Colorado School of Mines is a small public teaching and research university in Golden, Colorado, devoted to engineering and applied science, with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's natural resources. CSM placed 88th in the 2015 US News & World Report "Best National Universities" ranking. Wikipedia.
Colorado School of Mines | Date: 2015-03-05
The present invention relates to semiconductor materials that include a silicon-based quantum dot; and a conjugated organic ligand connected to the silicon-based quantum dot to obtain a functionalized quantum dot. An additional aspect of the present invention is to provide methods that include providing a silicon-based quantum dot; and connecting a conjugated organic ligand connected to the silicon-based quantum dot to obtain a functionalized quantum dot.
Colorado School of Mines | Date: 2015-03-09
The present disclosure is directed generally to gadolinium nanoparticle conjugates, such as gold/gadolinium or iodine/gadolinium nanoparticle conjugates, nanoparticle conjugates including polymers, nanoparticle conjugates conjugated to targeting agents and pH responsive polymers, and their use in targeting, characterizing and/or imaging disease states in a patient.
Colorado School of Mines | Date: 2015-04-02
Proper soil compaction is critical to providing structural support in any geo-construction project, particularly road construction. Described herein are devices, methods, and systems for intelligent soil compaction. In some embodiments, these disclosed systems, methods, and devices can provide up to 100% coverage with mechanistic measurements through machine integrated devices. These novel in-situ material characterization devices and methodologies enable continuous, mechanistic monitoring of soil compaction for use with a variety of geo-construction devices, including static pad foot soil compactors. In one embodiment, a strain gage instrumented pad is integrated into a pad foot soil compactor, and contact force is measured instrumented pad that is sensitive to soil compaction. In other embodiments, the disclosed device may allow for mechanistic measurements that may use a simplified geometry, and numerical and analytical modeling. In some embodiments, an inverse model, based on finite element modeling, may be used to extract constitutive parameters from plate strains.
Colorado School of Mines | Date: 2015-05-18
Novel streamwater remediation systems and processes are presented. The disclosed systems involve design and placement of geometric volumes of porous media of variable hydraulic conductivity within the streambed to enhance hyporheic exchange (exchange of water from the stream or constructed urban waterway compartment to the porous media, or streambed, compartment). The disclosed systems may help improve water quality in various ways, for example through the removal of contaminants from water as it passes through the streambed. In some embodiments, contaminant removal is achieved by microbes and/or reactive geomedia incorporated into the streambed structures. By pairing hydrologic/flow structures with bacteria or reactive geomedia, diverse contaminants such as metals, nutrients, organics, pathogens, and more can be sorbed, deactivated, assimilated, transformed to harmless chemicals, and otherwise removed from the water. Because the structures are designed to return water to the stream after treatment, the stream water quality is improved by the structures.
Colorado School of Mines | Date: 2015-05-07
The present invention relates to a back contact and methods of making the same. In the present invention, rapid thermal processing is highly effective to activate ZnTe:Cu-based back contacts, and provides significant improvements in V