Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Thomas M. Breininger
  • Patent number: 7115254
    Abstract: A cosmetically acceptable composition comprising about 0.01 to about 40 weight percent, based on polymer solids, of a stable solution of a cationic copolymer composed of about 1 to about 99 mole percent diallyl-N,N-disubstituted ammonium halide and about 99 to about 1 mole percent N-vinylpyrollidone, wherein the solution as a RSV of about 0.4 to about 10 dL/g, methods of preparing the composition and methods of using the composition to treat keratinous substrates such as hair, skin and nails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Loralei Marie Brandt, Jeffrey Robert Cramm
  • Patent number: 7095500
    Abstract: Described and claimed is an interchangeable tip-open cell fluorometer comprising a housing and a fluorometric probe tip interchangeably connected to the housing, the probe tip including a probe tip housing defining an open cell and enclosing a probe optical arrangement, the probe optical arrangement including an excitation source and a fluorescence detector wherein the excitation source is aimed directly into the fluorescence detector such that a sample can be fluorometrically detected. Also claimed is a method of using this interchangeable tip-open cell fluorometer for detecting fluorescent signals emitted by one or more fluorophores from samples from a natural or industrial water system. The fluorometer, when coupled with a controller, is capable of monitoring and optionally controlling an industrial process or system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventor: Rodney H. Banks
  • Patent number: 7048826
    Abstract: A method for target application of a Performance Enhancing Material to a creping cylinder in order to improve a tissue making operation is described and claimed. The method involves dividing the creping cylinder into Zones and then applying the desired Performance Enhancing Material on a Zone by Zone basis such that each Zone has the optimal Performance Enhancing Material present. Furthermore, a method to ascertain the amount and pattern of application of the Performance Enhancing Material used on the creping cylinder is described and claimed. This method involves adding an inert fluorescent tracer to said Performance Enhancing Material and then to use a fluorometer to look for the tracer on the creping cylinder, and/or on the creped tissue product and/or in the water removed from the felt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Sammy L. Archer, Gary S. Furman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6831042
    Abstract: An aqueous drilling fluid used in drilling wells through subterranean formations having a pH of between about 7 and about 12 and a viscosity of from about 20 to about 80 sec (Marsch cone) which is prepared by admixing fresh water, brine or seawater with about 0.02 lb to about 2.5 lb per barrel, based on polymer actives, of one or more anionic dispersion polymers, wherein the anionic dispersion polymers are composed of about 2 to about 98 mole percent of one or more anionic monomers and from about 98 to about 2 mole percent of one or more nonionic monomers and wherein the anionic dispersion polymers have a RSV of from about 10 to about 50 dL/g, a method of drilling a well bore through a subterranean formation and a method of viscosifying an aqueous drilling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Guillem Solé Ristol, Cathy C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6824840
    Abstract: Print paper for ink printing and method for producing and using the same is provided. The ink print paper includes a cationic dispersion polymer including nonionic monomers and cationic monomers. The cationic monomers at least include an effective amount of hydrophobic cationic monomers such that the cationic dispersion polymer effectively forms a film layer on a surface of the ink print paper to enhance ink print quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventor: Joseph P. Miknevich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6821428
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring and/or controlling membrane separation systems or processes are provided. The present invention utilizes measurable amounts of inert fluorescent tracer(s) added to a feed stream to evaluate and/or control the purification of such feed stream during membrane separation. The methods and systems of the present invention can be utilized in a variety of different industrial applications including raw water processing and waste water processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: E. H. Kelle Zeiher, Bosco P. Ho, John E. Hoots, Binaifer S. Bedford, Martin R. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 6818417
    Abstract: A method for locating hidden microorganism contaminated surfaces in industrial water systems is described and claimed. The method works by applying a solution or dispersion of a fluorogenic reagent in water to the hidden water contact surfaces of said industrial water system and allowing said fluorogenic reagent to react with any hidden microorganisms present, wherein said fluorogenic reagent is selected from the group of fluorogenic reagents that are known to react with microorganisms such that a fluorescent signal of said fluorogenic reagent is detectable in such a way as to make the detection of the fluorescent signal indicate that there are hidden microorganisms present on the water contact surfaces of the equipment and piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Cooper, Michael V. Enzien, Steven R. Hatch, Bosco P. Ho, May M. Wu
  • Patent number: 6790666
    Abstract: A method of monitoring and controlling hardness in an industrial water system is described and claimed. The method requires the use of a Compound that develops a separate detectable fluorescent signal in the presence of soluble hardness. A fluorometer is used to detect this separate detectable fluorescent signal of the Compound. The separate detectable fluorescent signal is used to ascertain the amount of soluble hardness present in the industrial water system. Another aspect of the instant claimed invention is the ability to determine whether the soluble hardness is calcium or magnesium based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Xiaojun Dang, David A. Grattan, Linda M. Link
  • Patent number: 6790664
    Abstract: A method of monitoring and controlling hardness in an industrial water system is described and claimed. The method requires the use of a Compound that develops a separate detectable fluorescent signal in the presence of soluble hardness. A fluorometer is used to detect this separate detectable fluorescent signal of the Compound. The separate detectable fluorescent signal is used to ascertain the amount of soluble hardness present in the industrial water system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Bruce R. Bailey, Xiaojun Dang, David A. Grattan, Linda Link
  • Patent number: 6787506
    Abstract: A method of reducing friction resulting from turbulent flow in an aqueous fracturing fluid in an oil field fracturing process comprising adding to the aqueous fracturing fluid an effective friction-reducing amount of one or more dispersion polymers, wherein the dispersion polymer is composed of from about 5 to about 95 mole percent of one or more nonionic monomers and from about 95 to about 5 mole percent of one or more cationic or anionic monomers and has a molecular weight of at least 100,000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Energy Services, L.P.
    Inventors: Cecil C. Blair, Kin-Tai Chang, Duane S. Treybig, Kurt S. Gerken
  • Patent number: 6784267
    Abstract: A water-soluble, cationic polymer comprising from about 1 to about 65 mole percent of one or more cationic monomers, from about 99 to about 35 mole percent of one or more nonionic monomers and from about 1 to about 1000 ppm, based on the total monomer content, of one or more hyperbranched monomers wherein the hyperbranched monomer contains from about 2 to about 20 allyl, vinyl, or acrylic end groups and method of dewatering sludge is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: William J. Ward, Ananthasubramanian Sivakumar
  • Patent number: 6770699
    Abstract: Investment casting binders containing a mixture of colloidal silicas having average particle size diameters of 4, 8 and 13 nanometers yield molds having high green strength and low fired strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Ronald S. Doles, Gretchen L. Desch
  • Patent number: 6770219
    Abstract: An antifoulant composition comprising (meth)acrylic acid and one or more (meth)acrylate or (meth)acrylamide antifoulant polymers and a method of preventing fouling in (meth)acrylic acid processes comprising adding the (meth)acrylate or (meth)acrylamide antifoulant polymers to the (meth)acrylic acid process stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Energy Services
    Inventor: David Youdong Tong
  • Patent number: 6753388
    Abstract: This invention is directed to structurally-modified water-soluble polymers prepared by initiating polymerization of an aqueous solution of monomers under free radical polymerization conditions to form a polymer solution and adding at least one structural modifier to the polymer solution after at least 30% polymerization of the monomers has occurred, and to use of the water-soluble cross-linked polymers as flocculating agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Wesley L. Whipple, Chidambaram Maltesh, Cathy C. Johnson, Ananthasubramanian Sivakumar, Tracey M. Guddendorf, Angela P. Zagala
  • Patent number: 6740249
    Abstract: A formulation for use as a treating agent in the Bayer process is disclosed. The formulation comprises a blend of 200-300 ppm of starch and up to 10 ppm of another polysaccharide. When added to a liquor derived from the digestion of bauxite ore in a caustic solution to extract alumina, the formulation may result in increased filterability of the liquor. The formulation may also be used in conjunction with a filter aid in the filtration of a caustic sodium aluminate solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventor: Scott Barham
  • Patent number: 6740231
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods for monitoring and/or controlling treatment of aqueous systems including water cooling systems are provided. The present invention includes a self-contained treatment unit for controllably bleeding water from an aqueous system and delivering treatment agents, such as inhibitor agents and/or anti-biofouling agents, to treat conditions, such as scale, corrosion, biofouling or the like within the aqueous system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Scott D. Bauman, David L. Adams, James W. Beard, Monte Krier
  • Patent number: 6733674
    Abstract: A method of dewatering sludge comprising adding an effective amount of one or more cellulolytic enzymes, one or more oxidants and one or more flocculants to the sludge to form a mixture of water and coagulated and flocculated solids and separating the coagulated and flocculated solids from the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Ondeo Nalco Company
    Inventors: Jawed Sarkar, Jitendra Shah, Manian Ramesh
  • Patent number: 6733673
    Abstract: This invention concerns a method of dewatering sludge comprising adding an effective amount of one or more cellulolytic enzymes and one or more peroxidases to the sludge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Ondeo Nalco Company
    Inventors: Jawed Sarkar, Jitendra Shah, Manian Ramesh
  • Patent number: 6733579
    Abstract: An aqueous composition comprising 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane; 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethylsilane; one or more alcohols; and one or more Group IVA metal ions selected from zirconium, hafnium and titanium, or a mixture thereof and having a pH of about 2 to about 9 and use of the composition to treat conversion coated metal surfaces prior to application of a siccative coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventor: George J. Górecki
  • Patent number: 6729402
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a composition comprising expandable cross linked polymeric microparticles having an unexpanded volume average particle size diameter of from about 0.05 to about 10 microns and a cross linking agent content of about 1,000 to less than about 9,000 ppm of labile cross linkers and from 0 to about 300 ppm of non-labile cross linkers and to the use of the composition for modifying the permeability of subterranean formations and increasing the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Ondeo Nalco Energy Services
    Inventors: Kin-Tai Chang, Harry Frampton, James C. Morgan