Patents Assigned to Texas A & M University System
  • Patent number: 11020507
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a wound dressing comprising: a shape memory polymer (SMP) foam, including open cells, having first and second states; and a hydrogel (HG) included within the cells; wherein (a) in a first position a composite, including the SMP foam and the HG, is configured to be located proximate a hemorrhagic tissue with the SMP foam in the first state; (b) in a second position the composite is configured to be expanded to the second state against the hemorrhagic tissue when the SMP foam is plasticized at 37° C. depressing a glass transition temperature (Tg) of the SMP foam to below 25° C. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC, THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Duncan J. Maitland, Todd Lawrence Landsman, Tyler Joseph Touchet, Elizabeth L. Cosgriff-Hernandez, Thomas S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11024848
    Abstract: An energy storage device and method of forming and operating the same. In one embodiment, the energy storage device includes a positive electrode including a first redox polymer deposited on a first conductive porous substrate. The energy storage device also includes a solid-state polyelectrolyte separator operative as a voltage generator, and a negative electrode including a second redox polymer deposited on a second conductive porous substrate, thereby forming an electrochemical cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Choongho Yu, Suk Lae Kim
  • Patent number: 11013792
    Abstract: Vaccine vectors capable of eliciting an immune response to enteric bacteria and methods of using the same are provided. The vaccine vectors include a polynucleotide encoding a PAL polypeptide. The PAL polypeptide may be expressed on the surface of the vaccine vector. The vaccine vector may also include a second polypeptide encoding an immunostimulatory polypeptide such as a CD154 polypeptide or an HMGB1 polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Lisa Bielke, Sherryll Layton, Billy Hargis, Neil R. Pumford, Olivia B. Faulkner, Luc Berghman, Daad Abi-Ghanem
  • Patent number: 11006744
    Abstract: A desk includes a tabletop and at least one base member supporting the tabletop. A footrest is disposed on the at least one base member beneath the tabletop. The footrest is movable between a stowed position toward a back of the desk and a deployed position toward a front of the desk. At least one mechanism is disposed on the at least one base member and operatively coupled to the footrest. The at least one mechanism moving the footrest between the stowed and deployed positions. A floor mat is disposed with the footrest. The floor mat is movable with the footrest between a stowed mat position and a deployed mat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Mark E. Benden
  • Patent number: 11008354
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a composition including a chiral solvating agent to resolve nuclear magnetic resonance signals of an enantiomer of at least one analyte, where the chiral solvating agent facilitates in the at least one analyte binding to a C2 face or a C3 face of the chiral solvating agent, and where the chiral solvating agent causes an upfield shift or a downfield shift in at least one nuclear magnetic resonance signals corresponding to a 1H, 19F{1H}, or 31P{1H} signal, and where the chiral solvating agent includes a cobalt cation. In another embodiment, a method that includes mixing a chiral solvating agent, including a cobalt cation, with at least one analyte to form a solution, obtaining nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of the solution, and identifying an enantiomer of the at least one analyte. In some embodiments, the method further includes determining enantiomeric purities of the at least one analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: John A. Gladysz, Kyle G. Lewis, Quang H. Luu
  • Patent number: 10995022
    Abstract: Methods for reducing the concentration of one or more contaminants in water using zero-valent iron media. In the method, a mixed aluminum (III) and iron (II) salt solution is added to water containing one or more contaminants that is in contact with a zero-valent iron media that comprises (a) a reactive solid comprising zero-valent iron and one or more iron oxide minerals in contact therewith and (b) magnetite to provide an aqueous reaction medium. The aqueous reaction medium is contacted with the zero-valent iron media for a period of time sufficient to reduce the concentration of one or more of the contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Yongheng Huang
  • Patent number: 10998825
    Abstract: A power converter includes a multiple-winding transformer. The multiple-winding transformer provides an electromagnetic link between an input side and an output side of the power converter. An inductor is arranged on at least one of the input side and the output side of the power converter in parallel with the multiple-winding transformer. At least one first capacitor is arranged on the input side of the power converter in parallel with the multiple-winding transformer and the inductor. At least one second capacitor is arranged on the output side of the power converter in parallel with the multiple-winding transformer. The inductor, the at least one first capacitor, and the at least one second capacitor define a parallel resonance tank. A first plurality of switching devices is arranged on the input side. A second plurality of switching devices is arranged on the output side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Hamid A. Toliyat, Seyed Morteza Moosavi Torshizi
  • Patent number: 10987035
    Abstract: Embodiments concern coupling polarized light at two or more wavelengths across the aqueous humor of the eye (e.g., as part of a noninvasive glucose monitoring system). An approach discloses non-contact and minimal contact eye-coupling designs that are part of a system for providing glucose concentration levels via measurements acquired by passing two or more optical beams through the cornea/aqueous chamber in the eye. The approach provides for coupling the light to account for the index mismatch incurred while allowing for monitoring the light polarization. Specifically, in an embodiment the light transitions from the device, through the air, through the proximal side of the cornea, through the aqueous humor, through the medial side of the cornea, and through the air back into the device. Embodiments address the index of refraction mismatch and polarized light maintaining concerns with a coupling approach that can take the form of contact and non-contact mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Gerard Cote, John Hanks, Casey Pirnstill
  • Patent number: 10981843
    Abstract: A method of forming polymer composites includes mixing a transition metal oxide precursor including at least one transition metal, a polymer as a binder, a solvent for the polymer, and water to form a first solution including polymer-transition metal complexes. The polymer-transition metal complexes are hydrolyzed to produce a plurality of transition metal oxide nanoparticles, wherein water is added in the mixing in a stoichiometric excess for the hydrolyzing. The solvent and residual of the water remaining after the hydrolyzing are removed. A polymer composite including the transition metal oxide nanoparticles dispersed in the polymer results after the removing, where some of the polymer is chemically conjugated to a surface of the transition metal oxide nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc., The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: David L. Reid, Sudipta Seal, Eric Petersen, Robert Draper
  • Patent number: 10967055
    Abstract: A vaccine includes at least one bacterial antigen capable of producing an immune response in a host when the vaccine is administered at a dose that is sufficient for preventing or treating Q fever in the host. The vaccine composition confers immunity against Q fever without the reactogenic side effects observed in prior art vaccines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: James E. Samuel, Erin J. Van Schaik, Anthony E. Gregory
  • Publication number: 20210094878
    Abstract: Provided herein are fiber reinforced cementitious materials and mixtures with increased crack resistance. The cementitious materials and mixtures include a cement and at least one carbon fiber. Also provide is a fiber reinforced cementitious mortar that includes the fiber reinforced cementitious material to which at least one of water, an aggregate material or a chemical admixture is added.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Joshua Hogancamp, Zachary Grasley
  • Patent number: 10961449
    Abstract: Nanodiamonds are grown under conditions where diamond-like organic seed molecules do not decompose. This permits engineered growth of fluorescent nanodiamonds wherein a custom designed seed molecule can be incorporated at the center of a nanodiamond. By substituting atoms at particular locations in the seed molecule it is possible to achieve complex multi-atom diamond color centers or even to engineer complete quantum registers. In addition, it is possible to grow ultra-small nanodiamonds, wherein each nanodiamond, no matter how small, can have at least one bright and photostable fluorescent emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: The Texas A&M University System, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Inventors: Philip Hemmer, Todd Zapata, Viktor Struzhkin, Yingwei Fei
  • Patent number: 10962540
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, reagents, systems, and devices that target ? lactamase as a biomarker for the sensitive and specific detection of tuberculosis-complex bacteria. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to methods and compositions for the detection of specific ?-lactamase protein and nucleic acid sequences to indicate the presence of tuberculosis-complex bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Cirillo, Michael T. Norman
  • Publication number: 20210088253
    Abstract: A system for enhancing overall energy production of CSPs through amplification of solar heat collection. In one embodiment, the system comprises a linear solar-thermal concentrator for concentrating solar light comprising a curved surface, two side walls, and an opening; a fluid conduit disposed within the linear solar-thermal concentrator that carries a working fluid through the linear solar-thermal concentrator; and a convection cover disposed over the opening of the linear thermal concentrator that traps heat convection energy within the linear solar-thermal concentrator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Shuza Binzaid
  • Patent number: 10952970
    Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for the use of an encapsulation additive having between about 0.1 to about 30 percent isolated and purified vitelline protein B to provide for mixed and extended release formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Allison R. Ficht, Kenneth Carson, Cynthia Sheffield, John Herbert Waite
  • Patent number: 10951235
    Abstract: A method and system for decoding low density parity check (“LDPC”) codes. An LDPC code decoder includes LDPC decoding circuitry comprising a Q message generator and a P sum adder array. The Q message generator combines an R message from a previous iteration with a P message to produce a Q message. The P sum adder array adds the P message to a difference of an R message from a current iteration and the R message from the previous iteration to produce an updated P message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Kiran Kumar Gunnam, Gwan S. Choi
  • Patent number: 10947282
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to Ubx-fusion molecules that maintain their mechanical strength and properties even after being fused with Ubx. Ubx fusions with VEGF and other growth factors, cell signaling proteins, and cell binding proteins can be used to induce angiogenesis. Ubx fibers and mesh, embedded within a tissue engineering scaffold, induce formation of vasculature within the scaffold. The presence of vasculature is necessary to provide oxygen and nutrients to other cells growing within the scaffold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: The Texas A & M University System, William Marsh Rice University
    Inventors: Sarah Bondos, Kayla Bayless, Kathleen Matthews, Jan Patterson, Colette Abbey, David Howell, Hao-Ching Hsiao, Kelly Churion, Shang-Pu Tsai, Sandhya Ramasamy, Dustin Porterpan, Keira Northern
  • Patent number: 10950886
    Abstract: Embodiments of the claimed invention are directed to a device, comprising: an anode that includes a lithiated silicon-based or lithiated carbon-based material or pure lithium metal or metal oxides and a sandwich-type sulfur-based cathode, wherein the anode and the cathode are designed to have porous structures. An additional embodiment of the invention is directed to a scalable method of manufacturing sandwich-type Li—S batteries at a significantly reduced cost compared to traditional methods. An additional embodiment is directed to the use of exfolidated CNT sponges for enlarging the percentage of sulfur in the cathode to have large energy density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Choongho Yu, Gang Yang
  • Patent number: 10940193
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the treatment of Brucella induced diseases and disorders are disclosed herein. In preferred embodiments, the invention relates to vaccines. In additional embodiments, the invention relates to formulations capable of releasing said vaccines at a controlled rate of release in vivo. In further embodiments, the invention relates to modified strains of the bacteria Brucella melitensis and Brucella abortus. In still further embodiments, the invention relates to compositions that do not induce clinical symptoms or splenomegaly in a subject receiving said compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Thomas A. Ficht, Allison Ficht, Renee Tsolis, Leslie Garry Adams, Angela M. Arenas-Gamboa
  • Publication number: 20210067175
    Abstract: A method and system for decoding low density parity check (“LDPC”) codes. An LDPC code decoder includes LDPC decoding circuitry comprising a Q message generator and a P sum adder array. The Q message generator combines an R message from a previous iteration with a P message to produce a Q message. The P sum adder array adds the P message to a difference of an R message from a current iteration and the R message from the previous iteration to produce an updated P message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Kiran Kumar GUNNAM, Gwan S. CHOI