Catholic University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

The Leuven Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, was a branch of the Catholic University of Leuven. The faculty traces its history back to its founding in 1432, however it was abolished in 1797 due to the French Revolution. The current faculty was established in 1834, as a part of the Catholic University of Leuven. Following the Belgian Revolution of 1830, which has established the freedom of teaching, this New Catholic University was founded in 1834 in Mechelen by the private initiative of the Belgian bishops. In 1967 the faculty was divided into Flemish and French speaking departments, and they exist today as two separate faculties. Wikipedia.

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The patent describes a one-step liquid biphasic catalytic process for converting a carbohydrate-containing feedstock, preferably lignocellulose, to light naphtha (e.g., hexane, pentane, methyl cyclopentane, cyclohexane, etc.) in presence of an acidic reactive aqueous phase and a redox catalyst in the organic extracting/reaction phase. The process provides a cost-effective route for producing light-naphtha components, in presence or not of deoxygenates. The light naphtha components are useful as feedstock for steam and catalytic cracking to produce value-added platform molecules like ethylene and propylene, as precursor for the synthesis of bioaromatics like benzene and as gasoline fuel feedstock, and as fuel additives, (e.g., the concomitantly formed oxygenates) to improve the biological origin of carbon in the fuel.

Imec and Catholic University of Leuven | Date: 2017-02-22

The invention is related to a method for verifying a printed pattern comprising polygon-shaped features (1-7) as printed by a lithographic tool using a lithographic mask, wherein a number of sectors of features of the pattern are first defined, and wherein the surface area of these sectors is used for calculating one or more parameters that express the print quality of the features, said parameters being suitable for determining a process window. The surface area of the sectors is determined on a contour of the printed pattern, obtainable from an CD-SEM image of the printed pattern. According to preferred embodiments, the parameters are ratios of surface area-based values divided by reference values. The reference values may be determined on the basis of the design intent of a pattern or on the basis of a contour extracted from a simulated print of the pattern.

AC Immune SA and Catholic University of Leuven | Date: 2017-03-01

The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the therapeutic and diagnostic use in the treatment of diseases and disorders which are caused by or associated with neurofibrillary tangles, in particular, the invention relates to antibodies, which specifically recognize and bind to phosphorylated pathological protein tau-conformers and to methods and compositions involving said antibodies for the therapeutic and diagnostic use in the treatment of tauopathies including Alzheimers Disease (AD).

Imec and Catholic University of Leuven | Date: 2017-01-18

The invention is related to a method for designing a lithographic mask to print a pattern of structural features, wherein an OPC-based methodology may be used for producing one or more simulated patterns as they would be printed through the optimized mask. A real mask is then produced according to the optimized design, and an actual print is made through the mask. To evaluate the printed pattern and the PW on wafer more accurately, experimental contours are extracted from the CD-SEM measurements of the printed pattern. The verification of the mask is based on a comparison between on the one hand the contour obtained from the printed pattern, and on the other hand the intended pattern and/or the simulated contour. A direct comparison can be made between simulation and experiment, without losing all the pieces of info contained in each single CD-SEM picture.

Catholic University of Leuven | Date: 2017-01-18

The invention provides an electric machine comprising a radial bearing (10,11) for supporting a shaft of said electric machine, comprising an inductor (40) having an inductor axle (30), generating a magnetic field having p pole pairs, p being equal to or larger than 1; a motor/generator armature winding (170) having turns (100) arranged around an armature axis (35), magnetically coupled to said magnetic field, and connected to a source in such a manner that a torque is produced when a current is fed into said motor/generator armature winding (170) when said electric machine is a motor or connected to a load in such a manner that a current is produced in said load when said inductor is rotated, when said electric machine is a generator; a bearing armature winding (70) having turns (100) disposed around said armature axis (35), magnetically coupled to said magnetic field, and connected in a closed circuit in such a manner that the net flux variation intercepted by said armature winding (70) when said inductor (40) and said armature winding (70) are in rotation with respect to each other is zero when said inductor axle (30) and said armature axis (35) coincide and is different from zero when said inductor axle (30) and axis (35) do not coincide; a gap (50) between said inductor (40) and said winding (70). Said bearing armature winding (70) comprises p-1 or p+1 pole pairs. In a preferred embodiment, the two windings are combined in one multifunction winding.

Imec, Catholic University of Leuven and Panasonic | Date: 2017-09-27

A method for fabricating a thin-film solid-state battery cell (100) on a substrate (10) comprising a first current collector layer (12) is disclosed, the method comprising: depositing above the first current collector layer (12) a first electrode layer (30), wherein the first electrode layer (30) is a nanoporous composite layer comprising a plurality of pores having pore walls, and wherein the first electrode layer (30) comprises a mixture of a dielectric material and active electrode material particles; depositing above the first electrode layer (30) a porous dielectric layer (40); and depositing directly on the porous dielectric layer (40) a second electrode layer (50), wherein depositing the second electrode layer (50) comprises depositing a porous Ni(OH)_(2) layer by means of a electrochemical deposition process. A thin-film solid-state battery cell (100) and a battery are further disclosed.

Imec and Catholic University of Leuven | Date: 2017-09-27

The present invention relates to an integrated waveguide structure (280) comprising a substrate (2), a waveguide (281) in or on the substrate (2) and an optical nanoantenna structure (3) for directionally scattering light in the visible and/or the near infrared spectral range. The optical nanoantenna structure (3) is positioned on or above the waveguide (281) such that the directionally scattered light is projected into the waveguide in two opposite directions (283) of the waveguide. The optical nanoantenna structure (3) is composed of a dielectric material having a refractive index that is higher than the refractive index of the waveguide and higher than the refractive index of the surrounding medium. The optical nanoantenna structure (3) is a simply-connected structure having two distinct end portions, and is asymmetric with respect to at least one mirror reflection in a plane that is orthogonal to the plane of the substrate.

Catholic University of Leuven | Date: 2017-09-13

The present invention provides a method for the preparation of thin film composite (TFC) membranes, preferably solvent resistant TFC membranes, by interracial polymerization (IFP), more in particular solvent resistant TFC membranes wherein a thin PA-layer is deposited on a porous support membrane. Said method comprises the replacement of the aqueous and/or the organic solvent in the IFP method by an ionic liquid (IL) as solvent for the monomers which form said TFC membranes, to alter the top layer morphology, thickness and crosslinking degree.

Vib Vzw, Catholic University of Leuven and Agency For Science | Date: 2017-09-20

The present application relates to the field of cancer, particularly that of cancers with high MDM4 protein levels (such as melanoma, breast colon or lung cancers, glioblastoma, retinoblastoma, etc.). It is shown herein that direct and selective inhibition of MDM4, e.g. by antisense RNA, leads to growth inhibition of cancer cells and sensitization to chemo or targeted therapies. Also provided are simple ways of determining which patients are most amenable for such treatment by comparing specific transcript levels.

Orban G.A.,Catholic University of Leuven
Annual Review of Neuroscience | Year: 2011

Depth structure, the third dimension of object shape, is extracted from disparity, motion, texture, and shading in the optic array. Gradient-selective neurons play a key role in this process. Such neurons occur in CIP, AIP, TEs, and F5 (for first-or second-order disparity gradients), in MT/V5, in FST (for speed gradients), and in CIP and TEs (for texture gradients). Most of these regions are activated during magnetic resonance scanning in alert monkeys by comparing 3D conditions with the 2D controls for the different cues. Similarities in activation patterns of monkeys and humans tested with identical paradigms suggest that like gradient-selective neurons are found in corresponding human cortical areas. This view gains credence as the homologies between such areas become more evident. Furthermore, 3D shape-processing networks are similar in the two species, with the exception of the greater involvement of human posterior parietal cortex in the extraction of 3D shape from motion. Thus we can begin to understand how depth structure is extracted from motion, disparity, and texture in the primate brain, but the extraction of depth structure from shading and that of wire-like objects requires further scrutiny. © 2011 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

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