Patents Examined by Kourtney S Carlson
  • Patent number: 9868974
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sensor device for measuring a level of an analyte of interest in a fluid, such as body fluid (for example blood, plasma, urine, interstitial fluid, saliva), a method of manufacturing a sensor device, a reagent film for use in a sensor, a method of manufacturing a reagent film for use in a sensor, a method of conducting an assay using a sensor, a method of calibrating a measurement from a sensor, a method of calibrating a batch of sensors, a meter for use with a sensor and a kit comprising a meter and a sensor according to the invention. A first aspect of the invention provides a sensor device for measuring a level of an analyte of interest In a fluid comprising: a flowpath for the fluid; on the flowpath, a reagent for the analyte of interest adjacent to an internal standard comprising a first predetermined amount of a first calibration analyte; and further wherein the reagent and the predetermined amount of a first calibration analyte are in dry form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SureSensors Ltd.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Frank Hall
  • Patent number: 9837611
    Abstract: Design and use of photo-switching, fullerene-based dyads of the design x-D-y-A or D-y-A-x as interfacial layers (IFL) for organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices are described herein. The fullerene-based dyads and triads of the present invention contain electron-donating substituents such as porphyrins or phthalocyanines that exhibit charge separation states with long lifetimes upon irradiation, resulting in rejection of electrons reaching the electrode and concurrently promoting the conduction of holes. This phenomenon has a strong rectifying effect on the whole device, not just the interfaces, resulting in improved charge extraction from the interior of the photo-active layer. The invention further describes anchoring an IFL to the ITO surface as a monolayer, bilayer, or greater multilayers. One OPV design embodiment of the present invention embodiment involves the formation of covalent bonds via silane groups (—SiR3) as the anchor (x), to form siloxane bonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Luis Echegoyen, Michael D. Irwin, Danisha M. Rivera-Nazario
  • Patent number: 9825583
    Abstract: A solar energy system for portably providing solar energy features a base unit having a base cavity located therein. A cable notch and an annular panel notch are located on a base side wall. A base first end or a base second end features an opening located therein featuring a first end cap or a second end cap located thereon. The system features power inverter located in the base cavity operatively connected to a power storage component and a solar controller. The system features a solar panel wrapped around the panel notch of the base unit. The solar panel is operatively connected to the solar controller, the power inverter, and the power storage component via cables for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Riley
  • Patent number: 9812629
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a thermoelectric conversion structure and its use in heat dissipation device. The thermoelectric conversion structure includes a thermoelectric element, a first electrode and an electrically conductive heat-blocking layer. The thermoelectric element includes a first end and a second end opposite to each other. The first electrode is located at the first end of the thermoelectric element. The electrically conductive heat-blocking layer is between the thermoelectric element and the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hsiao-Hsuan Hsu, Chun-Hu Cheng, Ya-Wen Chou, Yu-Li Lin
  • Patent number: 9803228
    Abstract: A method of making an electrochemical sensor strip that includes: depositing a first electrode on a base; depositing a second electrode on the base; applying a first layer onto the first electrode; and applying a second layer onto the second electrode. The first layer includes an oxidoreductase and a mediator. The second layer includes a soluble redox species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Huan-Ping Wu, Greg P. Beer, Christina Blaschke
  • Patent number: 9771648
    Abstract: A sputtering apparatus includes a chamber for containing a feed gas. An anode is positioned inside the chamber. A cathode assembly comprising target material is positioned adjacent to an anode inside the chamber. A magnet is positioned adjacent to cathode assembly. A platen that supports a substrate is positioned adjacent to the cathode assembly. An output of the power supply is electrically connected to the cathode assembly. The power supply generates a plurality of voltage pulse trains comprising at least a first and a second voltage pulse train. The first voltage pulse train generates a first discharge from the feed gas that causes sputtering of a first layer of target material having properties that are determined by at least one of a peak amplitude, a rise time, and a duration of pulses in the first voltage pulse train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: ZOND, INC.
    Inventors: Roman Chistyakov, Bassam Hanna Abraham
  • Patent number: 9774295
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion element includes a ferroelectric layer; a first electrode and a second electrode provided on a surface or a surface layer portion of the ferroelectric layer; a common electrode provided on a surface or a surface layer portion of an opposite side to a side of the ferroelectric layer on which the first electrode and the second electrode are provided; and a pair of lead-out electrodes extracting electric power from the ferroelectric layer, in which the first electrode and the second electrode are arranged alternately in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Hosono, Satoshi Kimura, Setsuya Iwashita, Yasuaki Hamada
  • Patent number: 9765392
    Abstract: A technique for a nanodevice is provided. A reservoir is separated into two parts by a membrane. A nanopore is formed through the membrane, and the nanopore connects the two parts of the reservoir. The nanopore and the two parts of the reservoir are filled with ionic buffer. The membrane includes a graphene layer and insulating layers. The graphene layer is wired to first and second metal pads to form a graphene transistor in which transistor current flowing through the graphene transistor is modulated by charges or dipoles passing through the nanopore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hongbo Peng, Gustavo A. Stolovitzky, Wenjuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 9758822
    Abstract: A technique for a nanodevice is provided. A reservoir is separated into two parts by a membrane. A nanopore is formed through the membrane, and the nanopore connects the two parts of the reservoir. The nanopore and the two parts of the reservoir are filled with ionic buffer. The membrane includes a graphene layer and insulating layers. The graphene layer is wired to first and second metal pads to form a graphene transistor in which transistor current flowing through the graphene transistor is modulated by charges or dipoles passing through the nanopore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hongbo Peng, Gustavo A. Stolovitzky, Wenjuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 9758821
    Abstract: A technique for a nanodevice is provided. A reservoir is separated into two parts by a membrane. A nanopore is formed through the membrane, and the nanopore connects the two parts of the reservoir. The nanopore and the two parts of the reservoir are filled with ionic buffer. The membrane includes a graphene layer and insulating layers. The graphene layer is wired to first and second metal pads to form a graphene transistor in which transistor current flowing through the graphene transistor is modulated by charges passing through the nanopore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hongbo Peng, Gustavo A. Stolovitzky, Wenjuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 9728665
    Abstract: A luminescent concentrator for solar light is provided. The luminescent concentrator comprises a wavelength-selective filter, an energy concentrating area, and a luminescent material. The wavelength-selective filter is adapted to pass the solar light and to reflect light emitted by the luminescent material. Further, a method for concentrating solar light is provided. The method comprises the steps of (a) passing incident solar light through a wavelength-selective filter and an energy concentrating area onto a luminescent material, and (b) converting the incident solar light in the luminescent material to light having a wavelength reflectable by the wavelength-selective filter. The method further comprises a step (c) of concentrating the converted light in a pre-determined area arranged between the wavelength-selective filter and the luminescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Reinder Ronda, Dirk Kornelis Gerhardus De Boer
  • Patent number: 9666733
    Abstract: A solar cell using a printed circuit board (PCB) includes a substrate that is formed of an insulating material and in and through which a plurality of fixing holes and communication holes are alternately formed; a plurality of photoelectric effect generators that have ball or polyhedral shapes fixed to the substrate to be disposed over the plurality of fixing holes, and generate photoelectric effects by receiving light through light-receiving portions that are exposed to an upper portion of the substrate; a plurality of upper electrodes that are formed on a top surface of the substrate, and are connected to the respective light-receiving portions of the photoelectric effect generators; and a plurality of lower electrodes that are formed on a bottom surface of the substrate to be connected to respective non-light-receiving portions of the photoelectric effect generators, and communicate with the plurality of upper electrodes through the plurality of communication holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Hyeon Woo Ahn, Sung Gue Lee
  • Patent number: 9650663
    Abstract: This invention relates to a sensor for detecting a stem cell differentiation, including (a) an electrode; and (b) a substrate of an alkaline phosphatase. The phosphorylation or dephosphorylation of the substrate for an alkaline phosphatase as a stem cell undifferentiation marker which dephosphorylates its substrate may be measured using an electrical signal in the present sensor. Therefore, the sensor of the present invention enables to electrically detect a stem cell status in a high-throughput manner and to determine the stem cell differentiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Sogang University
    Inventors: Jeong-Woo Choi, Cheol-Heon Yea
  • Patent number: 9647191
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for thermal-to-electric conversion involving relatively hot and cold juxtaposed surfaces separated by a small vacuum gap wherein the cold surface provides an array of single charge carrier converter elements along the surface and the hot surface transfers excitation energy to the opposing cold surface across the gap through Coulomb electrostatic coupling interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MTPV POWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter L. Hagelstein, Dennis M. Wu
  • Patent number: 9640331
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell (ssDSC) tandem module. The method fabricates a first panel by forming a first plurality of series-connected ssDSC cells overlying the first substrate top surface, with an electrical interface between each ssDSC cell. A second panel is fabricated in the same manner. An anisotropic conductive film (ACF) is formed overlying each electrical interface of the first panel ssDSC cells. Each ACF is aligned to a corresponding electrical interface of the second panel ssDSC cells, and the panels are bound. The result is a ssDSC tandem module comprising a first plurality of series-connected tandem sections, where each tandem section comprises a first panel ssDSC cell connected in parallel with an overlying second panel ssDSC cell. In one variation, the tandem sections include series-connected ssDSC cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jong-Jan Lee, Wei Pan
  • Patent number: 9617576
    Abstract: The present invention provides an enzyme electrode composed of a carbon particle on which glucose dehydrogenase (GDH) with flavine adenine dinucleotide (FAD) as a coenzyme is supported and an electrode layer contacting the carbon particle, wherein the carbon particle and/or the electrode layer are/is composed of the carbon particles with a particle diameter of not more than 100 nm and a specific surface area of at least 200 m2/g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: BIOENGINEERING LABORATORIES, LLC, ARKRAY, INC., ULTIZYME INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Wakako Tsugawa, Koji Sode
  • Patent number: 9583663
    Abstract: A power supply including a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) adapted for placement in an eye includes a base material transparent to visible light; and fluorescent particles doped within the base material. The fluorescent particles are capable of absorbing and reemitting light in the ultraviolet spectrum. A concentration of the fluorescent particles as a function of radius from an optical axis of the LSC is reduced in at least a portion of the base material outside of a pupil diameter. At least one photovoltaic cell is configured to receive the light in the ultraviolet spectrum trapped within the base material and to convert the trapped light into electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Michael J. McFadden
  • Patent number: 9564542
    Abstract: A solar cell formation method, and resulting structure, having a first film and a barrier film over a surface of a doped semiconductor, wherein the optical and/or electrical properties of the first film are transformed in-situ such that a resulting transformed film is better suited to the efficient functioning of the solar cell; wherein portions of the barrier film partially cover the first film and substantially prevent transformation of first film areas beneath the portions of the barrier film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TETRASUN, INC.
    Inventors: Adrian Bruce Turner, Oliver Schultz-Wittmann, Denis De Ceuster, Douglas E. Crafts
  • Patent number: 9535028
    Abstract: A biosensor strip having a low profile for reducing the volume of liquid sample needed to perform an assay. In one embodiment, the biosensor strip includes an electrode support; an electrode arrangement on the electrode support; a cover; a sample chamber; and an incompressible element placed between the cover and the electrode support, the incompressible element providing an opening in at least one side or in the distal end of the sample chamber to provide at least one vent in the sample chamber. In another embodiment, the biosensor strip has an electrode support; an electrode arrangement on the electrode support; a cover; and a sample chamber, the cover having a plurality of openings formed therein, at least one of the openings in register with the sample chamber. The invention further includes methods for preparing such a biosensor strips in a continuous manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Petyt, Matthew Bates, Pamela Reid, Andrew J. Bull, Jeff Garner
  • Patent number: 9537077
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device and method based on creating a structure of nanoclusters in a composite metal and insulator material by co-depositing the metal and insulator material and irradiating the composite material to create nanoclusters of metal within the composite material. In one variation, the composite material may be continuously deposited and concurrently irradiated. A further variation based on a multilayer structure having alternate layers of metal/material mixture. The alternate layers have differing metal content. The layer structure is irradiated with ionizing radiation to produce nanoclusters in the layers. The differing metal content serves to quench the nanoclusters to isolate nanoclusters along the radiation track. The result is a thermoelectric device with a high figure of merit. In one embodiment, the multilayer structure is fabricated and then irradiated with high energy radiation penetrating the entire layer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Fayetteville State University
    Inventor: Daryush Ila