Patents Assigned to Texas A & M University System
  • Patent number: 10786261
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising: an outer conduit; a shape memory polymer (SMP) foam; a metal backbone including: (a)(i) a first portion that extends from the SMP foam proximal end to the SMP foam distal end and which is generally covered by the SMP foam, and (a)(ii) a distal portion that extends distally from the SMP foam distal end and which is not covered by the SMP foam; wherein: (b)(i) SMP foam and the metal backbone are both included within the outer conduit adjacent to the outer conduit distal end; (b)(ii) the metal backbone distal portion transitions from a secondary shape that is uncoiled to a primary shape that is coiled; and (b)(iii) the metal backbone distal portion is in the metal backbone distal portion secondary shape and is located between the SMP foam distal end and the distal end of the outer conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Duncan J. Maitland, Todd L. Landsman, Jennifer N. Rodriguez, Anthony J. Boyle, Alan C. Glowczwski, Mark A. Wierzbicki
  • Patent number: 10786465
    Abstract: A composition comprising a nanoparticle, wherein the nanoparticle comprises a polymer/copolymer conjugated to a moiety is disclosed. A method of forming a nanostructure includes stirring poly(lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) and 11-Ethyl-3-(dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) in CH2Cl2 to create a PLGA mixture, n-boc-ethyelenediamine and N,N-Diisopropylethylamine (DIEA) are added to the PLGA mixture to create a reaction mixture. The reaction mixture is then precipitated in cold diethyl ether to form a purified polymer, which is then dried. The dried and purified polymer is then reconstituted in CH2Cl2:TFA solution and stirred under inert conditions. The product of the reconstituting step is evaporated to form a clear viscous residue that is dissolved in CH2Cl2 and then precipitated in cold ether to form a polymer. These functional polymers can encapsulate a variety of bioactives forming nanosystems improving the performance of bioactives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Naga Venkata Ravi Kumar Majeti, Raghu Ganugula, Meenakshi Arora, Prabhjot Saini
  • Patent number: 10790779
    Abstract: In some examples, a system comprises a first component; a second component configured to receive signals from the first component via one or more wires; and a controller. In at least some examples, the controller is coupled to the one or more wires and is trained with a classification model to distinguish between signals indicating arc events and signals not indicating arc events. In at least some example, the controller is further configured to: receive the signals; extract features that are at least partially related to the received signals; classify the extracted features using the classification model; determine an occurrence of the arc event based on the classification; and provide an output signal indicating an arc event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Robert S. Balog, Jr., Zhan Wang
  • Publication number: 20200297825
    Abstract: Vaccine compositions including a yeast comprising an immunostimulatory polypeptide and optionally an antigenic polypeptide are provided herein. The immunostimulatory polypeptide and the antigenic polypeptide are expressed or displayed on the surface of the yeast vaccine composition. Methods of using the vaccine composition to vaccinate subjects are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicants: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Olivia B. Faulkner, Lisa Bielke, Leona Nicole Calhoun, Luc Berghman, Billy Hargis
  • Publication number: 20200297832
    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: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicants: 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
  • Publication number: 20200296906
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for reinforcement learning-based irrigation control to maintain or increase a crop yield or reduce water use. A computing device may be configured to determine an optimal irrigation schedule for a crop planted in a field by applying reinforcement learning (RL), where, for a given state of a total soil moisture, the computing device performs an action, the action comprising waiting or irrigating crop. An immediate reward may be assigned to a state-action pair, the state-action pair comprising the given state of the total soil moisture and the action performed. The computing device may instruct an irrigation system to apply irrigation to at least one crop in accordance with the optimal irrigation schedule determined, where the optimal irrigation schedule includes an amount of water to be applied at a predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Lijia SUN, Jiang HU, Dana O. PORTER, Thomas H. MAREK, Charles C. HILLYER, Yanxiang YANG
  • Patent number: 10780175
    Abstract: The present invention provides a biodegradable “precision polymer system” (poly system) and methods for preparing pharmaceutically effective “precision polymer nanosystems” (polymer nanosystem) for delivery and/or targeting of drugs or drug like compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Naga Venkata Ravi Kumar Majeti, Prabhjot Saini, Raghu Ganugula, Meenakshi Arora
  • Patent number: 10780419
    Abstract: Disclosed are non-noble element compositions of matter, structures, and methods for producing the catalysts that can catalyze oxygen reduction reactions (ORR). The disclosed composition of matter can be comprised of graphitic carbon doped with nitrogen and associated with one or two kinds of transition metals. The disclosed structure is a three dimensional, porous structure comprised of a plurality of the disclosed compositions of matter. The disclosed structure can be fashioned into an electrode of an electrochemical cell to serve as a diffusion layer and also to catalyze an ORR. Two methods are disclosed for producing the disclosed composition of matter and structure. The first method is comprised of two steps, and the second method is comprised of a single step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Woongchul Choi, Gang Yang, Choongho Yu
  • Patent number: 10781294
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising: a monolithic shape memory polymer (SMP) foam having first and second states; wherein the SMP foam includes: (a) polyurethane, (b) an inner half portion having inner reticulated cells defined by inner struts, (c) an outer half portion, having outer reticulated cells defined by outer struts, surrounding the inner portion in a plane that provides a cross-section of the SMP foam, (d) hydroxyl groups chemically bound to outer surfaces of both the inner and outer struts. Other embodiments are discussed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Landon D. Nash, Duncan J. Maitland, Nicole Docherty, Thomas S. Wilson, Ward Small, IV, Jason Ortega, Pooja Singhal
  • Publication number: 20200291256
    Abstract: A method of applying a gas-impermeable coating includes forming a polyelectrolyte complex suspension. The polyelectrolyte complex suspension is applied to a substrate. The substrate having the polyelectrolyte complex applied theron is treated. The treating reduces salt content of the polyelectrolyte complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Jaime C. Grunlan, Merid Haile, Ryan Smith
  • Publication number: 20200295370
    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: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Choongho Yu, Suk Lae Kim
  • Publication number: 20200289625
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for treating inflammatory conditions, for example, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis induced inflammatory bowel disease, spinal cord injury or spaceflight-induced immune dysregulation and associated comorbidities in a mammal or subject in need of such treatment. The present invention also provides a method for decreasing osteocyte protein levels in a mammal suffering from inflammatory condition. A pharmacologically effective does of Irisin or a pharmaceutical composition of irisin is administered to the mammal or subject one or more times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Corinne Metzger, Anand Narayanan, David Zawieja, Susan Bloomfield
  • Patent number: 10763536
    Abstract: Embodiments of the claimed invention are directed to a device, comprising: an anode that includes a lithiated silicon-based material and a sulfur-based cathode, wherein the anode and the cathode are designed to have mesoporous structures. In certain embodiments, the sulfur-based cathode is a mesoporous carbon structure comprising sulfur within the mesopores. A further embodiment of the invention is directed to a device comprising a semi-liquid lithium-sulfur battery comprising a lithium anode and a sulfur cathode. In certain embodiments, the sulfur cathode comprises a liquid catholyte, which is housed within a reservoir that is a carbon nanotube sponge. An additional embodiment of the invention is directed to a method for producing a lithiated silicon anode and a sulfur-based cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Choongho Yu, Xiong Pu
  • Publication number: 20200274364
    Abstract: A device includes an input converter, an output converter, and a controller. The input converter is electrically coupled to an electrical meter and an energy production array. The output converter is electrically coupled to the energy production array and a load. The controller is communicatively coupled to the input converter, the output converter, the energy production array, and the load. The input converter and the output converter are positioned between the electrical meter and the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: PANGANAMALA R. KUMAR, LE XIE, PRASAD N. ENJETI
  • Publication number: 20200268831
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for treating cancers by targeting the elimination of selective activated immune cell populations in combination with checkpoint inhibitors. The cells may be targeted, for instance, using CLIP inhibitors and or MHC class II inducers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicants: The Texas A&M University System, The Regents of the University of Colorado, a Body Corporate
    Inventors: Richard Tobin, Martha Karen Newell-Rogers
  • Patent number: 10745709
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the production of monocot plants with increased starch content in stems are provided. In accordance with the invention, novel promoters and regulatory elements with specific temporal and spatial expression patterns are disclosed together with methods for the production of plants having desirable stem composition at harvest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Brian McKinley, John E. Mullet
  • Publication number: 20200251018
    Abstract: A venous valve model includes a first layer having a central axis and a fluid channel extending between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet formed in the first layer, wherein the fluid channel is defined by a pair of channel walls, a first venous valve formed in the first layer and positioned along the fluid channel, and a pair of first actuation chambers positioned adjacent the channel walls of the fluid channel, wherein the pair of first actuation chambers are configured to decrease a width of the fluid channel in response to pressurization of the pair of first actuation chambers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Abhishek Jain, Navaneeth Krishna Rajeeva Pandian
  • Publication number: 20200248090
    Abstract: Phase change material compositions and methods for using the compositions to prepare substrate coatings or bulk blended polymers that advantageously lower friction between interacting substrate surfaces and lower substrate surface wear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Reza Gheisari, Andreas A. Polycarpou
  • Patent number: 10730991
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a platform shape memory polymer system. Such an embodiment exhibits a blend of tunable, high performance mechanical attributes in combination with advanced processing capabilities and good biocompatibility. A post-polymerization crosslinking synthetic approach is employed that combines polyurethane and thiol-ene synthetic processes. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Keith Hearon, Landon D. Nash, Thomas Wilson, Duncan J. Maitland, Mark A. Wierzbicki
  • Patent number: 10731269
    Abstract: Inefficient dissipation of heat limits the performance of electronic devices. Thermal interface materials (TIMs) can be used in electronic devices to dissipate heat more effectively and efficiently. Nanocomposites have been prepared using functionalized boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS). The incorporation of soft-ligand functionalized BNNS in a metal matrix was used to nanofabricate kinetically-trapped nanocomposites TIMs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Mustafa Akbulut, Cengiz Yegin, Nirup K. Nagabandi, Blake Teipel