metal oxide films, are widely used in gas sensing due to their simplicity, flexibility in production, and broad applicability. Typically, the adsorption of a gas molecule on the surface of a metal oxide film alters surface electronic properties, causing a change in electrical conductivity, which can be measured with simple... Read More
17788 – Metallic Photonic Crystals (MPCs) are receiving a large amount of attention in the scientific community due to their ability to absorb specific frequencies of light while reflecting others. MPCs are used in a variety of thin-film optics such as solar cells, reflective coatings and optical circuit boards. Plating nanoparticles on MPCs enhance the optical properties and can lead... Read More
18394 – A single-chain antibody fragment, known as nanobody, has been developed to serve as a crystallization chaperone for the structural characterization of TorsinA. The crystal structures of TorsinA as well as the Dystonia mutant TorsinADE302/303, both in complex with the activator LULL1, have been determined. These structures may lead to the development of a drug that can rescue... Read More
18422 – Field emission is the process though which electrons leave a metal due to the presence of an electrostatic field. In order for an electron to be field emitted, it must overcome the potential barrier which keeps it contained within the metal. The potential barrier can be overcome with high surface electrostatic fields. These can be generated by applying a current to... Read More