Patents by Inventor Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott 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: 7538329
    Abstract: The presently claimed and disclosed inventions relate, in general, to methods of radiation dosimetry and imaging using scintillation luminescence. More particularly, materials having a scintillation luminescence response to radiation that varies with total radiation dose received can be used for dosimetry monitoring, including, but not limited to nanoparticles for in vivo, real-time dosimetry. Energy-transfer nanocomposite materials as well as methods of making and using such materials in various applications including, but not limited to, in vivo radiation dosimetry and imaging, are disclosed. More particularly, the presently claimed and disclosed inventions relate to nanoparticle scintillation luminescence particles encapsulated in hosts of the general formula BaFX and BaFX:Eu2+ where X=Cl, Br and I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Nomadics, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Shaopeng Wang, Sarah Westcott, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20070189359
    Abstract: A nanoparticle fluorescence (or upconversion) sensor comprises an electromagnetic source, a sample and a detector. The electromagnetic source emits an excitation. The sample is positioned within the excitation. At least a portion of the sample is associated with a sensory material. The sensory material receives at least a portion of the excitation emitted by the electromagnetic source. The sensory material has a plurality of luminescent nanoparticles luminescing upon receipt of the excitation with luminance emitted by the luminescent nanoparticles changing based on at least one of temperature and pressure. The detector receives at least a portion of the luminance emitted by the luminescent nanoparticles and outputs a luminance signal indicative of such luminance. The luminescence signal is correlated into a signal indicative of the atmosphere adjacent to the sensory material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Shaopeng Wang, Sarah Westcott
  • Publication number: 20070063154
    Abstract: The presently claimed and disclosed inventions relate, in general, to methods of radiation dosimetry and imaging using scintillation luminescence. More particularly, materials having a scintillation luminescence response to radiation that varies with total radiation dose received can be used for dosimetry monitoring, including, but not limited to nanoparticles for in vivo, real-time dosimetry. Energy-transfer nanocomposite materials as well as methods of making and using such materials in various applications including, but not limited to, in vivo radiation dosimetry and imaging, are disclosed. More particularly, the presently claimed and disclosed inventions relate to nanoparticle scintillation luminescence particles encapsulated in hosts of the general formula BaFX and BaFX:Eu2+ where X=Cl, Br and I.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Publication date: March 22, 2007
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Shaopeng Wang, Sarah Westcott, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20060274813
    Abstract: A nanoparticle fluorescence (or upconversion) sensor comprises an electromagnetic source, a sample and a detector. The electromagnetic source emits an excitation. The sample is positioned within the excitation. At least a portion of the sample is associated with a sensory material. The sensory material receives at least a portion of the excitation emitted by the electromagnetic source. The sensory material has a plurality of luminescent nanoparticles luminescing upon receipt of the excitation with luminance emitted by the luminescent nanoparticles changing based on at least one of temperature and pressure. The detector receives at least a portion of the luminance emitted by the luminescent nanoparticles and outputs a luminance signal indicative of such luminance. The luminescence signal is correlated into a signal indicative of the atmosphere adjacent to the sensory material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Shaopeng Wang, Sarah Westcott
  • Publication number: 20050169348
    Abstract: A nanoparticle fluorescence (or upconversion) sensor comprises an electromagnetic source, a sample and a detector. The electromagnetic source emits an excitation. The sample is positioned within the excitation. At least a portion of the sample is associated with a sensory material. The sensory material receives at least a portion of the excitation emitted by the electromagnetic source. The sensory material has a plurality of luminescent nanoparticles luminescing upon receipt of the excitation with luminance emitted by the luminescent nanoparticles changing based on at least one of temperature and pressure. The detector receives at least a portion of the luminance emitted by the luminescent nanoparticles and outputs a luminance signal indicative of such luminance. The luminescence signal is correlated into a signal indicative of the atmosphere adjacent to the sensory material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Shaopeng Wang, Sarah Westcott