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  • Charge coupled device based on atomically layered van der waals solid state film for opto-electronic memory and image capture 

    Lei, Sidong; Ge, Liehui; George, Antony; Li, Bo; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M. (2016-08-30)
    An opto-electronic sensor may provide one or more layers of atomically layered photo-sensitive materials. The sensor may include a gate electrode layer, a dielectric layer in contact with the gate electrode layer, and a ...
  • Highly oxidized graphene oxide and methods for production thereof 

    Tour, James M.; Kosynkin, Dmitry V. (2016-08-30)
    A highly oxidized form of graphene oxide and methods for production thereof are described in various embodiments of the present disclosure. In general, the methods include mixing a graphite source with a solution containing ...
  • Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program 

    Ito, Atsushi; Veeraraghavan, Ashok; Mitra, Kaushik; Tambe, Salil (2016-08-16)
    Provided is an image processing apparatus including an image generation unit that, from photographic images that are captured using multiple photographic parameters, generates an image of which values of the multiple ...
  • Reverse beta oxidation pathway 

    Gonzalez, Ramon; Clomburg, James; Dellomonaco, Clementina; Miller, Elliot N. (2016-08-16)
    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 ...
  • Graphite oxide coated particulate material and method of making thereof 

    Majumder, Mainak; Gao, Wei; Ajayan, Pulickel Madhavapanicker; Narayanan, Tharangattu; Pradhan, Bhabendra K. (2016-08-02)
    A process for conversion of conventional sand granules (or other particulates) to a ‘core-shell’ adsorbent granules in which GO (or GO-f) coating imparts nano structural features on the surface of the sand granules (or ...
  • Synthesis of short chain fatty acids from bacteria 

    San, Ka-yiu; Han, Songi (2016-07-12)
    The present invention relates to an engineered bacteria for producing short chain fatty acid with the overexpression of a long chain (>C12) acyl-ACP thioesterases (long-TE) and a short chain (≦C12) acyl-ACP thioesterases ...
  • Addressable SiOX memory array with incorporated diodes 

    Tour, James M.; Yao, Jun; Lin, Jian; Wang, Gunuk; Palem, Krishna (2016-07-05)
    Various embodiments of the resistive memory cells and arrays discussed herein comprise: (1) a first electrode; (2) a second electrode; (3) resistive memory material; and (4) a diode. The resistive memory material is selected ...
  • Nanocomposite oil sensors for downhole hydrocarbon detection 

    Tour, James M.; Hwang, Chih-chau; Lu, Wei; Ruan, Gedeng; Tomson, Mason B.; Kan, Amy; Wang, Lu; Wong, Michael S.; Kini, Gautam; Hirasaki, George J.; Miller, Clarence (2016-06-28)
    Various embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to nanocomposites for detecting hydrocarbons in a geological structure. In some embodiments, the nanocomposites include: a core particle; a polymer associated with the ...
  • Cross antennas for surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) spectroscopy of chemical moieties 

    Brown, Lisa V.; Zhao, Ke; Halas, Nancy J.; Nordlander, Peter J. (2016-06-21)
    A device for Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption (SEIRA) that includes at least one pair of metallic antennas deposited on a substrate, wherein the pair of metallic antennas are collinear. The length, width, and height ...
  • Dynamic strain hardening in polymer nanocomposites 

    Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Carey, Brent Joseph (2016-06-07)
    The present invention provides methods of strengthening composites. In some embodiments, such methods generally comprise a step of applying a dynamic stress to the composite in order to increase at least one of the stiffness ...
  • Fabrication of graphene nanoribbons and nanowires using a meniscus as an etch mask 

    Tour, James M.; Abramova, Vera; Slesarev, Alexander (2016-05-31)
    In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of preparing graphene nanoribbons from a graphene film associated with a meniscus, where the method comprises patterning the graphene film while the meniscus ...
  • Anode battery materials and methods of making the same 

    Biswal, Sibani Lisa; Thakur, Madhuri; Wong, Michael S.; Sinsabaugh, Steven L.; Isaacson, Mark (2016-05-17)
    In some embodiments, the present invention provides novel methods of preparing porous silicon films and particles for lithium ion batteries. In some embodiments, such methods generally include: (1) etching a silicon material ...
  • Coated fullerenes, compositions and dielectrics made therefrom 

    Barron, Andrew R.; Flood, Dennis J.; Whitsitt, Elizabeth (2016-03-22)
    The present invention relates to coated fullerenes comprising a layer of at least one inorganic material covering at least a portion of at least one surface of a fullerene and methods for making. The present invention ...
  • Composite materials for reversible CO2 capture 

    Tour, James M.; Hwang, Garry Chih-chau; Lomeda, Jay R. (2016-03-15)
    Composite materials for carbon dioxide (C02) capture that include: (1) a mesoporous carbon source; and (2) an in situ polymerized polymer that is associated with the mesoporous carbon source, where the in situ polymerized ...
  • Injectable hydrogels 

    Mikos, Antonios G.; Kasper, Kurtis F.; Ekenseair, Adam K.; Vo, Tiffany N.; Boere, Kristel W. M.; Touchet, Tyler J. (2016-03-15)
    The present disclosure generally relates to injectable compositions. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to injectable, thermogelling hydrogels and associated methods. In one embodiment, the present disclosure ...
  • Converting nanoparticles in oil to aqueous suspensions 

    Wong, Michael S.; Bagaria, Hitesh Ghanshyam; Kini, Gautam Chandrakanth; Ko, Wen Yin Lynn (2016-04-26)
    An improved process for converting an oil suspension of nanoparticles (NPs) into a water suspension of NPs, wherein water and surfactant and a non-surfactant salt is used instead of merely water and surfactant, leading to ...
  • Conformal coating on nanostructured electrode materials for three-dimensional applications 

    Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Ou, Fung Suong; Shajiumon, Manikoth M.; Gowda, Sanketh R.; Reddy, Arava L. M. (2016-04-12)
    A fabrication process for conformal coating of a thin polymer electrolyte layer on nanostructured electrode materials for three-dimensional micro/nanobattery applications, compositions thereof, and devices incorporating ...
  • Patterned graphite oxide films and methods to make and use same 

    Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Pradhan, Bhabendra K.; Gao, Wei (2016-04-12)
    The present invention relates to patterned graphite oxide films and methods to make and use same. The present invention includes a novel strategy developed to imprint any required conductive patterns onto self-assembled ...
  • Bacteria and method for synthesizing fatty acids 

    San, Ka-yiu; Li, Mai; Zhang, Xiujun (2016-04-12)
    There is provided a recombinant bacterium comprising at least one overexpressed acyl-ACP thioesterase gene, and wherein at least one gene from the tricarboxylic acid cycle or glycolysis or both is inactivated. There is ...
  • Multisample bionanochip platform 

    Mcdevitt, John; Christodoulidies, Nicolaos; Floriano, Pierre N.; Abram, Tim (2016-02-02)
    A bionanochip cartridge for analysis of multiple samples or analytes is provided herein, and the cartridge is dimensioned to take advantage of existing robotic microtiter plate handling equipment. Fluidics are specially ...

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