Patents by Inventor Victor M. Bright

Victor M. Bright 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: 11067511
    Abstract: Methods and devices for real-time detection of fouling chemistry are described herein. In one aspect, a method of detecting and characterizing fouling of a membrane used for separation in a fluid-based system can include illuminating the membrane with one or more light sources, collecting Raman spectroscopy data from the membrane, and based on the Raman data, determining at least one selected from the group consisting of: presence or absence of membrane fouling, severity of membrane fouling, and composition of the membrane fouling, where the Raman spectroscopy is selected from the group consisting of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS), Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS), and spontaneous Raman Scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Joseph J. Brown, Omkar D. Supekar, Victor M. Bright, Juliet T. Gopinath, Alan R. Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20200348505
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates optical imaging devices and methods useful in biological and medical imaging applications. In one embodiment, an optical imaging device includes a flexible lightguide having a first end and a second end, the output of the source of pulsed infrared radiation being optically coupled to the first end of the flexible lightguide; a lens assembly attached to and optically coupled to the second end of the flexible lightguide, the lens assembly comprising a variable-focus lens element, the a variable-focus lens element having a tunable focal length; and a photodetector coupled to the flexible lightguide to detect radiation propagating from the second end toward the first end of the flexible lightguide. The optical imaging devices and methods can be used in both confocal and multi-photon techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Juliet T. Gopinath, Emily A. Gibson, Victor M. Bright, Richard Weir, Diego Restrepo, Baris Ozbay
  • Patent number: 10807864
    Abstract: The invention includes a method of promoting interfacial mechanical bonding of two or more components through the use of suspended and/or freestanding structures fabricated using an atom-scale assembly process on at least a portion of the surfaces of such components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Joseph J. Brown, Victor M. Bright
  • Publication number: 20200316645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the unexpected discovery of novel methods of preparing nanodevices and/or microdevices with predetermined patterns. In one aspect, the methods of the invention allow for engineering structures and films with continuous thickness equal to or less than 50 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicants: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a Body Corporate, DRS Network & Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. GEORGE, Victor M. BRIGHT, Joseph J. BROWN, Jonas GERTSCH, Nathan Thomas EIGENFELD, George SKIDMORE
  • Publication number: 20200292810
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to methods and systems useful in imaging applications, especially biological imaging applications, and applications in the metrology, atmospheric, scientific and medical fields. In one aspect, the disclosure provides a method of imaging an object, including illuminating the object with incident radiation through one or more adaptive optical elements; receiving transmitted radiation from the object at a photodetector to provide a base image; and performing the following steps one or more times: adjusting the one or more adaptive optical elements, the adjustment including modifying an optical transfer function of the one or more adaptive optical elements, and receiving transmitted radiation from the object at the photodetector to provide an adjusted image; wherein the adjustment and receiving steps are performed until the adjusted image has substantially reduced aberrations compared to the base image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Juliet Gopinath, Mo Zohrabi, Victor M. Bright, Omkar Supekar, Robert H. Cormack, Emily Gibson, Connor McCullough
  • Publication number: 20200191495
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for flexible thermal ground planes. A flexible thermal ground plane may include a support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include an evaporator region or multiple evaporator regions configured to couple with the support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include a condenser region or multiple condenser regions configured to couple with the support member. The evaporator and condenser region may include a microwicking structure. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanowicking structure coupled with the micro-wicking structure, where the nanowicking structure includes nanorods. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanomesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure. Some embodiments may include a micromesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee, Victor M. Bright, Chen Li, Christopher Oshman, Bo Shi, Jen-Hau Cheng, George P. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20200183147
    Abstract: Electrowetting-actuated optical shutters based on total internal reflection or beam steering. An electrowetting cell contains a conducting liquid and a non-conducting liquid configured to form a liquid-liquid interface extending to the inner walls of the cell. A beam of light is directed to the liquid-liquid interface at an angle near the total internal reflection angle of the interface. Voltage changes the shape of the liquid-liquid interface, without separating it from the inner walls of the cell. Thus, when depending on the voltage applied, the beam is either transmitted in part or substantially totally internal reflected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Juliet T. Gopinath, Victor M. Bright, Andrew M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10634899
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates optical imaging devices and methods useful in biological and medical imaging applications. In one embodiment, an optical imaging device includes a flexible lightguide having a first end and a second end, the output of the source of pulsed infrared radiation being optically coupled to the first end of the flexible lightguide; a lens assembly attached to and optically coupled to the second end of the flexible lightguide, the lens assembly comprising a variable-focus lens element, the a variable-focus lens element having a tunable focal length; and a photodetector coupled to the flexible lightguide to detect radiation propagating from the second end toward the first end of the flexible lightguide. The optical imaging devices and methods can be used in both confocal and multi-photon techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, A Body Corporate
    Inventors: Juliet T. Gopinath, Emily A. Gibson, Victor M. Bright, Richard Weir, Diego Restrepo, Baris Ozbay
  • Patent number: 10598919
    Abstract: Electrowetting-actuated optical shutters based on total internal reflection or beam steering. An electrowetting cell contains a conducting liquid and a non-conducting liquid configured to form a liquid-liquid interface extending to the inner walls of the cell. A beam of light is directed to the liquid-liquid interface at an angle near the total internal reflection angle of the interface. Voltage changes the shape of the liquid-liquid interface, without separating it from the inner walls of the cell. Thus, when depending on the voltage applied, the beam is either transmitted in part or substantially totally internal reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado
    Inventors: Juliet T. Gopinath, Victor M. Bright, Andrew M. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200088647
    Abstract: Methods and devices for real-time detection of fouling chemistry are described herein. In one aspect, a method of detecting and characterizing fouling of a membrane used for separation in a fluid-based system can include illuminating the membrane with one or more light sources, collecting Raman spectroscopy data from the membrane, and based on the Raman data, determining at least one selected from the group consisting of: presence or absence of membrane fouling, severity of membrane fouling, and composition of the membrane fouling, where the Raman spectroscopy is selected from the group consisting of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS), Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS), and spontaneous Raman Scattering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: JOSEPH J. BROWN, OMKAR D. SUPEKAR, VICTOR M. BRIGHT, JULIET T. GOPINATH, ALAN R. GREENBERG
  • Publication number: 20200073100
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for modulation and imaging of tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Emily A. Gibson, Cristin Welle, Diego Restrepo, Douglas Shepherd, Juliet T. Gopinath, Victor M. Bright, Robert H. Cormack, loannis Kymissis
  • Patent number: 10571200
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for flexible thermal ground planes. A flexible thermal ground plane may include a support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include an evaporator region or multiple evaporator regions configured to couple with the support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include a condenser region or multiple condenser regions configured to couple with the support member. The evaporator and condenser region may include a microwicking structure. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanowicking structure coupled with the micro-wicking structure, where the nanowicking structure includes nanorods. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanomesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure. Some embodiments may include a micromesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KELVIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee, Victor M. Bright, Chen Li, Christopher Oshman, Bo Shi, Jen-Hau Cheng, George P. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10527358
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for flexible thermal ground planes. A flexible thermal ground plane may include a support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include an evaporator region or multiple evaporator regions configured to couple with the support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include a condenser region or multiple condenser regions configured to couple with the support member. The evaporator and condenser region may include a microwicking structure. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanowicking structure coupled with the micro-wicking structure, where the nanowicking structure includes nanorods. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanomesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure. Some embodiments may include a micromesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KELVIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee, Victor M. Bright, Chen Li, Christopher Oshman, Bo Shi, Jen-Hau Cheng, George P. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20190353892
    Abstract: A system for high resolution multiphoton excitation microscopy is described herein. In one embodiment, the system may include an electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) prism optically coupled to an excitation source, the EWOD prism adapted or configured to: receive a light beam from the excitation source, and project the received light beam onto a sample plane based on a tunable transmission angle of the EWOD prism, and a fluorescence imaging microscope adapted or configured to: receive a fluorescence signal from the sample plane based on the projected light beam, and relay the fluorescence signal from the sample plane to a set of detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: JULIET T. GOPINATH, VICTOR M. BRIGHT, OMKAR D. SUPEKAR, WEI YANG LIM, MO ZOHRABI
  • Publication number: 20190265460
    Abstract: A tunable optical electrowetting element having a liquid-liquid interface shape controlled by an applied voltage. Circuitry for applying a voltage to the electrowetting element is configured to apply a shaped voltage signal comprising a first fast-rising signal combined with a second fast-rising signal. The second signal is selected to damp oscillations in the liquid-liquid interface caused by the first signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Juliet T. Gopinath, Victor M. Bright, Mo Zohrabi, Omkar D. Supekar, Robert H. Cormack, Wei Yang Lim
  • Patent number: 10171919
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides nano-scale heaters, such as nano-scale thermoacoustic loudspeakers comprising suspended metal nanobridges prepared using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The loudspeakers of the invention are capable of producing audible sound when stimulated with an electrical current or other energetic stimulus. In another aspect, the present invention provides methods of preparing and using such nanodevices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Victor M. Bright, Joseph J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20180215613
    Abstract: The invention includes a method of promoting interfacial mechanical bonding of two or more components through the use of suspended and/or freestanding structures fabricated using an atom-scale assembly process on at least a portion of the surfaces of such components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: JOSEPH J. BROWN, VICTOR M. BRIGHT
  • Patent number: 9919921
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel nano- and micro-electromechanical devices and novel methods of preparing them. In one aspect, the invention includes methods of preparing a nanodevice. In certain embodiments, the methods comprise coating a polymer layer with a first at least one thin solid material layer using atomic layer deposition (ALD), thus forming an ALD-generated layer. In other embodiments, the methods comprise patterning the first at least one thin solid material layer to form a nanodevice. In yet other embodiments, the methods comprise releasing the nanodevice from the polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, DRS Network & Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Victor M. Bright, Steven George, Joseph J. Brown, Nathan T. Eigenfeld, Jason M. Gray, George Dee Skidmore
  • Patent number: 9909814
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for flexible thermal ground planes. A flexible thermal ground plane may include a support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include an evaporator region or multiple evaporator regions configured to couple with the support member. The flexible thermal ground plane may include a condenser region or multiple condenser regions configured to couple with the support member. The evaporator and condenser region may include a microwicking structure. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanowicking structure coupled with the micro-wicking structure, where the nanowicking structure includes nanorods. The evaporator and condenser region may include a nanomesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure. Some embodiments may include a micromesh coupled with the nanorods and/or the microwicking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KELVIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee, Victor M. Bright, Chen Li, Christopher Oshman, Bo Shi, Jen-Hau Cheng, George P. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20170332179
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides nano-scale heaters, such as nano-scale thermoacoustic loudspeakers comprising suspended metal nanobridges prepared using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The loudspeakers of the invention are capable of producing audible sound when stimulated with an electrical current or other energetic stimulus. In another aspect, the present invention provides methods of preparing and using such nanodevices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: VICTOR M. BRIGHT, JOSEPH J. BROWN