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  • Fatty acid productivity 

    San, Ka-yiu; Li, Wei (2018-07-03)
    The present disclosure relates to an engineered microbe capable of improved productivity of fatty acid or fatty acid derivative. An NAD+-dependent 3-oxoacyl-ACP reductase or NAD+-dependent 3-oxoacyl-CoA reductase replaces ...
  • Metabolic transistor in bacteria 

    San, Ka-yiu; Bennett, George N.; Wu, Hui (2018-07-03)
    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 ...
  • Carbon nanotube coating composition 

    Kibe, Ryuta; Yamamoto, Takayuki; Maillaud, Laurent; Headrick, Robert James; Mirri, Francesca; Pasquali, Matteo (2018-07-31)
    The present invention relates to a composition comprising carbon nanotubes and a surfactant for forming a thin film on a substrate, and a method of manufacturing a thin film on a substrate by using an aqueous dispersion ...
  • Providing information to a user through somatosensory feedback 

    Eagleman, David M.; Novich, Scott (2018-07-10)
    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 ...
  • Porous SiOx materials for improvement in SiOx switching device performances 

    Tour, James M.; Wang, Gunuk; Yang, Yang; Ji, Yongsung (2018-06-12)
    A porous memory device, such as a memory or a switch, may provide a top and bottom electrodes with a memory material layer (e.g. SiOx) positioned between the electrodes. The memory material layer may provide a nanoporous ...
  • Functionalized carboxylic acids and alcohols by reverse fatty acid oxidation in engineered microbes 

    Gonzalez, Ramon; Clomburg, James M. (2018-06-12)
    Bacteria that run the beta oxidation cycle in reverse anabolic direction are provided, along with many novel primers to start the reverse cycle, pathways to make such primers, and a large variety of products produced ...
  • Camera based photoplethysmogram estimation 

    Kumar, Mayank; Veeraraghavan, Ashok; Sabharwal, Ashutosh (2018-04-10)
    A system for estimating a photoplethysmogram waveform of a target includes an image processor configured to obtain images of the target and a waveform analyzer. The waveform analyzer is configured to determine a weight of ...
  • Porous silicon particulates with micropores and mesopores within macropores 

    Biswal, Sibani Lisa; Wong, Michael S.; Thakur, Madhuri; Sinsabaugh, Steven L. (2018-04-17)
    Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to porous silicon particulates and anode materials that contain them. In some embodiments, each of the porous silicon particulates include a plurality of macropores, mesopores ...
  • Methods of producing graphene quantum dots from coal and coke 

    Tour, James M.; Ye, Ruquan; Xiang, Changsheng; Lin, Jian; Peng, Zhiwei; Ceriotti, Gabriel (2018-03-20)
    In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of making graphene quantum dots from a carbon source (e.g., coal, coke, and combinations thereof) by exposing the carbon source to an oxidant. In some ...
  • Method and device for real-time differentiation of analog and digital signals 

    Celik, Ozkan; Chawda, Vinay; O'malley, Marcia K. (2018-03-06)
    The controller includes a differentiating engine configured to receive an input signal value (ISV), wherein the ISV corresponds to state information for one selected from a group consisting of a controlled process and a ...
  • Systems and methods for magnetic guidance and patterning of materials 

    Souza, Glauco R.; Pasqualini, Renata; Arap, Wadih; Killian, Thomas Charles; Raphael, Robert M.; Stark, Daniel Joshua (2018-03-06)
    Systems and methods generally useful in medicine, cellular biology, nanotechnology, and cell culturing are discussed. In particular, at least in some embodiments, systems and methods for magnetic guidance and patterning ...
  • Rebar hybrid materials and methods of making the same 

    Tour, James M.; Yan, Zheng; Peng, Zhiwei; Hauge, Robert H.; Li, Yilun (2018-02-20)
    In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming a reinforcing material by: (1) depositing a first material onto a catalyst surface; and (2) forming a second material on the catalyst surface, where ...
  • Flexible and transparent supercapacitors and fabrication using thin film carbon electrodes with controlled morphologies 

    Jung, Yung Joon; Jung, Hyun Young; Ajayan, Pulickel M. (2018-01-30)
    Mechanically flexible and optically transparent thin film solid state supercapacitors are fabricated by assembling nano-engineered carbon electrodes in porous templates. The electrodes have textured graphitic surface films ...
  • Generating a heated fluid using an electromagnetic radiation-absorbing complex 

    Halas, Nancy J.; Nordlander, Peter; Neumann, Oara (2018-01-09)
    A vessel including a concentrator configured to concentrate electromagnetic (EM) radiation received from an EM radiation source and a complex configured to absorb EM radiation to generate heat. The vessel is configured to ...
  • Electron spin resonance for medical imaging 

    Yang, Xuebei; Chen, Charles; Seifi, Payam; Babakhani, Aydin (2018-01-02)
    A method includes generating, from an integrated oscillator circuit, an oscillating output signal and generating, by an integrated power amplifier (PA) circuit, an amplified oscillating output signal based on the oscillating ...
  • Long chain organic acid bioproduction 

    Bennett, George N.; Cai, Xianpeng (2018-01-02)
    Method of cell culture, comprising adding a redox active compound with a redox potential of between −0.116 to −0.253 to a culture capable of forming hydrogen via a hydrogenase so that the redox potential is diverted from ...
  • Ultra-low-tension compositions and their use in enhanced oil recovery 

    Puerto, Maura; Salinas, José Luis López; Miller, Clarence A.; Hirasaki, George (2018-01-02)
    In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to compositions for enhanced oil recovery. In some embodiments, such compositions include: (1) a first agent, wherein the first agent acts as a foam booster; (2) a second ...
  • Methods for production of single-crystal graphenes 

    Tour, James M.; Yan, Zheng (2017-12-19)
    In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming single-crystal graphenes by: (1) cleaning a surface of a catalyst; (2) annealing the surface of the catalyst; (3) applying a carbon source to the ...
  • Production of graphene nanoplatelets by oxidative anhydrous acidic media 

    Tour, James M.; Dimiev, Ayrat; Ceriotti, Gabriel (2017-12-12)
    Methods of producing graphene nanoplatelets by exposing graphite to a medium to form a dispersion of graphite in the medium. In some embodiments, the exposing results in formation of graphene nanoplatelets from the graphite. ...
  • Nanoporous metal-oxide memory 

    Tour, James M.; Wang, Gunuk; Yang, Yang (2017-11-28)
    A nanoporous (NP) memory may include a non-porous layer and a nanoporous layer sandwiched between the bottom and top electrodes. The memory may be free of diodes, selectors, and/or transistors that may be necessary in other ...

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