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):
    Manuel Koucouthakis, Douglas J. Steinke, Alexander Mukasyan, Jeremiah D. E. White
    Patent Number:
    US 9321692 B2
    Description:

    Production of pore-free carbon/carbon-silicon carbide composite materials with mechanical properties making them suitable for use in such applications as the production of aircraft landing system brake components including brake discs. The method includes: providing a porous carbon-carbon composite preform; surrounding the porous carbon-carbon composite preform with silicon powder to form an intermediate construct; applying a uniaxial load to the construct; applying direct electrical current …

    Date Issued:
    2016-04-26
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  • Inventor(s):
    Mark A. Suckow, William R. Wolter, Paul J. Hall
    Patent Number:
    US 9220770 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed are vaccines and vaccine adjuvants useful in the treatment and/or prevention of infection and diseases associated with infectious pathogens, such as tetanus, as well as diseases associated with biological toxins. Also provided are methods of preparing an adjuvant and the vaccine containing the adjuvant. Methods are also provided for vaccinating/immunizing an animal against infection and diseases associated with infectious pathogens, such as tetanus, and other diseases associated wit…

    Date Issued:
    2015-12-29
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  • Inventor(s):
    Ryan K. Roeder, Matthew J. Meagher, Robert J. Kane
    Patent Number:
    US 9550012 B2
    Description:

    The invention provides a novel composite bone graft system utilizing a porous collagen scaffold having a matrix impregnated with calcium phosphate particles and more than one bioactive agent, one of which is conjugated to the matrix. The graft system exhibits increased mechanical strength and osteogenic properties by providing sites for tissue attachment and propagation. The bioactive agents are delivered to the scaffold via different mechanisms to enable sequential and sustained release of t…

    Date Issued:
    2017-01-24
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  • Inventor(s):
    Steven Ruggiero, Carol Tanner
    Patent Number:
    US 9366612 B2
    Description:

    An apparatus for obtaining suspended particle information includes an optical array to divide light to a first path and a second path, a platform to orient a first and second container with either the first or second path, and a first and second photodetector to receive at least a direct illuminating component of the light of the first and second path after said light penetrates through the first and second container. A detector interface receives transmission signals from the first and secon…

    Date Issued:
    2016-06-14
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  • Inventor(s):
    Behnam Sedighi, Michael Niemier, Xiaobo Sharon Hu, Joseph J. Nahas
    Patent Number:
    US 9362919 B1
    Description:

    A Boolean gate includes at least one symmetric tunneling field-effect transistor (SymFET) for low-power information processing. SymFETs are ideal for applications that demand low power and have moderate speed requirements, and demonstrate better dynamic energy efficiency than CMOS circuits. Negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior of SymFETs leads to hysteresis in inverters and buffers, and can be used to build simple Schmitt-triggers. Further, pseudo-SymFET loads may be utilized in ci…

    Date Issued:
    2016-06-07
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  • Inventor(s):
    Shahriar Mobashery, Peter I. O'Daniel, Mayland Chang
    Patent Number:
    US 9045442 B2
    Description:

    Embodiments of the present invention provide novel antibacterials that target penicillin-binding proteins or other important cellular targets. Methods for inhibiting growth (reproduction, etc.) of bacteria using compounds described herein are also provided. Various embodiments exhibit activity against gram positive bacteria, such as certain strains of Entercoccus and Staphylococcus aureus.

    Date Issued:
    2015-06-02
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  • Inventor(s):
    Boldizsár Jankó, Cynthia Reichhardt, Charles Reichhardt, Dipanjan Ray
    Patent Number:
    US 9082923 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed is a method and apparatus for strongly enhancing vortex pinning by conformal crystal arrays. The conformal crystal array is constructed by a conformal transformation of a hexagonal lattice, producing a non-uniform structure with a gradient where the local six-fold coordination of the pinning sites is preserved, and with an arching effect. The conformal pinning arrays produce significantly enhanced vortex pinning over a much wider range of field than that found for other vortex pinni…

    Date Issued:
    2015-07-14
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  • Inventor(s):
    Mayland Chang, Shahriar Mobashery, Mijoon Lee
    Patent Number:
    US 9321754 B2
    Description:

    The invention provides compounds, compositions, and methods for the treatment of diseases, disorders, or conditions that are modulated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The disease, disorder, or condition can include, for example, stroke, neurological disorders, or ophthalmological disorders. The treatment can include administering a compound or composition described herein, thereby providing a prodrug compound that metabolizes to an active MMP inhibitor in vivo. The MMP inhibition can be …

    Date Issued:
    2016-04-26
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  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke, Alan B. Cain
    Patent Number:
    US 9541106 B1
    Description:

    The present invention relates to a method of designing or optimizing a control surface for use with plasma actuators for controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or automobile, and more particularly to controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces using plasma actuators, which would benefit from such a method. The various embodiments provide the steps to increase the efficiency of aircraft, missiles, munitions and automobiles. The method of flow control also provides a mean…

    Date Issued:
    2017-01-10
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  • Inventor(s):
    Julius A. Nieuwland
    Patent Number:
    US 1811959
    Description:

    This invention relates to a process for controlling acetylene reactions and for bringing about the reaction of acetylene with other substances. More particularly it relates to the use of cuprous chloride in acetylene re-actions as a catalyst.

    (See also http://www.invent.org/honor/inductees/inductee-detail/?IID=111)

    Date Issued:
    1931-06-30
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  • 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
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  • Inventor(s):
    Kishore K. Pydimarry, Duane T. Detwiler, John E. Renaud, Neal M. Patel, Byungsoo Kang, Chandan K. Mozumder
    Patent Number:
    US 8880380 B2
    Description:

    Crashworthiness designing of a structure using a Hybrid Cellular Automata (HCA) algorithm where field states are computed using finite element analysis (FEA) and the material distribution of the structure is updated at each iteration using cellular automata method. The HCA algorithm optimizes the topology of the structures to achieve certain performance within the limits of various constraints applied to ensure crashworthiness of the structures. The HCA algorithm may also be applied to design…

    Date Issued:
    2014-11-04
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