Patents by Inventor Roberto Cingolani

Roberto Cingolani 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: 10188999
    Abstract: Globular microstructures comprising a liquid core and a solid shell that envelops the core comprising polymeric micro- or nanofibers, preferably obtained by electrospinning, comprising a hydrophobic polymer or a mixture of hydrophobic polymer with polymers derived from cellulose or with polyacrylates; the microstructures may have a further coating of nanoparticles or polymeric coating. The microstructures have applications similar to those of “liquid marbles” with improved mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Technologia
    Inventors: Elisa Mele, Ilker S. Bayer, Pier Paolo Pompa, Gabriele Maiorano, Athanasia Athanasiou, Roberto Cingolani
  • Patent number: 10087311
    Abstract: Process for producing a hydrophobic composite bioelastomer, comprising a cross-linked bioelastomer matrix in which an organic phase is dispersed, comprising the reaction of cross-linking of a hydroxyl-terminated polysiloxane with a silane coupling agent, comprising an acetoxysilane, to obtain a cross-linked polysiloxane with release of acetic acid. The reaction of cross-linking is carried out in the presence of starch to cause at least partial in situ acetylation by the acetic acid released from said starch that is incorporated in the cross-linked bioelastomer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECHNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Ilker S. Bayer, Elisa Mele, Despina Fragouli, Roberto Cingolani, Athanasia Athanasiou
  • Patent number: 9931444
    Abstract: A composite material for the production of a medical device having an antiseptic action includes a matrix of alginate in which the complex of iodopovidone is dispersed. The composite material is used particularly for the production of films, micro-capsules, and suture threads with iodine controlled release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Athanasia Athanasiou, Ilker S. Bayer, Ioannis Liakos, Loris Rizzello, Roberto Cingolani, Stefania Sabella, Pier Paolo Pompa
  • Patent number: 9821060
    Abstract: A heat-sensitive system comprising at least one nanoparticle bound covalently to at least one thermolabile molecule comprising an azo —N?N— functional group —N?N— in turn bound covalently to at least one active molecule selected from a fluorophore molecule and a drug is disclosed. The system converts an electromagnetic radiation into thermal energy exposed to an alternating magnetic field. Uses of the system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Andreas Riedinger, Teresa Pellegrino, Pablo Guardia Giros, Alberto Curcio, Roberto Cingolani, Liberato Manna
  • Patent number: 9758643
    Abstract: Methods for the production of a biodegradable plastics material obtained from plant waste materials are provided which include the steps of dissolving plant waste material in an anhydrous solvent which includes anhydrous trifluoroacetic acid in order to dissolve a cellulose fraction of the material, the waste material being at least partly dehydrated in such a way that its water content is not likely to cause hydrolysis of the cellulose fraction, and removing the solvent from the solution containing the non-hydrolyzed cellulose fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TENOLOGIA
    Inventors: Ilker S. Bayer, Elisa Mele, Despina Fragouli, Roberto Cingolani, Athanasia Athanasiou
  • Patent number: 9762033
    Abstract: Laser device characterized in that it comprises, as gain medium, a film of colloidal nanocrystals of semiconductor material, wherein said nanocrystals are two-dimensional nanocrystals suitable for forming quantum wells for confinement of the charge carriers in the nanocrystals and having a biexciton gain mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE INSTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECHNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Iwan Philemon Wilhelmus Remy Roger Moreels, Joel Quedar Ge Tian Chi Grim, Sotirios Christodoulou, Francesco Di Stasio, Roman Mark Krahne, Liberato Manna, Roberto Cingolani
  • Patent number: 9647154
    Abstract: This invention relates to the controlled realization of ordered superstructures of octapod-shaped colloidal nanocrystals, formed either in the liquid phase or on a solid substrate. These structures can be applied in many fields of technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Karol Miszta, Dirk Dorfs, Giovanni Bertoni, Liberato Manna, Rosaria Brescia, Sergio Marras, Roberto Cingolani, Roman Krahne, Yang Zhang, Fen Qiao
  • Patent number: 9624397
    Abstract: Methods are provided for the production of poly(cyanoacrylate) micro- or nanofibers which include mixing the cyanoacrylate monomer with a dipolar aprotic solvent to form a poly(cyanoacrylate) gel, dissolving the gel in a solvent for acrylates to form a solution suitable for electrospinning, and submitting the solution thus obtained to electrospinning to form said micro- or nanofibers. The micro- or nanofibers thus obtained can be used to form coatings that adhere to a substrate as a result of thermal treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Ilker S. Bayer, Elisa Mele, Roberto Cingolani, Athanasia Athanasiou
  • Publication number: 20170085058
    Abstract: Laser device characterized in that it comprises, as gain medium, a film of colloidal nanocrystals of semiconductor material, wherein said nanocrystals are two-dimensional nanocrystals suitable for forming quantum wells for confinement of the charge carriers in the nanocrystals and having a biexciton gain mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: FONDAZION ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: IWAN PHILEMON WILHELMUS MOREELS, JOEL QUEDAR GE TIAN CHI GRIM, SOTIRIOS CHRISTODOULOU, FRANCESCO DI STASIO, ROMAN MARK KRAHNE, LIBERATO MANNA, ROBERTO CINGOLANI
  • Patent number: 9512567
    Abstract: Process for treating a fibrous material, to make said material hydrophobic and/or water-repellent, comprising the operation of impregnating said material with a suspension comprising nanoparticles of a hydrophobic material and a cyanoacrylate in an organic solvent and causing the crosslinking of said cyanoacrylate; the process uses an amount of cyanoacrylate and a weight ratio with the nanoparticles such as to produce complete or partial coating of the fibrous material with a matrix of crosslinked cyanoacrylate in which said nanoparticles are dispersed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Fondazione Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia
    Inventors: Roberto Cingolani, Athanasia Athanasiou, Ilker Bayer
  • Publication number: 20160325258
    Abstract: Globular microstructures comprising a liquid core and a solid shell that envelops the core comprising polymeric micro- or nanofibres, preferably obtained by electrospinning, comprising a hydrophobic polymer or a mixture of hydrophobic polymer with polymers derived from cellulose or with polyacrylates; the microstructures may have a further coating of nanoparticles or polymeric coating. The microstructures have applications similar to those of “liquid marbles” with improved mechanical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Applicant: Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
    Inventors: Elisa Mele, Ilker S. Bayer, Pier Paolo Pompa, Gabriele Maiorano, Athanasia Athanasiou, Roberto Cingolani
  • Publication number: 20160251501
    Abstract: Methods for the production of a biodegradable plastics material obtained from plant waste materials are provided which include the steps of dissolving plant waste material in an anhydrous solvent which includes anhydrous trifluoroacetic acid in order to dissolve a cellulose fraction of the material, the waste material being at least partly dehydrated in such a way that its water content is not likely to cause hydrolysis of the cellulose fraction, and removing the solvent from the solution containing the non-hydrolysed cellulose fraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECHNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Ilker S. BAYER, Elisa MELE, Despina FRAGOULI, Roberto CINGOLANI, Athanasia ATHANASIOU
  • Patent number: 9401507
    Abstract: Methods for producing lithium iron phosphate or lithium manganese phosphate or lithium iron manganese phosphate, by colloidal synthesis are provided. Such methods include the operation of reacting a lithium salt, an iron(II) halide (and/or a manganese(II) halide) and a phosphorus compound, which, under the reaction conditions, is capable of releasing the phosphate ion, in the presence of an organic surfactant or a mixture of organic surfactants including an alkylamine or alkenylamine, in which the surfactant or mixture of surfactants is capable of dissolving the lithium salt and the iron halide (and/or the manganese halide), where used, in an organic solvent, which is liquid at room temperature, in which the surfactant or mixture of surfactants is soluble, the reaction being performed at a temperature not lower than 250° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Andrea Paolella, George Chandramohan, Mirko Prato, Mauro Povia, Alessandro Genovese, Liberato Manna, Roberto Cingolani
  • Patent number: 9376328
    Abstract: Methods of making iron-based ferrite nanocrystals are provided. In such methods the ferrite may include iron oxides and iron/cobalt or iron/manganese mixed salts. The method may include thermal decomposition of one or more precursors of the ferrite, consisting of an organic salt of the metal or metals constituting the ferrite of interest, comprising the operation of heating a solution comprising said precursor(s) in the presence of a surfactant and of a non-aqueous organic solvent comprising an ether, at temperature sufficient to cause thermal decomposition of said precursor, wherein the solvent may further comprise a saturated or unsaturated, linear or branched aliphatic hydrocarbon, liquid at temperatures above 45° C. and having a boiling point above the boiling point of the ethereal solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Pablo Guardia Giros, Andreas Riedinger, Simone Nitti, Teresa Pellegrino, Liberato Manna, Roberto Cingolani
  • Publication number: 20160160011
    Abstract: Process for producing a hydrophobic composite bioelastomer, comprising a cross-linked bioelastomer matrix in which an organic phase is dispersed, comprising the reaction of cross-linking of a hydroxyl-terminated polysiloxane with a silane coupling agent, comprising an acetoxysilane, to obtain a cross-linked polysiloxane with release of acetic acid. The reaction of cross-linking is carried out in the presence of starch to cause at least partial in situ acetylation by the acetic acid released from said starch that is incorporated in the cross-linked bioelastomer matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Ilker S. BAYER, Elisa MELE, Despina FRAGOULI, Roberto CINGOLANI, Athanasia THANASIOU
  • Publication number: 20160115339
    Abstract: Methods are provided for the production of poly(cyanoacrylate) micro- or nanofibers which include mixing the cyanoacrylate monomer with a dipolar aprotic solvent to form a poly(cyanoacrylate) gel, dissolving the gel in a solvent for acrylates to form a solution suitable for electrospinning, and submitting the solution thus obtained to electrospinning to form said micro- or nanofibers. The micro- or nanofibers thus obtained can be used to form coatings that adhere to a substrate as a result of thermal treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Ilker S. BAYER, Elisa MELE, Roberto CINGOLANI, Athanasia ATHANASIOU
  • Publication number: 20150359887
    Abstract: A heat-sensitive system comprising at least one nanoparticle bound covalently to at least one thermolabile molecule comprising an azo —N?N— functional group —N?N— in turn bound covalently to at least one active molecule selected from a fluorophore molecule and a drug is disclosed. The system converts an electromagnetic radiation into thermal energy exposed to an alternating magnetic field. Uses of the system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Andreas Riedinger, Teresa Pellegrino, Pablo Guardia Giros, Alberto Curcio, Roberto Cingolani, Liberato Manna
  • Publication number: 20150233809
    Abstract: A device is described for determining the dissolution kinetics of colloidal nanoparticles in respective derivation ions in a solution, which comprises a dissolution compartment containing the solution, and feedable with the colloidal nanoparticles; an analysis compartment separate from the dissolution compartment; a fixed filtering membrane which separates the dissolution compartment from the analysis compartment, is selectively permeable to the derivation ion and is adapted to filter the solution; compressing means to induce passage of the solution from the dissolution compartment to the analysis compartment through the filtering membrane; a determination device for determining the quantity of the derivation ion; the device furthermore comprises mixing means associated to the dissolution compartment and distinct from the compressing means and the filtering membrane has pores of size smaller than 10 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Pier Paolo Pompa, Stefania Sabella, Roberto Cingolani
  • Publication number: 20150171415
    Abstract: Methods for producing lithium iron phosphate or lithium manganese phosphate or lithium iron manganese phosphate, by colloidal synthesis are provided. Such methods include the operation of reacting a lithium salt, an iron(II) halide (and/or a manganese(II) halide) and a phosphorus compound, which, under the reaction conditions, is capable of releasing the phosphate ion, in the presence of an organic surfactant or a mixture of organic surfactants including an alkylamine or alkenylamine, in which the surfactant or mixture of surfactants is capable of dissolving the lithium salt and the iron halide (and/or the manganese halide), where used, in an organic solvent, which is liquid at room temperature, in which the surfactant or mixture of surfactants is soluble, the reaction being performed at a temperature not lower than 250° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Paolella, George Chandramohan, Mirko Prato, Mauro Povia, Alessandro Genovese, Liberato Manna, Roberto Cingolani
  • Publication number: 20150106979
    Abstract: An optical and atomic force microscopy measurement integrated system is described. The system has an atomic force microscope having a first probe configured to interact with a sample to be analysed, an optical tweezer, a second probe configured to be held in the focus of the optical tweezer, movement means for moving the two probes, measurement means for measuring the variations of position of the two probes and processing means configured to receive, as an input, the measurement signals of the two probes to generate an output signal representative of the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Francesco Difato, Bruno Torre, Alberto Diaspro, Fabio Benfenati, Roberto Cingolani