Patents by Inventor Taylor H. Ware

Taylor H. Ware 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: 11014285
    Abstract: A method of ink-extrusion printing an object, including providing a mixture including liquid crystal monomers and photo-catalyzing or heating the mixture to produce a liquid crystal ink. The ink is in a nematic phase. The method includes extruding the ink through a print-head orifice moving along a print direction to faun an extruded film of the object. The extruded film exhibits birefringence. Also disclosed are a liquid crystal ink. The ink includes a mixture including liquid crystal monomers. The mixture when at a target printing temperature is in a nematic phase. Also disclosed is ink-extrusion-printed object. The object includes an extrusion-printed film including a nematic liquid crystal elastomer, wherein the film exhibits birefringence along an extrusion axis of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, University of Pittsburgh
    Inventors: Taylor H. Ware, Cedric P. Ambulo, Mohand O. Saed, Jennifer M. Boothby, Julia J. Henricks, Ravi Shankar Meenakshisundaram
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190077071
    Abstract: A method of ink-extrusion printing an object, including providing a mixture including liquid crystal monomers and photo-catalyzing or heating the mixture to produce a liquid crystal ink. The ink is in a nematic phase. The method includes extruding the ink through a print-head orifice moving along a print direction to faun an extruded film of the object. The extruded film exhibits birefringence. Also disclosed are a liquid crystal ink. The ink includes a mixture including liquid crystal monomers. The mixture when at a target printing temperature is in a nematic phase. Also disclosed is ink-extrusion-printed object. The object includes an extrusion-printed film including a nematic liquid crystal elastomer, wherein the film exhibits birefringence along an extrusion axis of the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Taylor H. Ware, Cedric P. Ambulo, Mohand O. Saed, Jennifer M. Boothby, Julia J. Henricks, Ravi Shankar Meenakshisundaram
  • 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