Patents Assigned to The Texas A&M University System
  • Publication number: 20210285115
    Abstract: Processes and systems for electrochemical exfoliation that use a compression reactor and, more particularly, to processes and systems for electrochemical exfoliation of planar parent materials, such as graphite. A reactor for electrochemical exfoliation may include a container configured to hold an electrolyte solution. The reactor may further include a porous chamber, wherein the porous chamber is configured to hold a parent material in fluid communication with the electrolyte solution. The reactor may further include a pressure source positioned to apply a pressure along a length of the porous chamber to thereby compress the parent material in the porous chamber. The reactor may further include a first counter electrode. The reactor may further include a working electrode. The reactor may further include an electrical power source in electrical communication with the first counter electrode and the working electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicants: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc., The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Rohan Ashok Hule, Micah J. Green, Joshua T. Hope, Wanmei Sun
  • Patent number: 11121211
    Abstract: A lateral superjunction includes a substrate layer, a selective epitaxy layer deposited on the substrate layer, a trench formed into the selective epitaxy layer to expose a portion of the substrate layer, a first layer of semiconductor deposited in the trench, a second layer of semiconductor deposited adjacent to the first layer, and a first end layer of semiconductor deposited adjacent to the first layer of semiconductor and a second end layer of semiconductor deposited adjacent to the second layer of semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Michael Everett Babb, Harlan Rusty Harris
  • Patent number: 11109869
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention is a shape memory polymer (SMP) foam designed to recover its original shape through exposure to a solvent. Thermo-responsive SMPs are polymers designed to maintain a programmed secondary shape until heated above their transition temperature, upon which the polymer recovers its original, or primary, shape. The thermo-responsive SMP foam is programmed to its secondary shape prior to use, typically compression of the foam to a small volume, and remains in this programmed shape until exposed to a selected solvent such as dimethyl sulfoxide or ethyl alcohol. Upon exposure to the solvent, the transition temperature of the SMP foam decreases below the temperature of the environment and the SMP foam actuates to its primary shape. The SMP foam is tailored to actuate upon exposure to specific solvents while minimizing or preventing actuation when exposed to water or other solvents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Anthony Boyle, Keith Hearon, Duncan J. Maitland, Landon D. Nash, Thomas S. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20210252102
    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: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicants: The Texas A&M University System, The Regents of the University of Colorado, a Body Corporate
    Inventors: Richard Tobin, Martha Karen Newell-Rogers
  • Publication number: 20210253232
    Abstract: A hover-capable aircraft includes a body including a tubular strut, a first rotor assembly rotatably coupled to the body and positioned about the strut, wherein the first rotor assembly includes a first plurality of circumferentially-spaced blades, a first actuation assembly including a first plurality of electronically controlled actuators coupled to a first swashplate and configured to control the movement of the first swashplate relative to the body, and a control system coupled to the body and configured to control the first plurality of actuators, wherein the control system includes a cable extending through a passage formed in the tubular strut and in signal communication with the first plurality of actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Moble Benedict, David Coleman, Atanu Halder, Bochan Lee, Andrew Riha, Farid Saemi, Carl Runco, Vishaal Subramanian, Eric Greenwood, Vinod Lakshminarayan
  • Patent number: 11090408
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a thermoset polyurethane shape memory polymer (SMP) foam that includes at least one antimicrobial agent. The antimicrobial agent may include at least one phenolic acid that is a pendent group chemically bonded to a polyurethane polymer chain of the SMP foam. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Mary Beth Monroe, Duncan J. Maitland, Andrew Weems, Brandis Keller, Grace Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20210246030
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing graphene-based materials includes (a) positioning graphite into an inner chamber of a rotatable housing of a rod mill. A plurality of elongate rigid rods are loosely positioned in the housing. In addition, the method includes (b) rotating the housing of the rod-mill after (a). Further, the method includes (c) rod milling the graphite with the rods during (b) to produce a first portion of the graphene-based materials and milled graphite. The first portion of the graphene-based materials include 30 layers or less of graphene and the milled graphite comprises more than 30 layers of graphene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Ahmad Amiri, Mohammad Naraghi
  • Patent number: 11084743
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing the concentration of selenium species in water, particularly water containing recalcitrant selenium species. In the methods and systems, water containing one or more selenium species is treated with permanganate to provide permanganate-treated water, which is then contacted with a zero-valent iron treatment system comprising (a) a reactive solid comprising zero-valent iron and one or more iron oxide minerals in contact therewith and (b) ferrous iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Yongheng Huang
  • Patent number: 11083717
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for inhibiting and/or sensitizing or re-sensitizing a parasite to an antiparasitic drug are provided. The compositions can comprise a an arylphenoxypropionate derivative, an aryloxyphenoxyacetate derivative, an aryloxyphenylacetate derivative, one or more substituted quinols, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, hydrate, or prodrug thereof, or a combination thereof in an amount and formulation sufficient to sensitize the parasite to the drug, treating infection of a patient by a parasite with a drug, or to prevent symptomatic infection of a patient by a parasite with a drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Manchi C M Reddy, James C. Sacchettini, Nian E. Zhou, Billy F. McCutchen
  • Patent number: 11084742
    Abstract: Activated iron media and methods for generating and using the activated iron media. The method involves aqueous suspension comprising a zero-valent iron, ferrous iron, and an iron oxide to provide a settled solid and re-suspending the settled solid to provide an aqueous suspension containing an activated iron media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Yongheng Huang
  • Publication number: 20210221676
    Abstract: A microfluidic device includes a microfluidic channel formed in the microfluidic device and defined by a floor and a ceiling positioned vertically above the floor, wherein the microfluidic channel includes at least one fluid inlet configured to receive a fluid flow and at least one fluid outlet, and wherein at least one of the ceiling and the floor of the microfluidic channel is sloped relative to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Arum Han, Jose A. Wippold, Adrian R. Guzman, Can Huang, Dimitra Stratis-Cullum
  • Patent number: 11066303
    Abstract: Methods and reactors for electrochemically expanding a parent material and expanded parent materials are described. Current methods of expanding parent materials incompletely-expand parent material, requiring expensive and time-consuming separation of expanded parent material from unexpanded parent materials. This problem is addressed by the methods and reactor for electrochemically expanding a parent material described herein, which during operation maintain electrical connectivity between the parent material and an electrical power source. The resulting materials described herein have a greater proportion of expanded parent material relative to unexpanded parent material compared to those made according to others methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Thomas C. Achee, Micah J. Green, Charles B. Sweeney, Wanmei Sun
  • Patent number: 11066379
    Abstract: Gracilin A congeners and methods for their use as immunosuppressive and neuroprotective agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: The Texas A&M University System, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
    Inventors: Daniel Romo, Mikail E. Abbasov, Eva Alonso Lopez, Maria Amparo Alfonso Rancano, Miguel Luis Botana Lopez
  • Publication number: 20210209747
    Abstract: Various embodiments are disclosed for a machine learning system for automatic genotype selection and performance evaluation using multi-source and spatiotemporal remote sensing data collected from an unmanned aerial system (UAS). A computing device may be configured to access images of a field having a first genotype and a second genotype of at least one crop or plant planted therein. The computing device may apply an image processing routine to the images to analyze the images of the field and determine characteristics of the first genotype and the second genotype of the at least one crop or plant planted in the field. The computing device may then apply a machine learning routine to forecast a first estimated yield of the first genotype and a second estimated yield of the second genotype using the identified characteristics of the first genotype and the second genotype.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Jinha Jung, Juan Landivar, Murilo Maeda, Akash Ashapure
  • Patent number: 11054243
    Abstract: A circuit for generating a swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) imaging calibration clock. The circuit comprises a first photodetector configured to convert an SS-OCT optical calibration signal to an SS-OCT electrical calibration signal, a first analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled to the first photodetector and configured to convert the SS-OCT electrical calibration signal to a sequence of SS-OCT calibration signal digital values, a processing unit coupled to the first ADC that, when initiated, is configured to demodulate the sequence of SS-OCT calibration signal digital values to obtain a sequence of SS-OCT wave number digital values, where each SS-OCT wave number digital value corresponds to one of the SS-OCT calibration signal digital values, and a level crossing sampler that is configured to track a wave number associated with the SS-OCT optical calibration signal and to generate an SS-OCT calibration clock pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Sebastian Hoyos, Oscar Joseu Pacheco Barajas, Amir Tofighi Zavareh
  • Patent number: 11052407
    Abstract: A dielectrophoresis-based in-droplet cell concentrator is disclosed herein. The concentrator can include a concentration microchannel having an input port and two or more outlet ports. The input port introduces cell-encapsulated droplets or particle-encapsulated droplets into the microchannel; a first outlet port receives droplets including most of the cells or particles and a second output port receives droplets including few cells or particles. The concentrator also can include a pair of electrodes. When voltage is applied, the electrodes will create an electric field across the microchannel. The concentrator adds new capabilities to droplet microfluidics operations, such as adjusting concentrations of cells in droplets, separating cells of different properties from inside droplets, and solution exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Arum Han, Song-I Han
  • Patent number: 11041003
    Abstract: The present invention discloses crystal structure of Staphylococcus aureus Clumping factor A (ClfA) in complex with fibrinogen (Fg) derived peptide. Also, the present invention also discloses the use of this structure in the design of ClfA targeted vaccines and therapeutic agents (including monoclonal antibodies). In addition, the present invention discloses isolated and purified engineered Staphylococcus clumping factor A protein (ClfA) with a stabilized, closed conformation and immunogenic compositions thereof including methods of treating a Staphylococcus infection in an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Magnus Hook, Ya-Ping Ko, Emanuel Smeds, Vannakambadi K. Ganesh
  • Patent number: 11041143
    Abstract: Numerous plant microbes, including the vascular-limited Candidatus spp.—causal agents of citrus greening and potato zebra chip diseases—are non-culturable. The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to compositions, methods and systems for culturing such organisms. For example, the present disclosure relates to methods for culturing, propagating, and characterizing fastidious vascular-colonizing microbes using a hairy root system (e.g., in vitro, in planta). The present disclosure relates, in some embodiments, to methods for cultivating a fastidious plant microbe including: contacting a plant (e.g., a tomato plant, a potato plant, a citrus plant) colonized by a fastidious plant microbe (e.g., Xylella fastidiosa, Candidatus Liberibacter spp.) with a suspension of R. rhizogenes under conditions that permit induction of hairy roots colonized with the fastidious plant microbe, and propagating the colonized microbial hairy roots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Kranthi K. Mandadi, Sonia C. Irigoyen, T. Erik Mirkov
  • Patent number: 11035663
    Abstract: Systems and related methods are disclosed for characterizing physical phenomena. In an embodiment, the system includes a frame defining an active volume, a camera configured to capture an image of the active volume, and a controller coupled to the camera. In an embodiment, the controller is configured to: track an object within the active volume via the camera, analyze a motion of the object within the active volume, and output a visual depiction of the object and one or more vectors characterizing the motion of the object on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Ricardo Eusebi, Jeffrey Breitschopf, David Andrew Overton, Brian Muldoon, Sifu Luo, Zhikun Xing
  • Publication number: 20210169030
    Abstract: A fluazifop-resistant sorghum cultivar designated ‘X’ and plants comprising a polynucleotide encoding the polypeptide of SEQ ID NO: 39 are disclosed herein. The present invention provides seeds, plants, and plant parts derived from sorghum cultivar ‘X’ and those including SEQ ID NO: 39. Further, it provides methods for producing a sorghum plant by crossing ‘X’ with itself or another sorghum variety. The invention also encompasses any sorghum seeds, plants, and plant parts produced by the methods disclosed herein, including those in which additional traits have been transferred into ‘X’ through the introduction of a transgene or by breeding ‘X’ with another sorghum cultivar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Applicants: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Jason Keith Norsworthy, Muthukumar Bagavathiannan, William L. Rooney, George L. Hodnett