Patents by Inventor Mario Blanco

Mario Blanco has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11230786
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nano-structured aluminum oxide film. The first step involves degreasing an aluminum plate using a degreasing solution. The next step involves electropolishing the aluminum plate after degreasing with an electropolishing solution that is free of perchloric acid and chromic acid. The next step involves pre-anodizing the aluminum plate after electropolishing with an anodization acid solution for a first predetermined time period. The next step involves anodizing the aluminum plate after electropolishing with the anodization acid solution for a second predetermined time period to form an anodized membrane on the aluminum plate. The next step involves separating the anodized membrane from the aluminum plate with a solution free of chrome. The last step involves cleaning the anodized membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: NANOPEC, INC.
    Inventor: Mario Blanco
  • Publication number: 20210324458
    Abstract: A nano-structured ceramic film engineered for the study of biological samples. The films have a plurality of pores with a narrow and ordered pore-size distribution with pore diameters between 50 nm to 400 nm (±10%). The films are doping with metal compositions that provide fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) capabilities with significant fluorescence signal enhancement and low noise. A hairpin DNA construct with a quencher and fluorophore is covalently linked to the surface (including inside the pores) of the ceramic film and configured to react to any target sequences in solution, resulting in separation of the quencher-fluorophore pair. The chelated metal ion FRET centers doped within the nano-structure ceramic film provider for long lasting fluorescence signals with less noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Nanopec, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Blanco
  • Publication number: 20210262939
    Abstract: Nano-structured anodic aluminum oxide ceramic films and membranes doped with chelated metals for fluorescence enhancement. Controlled doping during production steps results in the inclusion of traces of ions in the finished materials while maintaining high control over the film structure. This approach yields products suitable for optical applications, including fluorescence enhancement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: Nanopec, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Blanco
  • Patent number: 11099155
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments related to a corrosion detection device for detecting corrosive environments. A corrosion detection device comprises a magnetic sensor and at least one magnetic nanowire disposed on the magnetic sensor. The magnetic sensor is configured to detect corrosion of the one or more magnetic nanowires based at least in part on a magnetic field of the one or more magnetic nanowires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jürgen Kosel, Selma Amara, Iurii Ivanov, Mario Blanco
  • Publication number: 20200411933
    Abstract: Rechargeable metal-air battery, air electrodes for use in the metal-air battery, and methods to manufacture the same are provided. The battery includes a negative electrode capable of taking and releasing active metal ions, a porous positive electrode using oxygen as an electroactive material and an electrolyte configured to conduct ions between the negative and positive electrodes and comprising one or more phases, wherein at least one phase comprises a liquid that at least partially fills the pores of the positive electrode and wherein the liquid comprises an oxygen evolving catalyst (OEC). The OEC a) is soluble in the liquid of the phase that partially fills the positive electrode pores, b) is electrochemically activated at a potential above the equilibrium cell voltage and c) is capable of evolving oxygen gas by oxidizing a metal oxide discharge product produced during discharge of the rechargeable metal-air battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory V. Chase, Strahinja ZECEVIC, Wesley T. WALKER, Jasim UDDIN, Kenji A. SASAKI, Vincent P. GIORDANI, Vyacheslav BRYANTSEV, Mario BLANCO, Dan D. ADDISON
  • Publication number: 20200392639
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nano-structured aluminum oxide film. The first step involves degreasing an aluminum plate using a degreasing solution. The next step involves electropolishing the aluminum plate after degreasing with an electropolishing solution that is free of perchloric acid and chromic acid. The next step involves pre-anodizing the aluminum plate after electropolishing with an anodization acid solution for a first predetermined time period. The next step involves anodizing the aluminum plate after electropolishing with the anodization acid solution for a second predetermined time period to form an anodized membrane on the aluminum plate. The next step involves separating the anodized membrane from the aluminum plate with a solution free of chrome. The last step involves cleaning the anodized membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventor: Mario Blanco
  • Publication number: 20200113551
    Abstract: A DNA sticker for obtaining human DNA for genetic analysis or diagnosis, the DNA sticker including a first layer of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP); a first layer of silicone attached to the layer of biaxially oriented polypropylene; a layer of an adhesive attached to the first layer of silicone; a layer of white biaxially oriented polypropylene attached to the layer of adhesive; a layer of transparent material attached to the layer of white biaxially oriented polypropylene; a second layer of silicone attached to the transparent layer; and a second layer of biaxially oriented polypropylene 24 attached to the second layer of silicone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Sergio Mario Blanco, Gabriel Edgardo Ortega
  • Publication number: 20190032120
    Abstract: Provided herein is technology relating to detecting and identifying nucleic acids and particularly, but not exclusively, to compositions, methods, kits, and systems for detecting, identifying, and quantifying target nucleic acids with high confidence at single-molecule resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Nils Walter, Alexander Johnson-Buck, Mario Blanco, Arlie Rinaldi
  • Patent number: 10167202
    Abstract: Process for enhanced metal recovery from, for example, metal-containing feedstock using liquid and/or supercritical fluid carbon dioxide and a source of oxidation. The oxidation agent can be free of complexing agent. The metal-containing feedstock can be a mineral such as a refractory mineral. The mineral can be an ore with high sulfide content or an ore rich in carbonaceous material. Waste can also be used as the metal-containing feedstock. The metal-containing feedstock can be used which is not subjected to ultrafine grinding. Relatively low temperatures and pressures can be used. The metal-containing feedstock can be fed into the reactor at a temperature below the critical temperature of the carbon dioxide, and an exotherm from the oxidation reaction can provide the supercritical temperature. The oxidant can be added to the reactor at a rate to maintain isothermal conditions in the reactor. Minimal amounts of water can be used as an extractive medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mario Blanco, Ulrich Buttner
  • Patent number: 10093967
    Abstract: Provided herein is technology relating to detecting and identifying nucleic acids and particularly, but not exclusively, to compositions, methods, kits, and systems for detecting, identifying, and quantifying target nucleic acids with high confidence at single-molecule resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Nils Walter, Alexander Johnson-Buck, Mario Blanco, Arlie Rinaldi
  • Publication number: 20170284966
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments related to a corrosion detection device for detecting corrosive environments. A corrosion detection device comprises a magnetic sensor and at least one magnetic nanowire disposed on the magnetic sensor. The magnetic sensor is configured to detect corrosion of the one or more magnetic nanowires based at least in part on a magnetic field of the one or more magnetic nanowires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jürgen Kosel, Selma Amara, Iurii Ivanov, Mario Blanco
  • Publication number: 20170240434
    Abstract: Process for enhanced metal recovery from, for example, metal-containing feedstock using liquid and/or supercritical fluid carbon dioxide and a source of oxidation. The oxidation agent can be free of complexing agent. The metal-containing feedstock can be a mineral such as a refractory mineral. The mineral can be an ore with high sulfide content or an ore rich in carbonaceous material. Waste can also be used as the metal-containing feedstock. The metal-containing feedstock can be used which is not subjected to ultrafine grinding. Relatively low temperatures and pressures can be used. The metal-containing feedstock can be fed into the reactor at a temperature below the critical temperature of the carbon dioxide, and an exotherm from the oxidation reaction can provide the supercritical temperature. The oxidant can be added to the reactor at a rate to maintain isothermal conditions in the reactor. Minimal amounts of water can be used as an extractive medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Mario BLANCO, Ulrich BUTTNER
  • Publication number: 20160046988
    Abstract: Provided herein is technology relating to detecting and identifying nucleic acids and particularly, but not exclusively, to compositions, methods, kits, and systems for detecting, identifying, and quantifying target nucleic acids with high confidence at single-molecule resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Nils Walter, Alexander Johnson-Buck, Mario Blanco, Arlie Rinaldi
  • Publication number: 20130089795
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to batteries and, in particular, to electrodes for use in batteries such as non-aqueous metal-air batteries, for example, lithium-air batteries, as well as in other electrochemical devices. Such devices may exhibit improved performance characteristics (e.g. power, cycle life, capacity, etc.). One aspect of the present invention is generally directed to electrodes for use in such devices containing one or more pores or channels for transport of gas and/or electrolyte therein, e.g., forming an open porous network. In certain embodiments, the electrolyte may be a gel or a polymer. In some embodiments, there may be network of such channels or pores within the electrode such that no active site within the electrode is greater than about 50 micrometers distant from a gas channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory V. Chase, Dan D. Addison, Mario Blanco, Kenji A. Sasaki, Jasim Uddin
  • Patent number: 8338552
    Abstract: Embodiments include a sensor comprising a co-polymer, the co-polymer comprising a first monomer and a second monomer. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is polystyrene and the second monomer is poly-2-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium benzylamine chloride. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Margaret A. Ryan, Margie L. Homer, Shiao-Pin S. Yen, Adam Kisor, April D. Jewell, Abhijit V. Shevade, Kenneth S. Manatt, Charles Taylor, Mario Blanco, William A. Goddard
  • Patent number: 8187865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nanowire sensor and method for forming the same. More specifically, the nanowire sensor comprises at least one nanowire formed on a substrate, with a sensor receptor disposed on a surface of the nanowire, thereby forming a receptor-coated nanowire. The nanowire sensor can be arranged as a sensor sub-unit comprising a plurality of homogeneously receptor-coated nanowires. A plurality of sensor subunits can be formed to collectively comprise a nanowire sensor array. Each sensor subunit in the nanowire sensor array can be formed to sense a different stimulus, allowing a user to sense a plurality of stimuli. Additionally, each sensor subunit can be formed to sense the same stimuli through different aspects of the stimulus. The sensor array is fabricated through a variety of techniques, such as by creating nanopores on a substrate and electrodepositing nanowires within the nanopores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Minhee Yun, Nosang Myung, Richard Vasquez, Margie Homer, Margaret Ryan, Shiao-Pin Yen, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, Ratnakumar Bugga, Daniel Choi, William Goddard, Abhijit Shevade, Mario Blanco, Tahir Cagin, Wely Floriano
  • Publication number: 20120028137
    Abstract: Rechargeable metal-air battery, air electrodes for use in the metal-air battery, and methods to manufacture the same are provided. The battery includes a negative electrode capable of taking and releasing active metal ions, a porous positive electrode using oxygen as an electroactive material and an electrolyte configured to conduct ions between the negative and positive electrodes and comprising one or more phases, wherein at least one phase comprises a liquid that at least partially fills the pores of the positive electrode and wherein the liquid comprises an oxygen evolving catalyst (OEC). The OEC a) is soluble in the liquid of the phase that partially fills the positive electrode pores, b) is electrochemically activated at a potential above the equilibrium cell voltage and c) is capable of evolving oxygen gas by oxidizing a metal oxide discharge product produced during discharge of the rechargeable metal-air battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Gregory V. Chase, Strahinja Zecevic, T. Walker Wesley, Jasim Uddin, Kenji A. Sasaki, P. Giordani Vincent, Vyacheslav Bryantsev, Mario Blanco, Dan D. Addison
  • Patent number: 7948640
    Abstract: A method of, and a device for, locating a piece with respect to a tool, utilize a measuring device for measuring a feeding speed, a driving direction and a feeding amount of the piece. The piece bears against two abutment rollers and is driven by a driving roller that is operated by a controllable motor operatively coupled to a machine numerical control apparatus. An output of the measuring device and an output of the controllable motor are both coupled to the machine numerical control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Ficep S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Blanco
  • Publication number: 20110060114
    Abstract: Embodiments include a sensor comprising a co-polymer, the co-polymer comprising a first monomer and a second monomer. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is polystyrene and the second monomer is poly-2-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium benzylamine chloride. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Margaret A. Ryan, Margie L. Homer, Shiao-Pin S. Yen, Adam Kisor, April D. Jewell, Abhijit V. Shevade, Kenneth S. Manatt, Charles Taylor, Mario Blanco, William A. Goddard
  • Patent number: 7858238
    Abstract: The present invention provides high capacity and high voltage Li-ion batteries that have a carbonaceous cathode and a nonaqueous electrolyte solution comprising LiF salt and an anion receptor that binds the fluoride ion. The batteries can comprise dual intercalating electrode Li ion batteries. Methods of the present invention use a cathode and electrode pair, wherein each of the electrodes reversibly intercalate ions provided by a LiF salt to make a high voltage and high specific capacity dual intercalating electrode Li-ion battery. The present methods and systems provide high-capacity batteries particularly useful in powering devices where minimizing battery mass is important.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: California Insitute of Technology
    Inventors: William C. West, Mario Blanco