Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Cherskov & Flaynik
  • Patent number: 8349035
    Abstract: The invention provides a fuel processor comprising a linear flow structure having an upstream portion and a downstream portion; a first catalyst supported at the upstream portion; and a second catalyst supported at the downstream portion, wherein the first catalyst is in fluid communication with the second catalyst. Also provided is a method for reforming fuel, the method comprising contacting the fuel to an oxidation catalyst so as to partially oxidize the fuel and generate heat; warming incoming fuel with the heat while simultaneously warming a reforming catalyst with the heat; and reacting the partially oxidized fuel with steam using the reforming catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Shabbir Ahmed, Dionissios D. Papadias, Sheldon H. D. Lee, Rajesh K. Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 8325571
    Abstract: A digital jukebox (14) allows for playback of a first offering and a second offering. The contents of each offering are individually licensed for public performance at a particular location where the jukebox is found. The jukebox (14) displays advertisements that are selected in response to user interaction with the jukebox or a number of other factors. The jukebox (14) features a screen (18 and 20) that allows user to interact with the jukebox to select offerings, but also to respond to advertising. Jukebox can function in cooperation with a server (12), but in the alternate, can function as an independent and stand-alone device when connection (16) to server (12) is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Cappello, Mariusz Stanisz, Ernest Thompson
  • Patent number: 8313853
    Abstract: A thin, flexible, porous ceramic composite (PCC) film useful as a separator for a molten-salt thermal battery comprises 50% to 95% by weight of electrically non-conductive ceramic fibers comprising a coating of magnesium oxide on the surface of the fibers in an amount in the range of 5% to 50% by weight. The ceramic fibers comprise Al2O3, AlSiO2, BN, AlN, or a mixture of two or more of the foregoing; and the magnesium oxide coating interconnects the ceramic fibers providing a porous network of magnesium oxide-coated fibers having a porosity of not less than 50% by volume. The pores of the film optionally can include a solid electrolyte salt. A laminated electrode/PCC film combination is also provided, as well as a thermal battery cell comprising the PCC film as a separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas D. Kaun
  • Patent number: 8263248
    Abstract: An electrochemical device comprising alternating layers of positive and negative electrodes separated from each other by separator layers. The electrode layers extend beyond the periphery of the separator layers providing superior contact between the electrodes and battery terminals, eliminating the need for welding the electrode to the terminal. Electrical resistance within the battery is decreased and thermal conductivity of the cell is increased allowing for superior heat removal from the battery and increased efficiency. Increased internal pressure within the battery can be alleviated without damaging or removing the battery from service while keeping the contents of the battery sealed off from the atmosphere by a pressure release system. Nonoperative cells within a battery assembly can also be removed from service by shorting the nonoperative cell thus decreasing battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Inventek Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas D. Kaun
  • Patent number: 8196783
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a device and method for dispensing pressurized fluid from a container wherein the internal pressure of the container is not exposed to an external or ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Josef Krzecki
  • Patent number: 8168746
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the insertion of protein in storage vehicles and the recovery of the proteins from the vehicles, the method comprising supplying isolated protein; mixing the isolated protein with a fluid so as to form a mixture, the fluid comprising saturated phospholipids, lipopolymers, and a surfactant; cycling the mixture between a first temperature and a second temperature; maintaining the mixture as a solid for an indefinite period of time; diluting the mixture in detergent buffer so as to disrupt the composition of the mixture, and diluting to disrupt the fluid in its low viscosity state for removal of the guest molecules by, for example, dialysis, filtering or chromatography dialyzing/filtering the emulsified solid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Millicent A. Firestone, Philip D. Laible
  • Patent number: 8153094
    Abstract: A single step process for degrading plastic waste by converting the plastic waste into carbonaceous products via thermal decomposition of the plastic waste by placing the plastic waste into a reactor, heating the plastic waste under an inert or air atmosphere until the temperature of 700° C. is achieved, allowing the reactor to cool down, and recovering the resulting decomposition products therefrom. The decomposition products that this process yields are carbonaceous materials, and more specifically egg-shaped and spherical-shaped solid carbons. Additionally, in the presence of a transition metal compound, this thermal decomposition process produces multi-walled carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Vilas G. Pol, Pappannan Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 8148293
    Abstract: Highly uniform cluster based nanocatalysts supported on technologically relevant supports were synthesized for reactions of top industrial relevance. The Pt-cluster based catalysts outperformed the very best reported ODHP catalyst in both activity (by up to two orders of magnitude higher turn-over frequencies) and in selectivity. The results clearly demonstrate that highly dispersed ultra-small Pt clusters precisely localized on high-surface area supports can lead to affordable new catalysts for highly efficient and economic propene production, including considerably simplified separation of the final product. The combined GISAXS-mass spectrometry provides an excellent tool to monitor the evolution of size and shape of nanocatalyst at action under realistic conditions. Also provided are sub-nanometer gold and sub-nanometer to few nm size-selected silver catalysts which possess size dependent tunable catalytic properties in the epoxidation of alkenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Vajda, Michael J. Pellin, Jeffrey W. Elam, Christopher L. Marshall, Randall A. Winans, Karl-Heinz Meiwes-Broer
  • Patent number: 8143189
    Abstract: Highly uniform cluster based nanocatalysts supported on technologically relevant supports were synthesized for reactions of top industrial relevance. The Pt-cluster based catalysts outperformed the very best reported ODHP catalyst in both activity (by up to two orders of magnitude higher turn-over frequencies) and in selectivity. The results clearly demonstrate that highly dispersed ultra-small Pt clusters precisely localized on high-surface area supports can lead to affordable new catalysts for highly efficient and economic propene production, including considerably simplified separation of the final product. The combined GISAXS-mass spectrometry provides an excellent tool to monitor the evolution of size and shape of nanocatalyst at action under realistic conditions. Also provided are sub-nanometer gold and sub-nanometer to few nm size-selected silver catalysts which possess size dependent tunable catalytic properties in the epoxidation of alkenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Vajda, Michael J. Pellin, Jeffrey W. Elam, Christopher L. Marshall, Randall A. Winans, Karl-Heinz Meiwes-Broer
  • Patent number: 8130066
    Abstract: Wire-holders are provided that confine a single wire over a limited arc section and that are interspersed with ferrite ingots that provide wire-ways for several wires are utilized in the winding of the coils of a transformer. A method for consistently producing windings having accurate wire placement on rotors, stators, and other electrical componentry is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Schleifring Medical Systems USA
    Inventors: Gregory M. Dunlap, Kai Chi Chan
  • Patent number: 8118279
    Abstract: An illuminative jack is provided, having a plurality of lights recessed within a top plate to provide illumination directed to a lifting location. The jack includes transparent material positioned disposed below the contact surface of the top plate and disposed above the plurality of lights to protect the lights, while allowing light to emanate on the lifting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Kai Hsiang Traffic Appliances Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lai-Shun Lin
  • Patent number: 8113149
    Abstract: A cat entertainment and grooming device 10 includes an enclosure 12 having a plurality of apertures 14 varying in dimension and configuration. The apertures 14 allow a cat access to an internal cavity 16 to allow the cat to play with pet toys 24 secured to internal portions of the cavity 16, or to sleep upon a heated cushion 62. The device 10 further includes a grooming member 30 centrally disposed upon an outer top wall 26 of a cover portion 38 of the enclosure 12. The grooming member 30 is rigidly positioned to remain stationary irrespective of the force imparted upon the grooming member 30 by a cat grooming itself by engaging the grooming member 30 while walking upon the outer top wall 26 of the enclosure 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Michele A. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8111497
    Abstract: A device 10 for electrically discharging samples of an electrically non-conductive liquid includes an electrically conductive outer member 12, an electrically conductive inner member 14 disposed within the outer member 12, an electrically conductive rod 16 with upper and lower plugs 18 and 19 secured thereto to maintain a non-conductive fluid in the device 10, non-conductive handles 20 and 22 secured to the outer and inner members 12 and 14, and an electrically conductive ground cable 26 detachably secured to the rod 16 to ultimately remove or reduce static charge in the electrically non-conductive liquid via the liquid engaging the outer member 12, inner member 14 and rod 16, which are electrically grounded via the cable 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: Michael J. Blackburn, Donald G. Flaynik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8104554
    Abstract: A device for transporting a physically impaired person includes a support frame member having electric motors secured thereto for operating rear drive wheels; a stabilizing plate for maintaining the position of the support frame member when lifting a physically impaired person, the stabilizing plate being positioned via an electric motor operating a linear actuator; and opposite lifting arms rotationally extended from the support frame member via electric motors operating linear actuators, the lifting arms ultimately placing a physically impaired person upon or removing the impaired person from an inclinable seat member secured to the support frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Randall J. Graham
  • Patent number: 8104379
    Abstract: According to disclosure, the hammer has a head made of striking grade steel. The handle comprises a 6-4 titanium hand grip and over strike plate insert in the handle and under the head. The head has an eye for accommodating a handle which in a preferred embodiment is made of a graphite titanium composite comprising from about 60 to 65% graphite by weight and from about 35 to 45% 6-4 titanium. The head of hammer has a claw end and a striking head. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing the device of the disclosure comprising using one or more bladder compressed carbon fiber processes to anneal the graphite, titanium and steel components of the hammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Pull'r Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jared W. Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8075567
    Abstract: A surgical tissue retrieval instrument has a collapsible pouch at the distal end of an elongated pusher rod that is introduced into a patient's abdomen through a cannula. The instrument includes a two-jaw fork that forms a loop when in an unconstrained configuration and that supports the pouch. Deployment and operation of the fork and the pouch are controlled by a toggle means. The two jaws and the toggle means are slid in a hem surrounding the opening of the pouch when the device is assembled. An especially advantageous embodiment features two jaws of unequal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Anchor Products Company
    Inventors: James Taylor, Robert H. Thrun
  • Patent number: 8056443
    Abstract: A hammer that that reduces vibration and provides advantageous balance and mass distribution having a handle portion comprising an I-shape sectional profile and a head comprising a cavity formed therethrough. The hammer may further comprise various nail or other fastener removal structures, such as a claw, slots, notches, or the like. The hammer may further include a nail-starter with magnetic nail retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Pull 'R Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jared Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8057652
    Abstract: A compact oxygen sensor is provided, comprising a mixture of metal and metal oxide an enclosure containing said mixture, said enclosure capable of isolating said mixture from an environment external of said enclosure, and a first wire having a first end residing within the enclosure and having a second end exposed to the environment. Also provided is a method for the fabrication of an oxygen sensor, the method comprising confining a metal-metal oxide solid mixture to a container which consists of a single material permeable to oxygen ions, supplying an electrical conductor having a first end and a second end, whereby the first end resides inside the container as a reference (PO2)ref, and the second end resides outside the container in the atmosphere where oxygen partial pressure (PO2)ext is to be measured, and sealing the container with additional single material such that grain boundary sliding occurs between grains of the single material and grains of the additional single material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Jules L. Routbort, Dileep Singh, Prabir K. Dutta, Ramamoorthy Ramasamy, John V. Spirig, Sheikh Akbar
  • Patent number: D662581
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Alternative Wastewater Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Savegnago
  • Patent number: D664664
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Theresa Mai