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13712 – Silk fibroin microtubules with varying sizes of porosity and diameters between 100 um and 6 mm may be used in vitro as a tool for diffusion of oxygen and nutrients into microtubule-embedded hydrogel, a model for human microvasculature, and a scaffold for tissue engineering. They can be used in vivo as synthetic microvascular grafts in cases of peripheral artery disease. While attempts... Read More
13214 – Thermoelectric materials can be utilized in a variety of industrial applications including high quality power generation devices and cooling devices. They can also be used in solar conversion and extraction of automotive or industrial waste heat. Specifically, this technology improves the thermoelectric characteristics of skutterdites. The thermoelectric properties of any material... Read More
10563-12377 – Nanocomposites made of semiconductor nanoparticles impregnated in a semiconductor host material have a high thermoelectric figure-of-merit and can be used to make solid-state refrigerators and solid-state power generators. These refrigerators can be used for thermal management of microdevices or in large scale applications. Generators can convert heat (from any heat source) into... Read More
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12347 – Nano-sized coatings improve the performance of electrodes in lithium batteries. Lithium batteries have applications ranging from power tools to hybrid electric vehicles. LiMPO4 materials are of interest for rechargeable Li batteries as they are safe, relatively inexpensive and very stable. However, LiMPO4 materials are relatively weak conductors; therefore, they are... Read More
15466 – This invention is a non-invasive treatment for myocardial infarctions. Myocardial ischemia is a pathological state associated with coronary artery disease that results from reduced blood perfusion in the heart, leading to impaired oxygen supply to the heart. Current interventions for improving blood flow to damaged heart tissue are mostly invasive and high risk, including stent... Read More
18163 – This invention is a multifunctional CRISPR system to engineer genetic circuits (simple and multi-layers) that can generate safety off and kill switches with lesser genetic materials than current methods. Gene and cell-based therapies have revolutionized cancer therapy and other hard to treat diseases, but additional regulatory mechanisms to control for specificity of these... Read More
18242 – This invention promotes crop growth by supplying nitrogen to plants without the use of fertilizers. Available nitrogen is a main limiting factor in crop production. Excessive use of synthetic fertilizers can cause harmful algae booms or disrupt beneficial bacterial communities, but a lack of nitrogen damages agricultural land and makes farmers suffer small crop yields. This... Read More