Notre Dame Patents

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This collection brings together all of the patents assigned to the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to the present, plus other selected patents prior to 1952. Each record includes a full-text searchable and accessible PDF document for the corresponding invention. The record also includes the present-day academic department with which the inventor was or would have been associated.

Why patents? According to the University’s IDEA Center, “Part of the University’s public service mission is to ensure that the results of its research are made available for public use and benefit. This is accomplished in many ways: through educating students, publishing results of research, and ensuring that inventions are developed into useful products and services for the benefit of the public.”

“Today, our research universities play an even more vital role in creating a better future—not only by educating close to 600,000 graduate students in science and engineering every year, but also, and critically, by performing more than 15% of U.S. R&D in 2011—and according to 2012 NSF data, accounted for the majority (53%) of national basic research. This research, some basic, some applied or ‘translational’ creates new technologies, new products and services, medicines, diagnostics — the list is long and impressive — but also, this research gives rise to entire new industries.” (David Winwood, “The Importance of Patents and Academic Technology Transfer,” March 26, 2015)

The collection also includes the most famous patent associated with Notre Dame, U.S. patent 1,811,959 from 1931, “Vinyl derivatives of acetylene and method of preparing the same” — in other words, synthetic rubber. Invented by Rev. Fr. Julius Nieuwland, CSC, and assigned to DuPont, this patent did, in fact, give rise to entire new industries. More about this invention may be found at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

These patents are one more example of the University fulfilling Rev. Fr. Sorin’s vision of becoming a “powerful force for good.”

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  • Inventor(s):
    Shramik Sengupta, Hsueh-Chia Chang
    Patent Number:
    US 8635028 B2
    Description:

    An improved system and method is provided for detecting viable bacteria in a suspension sample. A sample of a suspension in which bacterial presence is suspected is collected from a source and a portion of the sample transferred to a microfluidic unit. A series of analysis signals at different frequencies are applied to the sample portion. An impedance is measured via a signal analyzer for the sample portion for each of the analysis signals to define an impedance data set. An initial bulk cap…

    Date Issued:
    2014-01-21
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Nishant Chetwani, Catherine Cassou, David Go, Hsueh-Chia Chang
    Patent Number:
    US 8716675 B2
    Description:

    An alternating current electrospray mass spectrometry device includes an electrospray device having at least one emitter providing a passageway for transmission of an analyte sample. At least one conductive element is in electrical communication with the at least one emitter. A power source generates an alternating current electric field to form a liquid cone at a tip of the emitter and ionizes the analyte sample present in the liquid cone. The frequency of the electric field entrains low mob…

    Date Issued:
    2014-05-06
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Hsueh-Chia Chang, Jason Gordon, Satyajyoti Senapati, Zachary Gagnon, Sagnik Basuray
    Patent Number:
    US 8771938 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed are example methods and devices for detecting one or more targets. An example method includes placing a sample including a first target with in a microfluidic device and hybridizing a plurality of copies of the first target with a plurality of nanostructures. The example method includes applying an electric current to the plurality of nanostructures and using an electric field created by the electric current to move the plurality of nanostructures. In addition, the plurality of nano…

    Date Issued:
    2014-07-08
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Hsueh-Chia Chang, Peter Mushenheim, Sagnik Basuray, Gilad Yossifon, Satyajyoti Senapati
    Patent Number:
    US 8969007 B2
    Description:

    A microchamber electrochemical cell and method of using the cell for performing quantitative analysis of various charged macromolecules is presented. The microchamber electrochemical cell includes a substrate, opposing electrodes and at least one nanoslot. The substrate is configured to define a pair of opposing fluid reservoirs. The pair of opposing electrodes are respectively positioned within the opposing fluid reservoirs. Each nanoslot is configured to fluidly connect the opposing fluid r…

    Date Issued:
    2015-03-03
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Hsueh-Chia Chang, Shoupeng Liu, Satyajyoti Senapati, Yunshan Wang, Yu Yan
    Patent Number:
    US 9856518 B2
    Description:

    A nanopipette biosensor capable of detecting a small concentration of target molecules within a sample solution using optical detection methods. The biosensor includes a nanopipette that connects a nanocolloid reservoir containing a nanocolloid solution and a sample reservoir containing a sample solution, where the nanopipette is tapered at the end connected to the sample reservoir. The nanocolloid solution includes nanoparticles functionalized with probes specific to miRNA of the target mole…

    Date Issued:
    2018-01-02
    Resource Type
    Patent