Patents Assigned to University of New Mexico
  • Patent number: 10930490
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating thin, high-aspect-ratio Ge nanostructures from high-quality, single-crystalline Ge substrates are provided. Also provided are grating structures made using the methods. The methods utilize a thin layer of graphene between a surface of a Ge substrate, and an overlying resist layer. The graphene passivates the surface, preventing the formation of water-soluble native Ge oxides that can result in the lift-off of the resist during the development of the resist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, The Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Max G. Lagally, Francesca Cavallo, Vijay Saradhi Mangu
  • Patent number: 10409274
    Abstract: Described herein are various technologies for monitoring the backplane of a control system and detecting modifications of the control system (e.g., removal of modules, firmware updates, etc.). A monitoring device includes a field programmable gate array (FPGA), and is connected to the backplane of the control system. The monitoring device receives signals, by way of the backplane, that are communicated among modules connected to the backplane. The monitoring device detects a modification to the control system based upon the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, The Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Jorge Mario Urrea, Abraham Anthony Clements, Mark Walter Learn, Jim Plusquellic
  • Patent number: 10130916
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to biomimetic membranes and methods of manufacturing such membranes that include structural features that mimic the structures of cellular membrane channels and produce membrane designs capable of high selectivity and high permeability or absorptivity. The membrane structure, material and chemistry can be selected to perform liquid separations, gas separation and capture, ion transport and adsorption for a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, The Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Susan Rempe, C. Jeffrey Brinker, David Michael Rogers, Ying-Bing Jiang, Shaorong Yang
  • Patent number: 9110067
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing a sample of liquid having an NMR signal in response to a magnetic field for the presence of an analyte. Included is an NMR device having a testing section that is adapted to contain a liquid and apply a magnetic field to the liquid. A complex comprised of a conjugate having a field gradient bound to the analyte that is of sufficient magnitude to quench the NMR signal of the liquid when in the test section whereby the presence of the complex is determined by the absence of the NMR signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventor: Laurel Sillerud
  • Patent number: 9110068
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing a sample of liquid having an NMR signal in response to a magnetic field for the presence of an analyte. Included is an NMR device having a testing section that is adapted to contain a liquid and apply a magnetic field to the liquid. A complex comprised of a conjugate having a field gradient bound to the analyte that is of sufficient magnitude to quench the NMR signal of the liquid when in the test section whereby the presence of the complex is determined by the absence of the NMR signal. The system and method also include a container having a binding agent therein that has an affinity for the analyte or foreign agent that is used to remove the foreign agent from a patient's blood or plasma. Blood or plasma is shunted through the container to remove or reduce the foreign agent by extracorporeal circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventor: Laurel Sillerud
  • Patent number: 8803259
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and associated methods of forming the systems and/or apparatus may include imaging devices that may comprise multiple arrays of ultrasonic transducer elements for use in a variety of applications. These multiple arrays of ultrasonic transducer elements can be arranged to form a three-dimensional imaging device. Non-coplanar arrays of ultrasonic transducer elements can be coupled together. These imaging devices may be used as medical imaging devices. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: STC.UNM & University of New Mexico
    Inventor: Jingkuang Chen
  • Publication number: 20130164322
    Abstract: Provided herein is an extremophile green alga designated as Scenedesmus species Novo, from Jemez warm water springs, New Mexico. Sequencing 18S rDNA confirmed the alga as a new species. It is capable of producing high levels of microalgal biomass in wastewater under harsh ambient climatic conditions, and of yielding high levels of lipids and carotenes. Cultures in TAP medium at 24±1° C. at continuous light (132-148 ?mol photons m?2s?1) attained peak biomass levels 27.4×106 cells ml?1, 49.11 ?g ml?1 chlorophyll ?, 24.93 ?g ml?1 carotene on the seventh day and a division rate of 0.54 day?1. High levels of biomass were sustained in sterilized and unsterilized municipal wastewater, enriched with 1% TAP nutrients or unenriched. The microalga is useful in the production of biofuels, fertilizers, dietary nutrients, pharmaceuticals, polymers, biofilters to remove nutrients and other pollutants from wastewaters, in space technology, and laboratory research systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicants: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
    Inventors: University Of New Mexico, Department Of Veterans Affairs
  • Patent number: 8419998
    Abstract: A hollow carbon sphere having a carbon shell and an inner core is disclosed. The hollow carbon sphere has a total volume that is equal to a volume of the carbon shell plus an inner free volume within the carbon shell. The inner free volume is at least 25% of the total volume. In some instances, a nominal diameter of the hollow carbon sphere is between 10 and 180 nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., The Regents of the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Lab
    Inventors: Claudia C. Luhrs, Jonathan Phillips, Monique N. Richard, Angela Michelle Knapp
  • Publication number: 20120052207
    Abstract: Bipolar plates useful for fuel cell applications include a plate body having a channel-defining surface that is at least partially coated with a hydrophilic layer. This hydrophilic layer comprises residues of a silane-coupling agent in a sufficient amount such portions of the first hydrophilic layer have a contact angle less than a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicants: University of New Mexico, GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard H. Blunk, FENG ZHONG, Darren R. Dunphy
  • Patent number: 8057900
    Abstract: Disclosed is a material having a composite particle, the composite particle including an outer shell and a core. The core is made from a lithium alloying material and the outer shell has an inner volume that is greater in size than the core of the lithium alloying material. In some instances, the outer mean diameter of the outer shell is less than 500 nanometers and the core occupies between 5 and 99% of the inner volume. In addition, the outer shell can have an average wall thickness of less than 100 nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Claudia Luhrs, Monique N. Richard, Aaron Dehne, Jonathan Phillips, Kimber L. Stamm, Paul T. Fanson
  • Publication number: 20110021623
    Abstract: Inhibiting the enzymic action of tyrosinase in the melanocyte prior to, during, or after ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, including over-exposure causing erythema, or sunburn, prevents the production of melanin and thereby melanoma. Melanoma can be prevented by using a tyrosinase inhibitor agent that inhibits the enzymic action of tyrosinase to prevent damage and/or death of melanocytes. The inhibitor agent can be applied to the skin or ingested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: Regents of the University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Graham TIMMINS, Leslie Paige Lund
  • Publication number: 20110006254
    Abstract: A process for making an first material/second material nanocomposite is disclosed. The process can include providing a precursor that contains an electrochemically active and an electrochemically inactive material. Thereafter, the precursor can be suspended in an aerosol gas to produce an aerosol and a plasma having a high field zone can be provided. The aerosol can be passed through the high field zone of the plasma and result in the vaporization of at least part of the precursor in the aerosol. The precursor that has been vaporized in the high field zone is subsequently removed therefrom and allowed to condense into an first material/second material nanocomposite with at least one electrochemically active material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Regents of the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Monique N. Richard, Claudia Luhrs, Jonathan Phillips
  • Publication number: 20100310784
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for making a composite material that contains structured particles. The process includes providing a first precursor in the form of a dry precursor powder, a precursor liquid, a precursor vapor of a liquid and/or a precursor gas. The process also includes providing a plasma that has a high field zone and passing the first precursor through the high field zone of the plasma. As the first precursor passes through the high field zone of the plasma, at least part of the first precursor is decomposed. An aerosol having a second precursor is provided downstream of the high field zone of the plasma and the decomposed first material is allowed to condense onto the second precursor to from structured particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Regents of the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Lab
    Inventors: Angela Michelle Knapp, Monique N. Richard, Claudia Luhrs, Timothy Blada, Jonathan Phillips
  • Publication number: 20090317557
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for making a composite material that contains core-shell structured nanoparticles. The process includes providing a precursor in the form of a powder a liquid and/or a vapor of a liquid that contains a core material and a shell material, and suspending the precursor in an aerosol gas to produce an aerosol containing the precursor. In addition, the process includes providing a plasma that has a hot zone and passing the aerosol through the hot zone of the plasma. As the aerosol passes through the hot zone of the plasma, at least part of the core material and at least part of the shell material in the aerosol is vaporized. Vapor that contains the core material and the shell material that has been vaporized is removed from the hot zone of the plasma and allowed to condense into core-shell structured nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Claudia Luhrs, Jonathan Phillips, Monique N. Richard
  • Publication number: 20090317719
    Abstract: Disclosed is a material having a composite particle. The composite particle includes an outer shell containing an element such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur and an inner core made from a lithium alloying material such as tin, silicon, aluminum and/or germanium. If the outer shell is made from carbon, the outer shell of the composite particle has an average thickness of less than 20 nanometers and the composite particle has an outer mean diameter of less than 100 nanometers. In some instances, the inner core is made from tin, a tin binary alloy, a tin tertiary alloy or a tin quaternary alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., The University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Claudia Luhrs, Jonathan Phillips, Monique N. Richard, Kimber L. Stamm
  • Publication number: 20080175292
    Abstract: The present invention includes a laser amplifier and a method of making the same. The laser amplifier of the present invention includes a gain medium layer having a first index of refraction, and a coupling layer optically coupled to the gain medium. In the various embodiments described herein, the coupling layer can have a second index of refraction less than the first index of refraction. The laser amplifier described herein can also include an evanescent layer disposed between the gain medium and the coupling layer. The evanescent layer can have a third index of refraction less than the second index of refraction. The laser amplifier provides high power, efficient laser resonance through frustrated total internal reflection and total internal reflection while simultaneously providing for the minimization of waste heat in the gain medium layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
    Inventor: Mansoor Sheik-Bahae
  • Patent number: 7402229
    Abstract: A microfluidic device and method is disclosed having one or more membranes for the control of electrolysis. In one embodiment, a microfluidic device is disclosed that includes body with first channel and second channels separated by a gel layer. A first electrode positioned in the first channel and a second electrode positioned in the second channel wherein a potential applied to the first and second electrodes passes electrons from the first channel to the second channel through the gel layer. In another embodiment, a microfluidic device includes a body having a surface with a channel separating two first reservoirs. One or more membranes are positioned on the surface covering a portion of the channel and a blank is positioned covering the channel and the one or more membranes. A second reservoir through the blank is in contact with the membrane, each second reservoir in communication with the channel via the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignees: Intel Corporation, University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Scott Sibbett, Dimiter Petsev
  • Publication number: 20080025619
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods for the reduction of speckle noise in an image and methods for segmenting an image. Each of the methods disclosed herein includes steps for analyzing the uniformity of a pixel within a plurality of pixels forming a portion of the image and, based on the uniformity of the intensity of the plurality of pixels, adjusting and/or replacing the pixel in order to produce a speckle-noise reduced image, a segmented image, or a segmented and speckle-noise reduced image. The methods of the present invention can employ for example conditional probability density functions, nonlinear estimator functions, convex energy functions and simulated annealing algorithms in the performance of their respective steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
    Inventors: Ousseini Lankoande, Majeed Hayat, Balu Santhanam
  • Patent number: 7285386
    Abstract: Provided is an animal model system for the study of papillomaviruses, especially anogenital papillomaviruses, especially those causing anogenital and/or head and neck cancers. The Rhesus papillomavirus (especially RhPV1) is a useful model for human papillomaviruses which cause anogenital infections and cancers of the anogenital region and/or the head, neck and respiratory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: University of New Mexico, and Educational Institution of the State of New Mexico
    Inventor: Michelle A. Ozbun
  • Patent number: 7109041
    Abstract: A display and method of preparing 7-transmembrane and other receptors for real-time kinetic analysis of binding interactions. The invention includes display on beads and in micelles for multi-well and flow cytometric analysis. The invention is useful for ligand discovery and drug action discovery, and G-protein response in particular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Science & Technology Corporation @University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Larry Sklar, Eric Prossnitz, Vilven Janeen, Donna Neldon