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 2020, 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):
    John G. Duman
    Patent Number:
    US 5627051 B2
    Description:

    The present invention is directed to nucleic acid sequences encoding Dendroides canadensis thermal hysteresis proteins. The THPs of Dendroides have significantly greater thermal hysteresis activity than any other known anti-freeze protein. The thermal hysteresis activity of the purified THPs can be further enhanced by combining the THPs with various “activating” compounds.

    Date Issued:
    1997-05-06
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Allen H. Simpson, Mark L. La Forest, Alexander Mukasyan
    Patent Number:
    US 8178212 B2
    Description:

    Method for chemical bonding of fiberglass fibers to steel surfaces to prepare the steel for bonding with carbon composite material. This fiber-bonding step greatly increases the strength of the subsequent metal-composite bond. The fiberglass fibers which are chemically bonded to the steel provide a high surface area interface to entangle with carbon fibers in the composite component, and thereby inhibit crack formation on the boundary surface between the steel and composite components when th…

    Date Issued:
    2012-05-15
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Michael Niemier, Mohammad T. Alam, Gary H. Bernstein, Xiaobo Sharon Hu, Wolfgang Porod
    Patent Number:
    US 8058906 B2
    Description:

    A non-majority magnetic logic gate device for use in constructing compact and power efficient logical magnetic arrays is presented. The non-majority magnetic logic gate device includes a substrate, symmetrically aligned magnetic islands (SAMIs), at least one misaligned magnetic island (MAMI), magnetic field inputs (MFIs), and at least one magnetic field output (MFO). The SAMIs and MAMI are electrically isolated from each other but are magnetically coupled to one another through their respecti…

    Date Issued:
    2011-11-15
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Kent Walters, John G. Duman, Anthony S. Serianni
    Patent Number:
    US 8604002 B1
    Description:

    The invention provides an antifreeze glycolipid compounds and composition comprising a polysaccharide moiety of Formula I: missing image wherein D-Manp represents a D-mannopyranose moiety, D-Xylp represents a D-xylopyranose moiety, and n is about 5 to about 70; and one or more lipid moieties covalently linked to the polysaccharide moiety of Formula I or electrostatically associated with the polysaccharide moiety of Formula I. The antifreeze glycolipid compounds and compositions can be u…

    Date Issued:
    2013-12-10
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Allen H. Simpson, Mark L. La Forest, Alexander Mukasyan
    Patent Number:
    US 8574470 B2
    Description:

    Method of joining a carbon-carbon composite piece 30 together with a metal insert 20, e.g. in the manufacture of aircraft brake discs 10. The method includes the steps of: providing a carbon-carbon composite piece 30 and a metal insert 20, wherein the metal insert 20 has a surface that is complementary to a surface of said carbon-carbon composite piece 30; providing a layer of a mixture of titanium powder and carbon powder on the first complementary mating surface; arranging the powder layer …

    Date Issued:
    2013-11-05
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  • Inventor(s):
    Bradley D. Smith, Arunkumar Easwaran
    Patent Number:
    US 8273875 B2
    Description:

    Embodiments relate to the field of chemistry and biochemistry, and, more specifically, to novel near-infrared dyes that are photostable and resistant to quenching. The dyes belong to a novel family of squaraine rotaxanes, and they are particularly well-suited for use in biological applications. Also disclosed are methods of synthesizing the dyes and methods of using the dyes.

    Date Issued:
    2012-09-25
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Tommie L. Wood, Thomas C. Corke, Martiqua Post
    Patent Number:
    US 8308112 B2
    Description:

    An aircraft includes a surface over which an airflow passes. A plasma actuator is configured to generate a plasma above the surface, the plasma coupling a directed momentum into the air surrounding the surface to reduce separation of the airflow from the surface. A method of reducing separation of an airflow from a surface of an aircraft includes generating a plasma in air surrounding the surface at a position where the airflow would separate from the surface in the absence of the plasma.

    Date Issued:
    2012-11-13
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  • Inventor(s):
    Marvin J. Miller, Garrett C. Moraski
    Patent Number:
    US 8362268 B2
    Description:

    Embodiments herein provide compounds and methods of making and using such compounds for prevention and treatment of multidrug resistant bacteria. In particular, embodiments are directed to anti-bacterial agents from benzo[d]heterocyclic scaffolds for prevention and treatment of multidrug resistant bacteria.

    Date Issued:
    2013-01-29
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    Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 3051163 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to improvements in isolating devices, and more particularly to a device providing an enclosure for use to confine contamination while experiments and tests involving contamination of test specimens are being made, or to exclude contamination from a space within which tests and experiments are conducted. Contamination, as herein mentioned, may be biological or radiological or chemical.

    Date Issued:
    1962-08-28
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  • Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 2786464 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to improvements in biological apparatus, and more particularly to apparatus of the character illustrated in my Patent No. 2,705,489, dated April 5, 1955.

    Date Issued:
    1957-03-26
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  • Inventor(s):
    Allen H. Simpson, Mark L. La Forest, Alexander Mukasyan, Douglas J. Steinke
    Patent Number:
    US 7588179 B2
    Description:

    Resin-impregnated carbon fiber composites containing metal inserts. Carbon fibers or a carbon fiber preform are bonded to a metal structural member. Once the carbon fiber-metal bond is established, the fiber-metal assembly or hybrid preform is impregnated with resin, to form an article in which bonding between the metal structural member and the composite remainder of the article is greatly enhanced. In a process embodiment, a metal insert, e.g. a steel insert, is provided in contact with par…

    Date Issued:
    2009-09-15
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Hsueh-Chia Chang, Zilin Chen, Fu-Chih Hsu, David Battigelli
    Patent Number:
    US 7960180 B2
    Description:

    Methods and apparatus to capture and release microbe particles using amino-functionalized silica substrates are described. An example apparatus adapted to capture a microbe particle includes a silica substrate and a positively charged material to at least partially coat the silica substrate. The positive charged material includes an aminopropyl functional group.

    Date Issued:
    2011-06-14
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    Patent