Patents Assigned to Board of Trustees, Michigan State University
  • Patent number: 10494719
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to microwave cavity plasma reactor (MCPR) apparatus and associated tuning and process control methods that enable the microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (MPACVD) of a component such as diamond. Related methods enable the control of the microwave discharge position, size and shape, and enable efficient matching of the incident microwave power into the reactor prior to and during component deposition. Pre-deposition tuning processes provide a well matched reactor exhibiting a high plasma reactor coupling efficiency over a wide range of operating conditions, thus allowing operational input parameters to be modified during deposition while simultaneously maintaining the reactor in a well-matched state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jes Asmussen, Jing Lu, Yajun Gu, Shreya Nad
  • Patent number: 10492490
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to adjuvant compositions and related methods for reducing herbicide volatility. The adjuvant- and herbicide-containing herbicide compositions are generally aqueous and include a volatile growth regulator herbicide and a monosaccharide adjuvant. When the compositions are applied to a target area to control a herbicide-sensitive target plant in the area with the herbicide, the monosaccharide adjuvant reduces volatile transport of the herbicide, thus reducing damage to other (non-target) sensitive plants, whether inside or outside of the target area of application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Donald Penner
  • Patent number: 10484881
    Abstract: A method, a computer readable medium and an apparatus for optimizing a cellular network architecture are disclosed. For example, the method obtains network traffic data for a plurality of different endpoint device types, wherein the network traffic data comprises network traffic data for each of the plurality of different endpoint device types, and predicts a future traffic pattern for one of the plurality of different endpoint device types based on the network traffic data. The method then adjusts a parameter of the cellular network architecture in response to the future traffic pattern predicted for the one of the plurality of different endpoint device types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Jia Wang, Lusheng Ji, Xiang-Yang Alexander Liu, Muhammad Zubair Shafiq
  • Patent number: 10482539
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods and related systems for precision crop modeling and management using the same. Precision crop modeling and management can be incorporated into various methods for growing plants such as crop plants and various methods for managing the growth of such plants in a particular field. The methods generally utilize in-season information relating to weather conditions actually experienced by the field to prepare mid-season, updated crop management plans. A crop management plan is determined using a crop model incorporating a variety of inputs and plant-specific material and energy balances to specify one or more grower-controlled management parameters. An updated plan for a given field can be followed by a grower to increase crop yield and/or optimize one or more other crop or field parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Bruno Basso
  • Patent number: 10479999
    Abstract: Described herein are bacterial microcompartments shell proteins modified to stably incorporate iron-sulfur clusters. Such bacterial microcompartments shell proteins exhibit redox cycling and confer electron transfer functionality to bacterial microcompartment shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Kerfeld, Clement Aussignargues
  • Patent number: 10473592
    Abstract: Methods of determining and characterizing photosynthesis in plant parts of one or more plants includes capturing a plurality of images of the plant parts of the one or more plants with a sensor are provided. Fluorescence of the plant parts of the one or more plants can be measured by storing a sensor image of observed fluorescence. Light absorbed by the plant parts of the one or more plants can be estimated by observing red and/or infrared reflectance of the plant parts. A characteristic of photosynthesis such as linear electron flow in plant parts of the one or more plants can be derived using the measured fluorescence of the plant parts, the reflectance and the light absorbed by the plant parts, and/or the three-dimensional model comprising the plant parts of the one or more plants. Related apparatus and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: David Kramer, Jin Chen, Elisabeth Ostendorf, Lei Xu, Jeffrey Cruz, Jeremy J. Brodersen
  • Patent number: 10476269
    Abstract: A method for independent real and reactive power flow control without sensing receiving end voltage in a power flow controller (PFC) includes calculating a first reference phase angle, calculating a first reference voltage, modifying the first reference phase angle calculated using a first phasor modifier, calculating a first reference current for a first terminal, calculating a second reference phase angle for current through the first terminal, calculating a second reference voltage across a second CMI by subtracting voltages at the first terminal and a second terminal, and controlling the first CMI and the second CMI for controlling the power flow through the PFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Fang Z. Peng, Shuitao Yang, Deepak Gunasekaran
  • Patent number: 10457810
    Abstract: A product is provided comprising at least one densified biomass particulate having a substantially smooth, non-flakey outer surface and containing no added binder, wherein said densified biomass particulate is comprised of a plurality of pretreated lignin-coated plant biomass fibers which contain a trace amount of base from pretreatment of said fibers. Methods for using and making the product are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Bruce E. Dale, Bryan Ritchie, Derek Marshall
  • Patent number: 10450271
    Abstract: The invention relates to compounds, compositions, and methods that can inhibit the biosynthesis of mycotoxins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Frances Trail, A. Daniel Jones
  • Patent number: 10451579
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the use of nanoparticles that are coated with unique oligonucleotide (e.g., DNA) sequences of various base lengths (“nano-DNA”) that act as barcodes for product authentication, product serialization, brand protection, track-and-trace, intelligent supply chain, and law enforcement. The nano-DNA can be incorporated into inks, dyes, resins, labels, and other markings at all manufacturing levels, including the product (unit) level, to encode company and product-specific information. The nano-DNA can also be embedded in the product itself during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, the nano-DNA can be quickly, simply, and inexpensively monitored and verified using an electrochemical biosensor device in resource-limited field conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Evangelyn C. Alocilja
  • Patent number: 10444100
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to materials and articles that provide an irreversible history of compression forces and torques experienced by the materials and articles. The disclosure relates more particularly to an multiple impact level detection assembly as well as related articles and methods. The multiple impact level detection assembly provides distinct impact patterns depending on the impact force and direction (for torqueing motions) received by the detection assembly. The detection assembly can be incorporated into a variety of articles and used in a variety of settings, for example to monitor personal safety in a protective garment such as a helmet. The detection assembly incorporates an impact detection medium (e.g., a plurality of microcapsules with an indicator therein), which can serve as an irreversible means for detecting impact on the assembly via a relief substrate incorporated into the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Marcos Dantus, Gary J. Blanchard, D. J. Osborn, III, Elan Dantus, Sheryl Blanchard, Evan Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10447410
    Abstract: A sensor network includes a sink and multiple sensor nodes. The sink is coupled to a substrate and configured to transmit a periodic ultrasonic pulse on the substrate. A first one of the sensor nodes is coupled to the substrate. The first sensor node is configured to (i) receive the periodic ultrasonic pulse from the substrate, (ii) synchronize an internal clock of the first sensor node to the sink based on the periodic ultrasonic pulse, (iii) selectively detect an event in a region surrounding the first sensor node, and (iv) in response to detecting the event, transmit a first ultrasonic pulse toward the sink on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Subir Biswas, Stephan Lorenz, Bo Dong, Qiong Huo
  • Patent number: 10439090
    Abstract: A transparent luminescent solar concentrator is provided. In another aspect, a luminescent solar concentrator absorbs outside of visible light and emits outside of visible light. A further aspect of a luminescent solar concentrator employs nanocrystal clusters embedded in a polymeric matrix. In still another aspect, a unique ligand and luminophore host pairing is used for a solar concentrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Richard R. Lunt, Yimu Zhao
  • Publication number: 20190298191
    Abstract: Generalized transfer functions are available to mathematically derive the more relevant central blood pressure waveform from a more easily measured radial blood pressure waveform. However, these transfer functions are population averages and therefore may not adapt well to variations in pulse pressure amplification (ratio of radial to central pulse pressure). An adaptive transfer function was developed. First, the transfer function is represented in terms of the wave travel time and wave reflection coefficient parameters of an arterial model. Then, the model parameters are estimated from only the radial blood pressure waveform by exploiting the frequent observation that central blood pressure waveforms exhibit exponential diastolic decays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Ramakrishna MUKKAMALA, Mingwu GAO
  • Patent number: 10428342
    Abstract: The invention relates to nucleic acids encoding a p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase and to inhibitory nucleic acids adapted to inhibit the expression and/or translation of a p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase RNA. Inhibition of p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase in plants improves the incorporation of monolignol ferulates into the lignin of plants, giving rise to plant biomass that is more easily processed into useful products such as paper and biofuels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University
    Inventors: Curtis Wilkerson, John Ralph, Saunia Withers, John Sedbrook
  • Patent number: 10421975
    Abstract: The application describes plants, plant cells, and seeds that express WRINKLED1 transcription factors and/or 14-3-3 proteins that are useful for increasing production of oils in plants and seeds. Also described are expression systems and cassettes that encode and express such WRINKLED1 transcription factors and/or 14-3-3 proteins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Christoph Benning, John B. Ohlrogge, Wei Ma, Que Kong
  • Publication number: 20190282110
    Abstract: An implantable device is provided. The implantable device includes a flexible polymeric substrate that extends through an aperture in an electrically conductive material to form an anchor that partially covers the electrically conductive material. Methods for fabricating the implantable device are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicants: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University, Fraunhofer USA
    Inventors: Wen LI, Bin FAN, Robert RECHENBERG, Michael BECKER, Cory RUSINEK
  • Patent number: 10418991
    Abstract: A gating grid driver for use with radiation detectors, such as time projection chambers and other similar devices that require a gating grid that operates in a bipolar mode with different electrostatic potentials on alternating wires. To open such gating grids, the driver shorts the alternate wires to a common voltage Va. Later, this driver closes the grid by restoring the voltage differences in the adjacent wires. By connecting the driver circuit to the gating grid via low impedance transmission lines, the driver circuit opens the gating grid in 0.35 ?s, minimizing the lost drift length associated with this opening time. The circuit consists of 2 pairs of N- and P-MOSFET switches and includes two adjustable capacitors and resistors that can be used to adjust the opening time, and shift the balance of positive and negative charge for individual radiation detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Suwat Tangwancharoen, ManYee Betty Tsang, William G. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10420167
    Abstract: Techniques for sharing a cellular network connection amongst multiple devices over a local area network are provided that reduce cellular network load during crowded events. In an aspect, a devices is configure to perform operations that include scanning an area for another device that has established a first wireless cellular connection with a cellular network device of a cellular network and that enables an indirect connection of the device to the cellular network device via a direct connection of the device to the other device via a local network device. The operations further include, in response to identifying the other device as a result of the scanning, sending a request to the other device to connect to the other device via the local network device and to receive the indirect connection to the cellular network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang, Shobha Venkataraman, Muhammad Zubair Shafiq, Xiang-Yang Alex Liu
  • Patent number: 10408951
    Abstract: A radiation detector is provided. In a further aspect, a detector employs a Parallel Plate Avalanche Counter (“OPPAC”) which includes an anode film, a parallel cathode film and multiple optical photo-detectors, such as photo-sensors and/or photo-multipliers. A method of using a radiation detector is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Marco Cortesi, John E. Yurkon