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 new patent  Multifunctional fluorescent and mri-active nanostructure

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) enhancement agent includes a plurality of particles, each particle including: a metal core; a dielectric shell disposed on the metal core comprising at least one MRI contrast agent; and a metal shell disposed on the exterior surface of the dielectric shell that encapsulates the dielectric... William Marsh Rice University

 new patent  Hydrated porous materials for selective co2 capture

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of capturing CO2 from an environment by hydrating a porous material with water molecules to the extent thereby to define a preselected region of a plurality of hydrated pores and yet to the extent to allow the preselected region of a... William Marsh Rice University

 new patent  Capo with attachment mechanism and fretting action in separate offset planes

Embodiments of a capo and fretting component are described. In certain embodiments, the fretting component is threaded onto a crossbar configured to overlie the instrument strings when in use and to pivot with respect to the crossbar so as to contact and press the strings against a fret on the... William Marsh Rice University

Hypothermic 3d bioprinting of living tissues supported by perfusable vasculature

The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for producing hydrogel matrix constructs. Methods of using hydrogel matrix constructs for tissue repair and regeneration and for the oxygenation of red blood cells are also disclosed.... William Marsh Rice University

Methods and related systems of ultra-short pulse detection

Ultra-short pulse detection. At least some example embodiments are methods including: receiving by an antenna a series of ultra-short pulses of electromagnetic energy at a repetition frequency, the receiving creates a pulse signal; self-mixing or intermodulating the pulse signal by applying the pulse signal to a non-linear electrical device, thereby... William Marsh Rice University

A new class of electrocatalysts

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrocatalysts that include a surface and a plurality of catalytically active sites associated with the surface. The catalytically active sites include individually dispersed metallic atoms that are associated with heteroatoms. In some embodiments, the surface includes graphene oxide, the heteroatoms include nitrogen, and... William Marsh Rice University

Method, synthesis, activation procedure and characterization of an oxygen rich activated porous carbon sorbent for selective removal of carbon dioxide with ultra high capacity

The present disclosure pertains to materials for CO2 adsorption at pressures above 1 bar, where the materials include a porous material with a surface area of at least 2,800 m2/g, and a total pore volume of at least 1.35 cm3/g, where a majority of pores of the porous material have... William Marsh Rice University

Use of surface modified porous membranes for fluid distillation

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to systems and methods for distilling a fluid by exposing the fluid to a porous membrane that includes a surface capable of generating heat. In some embodiments, the heat generated at the surface propagates the distilling of the fluid by converting the fluid... William Marsh Rice University

Impulse sampler architecture and active clock cancellation architecture

A novel nonlinear impulse sampler is presented that provides a clock sharpening circuit, sampling stage, and post-sampling block. The clock sharpening circuit sharpens the incoming clock while acting as a buffer, and the sharpened clock is fed to the input of the sampling stage. The impulse sampling stage has two... William Marsh Rice University

Intergrated electron spin resonance spectrometer

An integrated electron spin resonance (ESR) circuit chip includes a chip substrate, a transmitter circuit, and a receiver circuit. The transmitter circuit and receiver circuit are disposed on the chip substrate. The transmitter circuit includes an oscillator circuit configured to generate an oscillating output signal and a power amplifier (PA)... William Marsh Rice University

Carbon nanotube-coated substrates and methods of making the same

Various embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making carbon nanotube-coated substrates by dissolving carbon nanotubes in a solvent to form a carbon nanotube solution; and coating a surface of a substrate with the carbon nanotube solution to form one or more carbon nanotube layers on the surface... William Marsh Rice University

Preparation and biological evaluation of viridicatumtoxin analogs

In one aspect, the present invention provides novel derivatives of viridicatumtoxin of the formula wherein the variables are as defined herein. The application also provides compositions, methods of treatment, and methods of synthesis thereof.... William Marsh Rice University

Systems and methods for monitoring cement quality in a cased well environment with integrated chips

A well monitoring system may provide a plurality of integrated chips dispersed in cement surrounding a well casing. Each of the integrated chips may provide energy harvesting circuitry, EM transceiver, modulator, additional sensor(s), processor or microprocessor, memory, power source, or the like. Upon analyzing data gather from the sensor(s), emitted... William Marsh Rice University

Systems and methods for fracture mapping via frequency-changing integrated chips

Systems and methods for fracture mapping may utilize frequency changing to aid in providing high-resolution mapping. Integrated chips may be injected into a well and dispersed into a formation. A downhole tool that provides a transmitter and receiver may be positioned in the well. The transmitter may transmit electromagnetic (EM)... William Marsh Rice University

Artificial, flexible valves and methods of fabricating and serially expanding the same

One aspect of the invention provides an artificial, flexible valve including: a stent defining a wall and a plurality of leaflets extending from the wall of the stent. The plurality of leaflets form a plurality of coaptation regions between two adjacent leaflets. The coaptation regions include extensions along a z-axis... William Marsh Rice University

Self-assembling drug delivery vehicles with ionically cross-linked drugs

A composition and system for delivering a therapeutic agent is provided. The composition includes a self-assembling peptide ionically cross-linked with a charged therapeutic agent. In the presence of the charged therapeutic agent, the peptide self-assembles to form a nanofibrous hydrogel scaffold, wherein the hydrogel structure is quickly recoverable following a... William Marsh Rice University

Providing information to a user through somatosensory feedback

A hearing device may provide hearing-to-touch sensory substitution as a therapeutic approach to deafness. Through use of signal processing on received signals, the hearing device may provide better accuracy with the hearing-to-touch sensory substitution by extending beyond the simple filtering of an incoming audio stream as found in previous tactile... William Marsh Rice University

Production and use of flexible conductive films and inorganic layers in electronic devices

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making conductive films by associating an inorganic composition with an insulating substrate, and forming a porous inorganic layer from the inorganic composition on the insulating substrate. The inorganic layer may include a nanoporous metal layer, such as nickel fluoride. The methods... William Marsh Rice University

Bandgap engineering of carbon quantum dots

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to scalable methods of producing carbon quantum dots with desired bandgaps by the following steps: exposing a carbon source to an oxidant at a reaction temperature, where the exposing results in the formation of the carbon quantum dots; and selecting a desired size of... William Marsh Rice University

Microwave induced curing of nanomaterials for geological formation reinforcement

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of forming a polymer composite by exposing a solution that includes nanomaterials (e.g., functionalized graphene nanoribbons) and cross-linkable polymer components (e.g., thermoset polymers and monomers) to a microwave source, where the exposing results in the curing of the cross-linkable polymer component in... William Marsh Rice University

Methods and systems for video compressive sensing for dynamic imaging

A compressive sensing system for dynamic video acquisition. The system includes a video signal interface including a compressive imager configured to acquire compressive sensed video frame data from an object, a video processing unit including a processor and memory. The video processing unit is configured to receive the compressive sensed... William Marsh Rice University

Preparation of wafer-scale films of aligned carbon nanotubes by vacuum filtration

A method for preparing a film of aligned rod-like nanostructures or nanotubes comprises preparing a solution that comprises rod-like nanostructures or nanotubes, wherein the rod-like nanostructures or the nanotubes are well-dispersed, and performing vacuum filtration of the solution through a filtration membrane, wherein the vacuum filtration produces a film on... William Marsh Rice University

Graphene quantum dot-polymer composites and methods of making the same

Various embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of forming polymer composites that include polymers and graphene quantum dots. The methods occur by mixing a polymer component (e.g., polymers, polymer precursors and combinations thereof) with graphene quantum dots. In some embodiments, the polymers are in the form of a... William Marsh Rice University

Reverse beta oxidation pathway

The invention relates to recombinant microorganisms that have been engineered to produce various chemicals using genes that have been repurposed to create a reverse beta oxidation pathway. Generally speaking, the beta oxidation cycle is expressed and driven in reverse by modifying various regulation points for as many cycles as needed,... William Marsh Rice University

Solvent-based methods for production of graphene nanoribbons

Embodiments of the present invention provide methods of preparing functionalized graphene nanoribbons by (1) exposing a plurality of carbon nanotubes to an alkali metal source in the presence of an aprotic solvent, wherein the exposing opens the carbon nanotubes; and (2) exposing the opened carbon nanotubes to an electrophile to... William Marsh Rice University

Plasmonic pixels

Plasmonic pixels may provide an array of nanoparticles in a desired arrangement on a substrate, and may be overcoated with a top layer. The nanoparticles may be nanorods, nanoshells, nanoparticles, spiky shells, cubes, triangles, prisms, disks, nanowires, gratings, Fano structures, and/or other single or coupled nano structures. The array of... William Marsh Rice University

Shape-controlled cement hydrate synthesis and self-assembly

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming calcium-silicate-hydrate particles by mixing a calcium source with a silicate source. In some embodiments, the mixing comprises sonication. In some embodiments, the mixing occurs in the presence of a surfactant and a solvent. In some embodiments, the methods of... William Marsh Rice University

Allele-specific amplification using a composition of overlapping non-allele-specific primer and allele-specific blocker oligonucleotides

The present invention provides an oligonucleotide composition including a blocker and a first primer oligonucleotide. The blocker oligonucleotide includes a first sequence having a target-neutral subsequence and a blocker variable subsequence. The non-target specific subsequence is flanked on its 3′ and 5′ ends by the target-neutral subsequence and is continuous... William Marsh Rice University

Systems and methods for attaching flexible conductive filaments, networks, or patches to tissue via catheter delivery

Systems and methods for deploying and securing conductive materials to a region of tissue may utilize a catheter. The catheter may provide a tip with one or more detachable sections or may provide an adjustable opening. A lumen of the catheter may provide a conductive material, such as a filament,... William Marsh Rice University

Laser induced graphene materials and their use in electronic devices

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of producing a graphene material by exposing a polymer to a laser source. In some embodiments, the exposing results in formation of a graphene from the polymer. In some embodiments, the methods of the present disclosure also include a step of... William Marsh Rice University

System and method to enable secondary transmission in the presence of an active primary transmission

A method includes generating, by a wireless device, a sounding packet. The method includes sending, by the wireless device, copies of the sounding packet using a beam former and an antenna array to a second wireless device. Each copy of the copies of the sounding packet is sent using different... William Marsh Rice University

Competitive compositions of nucleic acid molecules for enrichment of rare-allele-bearing species

The present disclosure describes the thermodynamic design and concentrations necessary to design probe compositions with desired optimal specificity that enable enrichment, detection, quantitation, purification, imaging, and amplification of rare-allele-bearing species of nucleic acids (prevalence <1%) in a large stoichiometric excess of a dominant-allele-bearing species (wildtype). Being an enzyme-free and homogeneous... William Marsh Rice University

Capo with attachment mechanism and fretting action in separate offset planes

Embodiments of a capo and fretting component are described. In certain embodiments, the fretting component is threaded onto a crossbar configured to overlie the instrument strings when in use and to pivot with respect to the crossbar so as to contact and press the strings against a fret on the... William Marsh Rice University

Metabolic transistor in bacteria

The disclosure relates to a metabolic transistor in microbes such as bacteria and yeast where a competitive pathway is introduced to compete with a product pathway for available carbon so as to control the carbon flux in the microbe.... William Marsh Rice University

Method, synthesis, activation procedure and characterization of an oxygen rich activated porous carbon sorbent for selective removal of carbon dioxide with ultra high capacity

The present disclosure pertains to materials for CO2 adsorption at pressures above 1 bar, where the materials include a porous carbon material with a surface area of at least 2800 m2/g, a total pore volume of at least 1.35 cm3/g, and a carbon content of 80%-95%. The porous carbon material... William Marsh Rice University

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Method and system for reducing sounding overhead in wireless communication

A method for transmitting packets. The method includes making a first determination, using a first relevant sample set for a first client device, that the first client device does not need to be sounded and making a second determination, using a second relevant sample set for the second client device,... William Marsh Rice University








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