Patents Assigned to University of Wyoming
  • Publication number: 20210276876
    Abstract: A clean and low-cost approach for reusing waste residual from coal utilization and sandstone powder is disclosed. The coal waste residual may be produced from any thermal, solvent extraction or combination process. For example, a sustainable and environmentally friendly method for synthesis of beta-silicon carbide (?-SiC) using, for example, the residual of Powder River Basin (PRB) coal extraction derived from ethanol and supercritical CO2 (EtOH-SCC) extraction combined with natural sandstone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventors: Maohong Fan, Kaidi Sun, Tongtong Wang, Zhe Chen, Wenyang Lu, Xin He, Weibo Gong, Richard Arthur Horner
  • Patent number: 11077443
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to apparatus for temperature modulation of samples. Generally, aspects of the disclosure provide for a portable cooling and heating apparatus which enables a user to visualize a sample during cooling or heating. In one embodiment, the apparatus include a sample block, a plurality of thermoelectric modules coupled to the sample block, and a cooling block coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric modules. In another embodiment, the cooling block is in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir. Other embodiments utilize various insulating materials to influence thermal conductivity between the sample block and the cooling block to provide for enhanced temperature control and modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: Kennan Oyen, Michael Dillon
  • Patent number: 11077190
    Abstract: A magnetic nanoparticle including a TRPV1 agonist, as well as methods of preparation and use, are described herein. A magnetically responsive pharmaceutical can include a core region having a magnetic nanoparticle (MNPs) and a TRPV1 protein agonist. Further, an exterior coating comprising a polymer can be formed around the core region. The magnetically responsive pharmaceutical can be administered to a recipient and directed to a target region using an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: Baskaran Thyagarajan, Padmamalini Baskaran
  • Publication number: 20210214231
    Abstract: Methods for producing graphene oxide products are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of producing a graphene oxide product includes contacting a carbon-containing feedstock with an oxidizing composition comprising aqueous nitric acid, wherein the concentration of nitric acid is 50 to 63 wt %, to from a reactant slurry, in response to the contacting step, oxidizing the carbon-containing feedstock of the reactant slurry to form a graphite oxide slurry; and processing the graphite oxide slurry into a graphene oxide product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: Patrick JOHNSON, Ana Paula MARTINS LEANDRO
  • Publication number: 20210185939
    Abstract: A hydroponic plant production apparatus comprising: a hollow grow tube with a slot formed in the front face of the grow tube, and a matrix media insert composed of two halves, where the media is insertable into the grow tube, allowing plants to be inserted and grown between the two halves of the matrix media insert in the grow tube is provided. Methods for use of a hollow grow tube with a slot formed in the front face of the grow tube, and a matrix media insert composed of two halves, where the media is insertable into the grow tube, allowing plants to be inserted and grown between the two halves of the matrix media insert in the grow tube are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: 11026378
    Abstract: A vertical hydroponic plant production apparatus for allowing vertical hydroponic greenhouse crop production is provided. The apparatus comprises a hollow grow tube having a front face, a back face, an open first end, and an open second end. A slot is formed in the front face of the grow tube. A media material is insertable into the grow tube. The grow tube is positionable in either a horizontal position, vertical position, or any position between the horizontal position and the vertical position allowing inclined, multi-angled crop production and multi-storied conveyor style crop production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Publication number: 20210161088
    Abstract: A modular hydroponic tower array fixture system for the growth of organisms such as plants and fungi on arrays of hydroponic towers, allowing for the insertion and removal of individual towers from the array, is provided. Methods for the production of organisms such as plants and fungi using a modular hydroponic tower array fixture system are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: 10994252
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, the inventive technology relates to in-vessel generation of a material from a solution of interest as part of a processing and/or analysis operation. Preferred embodiments of the in-vessel material generation (e.g., in-vessel solid material generation) include precipitation; in certain embodiments, analysis and/or processing of the solution of interest may include dissolution of the material, perhaps as part of a successive dissolution protocol using solvents of increasing ability to dissolve. Applications include, but are by no means limited to estimation of a coking onset and solution (e.g., oil) fractionating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The University of Wyoming Research Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Schabron, Joseph F. Rovani
  • Patent number: 10995260
    Abstract: Methods for evaluating an optimal surfactant structure for oil recovery by systematically evaluating surfactants' phase behavior, cloud point, dynamic interfacial tension, dynamic contact angle, and spontaneous and forced imbibition. In one embodiment, a method for determining an optimal surfactant structure for oil recovery includes the steps of evaluating a surfactant's phase behavior, evaluating the surfactant's solubility, evaluating the surfactant's dynamic interfacial tension in a porous rock sample, evaluating the surfactant's static and dynamic contact angles in the porous rock sample, evaluating the surfactant's spontaneous imbibition in the porous rock sample, and evaluating the surfactant's forced imbibition in the porous rock sample. In one example, the surfactant comprises a polyoxyethylenated (POE) straight-chain alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: Mohammad Piri, Lamia Goual, Vahideh Mirchi, Morteza Akbarabadi, Soheil Saraji
  • Publication number: 20210121854
    Abstract: Provided herein are catalyst materials and processes for processing hydrocarbons. For example, doped ceria-supported metal catalysts are provided exhibiting good activity and stability for commercially relevant DRM process conditions including low temperature and long term operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventors: Jing ZHOU, Joseph HOLLES, Richard HORNER, Jintao MIAO
  • Patent number: 10980880
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to restorative solutions for segmental peripheral nerve (PN) defects using allografted PNs for stimulating PN repair. More specifically, embodiments described herein provide for localized immunosuppression (LIS) surrounding PN allografts as an alternative to systemically suppressing a patient's entire immune system. Methods include localized release of immunosuppressive (ISV) agents are contemplated in one embodiment. Methods also include localized application of immunosuppressive (ISV) regulatory T-cells (Tregs) in other embodiments. Hydrogel carrier materials for delivery of ISV agents and are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventor: Jared Bushman
  • Patent number: 10944123
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for the generation of electric current and/or electric potential utilizing micro- or nano-channels and capillary flow, including fluidic or microfluidic batteries and electrochemical cells. The provided systems and methods use capillary force to promote fluid flow through micro- and nano-fluidic channels by evaporating fluid at one terminus of the channel, and the resulting fluid flow generates electric potential and or current. Advantageously, the described systems and methods remove the need for pressurized vessels or external pumps, increasing net energy generation and decreasing complexity and size of potential fluidic batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventor: Debashis Dutta
  • Publication number: 20210045837
    Abstract: Use of augmented reality to provide a real-time two-dimensional representation of medical imaging data to a user in a three-dimensional space. An augmented reality system is discussed that may provide a single stage processing for video data ingestion directly from a video data output of a medical imaging device. In turn, latency in the resulting video data presented to the user via an augmented reality display may be reduced. The augmented reality system may also allow for a high degree of control over the virtual position, rotation, size, and/or opacity of the two-dimensional representation of the video data in the three-dimensional space associated with the augmented reality system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: The University of Wyoming
    Inventors: Joseph McGinley, Suresh MUKNAHALLIPATNA, Bradley Riotto, John McInroy
  • Publication number: 20210010764
    Abstract: Polymer-based selective radiative cooling structures are provided which include a selectively emissive layer of a polymer or a polymer matrix composite material. Exemplary selective radiative cooling structures are in the form of a sheet, film or coating. Also provided are methods for removing heat from a body by selective thermal radiation using polymer-based selective radiative cooling structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicants: The Regents of the University of Colorado, A Body Corporate, University of Wyoming
    Inventors: Ronggui YANG, Xiaobo YIN, Gang TAN, Dongliang ZHAO, Yaoguang MA, Yao ZHAI
  • Patent number: 10888054
    Abstract: A modular hydroponic tower array fixture system for the growth of organisms such as plants and fungi on arrays of hydroponic towers, allowing for the insertion and removal of individual towers from the array, is provided. Methods for the production of organisms such as plants and fungi using a modular hydroponic tower array fixture system are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Publication number: 20200398222
    Abstract: An ordered functional nanoporous material (OFMN) composition includes a pore defined by a sidewall, the sidewall comprising N—C—N linkages therein. A process for synthesis of a reagent includes the reaction of a 6,7-diaminoquinoxaline having R groups with hexaketocyclohexane (HKH) octahydrate, where R is independently in each occurrence H, Cl, Br, I, C4H4S (thiophenyl), SO3?, CO2?, C?CH, CH?CH2, NH2, OH, C?N, C1-C4 alkyl, (CH2)xCH?CH2, or (CH2)yCH?CH(CH2)z where x or (y+z) is an integer of 0 to 4 inclusive, (CH2)jCH?CH, or (CH2)kCH?C(CH2)r where j or (k+r) 0 to 4 inclusive. A process of degasification that includes extracting a gas from a mixture by exposing the mixture to an OFNM to selectively pass the gas therethrough. A process of dehydrogenation includes exposing an aliphatically unsaturated feedstock to platinum modified OFNM under conditions to form hydrogen and selectively passing the hydrogen through the platinum modified OFNM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: Katie Dongmei Li-Oakey, John Hoberg, Bruce Alan Parkinson
  • Patent number: 10871439
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for reducing the background light intensity measured by a Fountain Flow cytometer. One approach includes constraining an interrogated volume of the sample (e.g., by adding a light absorbing reagent to the sample or introducing a bend into a flow cell through which the sample flows). Another approach includes minimizing Raman scattering from the sample by choosing an excitation filter and an emission filter configured to narrowly encompass light at wavelengths within system excitation and emission peaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Paul E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200390848
    Abstract: Diabetic wounds have elevated levels of cathepsin K, a protease enzyme, which degrades proteins, such as collagen, causing delayed wound healing. By targeting cathepsin K, diabetic wound healing is ameliorated. Methods and devices for treatment include intradermal injection of odanacatib at or adjacent a wound. Methods and devices for treatment include topical application of pharmacological inhibitors of cathepsin K, for example, in the form of gel, powder, or bandage. Other methods and systems include localized genetic knock out of the cathepsin K gene by topical application of a small interfering RNA (siRNA) or antisense oligonucleotide to aid in wound healing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Sreejayan Nair
  • Patent number: 10844274
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a hydrocarbon recovery material includes an organic acid and a water material, the organic acid including a naphthenic acid, L-prolific, or a combination thereof. In another embodiment, an oil recovery method includes injecting a treatment fluid into a reservoir under reservoir conditions, the reservoir containing hydrocarbons, and the treatment fluid includes an organic acid and a water material. In another embodiment, an oil recovery method includes injecting a treatment fluid into a reservoir containing hydrocarbons, the treatment fluid comprising an organic acid in one or more of an oil-in-water emulsion, a resin dispersion, or a polymer capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: Vladimir Alvarado, Teresa Reilly, Kelly Meyers
  • Publication number: 20200354294
    Abstract: A method is provided for using twisted acenes, and more particularly to configurationally stable twisted acenes that are imbedded into the structure of [7]helicene at the fulcrum ring to form useable material structures. The helicene propagates its chiral nature into the acene, while acting as a locking mechanism to thermal racemization. These doubly-helical compounds are part of a new homologous series of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, namely the [7]helitwistacenes. Such [7]helitwistacenes have utility as materials suitable for forming a circularly polarized organic light emitting diode (CP-OLED) for direct emission of circularly polarized (CP) light for the fabrication of high efficiency electronic displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventors: Edward L. Clennan, Jacob Weber