Patents Examined by Susan D Leong
  • Patent number: 10718732
    Abstract: Electrochemical sensing of biomolecules eliminates the need for bulky optical instruments required in traditional fluorescence-based sensing assays. Integration of the sensor interface electrodes and active electrochemical detection circuitry on CMOS substrates miniaturizes the sensing platform, enhancing portability for point-of-care applications, while enabling high-throughput, highly-parallel analysis. One embodiment includes a four-by-four active sensor array for multiplexed electrochemical biomolecular detection in a standard 0.25-?m CMOS process. Integrated potentiostats, including control amplifiers and dual-slope ADCs, stimulate the electrochemical cell and detect the current flowing through on-chip gold electrodes at each sensor site resulting from biomolecular reactions occurring on the chip surface. Post-processing techniques for fabricating biologically-compatible surface-electrode arrays in CMOS that can withstand operation in harsh electrochemical environments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City of New York
    Inventors: Peter M. Levine, Kenneth L. Shepard, Ping Gong, Levicky Rastislav
  • Patent number: 10714726
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a pristine separator (PSL) and a functional layer (FL). The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles uniformly mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10714648
    Abstract: Disclosed are a solar cell and a method of manufacturing the same. The solar cell with a graphene-silicon quantum dot hybrid structure according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a hybrid structure including a silicon quantum dot layer, in which a silicon oxide layer includes a plurality of silicon quantum dots; a doped graphene layer formed on the silicon quantum dot layer, and an encapsulation layer formed on the doped graphene layer; and electrodes formed on upper and lower parts of the hybrid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Suk Ho Choi, Sung Kim, Jong Min Kim
  • Patent number: 10714727
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium-sulfur battery separator and an electrolyte. The lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a pristine separator (PSL) and a functional layer (FL). The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles uniformly mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10707468
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium-sulfur battery separator and an electrolyte. The lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a PSL and a FL. The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL comprises carbon nanotube structure and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles. The carbon nanotube structure defines a plurality of micropores. The plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles is located on surface of the carbon nanotube structure and filled in micropores in the carbon nanotube structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10700308
    Abstract: Provided are an aromatic amine compound as represented by formula (1), used for improving light extraction efficiency and color purity of an organic light-emitting element, an organic light-emitting element material containing the aromatic amine compound, an organic light-emitting element covering layer material containing the aromatic amine compound, and an organic light-emitting element containing the aromatic amine compound. The organic light-emitting element achieves high light-emitting efficiency and color reproducibility. The organic light-emitting element can be used as organic EL display, backlight source for liquid crystal display, illumination, light source for measurement devices, indication board or identification lamp etc. The organic light-emitting element significantly improves light extraction efficiency and has superior color purity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Guangnan Jin, Peng Wang, Fangrong Xu, Lingzhi Zhong, Takeshi Ishigaki, Daisaku Tanaka, Takeshi Ikeda, Takuya Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10690626
    Abstract: A cassette for use in parallel electrophoretic assays and methods of manufacture and use of same are provided. The cassette comprises assay channels suitable for carrying out electrophoresis and sample ports for introducing samples into the assay channels. Each sample port comprises one or more tip registration features for guiding a pipette tip to a desired location, which corresponds to the position of a well for receiving the sample. The cassette is particularly suited for use with automated liquid handling systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: COASTAL GENOMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jared Slobodan, Matthew Nesbitt, Andrew Nobles, Kevin Baillie
  • Patent number: 10680129
    Abstract: A solar cell for collecting solar radiation can include a barrier layer such as a dielectric barrier layer and a heterostructure including a first light absorbing layer and at least a second light absorbing layer. A method for forming the solar cell can include forming a sacrificial layer on a support substrate and forming the barrier layer on the sacrificial layer. The barrier layer is formed to have a strain gradient through its thickness. The heterostructure is attached to the barrier layer and the sacrificial layer is removed, thereby separating the barrier layer and the heterostructure from the support substrate. During the removal of the sacrificial layer, the strain gradient causes the barrier layer and heterostructure, to roll, curl, or spiral, thereby resulting in a radially stacked heterostructure that provides a light concentrating optical cavity having multiple light absorbing layers with different band gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: Francesca Cavallo, Vijay Saradhi Mangu
  • Patent number: 10665741
    Abstract: A window assembly. The window assembly is exposed to radiant light, and comprises a window pane, a solar module positioned adjacent the window pane. The solar module includes a) a photovoltaic layer to receive at least a portion of the radiant light, and to convert the radiant light into electrical energy, and b) an insulating substrate having a predefined openness and being positioned proximate the photovoltaic layer, to block out another portion of the radiant light based on the openness. The window assembly also comprises an energy device being in electrical communication with the photovoltaic layer to receive and distribute the electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOTAL SHADE INC.
    Inventor: David A. Westby
  • Patent number: 10665768
    Abstract: A thermoelectric conversion module package includes: a thermoelectric conversion module including a first and a second substrate opposed to each other, a plurality of thermoelectric elements arranged between the first and second substrates, and a first and a second lead wire drawn out from one of the first and second substrates; and a package including a first metal foil covering the first substrate of the thermoelectric conversion module, a second metal foil covering the second substrate of the thermoelectric conversion module, a resin portion hermetically connecting the first metal foil and the second metal foil along an outer edge portion of the thermoelectric conversion module, and an insertion portion for hermetically passing the first and second lead wires through the resin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: YAMAHA CORPORATION, TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsutsugu Hamano, Takahiro Hayashi, Yuma Horio, Tomoaki Taniguchi, Yuki Muroi, Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10655016
    Abstract: An organic dye corresponding to one of the following structures (I) or (II): eD-pi-conjugated chromophore-L-A (I), or A-L-pi-conjugated chromophore-eD (II), where eD represents an electron donor segment, L represents a covalent bond or a spacer segment and in particular a pi-conjugated spacer segment, A represents an electron acceptor segment capable of forming a covalent bond with a semiconductor, in which the pi-conjugated chromophore comprises at least one unit of formula (III): in which the radicals R1 and R2, which are identical or different, represent an optionally substituted aryl group; the radicals R3 to R8, which are identical or different, represent a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl group or an optionally substituted aryl group; and X1 and X2, which are identical or different, are chosen from S, Se and O.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Renaud Demadrille, Yann Kervella, Damien Joly, Maxime Godfroy
  • Patent number: 10658534
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bi-facial photovoltaic power generation module, comprising a transparent box, and a cell string and a mounting base which are installed inside the transparent box, wherein the transparent box is provided with a positive terminal and a negative terminal, the cell string is formed by connecting several bi-facial cells in series or in parallel with both ends of the cell string respectively provided with a positive wire and a negative wire welded on the positive terminal and the negative terminal, and the mounting base is provided with strip-shaped slots in which the bi-facial cells can be plugged. According to the present invention, the module can simultaneously generate power on front and back sides thereof and improve its power generation efficiency per unit area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jinjie Gu, Shuqin Wang, Letian Gu
  • Patent number: 10648943
    Abstract: A refrigerant analyzer including a pump, a filtering device, a temperature/humidity regulator, an electrochemical sensor, and a control device, wherein the refrigerant analyzer is configured to circulate conditioned air through the sensing chamber for an initialization duration of time to obtain an initial output value, determine whether the initial output value is stabilized below a predetermined initial limit, circulate a refrigerant through the sensing chamber for a sensing duration of time, operate the control device to measure a sensed output value, and operate the control device to determine a measured concentration of at least one contaminant within the refrigerant based on the sensed output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Zhiwei Yang, Warren Clough, Ivan Rydkin
  • Patent number: 10651330
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing a photovoltaic module (10), comprising the following steps: forming, on an electrically conducting material, a furrow (20A) defining a first (18A) and second (18B) lower electrode; then forming, on each lower electrode, a stack (34) comprising at least one upper electrode (36) and an intermediate photo-active layer (38), to form a first (16A) and second (16B) photovoltaic cell, respectively; then forming an electrical connection (17A) between said cells (16A, 16B). Before the stacks, the following are formed: a first insulating strip (22A) in the furrow (20A); and a second electrically insulating strip (24B) on the second lower electrode, delimiting an inactive area (28B) on said second electrode. The stack (34) next formed on the second cell is positioned outside the inactive area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ARMOR
    Inventors: Mélanie Bertrand, François Allais, Jeremiah K. Mwaura
  • Patent number: 10648027
    Abstract: Techniques for measuring sequences of nucleic acids are provided. Time-based measurements (e.g., forming a histogram) particular to a given sequencing cell can be used to generate a tailored model. The model can include probability functions, each corresponding to different states (e.g., different states of a nanopore). Such probability functions can be fit to a histogram of measurements obtained for that cell. The probability functions can be updated over a sequencing run of the nucleic acid so that drifts in physical properties of the sequencing cell can be compensated. A hidden Markov model can use such probability functions as emission probabilities for determining the most likely nucleotide states over time. For sequencing cells involving a polymerase, a 2-state classification between bound and unbound states of the polymerase can be performed. The bound regions can be further analyzed by a second classifier to distinguish between states corresponding to different bound nucleotides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mannion, Morgan Mager
  • Patent number: 10629816
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a polymer and an organic solar cell including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Hoon Kim, Doowhan Choi, Songrim Jang, Bogyu Lim
  • Patent number: 10629763
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: two solar cells adjacent one another across a space; an elongated light reflector extending over the two solar cells; and a front protector covering front surfaces of the two solar cells and the light reflector. In a plan view of the two solar cells, each of the two solar cells has chamfered corners and a substantially octagonal shape with linear long sides and linear or non-linear short sides, connected alternately. The light reflector, in the plan view, protrudes in the longitudinal direction from an intersection between a first long side facing another long side across the space, among the long sides, and a first short side one end of which is connected to the first long side, among the short sides, to cause light reflected by the uneven structure of the light-reflective film to reach at least one of the two solar cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akimichi Maekawa, Junpei Irikawa, Tasuku Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 10611994
    Abstract: A device for monitoring a cell culture includes one or more electrochemical sensors configured to be positioned adjacent to or embedded within a medium of a cell culture. The one or more electrochemical sensors are configured to generate signals in accordance with the cell culture. A data storage device is configured to receive and store the signals from the one or more electrochemical sensors. A computation device is configured to analyze the signals from the one or more electrochemical sensors to determine cell activity over time using sensitivity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Guy M. Cohen, Theodore G. van Kessel, Sufi Zafar
  • Patent number: 10608131
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar cell including: a solar cell including an electrode; a wiring portion electrically connected to the electrode of the solar cell; a connection member positioned between the electrode and the wiring portion at a connection portion of the electrode and the wiring portion to electrically connect the electrode and the wiring portion; and an insulating layer covering the electrode entirely where the connection member is not positioned to insulate the electrode and the wiring portion at a portion other than the connection portion. The insulating layer includes an organic solderability preservative (OSP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daeseon Hyun, Ayoung Bak
  • Patent number: 10608223
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a separator for fuel cell including a seal part of thermosetting resin can have improved productivity. The method includes a placing step to place uncured thermosetting resin on a substrate, a pre-curing step to pre-cure the uncured thermosetting resin on the substrate, and a curing step to cure the pre-cured thermosetting resin on the collected plurality of substrates to collectively form the seal parts on the plurality of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideo Nakamura, Kazuomi Yamanishi, Hiroki Okabe