Patents by Inventor Michael E. MCCONNEY

Michael E. MCCONNEY 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: 10731077
    Abstract: A shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomer comprises polymerized, nematic monomers. The monomers are organized into a plurality of voxels with each voxel having a director orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy J. White, Taylor H. Ware, Michael E. McConney, Jeong Jae Wie, Suk-Kyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10626329
    Abstract: A method of making a shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomer. The method includes preparing an alignment cell having a surface programmed with a plurality of domains. A cavity of the alignment cell is filled with a monomer solution. The monomers of the monomer solution are configured to align to the surface of the alignment cell. The aligned monomers are polymerized by Michael Addition. The polymerized monomers are then cross-linked to form a cross-linked liquid crystal elastomer. The cross-linking traps monomer alignment into a plurality of voxels with each voxel having a director orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy J. White, Taylor H. Ware, Michael E. McConney, Vincent P. Tondiglia, Benjamin A. Kowalski
  • Patent number: 10601400
    Abstract: A filter including a piezoelectric substrate; a surface acoustic wave (SAW) device on the piezoelectric substrate and including unequally spaced interdigitated input and output transducer electrodes of unequal widths, wherein the input transducer electrodes are to convert an incoming radio frequency (RF) electrical signal into surface acoustic waves; a SAW propagation path between the input and output transducer electrodes; and a magnetostrictive film in the SAW propagation path to filter the surface acoustic waves that are at a ferromagnetic resonance frequency of the magnetostrictive film, wherein the output transducer electrodes are to convert the filtered surface acoustic waves into an outgoing electrical RF signal. The SAW device may operate in a wide-band pass configuration. The wide-band pass configuration result in a transmission of frequencies up to ?60 dB. The magnetostrictive film may include a ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Michael E. McConney, Brandon M. Howe, Piyush Shah, Michael R. Page
  • Publication number: 20200090933
    Abstract: Methods of making molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) on a stretchable substrate are disclosed. The method includes magnetron sputtering MoS2 onto a stretchable substrate, such as a stretchable polymeric material, at low temperatures to form a film precursor, and illumination annealing the film precursor to form high quality MoS2. The illumination source may be a laser or other source of radiation. Also, two-dimensional nanoelectronic devices made by the methods and/or from the high quality MoS2 are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: University of Dayton
    Inventors: Christopher Muratore, Michael E. McConney, Travis E. Shelton, Nicholas R. Glavin, John E. Bultman, Andrey A. Voevodin
  • Publication number: 20180308692
    Abstract: Methods of making molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) on a stretchable substrate are disclosed. The method includes magnetron sputtering MoS2 onto a stretchable substrate, such as a stretchable polymeric material, at low temperatures to form a film precursor, and illumination annealing the film precursor to form high quality MoS2. The illumination source may be a laser or other source of radiation. Also, two-dimensional nanoelectronic devices made by the methods and/or from the high quality MoS2 are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: University of Dayton
    Inventors: Christopher Muratore, Michael E. McConney, Travis E. Shelton, Nicholas R. Glavin, John E. Bultman, Andrey A. Voevodin
  • Publication number: 20180208847
    Abstract: A shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomer comprises polymerized, nematic monomers. The monomers are organized into a plurality of voxels with each voxel having a director orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Government of the United States as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy J. White, Taylor H. Ware, Michael E. McConney, Jeong Jae Wie, Suk-Kyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 9902906
    Abstract: A shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomer comprises polymerized, nematic monomers. The monomers are organized into a plurality of voxels with each voxel having a director orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy J. White, Taylor H. Ware, Michael E. McConney, Jeong Jae Wie, Suk-Kyun Ahn
  • Publication number: 20160313607
    Abstract: A method of making a shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomer. The method includes preparing an alignment cell having a surface programmed with a plurality of domains. A cavity of the alignment cell is filled with a monomer solution. The monomers of the monomer solution are configured to align to the surface of the alignment cell. The aligned monomers are polymerized by Michael Addition. The polymerized monomers are then cross-linked to form a cross-linked liquid crystal elastomer. The cross-linking traps monomer alignment into a plurality of voxels with each voxel having a director orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Government of the United States as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy J. White, Taylor H. Ware, Michael E. McConney, Vincent P. Tondiglia, Benjamin A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20160312120
    Abstract: A shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomer comprises polymerized, nematic monomers. The monomers are organized into a plurality of voxels with each voxel having a director orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Government of the United States as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy J. White, Taylor H. Ware, Michael E. McConney, Jeong Jae Wie, Suk-Kyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 8458810
    Abstract: Provided are atomic force microscope probes, methods for making probes for use in atomic force microscopes and systems using such probes. The probes include at least a body portion and a cantilever portion. The cantilever portion may include a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The cantilever portion further includes a first material arranged on the first surface, such that the cantilever portion twists about a center axis of the cantilever portion when the cantilever portion is heated. The first material may be arranged symmetrically or non-symmetrically on a portion of the first surface, or it may be arranged non-uniformly over the first surface. The cantilever portion of the probe may also include a second material arranged on the second surface of the cantilever portion. The first and second materials have a different thermal expansion than the material forming the cantilever portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Michael E. McConney
  • Publication number: 20120260374
    Abstract: Provided are atomic force microscope probes, methods for making probes for use in atomic force microscopes and systems using such probes. The probes include at least a body portion and a cantilever portion. The cantilever portion may include a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The cantilever portion further includes a first material arranged on the first surface, such that the cantilever portion twists about a center axis of the cantilever portion when the cantilever portion is heated. The first material may be arranged symmetrically or non-symmetrically on a portion of the first surface, or it may be arranged non-uniformly over the first surface. The cantilever portion of the probe may also include a second material arranged on the second surface of the cantilever portion. The first and second materials have a different thermal expansion than the material forming the cantilever portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Michael E. MCCONNEY