Patents Assigned to The Government of the United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
  • Patent number: 10351269
    Abstract: A burn wire release mechanism for a spacecraft or other system having two masses initially held together by a pretensioned loop, with a spring configured to push the masses apart. The burn wire release system includes at least one burn wire held in contact with the pretensioned loop material. When an electrical current flows through the burn wire, the wire heats up and severs the pretensioned loop, and the masses are pushed apart by the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Adam Thurn
  • Patent number: 10354192
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing exploratory data analysis using a recommender system are provided. The recommender system receives feedback when a set of raw data is analyzed (e.g., from one or more data analysts exploring a data set). Based on the collected feedback, the recommender system can automatically infer the need for certain analytical operations to be performed on a data set. These inferences can be used by the recommender system to infer analytical operations when new data sets are analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Mark A. Livingston, Stephen Russell, Jonathan W. Decker, Suleyman Guleyupoglu, Antonio Gilliam
  • Patent number: 10343900
    Abstract: Material structures and methods for etching hexagonal, single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC) materials are provided, which include selection of on-axis or near on-axis hexagonal single-crystal SiC material as the material to be etched. The methods include etching of SiC bulk substrate material, etching of SiC material layers bonded to a silicon oxide layer, etching of suspended SiC material layers, and etching of a SiC material layer anodically bonded to a glass layer. Plasma-etched hexagonal single-crystal SiC materials of the invention may be used to form structures that include, but are not limited to, microelectromechanical beams, microelectromechanical membranes, microelectromechanical cantilevers, microelectromechanical bridges, and microelectromechanical field effect transistor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Eugene A. Imhoff, Francis J. Kub, Karl D. Hobart, Rachael L. Myers-Ward
  • Publication number: 20190202792
    Abstract: An electrically conducting organic oligomer made from the steps of preparing an acidic aqueous solution with a monomer; preparing the acidic aqueous solution by mixing a solution of about 1.6 wt % HCl in DI water with a monomer; forming about a 0.3 M solution preparing a second aqueous solution with a sodium persulfate oxidant; mixing the acidic aqueous solution with the second aqueous solution; and allowing a reaction to proceed at about 40° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Brett D. Martin, Scott A. Trammell, Jeffrey R. Deschamps, Jawad Naciri, Jeffrey C. DePriest
  • Publication number: 20190201547
    Abstract: A new nanoparticle (NP)-based, multicomponent delivery/reporter construct can mediate the controlled, spatiotemporal, active release of an appended cargo to the cytosol of mammalian cells. The construct comprises components including (1) a central NP scaffold, for example a photoluminescent quantum dot (QD); (2) a bridging structure that self-assembles to the NP surface (for example, histidine-tagged maltose binding protein); and (3) a cargo, for example a ligand-dye/drug conjugate, incorporating a ligand that allows the cargo to releasably bind to the bridging structure (e.g., a ?-cyclodextrin ligand for binding to maltose binding protein).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: James B. Delehanty, Lauren D. Field, Igor L. Medintz, Scott Walper, Kimihiro Susumu, Guillermo Lasarte-Aragones
  • Patent number: 10338315
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for splicing crystal fibers to silica glass fibers. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide mechanically stable bonds with negligible optical transmission loss by splicing fibers through a thermally enhanced reaction bonding process at lower temperatures than the melting point of the crystal. In an embodiment, mixing of the materials at elevated temperatures forms a stable intermediary material which enhances strength and reduces the transmission losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Rajesh Thapa, Rafael R. Gattass, Daniel J. Gibson, Woohong Kim, L. Brandon Shaw, Jasbinder S. Sanghera
  • Publication number: 20190184189
    Abstract: A method using a receiving substrate and a target substrate having a photon-transparent support, a photon absorbent interlayer coated on the support, and a tissue-implantable particle on top of the interlayer opposite to the support. A source of photon energy is directed through the transparent support so that the photon energy strikes the interlayer. A portion of the interlayer is energized by absorption of the photon energy. The energized interlayer causes a transfer of the particle across a gap between the target substrate and the receiving substrate and embedding of the particle into the receiving substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Bradley R. Ringeisen, Peter K. Wu
  • Publication number: 20190189888
    Abstract: This disclosure teaches methods for making high-temperature superconducting striated tape combinations and the product high-temperature superconducting striated tape combinations. This disclosure describes an efficient and scalable method for aligning and bonding two superimposed high-temperature superconducting (HTS) filamentary tapes to form a single integrated tape structure. This invention aligns a bottom and top HTS tape with a thin intervening insulator layer with microscopic precision, and electrically connects the two sets of tape filaments with each other. The insulating layer also reinforces adhesion of the top and bottom tapes, mitigating mechanical stress at the electrical connections. The ability of this method to precisely align separate tapes to form a single tape structure makes it compatible with a reel-to-reel production process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Joseph C. Prestigiacomo, Raymond C.Y. Auyeung, Michael S. Osofsky
  • Publication number: 20190184480
    Abstract: A method of making precise alignment and decal bonding of a pattern of solder preforms to a surface comprising cutting and placing a length of a solder ribbon onto a semiconductor release tape forming a solder ribbon and semiconductor release tape combination, placing the solder ribbon and semiconductor release tape combination on a vacuum chuck on X-Y stage pair in a laser micromachining system, adjusting the working distance, laser-cutting an outline, peeling off the solder ribbon, allowing the desired solder shape to remain, creating indexing holes, providing a target surface on an alignment fixture with indexing pins, aligning the indexing holes, placing the semiconductor release tape with the desired solder shape on the target surface, pressing the desired solder shape onto the target surface, removing the release tape, and making a pattern of the desired solder shape with precise alignment and decal bonding on the target surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Raymond C.Y. Auyeung, Joseph C. Prestigiacomo, Michael S. Osofsky
  • Publication number: 20190184415
    Abstract: Disclosed is a closable container of a mesh material having openings. When the container is closed, the openings are the only gaps in the container. The openings are no more than 150 microns in diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Scooter Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190185670
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns electrically conducting poly(pyrazoles). The concept of oligomerizing and polymerizing substituted aminopyrazole derivatives combined with a monomer activation procedure involving base-mediated conversion of the protonated pyrazole ring nitrogen to amine salt was developed. This disclosure concerns the specific chemistries needed for the synthesis of a pyrazole monomer used in the polymer synthesis. The procedure used for blending the novel polypyrazoles with other compounds needed for construction of solar cells for testing was developed. This disclosure concerns the concept of using these types of heteroatom-rich, electron-deficient oligomers or polymers as n-dopable or p-dopable electron acceptors in photovoltaic cells. This disclosure concerns synthesizing the starting monomer compounds and polypyrazoles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Brett D. Martin, Ian D. Giles, Jawad Naciri, Paul T. Charles, Scott A. Trammell, Jeffrey R. Deschamps, Jeffrey C. Depriest
  • Publication number: 20190173141
    Abstract: A zinc-air battery having: a cathode, an anode, an electrolyte, a separator between the anode and the cathode, and a housing. The cathode includes: a cathode current collector and a composite having a porous carbon material, a porous cryptomelane-type MnOx material, a porous NiyFe1-yOx material, and a binder. The anode includes: a continuous network having metallic zinc and having metallic zinc bridges connecting metallic zinc particle cores and a continuous network of void space interpenetrating the zinc network. The electrolyte fills the void space in the anode, is in contact with the cathode, and permeates the composite without completely filling or obstructing a majority of the pores. The housing encloses the anode, the cathode, and the separator and exposes the composite to ambient air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Joseph F. Parker, Jeffrey W. Long, Debra R. Rolison, Christopher N. Chervin
  • Publication number: 20190169028
    Abstract: Si3N4 nanotubes and nanorods wherein the nanotubes and nanorods of silicon nitride are pure ?-Si3N4 formed by carbothermal reduction of SiO2 from reacting agricultural husk material in heat and forming the silicon nitride nanotubes and nanorods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Syed B. Qadri, Bhakta B. Rath, Edward P. Gorzkowski, III
  • Publication number: 20190161887
    Abstract: A method of growing crystalline materials on two-dimensional inert materials comprising functionalizing a surface of a two-dimensional inert material, growing a nucleation layer on the functionalized surface, and growing a crystalline material. A crystalline material grown on a two-dimensional inert material made from the process comprising functionalizing a surface of a two-dimensional inert material, growing a nucleation layer on the functionalized surface, and growing a crystalline material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Neeraj Nepal, Virginia Wheeler, Charles R. Eddy, JR., Francis J. Kub, Travis J. Anderson, Michael A. Mastro, Rachael L. Myers-Ward, Sandra C. Hangarter
  • Publication number: 20190157497
    Abstract: A novel, low cost method for manufacturing flexible crystalline ultra-thin Si solar cells using previously fabricated inflexible crystalline Si solar cells. A stack of metal layers is coated onto a front side of previously completed inflexible crystalline Si solar cells. The stack serves as a bonding layer as well as an electrically conducting layer between the inflexible solar cell and the carrier substrate. The front side of the coated inflexible Si solar cell is bonded onto the carrier substrate. Back side layers from the starting inflexible solar cell are removed, as is much of the base layer, so that only a thin base layer remains, with the thin base layer and emitter region having a total thickness of between 1 ?m and 30 ?m and the final cell having a total thickness of about 10 to about 125 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Woojun Yoon, Phillip Jenkins, Robert J. Walters, David Scheiman
  • Publication number: 20190157181
    Abstract: A device structure and method for improving thermal management in highly scaled, high power electronic and optoelectronic devices such as GaN FET and AlGaN/GaN HEMT devices by implementing diamond air bridges into such devices to remove waste heat. The diamond air bridge can be formed from a polycrystalline diamond material layer which can be grown on the surface of a dielectric material layer, on the surface of a III-nitride material, or on the surface of a diamond polycrystalline nucleation layer, and may be optimized to have a high thermal conductivity at the growth interface with the underlying material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Karl D. Hobart, Andrew D. Koehler, Francis J. Kub, Travis J. Anderson, Tatyana I. Feygelson, Marko J. Tadjer, Lunet E. Luna
  • Publication number: 20190148569
    Abstract: Resonant-cavity infrared photodetector (RCID) devices that include a thin absorber layer contained entirely within the resonant cavity. In some embodiments, the absorber is a single type-II InAs—GaSb interface situated between an AlSb/InAs superlattice n-type region and a p-type AlSb/GaSb region. In other embodiments, the absorber region comprises quantum wells formed on an upper surface of the n-type region. In other embodiments, the absorber region comprises a “W”-structured quantum well situated between two barrier layers, the “W”-structured quantum well comprising a hole quantum well sandwiched between two electron quantum wells. In other embodiments, the RCID includes a thin absorber region and an nBn or pBp active core within a resonant cavity. In some embodiments, the RCID is configured to absorb incident light propagating in the direction of the epitaxial growth of the RCID structure, while in other embodiments, it absorbs light propagating in the epitaxial plane of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jerry R. Meyer, Igor Vurgaftman, Chadwick Lawrence Canedy, William W. Bewley, Chul Soo Kim, Charles D. Merritt, Michael V. Warren, Mijin Kim
  • Publication number: 20190134601
    Abstract: The invention relates to strong hydrogen-bond acidic sorbents. The sorbents may be provided in a form that limits or eliminates intramolecular bonding of the hydrogen-bond acidic site between neighboring sorbent molecules, for example, by providing steric groups adjacent to the hydrogen-bond acidic site. The hydrogen bond site may be a phenolic structure based on a bisphenol architecture. The sorbents of the invention may be used in methods for trapping or detecting hazardous chemicals or explosives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Courtney A. Roberts, R. Andrew McGill
  • Publication number: 20190128475
    Abstract: Shock and/or impact-resistant pressure vessels having elastomeric coatings are provided. The pressure vessels of the invention are significantly lighter than conventional air tanks having the same capacity, while enhancing safety in military and undersea environments. Methods for protecting pressure vessels from ballistic, blast wave, and mechanical impacts, while also providing corrosion protection, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles M. ROLAND, Karen Swider LYONS, Gary S. BUCKLEY
  • Publication number: 20190119168
    Abstract: Particles of a refractory metal or a refractory-metal compound capable of decomposing or reacting into refractory-metal nanoparticles, elemental silicon, and an organic compound having a char yield of at least 60% by weight are combined to form a precursor mixture. The mixture is heating, forming a thermoset and/or metal nanoparticles. Further heating form a composition having nanoparticles of a refractory-metal silicide and a carbonaceous matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Teddy M. Keller, Matthew Laskoski