Patents Assigned to Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Patent number: 11957878
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for injecting a medicine, especially a highly viscous medicine. Conventional methods and apparatus for injecting viscous medicines suffers suffer from a variety of problems such as excessive force during the initial needle insertion and initial injection. In an inventive method, during the initial phase of the injection, energy is stored in a torsion spring that is subsequently released during a later stage of the injection. The present invention also provides for an improved autoinjector; especially via the use of a combination compression and torsion spring that powers the injection through controlling force applied to a plunger via a screw flange or nut having pins that ride in a prescribed path down the length of the autoinjector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: William G. Atterbury, Douglas E. Boyd
  • Patent number: 11959077
    Abstract: The invention relates to control compositions for sequencing and for chemical analyses, such as analytical chemistry analyses. More particularly, the invention relates to control compositions for sequencing and for chemical analyses having at least one barcode sequence fragment and at least one universal sequence fragment, and to methods of their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Rachel R. Spurbeck, Richard Mon Che Chou, Anthony D. Duong
  • Publication number: 20240118411
    Abstract: Imaging systems and associated methods are described. According to one aspect, an imaging system includes an antenna array having transmit and receive antennas, the transmit antennas emit electromagnetic energy from a plurality of different positions about a target imaging volume and the receive antennas receive reflections of the electromagnetic energy at the different positions, a transceiver configured to control the emission of the electromagnetic energy and to generate radar data that is indicative of the reflections of the electromagnetic energy received via the receive antennas; and processing circuitry configured to focus the radar data to provide first focused data in a first dimension, to focus the radar data in a second dimension to provide second focused data, and use the second focused data to focus the radar data in a third dimension to provide third focused data comprising an image of the target imaging volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: David M. Sheen, Richard Trevor Clark
  • Publication number: 20240113340
    Abstract: An electrolyte composition comprising a solution comprising an active salt; and a solvent portion that comprises a first solvent and a second solvent, wherein the first solvent is a hydrofluorocarbon compound having a structure of CxHyFz, wherein x is from 4 to 10, y is from 1 to 10, z is from 5 to 20, and the z:y ratio is from 2:1 to 10:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jie Xiao, Bingbin Wu, Wei Wang, Dianying Liu, Ruozhu Feng
  • Patent number: 11944982
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a polymer-functionalized particle for using in isolating and extracting solutes, such as rare earth metals, lithium, and the like. The polymer-functionalized particles exhibit strong resistance to agglomeration and degradation even in high ionic strength and/or temperature environments. A post-particle synthesis method for making the polymer-functionalized particle is disclosed, along with a magnetic separation device and that can be used in system embodiments to facilitate use and regeneration of the polymer-functionalized particles in solute extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jian Liu, B. Peter McGrail, Satish Nune, Praveen Thallapally
  • Patent number: 11946504
    Abstract: Riveted assemblies are provided that can include a substrate extending between two ends to define opposing substrate surfaces having a first opening extending between the opposing substrate surfaces; a metal-comprising substrate extending between two ends to define opposing metal-comprising substrate surfaces having a second opening extending between the opposing metal-comprising substrate surfaces. The riveted assemblies can further provide that the first and second openings complement one another when the substrate and metal-comprising substrate are engaged; and a rivet shaft extends through the openings and engages the substrate with the rivet head and the metal-comprising substrate with the rivet stop head, at least a portion of the stop head being mixed with, and forming a metallurgical bond with the metal-comprising substrate. Assemblies are provided that can include a rivet stop head mixed with, and metallurgically bonded with a metal-comprising substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Scott A. Whalen, Tianhao Wang, Piyush Upadhyay, Keerti S. Kappagantula
  • Patent number: 11949762
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for tapping serial communications and transforming the serial data into a format appropriate for routable networks are significant for purposes of security and troubleshooting, especially in critical infrastructure networks. Communication taps should be completely passive such that any failure would not interrupt the serial communications. Furthermore, automatic determination of unspecified serial protocol frames allow general implementation across various networks, or across devices within a single network, without the need to customize for each implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Thomas W. Edgar, Sean J. Zabriskie, Eric Y. Choi
  • Publication number: 20240105277
    Abstract: Reinforcement learning is coupled to a deep generative model based on a three-dimensional scaffold model to generate drug candidates targeting a particular protein, building up atom or functional groups from a starting core scaffold. A reward function can use parallel graph neural network models and take the particular protein into account when calculating reward based on criteria such as binding, synthetic accessibility, and the like. In an agent-critic reinforcement learning model, the agent learns to build molecules in three-dimensional space while optimizing the criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Neeraj Kumar, Mridula V.S. Bontha, Andrew D. McNaughton, Carter R. Knutson, Jenna A. Pope
  • Patent number: 11941797
    Abstract: In an approach to non-destructive inspection of IC devices, one or more images of a Device Under Test (DUT) are received from one or more imaging devices. Observed features are detected in the one or more images and producing a first synthetic representation of a part design of the DUT that includes the observed features. The presence of one or more first unobserved features are inferred, where the one or more first unobserved features are inferred using a mapping and inference model (MIM). The one or more first unobserved features are added to the first synthetic representation of the part design of the DUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Nicholas Darby, Jeremiah Schley, Jeremy Bellay
  • Patent number: 11942595
    Abstract: Rechargeable batteries include a NiyFe1-y cathode where 0?y?1, an anode comprising a current collector, a porous separator positioned between the cathode and the anode, and an electrolyte comprising MAlX4, wherein M is Na, Li, K, or a combination thereof, and X is Cl, Br, I, or a combination thereof, and wherein the electrolyte is a solid at temperatures less than 50° C. The batteries are temperature activated. The electrolyte temperature is increased above its melting point while charging and reduced below the melting point for energy storage, such as seasonal energy storage. The electrolyte temperature is increased above the melting point again to discharge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Guosheng Li, Vincent L. Sprenkle, Minyuan M. Li, David M. Reed, Evgueni Polikarpov
  • Patent number: 11942688
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) aperture includes an array of electrically conductive tapered projections arranged to define a curved aperture surface, such as a semi-cylinder aperture surface, or a cylinder aperture surface (which may be constructed as two semi-circular aperture surfaces mutually arranged to define the cylinder aperture surface). The RF aperture may further include a top array of electrically conductive tapered projections arranged to define a top aperture surface. The top aperture surface may be planar, and a cylinder axis of cylinder aperture surface may be perpendicular to the plane of the planar top aperture surface. The RF aperture may further include baluns mounted on at least one printed circuit board, each having a balanced port electrically connected with two neighboring electrically conductive tapered projections of the array and further having an unbalanced port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Raphael Joseph Welsh, Douglas A. Thornton
  • Patent number: 11936415
    Abstract: An air interface plane (AIP) of a radio frequency (RF) aperture includes: a circuit board having a first side and a second side opposite the first side; and a matrix of tapered elements arranged on the first side of the circuit board and secured to the circuit board, the matrix of tapered elements cooperating to at least one of receive or transmit an over-the-air RF signal. Suitably, each tapered element of the matrix has: a central hub extending along a longitudinal axis from a hub base which is proximate to the first side of the circuit board to an apex of the tapered element which is distal from the first side of the first circuit board; and a plurality of arms extending from the central hub at the apex of the tapered element, each of the plurality of arms including a first portion that projects the arm radially away from the longitudinal axis and a second portion that projects the arm longitudinally toward the first side of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Raphael Joseph Welsh, Douglas A. Thornton, Mackenzie Jordan Hawkins, Micah John Meleski, Katherine M. Armitage, Daniel G. Loesch, Matthew E. Huntwork, David R. Chase, Erik W. Edwards, John Bartholomew, Thomas Lloyd Moffitt, Curt Hudberg
  • Patent number: 11937342
    Abstract: A device is described in which the shape of a resistive heater material is configured to provide rapid and strong heating of a small area. The resistive heating material is heated unevenly while efficiently using power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Katherine M. Palmer, Kurt Bosworth, Kevin Yugulis, Amy M. Heintz, Jeffrey L. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20240088382
    Abstract: Methods for synthesizing single crystalline Ni-rich cathode materials are disclosed. The Ni-rich cathode material may have a formula LiNixMnyMzCol1-x-y-zO2, where M represents one or more dopant metals, x?0.6, 0.01?y<0.2, 0?z?0.05, and x+y+z?1.0. The methods are cost-effective, and include methods for solid-state, molten-salt, and flash-sintering syntheses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jie Xiao, Yujing Bi
  • Patent number: 11925879
    Abstract: Methods for separating Ra from Pb, Bi, and Th are provided, the methods can include: providing a first mixture comprising Ra, Pb, Bi, and/or Th; providing a system that can include: a first vessel housing a first media; a second vessel in fluid communication with the first vessel, the second vessel housing a second media; and a third vessel in fluid communication with the second vessel, the third vessel housing a third media; and exposing the first mixture to the first media within the first vessel then, through the fluid communication, exposing the first remainder to the second media in the second vessel, then, through fluid communication, exposing the next remainder to the third media in the third vessel, the exposing separating the Th and Bi from the Ra and Pb, and the Ra from the Pb. Methods for separating Ra from being associated with a media are also provided. The methods can include: exposing the Ra and media to a chelating agent to form a mixture comprising the Ra complexed with the chelating agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventor: Matthew J. O'Hara
  • Patent number: 11927688
    Abstract: Firearm discharge location systems and methods are described. According to one aspect, a firearm discharge location system includes a plurality of microphones spaced from one another, timing circuitry configured to generate a plurality of asynchronous timing references, wherein data capture operations with respect to the microphones of a first pair are synchronized with one another using a first of the timing references and data capture operations with respect to the microphones of a second pair are synchronized with one another using a second of the timing references, and processing circuitry configured to use outputs of the first and second pairs of the microphones to identify a location of a firearm discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Eric G. Gonzalez, Michael S. Hughes, Anton S. Sinkov
  • Publication number: 20240079605
    Abstract: A reference electrode assembly includes a reference electrode, a counter electrode, and a variable resistor. The reference electrode comprises a foil of a first metal or a foil coated with the first metal, has a width ?0.5 mm and a length ?the width. A surface of the reference electrode has an average roughness (Ra)?1 ?m. The counter electrode comprises a foil of a second metal or a foil coated with the second metal. The reference and counter electrodes are spaced apart. The reference electrode is configured to be electrically coupled directly or indirectly to a (?) power terminal of an external power source, and the counter electrode is configured to be electrically coupled directly or indirectly to a (+) power terminal of the external power source. The variable resistor is positioned between the external power source and either the counter electrode or the reference electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Qian Huang, David M. Reed
  • Publication number: 20240076700
    Abstract: Recombinant Aspergillus genetically modified to increase expression of g8846, renamed herein as aconitic acid exporter (aexA), are provided, which in some examples are also genetically inactivated for an endogenous cis-aconitic acid decarboxylase (cadA) gene. Such recombinant Aspergillus produce more aconitic acid as compared to native Aspergillus. Also provided are methods of using such recombinant Aspergillus to increase production of aconitic acid and other organic acids, such as citric acid, itaconic acid, and 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Shuang Deng, Jon K. Magnuson, Joonhoon Kim, Kyle R. Pomraning, Ziyu Dai, Beth A. Hofstad
  • Publication number: 20240079947
    Abstract: This document describes systems and techniques for a current-limiting control strategy for single-loop droop-controlled grid-forming inverters. In aspects, a hysteresis module is configured to compare an output current detected across one or more transistors in an inverter controlled by the single-loop droop converter with a specified maximum current and to generate an overcurrent signal. The overcurrent signal presents a fault signal responsive to the output current exceeding the specified maximum current. A logic array is configured to logically combine gate control signals generated by the single-loop droop controller to selectively direct the one or more transistors to allow the output current to flow therethrough with the overcurrent signal to present modified gate control signals to the one or more transistors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Wei Du, Yuan Liu, Quan Nguyen, Sheik Mohammad Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 11919061
    Abstract: Shear-assisted extrusion assemblies are provided. The assemblies can include a billet containing assembly containing a billet comprising a billet outer material and a billet inner material in at least one cross-section; a tool operably engaged with the billet; an extrudate receiving channel configured to receive extrudate from the tool, wherein the extrudate comprises extruded outer material and extruded inner material in at least one cross-section, the extruded outer material being the same material as the billet outer material, and the extruded inner material being the same as the billet inner material. Methods for producing multi-material shear-assisted extrudate are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Mageshwari Komarasamy, Scott A. Whalen, Brian K. Milligan