Patents Assigned to Nalco Company
  • Patent number: 8658095
    Abstract: A device for measuring oxidation-reduction potential at operating temperature and pressure in hot water systems is disclosed and claimed. The device includes a flow-through cell, an oxidation-reduction potential probe, a temperature detector, and an external pressure-balanced reference electrode assembly. Each component of the device works in conjunction with the other components and each has electrical connections that transmit signals to a controller. The controller calculates and determines adjustments to feedwater chemistry for the hot water system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Hicks, M. Alexandra Knoth
  • Patent number: 8647472
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of producing paper with a higher proportion of mineral filler particles than is otherwise be possible without the expected loss in paper strength by preflocculating the filler particles. The method allows for the use of the greater amount of filler particles by coating at least some of the filler particles with a material that prevents the filler materials form adhering to a strength additive. The strength additive holds the paper fibers together tightly and is not wasted on the filler particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Weiguo Cheng, Ross T. Gray
  • Patent number: 8632742
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for controlling, mercury emissions, and more particularly, to methods for controlling mercury re-emissions from a wet flue gas desulfurizer used in a combustion process. A method of controlling mercury re-emission from a combustion process includes measuring either mercury concentration, oxidation-reduction, potential (ORP), and/or sulfide concentration within a scrubber liquor of a wet flue gas desulpherizer (wFGD); correlating the mercury concentration, ORP, and /or sulfide concentration with an amount of mercury re-emission additive required in the scrubber liquor to reduce and/or prevent mercury re-emission to a selected level; and adjusting the rate of addition of mercury re-emission additive into the scrubber liquor to attain the selected level of mercury re-emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Keiser, Jitendra Shah, John V. Meier, Robert W. Dorner, Jianwei Yuan, Rebecca L. Stiles, Wayne Carlson, Darlington Mlambo
  • Patent number: 8628737
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of improving the transfer of slurry in a Bayer process through the addition of one or more chemical species to a Bayer process, wherein said chemical species is selected from the group consisting of: non-ionic surfactants, polyglycols, polyglycol ethers, anionic surfactants, anionic polymers, and a combination thereof. The present invention is also directed to a method of deaerating a slurry in a Bayer process through the addition of an effective amount of one or more chemical species to a Bayer process, wherein said chemical species is selected from the group consisting of: non-ionic surfactants, polyglycols, polyglycol ethers, anionic surfactants, anionic polymers, and a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Everett C. Phillips, Michael G. Strominger, Peter A. Dimas
  • Patent number: 8617356
    Abstract: Compositions and processes that enhance the brightness and improve color of pulp or paper when applied during different stages of the papermaking process involving optical brighteners are identified. Used in combination with optical brighteners and/or chelants the described agents produce a synergistic effect not previously identified in the paper process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Prasad Duggirala, Sergey Shevchenko
  • Patent number: 8618027
    Abstract: A corrosion inhibitor composition and method of inhibiting corrosion on a surface in an oil or gas application is disclosed and claimed. The corrosion inhibitor includes at least one fatty acid; at least one alkanolamine; at least one alkylamine; and at least one organic sulfonic acid. The method of inhibiting corrosion includes on a surface in an oil or gas application comprises contacting an effective dosage of the corrosion inhibitor with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: G. Richard Meyer, Keith Allen Monk
  • Patent number: 8617493
    Abstract: A method and composition for the reduction of the emission of selenium into the environment from the burning of fossil fuels with the use of two chemistries, either individually or in combination with each other. The method uses polydithiocarbamic compounds, including polydithiocarbamic compounds derived from a polymer produced from acrylic-x and alkylamine in conjunction with a scrubber process to capture selenium and reduce its emission in aqueous phase blowdown. The method and composition also helps reduce corrosion in the scrubber process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Keiser, Jitendra T Shah, John V. Meier, Paul J. Zinn, Jianwei Yuan, Raul Espinosa, Rebecca L Stiles, Richard Mimna, Wayne M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8618025
    Abstract: Disclosed and claimed is a composition and method of inhibiting the formation of hydrate agglomerates in a fluid comprising water, gas, and optionally liquid hydrocarbon comprising adding to the fluid an effective anti-agglomerant amount of the following formula and optionally salts thereof: wherein each R1 is independently absent, C1-C10 alkyl, benzyl, or H; wherein R2 is C1-C10 alkyl; wherein R3 C1-C10 alkyl; and wherein R4 is C4-C22 alkyl or alkenyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventor: Peter A. Webber
  • Publication number: 20130340963
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions for softening paper. An inventive composition and method of its use softens paper products (like tissue paper) by de-bonding its cellulose fibers and by improving the smoothness of the resulting paper. The invention forms a surfactant-polymer complex that attaches de-bonding non-ionic surfactants to cellulose fibers that would otherwise not be retained by the cellulose fibers. This complex prevents the fibers from bonding with each other and makes the paper product smoother. Best of all, the composition is environmentally superior and is a non-toxic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Gary S. Furman, Gillian Frette, Frank Koenig, Tobias Maurer
  • Publication number: 20130343970
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions for inhibiting the accumulation of DSP scale in the liquor circuit of Bayer process equipment. The method includes adding one or more particular silane based small molecules to the liquor fluid circuit. These scale inhibitors reduce DSP scale formation and thereby increase fluid throughput, increase the amount of time Bayer process equipment can be operational and reduce the need for expensive and dangerous acid washes of Bayer process equipment. As a result, the invention provides a significant reduction in the total cost of operating a Bayer process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Timothy La, Ji Cui, John D. Kildea, David H. Slinkman
  • Patent number: 8613837
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards methods and compositions for identifying the specific microorganisms present in a particular potion of a papermaking processes. The method involves obtaining a sample from the process which is such that little or no live examples of the microorganism remain. However because DNA from the organisms is still present, an analysis which identifies portions of DNA specific to the particular organism will correctly identify the microorganism present. This allows for analysis of infestations present on felts or paper sheets which typically no longer have many live microorganisms on them when samples are taken for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Laura E. Rice, Liliya Lund
  • Publication number: 20130334102
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards a method of removing mercury bearing species from a hydrocarbon containing fluid. The method comprises the steps of: i) adding dithiocarbamate polymer to the fluid in an amount such that the number of mercury bonding sites on the polymer exceeds the amount of mercury atoms by at least 10% and ii) removing the mercury bearing dithiocarbamate polymer with a water/oil separation device. The invention relies upon an unexpected reversal in the solubility of dithiocarbamate polymer at very high concentrations. Because of the high solubility the polymer remains within the water phase of the hydrocarbon fluid and can be removed without the need for cumbersome precipitation methods and complicated solid liquid separation devices. As a result, the invention allows mercury contaminated crude oil to be easily rid of its mercury with easy to use equipment already present in a typical oil refinery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Michael L. Braden, Samuel A. Lordo
  • Patent number: 8609046
    Abstract: A process of treating a gas stream containing mercury and acid gas pollutants is disclosed. The process includes applying a sorbent composition into a gas stream in order to adsorb mercury containing compounds and acid gas pollutants. The sorbent composition includes a compound having the formula (SiO2)x(OH)yMzSaF.B. The combination of basic inorganic solids for the adsorption of acid gases, and metal sulfide-doped silica for the adsorption of mercury provides dual sorbent functionality, along with additional benefits for each individual sorbent: silica for moisture retention on the surface of the basic inorganic particle and adsorption of acid gas, which will improve metal sulfide performance at higher operating temperatures. The use of a hygroscopic solid effectively dries the metal sulfide-doped silica slurry without the use of filtration of drying equipment, providing significant economic benefit for the manufacture of metal sulfide-doped silica material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Nicholas S. Ergang, Ian Saratovsky, Tommy Chen
  • Patent number: 8609784
    Abstract: A UV-protective water-soluble polyaminoamide comprising UV-absorbing end groups, wherein the polyaminoamide absorbs ultraviolet light radiation having a wavelength of about 200 nm to about 420 nm, compositions comprising the UV-protective polyaminoamide and methods of treating substrates with the UV-protective polyaminoamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Yin Hessefort, Mingli Wei, Wayne Carlson
  • Patent number: 8609050
    Abstract: A method and composition for the reduction of the emission of selenium into the environment from the burning of fossil fuels with the use of two chemistries, either individually or in combination with each other. The method uses polydithiocarbamic compounds, including polydithiocarbamic compounds derived from a polymer produced from acrylic-x and alkylamine in conjunction with a scrubber process to capture selenium and reduce its emission in aqueous phase blowdown. The method and composition also helps reduce corrosion in the scrubber process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Keiser, Jitendra T. Shah, John V. Meier, Paul J. Zinn, Jianwei Yuan, Raul Espinosa, Rebecca L. Stiles, Richard Mimna, Wayne M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8597515
    Abstract: A method of enhancing flux of tailings settling pond water from an oil sands process through a membrane separation system and purifying the water comprising is disclosed. The process comprises the following steps: (a) treating the water with an effective amount of one or more water-soluble cationic polymers, amphoteric polymers, zwitterionic polymers, or a combination thereof; (b) passing the treated water through a membrane separation system; and (c) optionally, passing the permeate from step (b) through an additional membrane separation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Deepak A. Musale, Anthony G. Sommese, Walter H. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8591744
    Abstract: The current invention relates to composition and method for treating impurities in a circulating water system. The circulating water system impurities may be oversprayed paint in paint spray booth applications. The composition includes an aqueous solution of a cationized starch, a polybasic aluminum salt such as aluminum chlorohydrate or polyaluminum chloride and a solution of a medium to high MW aqueous flocculent. The composition is particularly useful when added to recirculating scrubber water in paint spray booths for effectively treating both water based and solvent based paints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Joseph P. Miknevich, David W. Scheimann
  • Patent number: 8585994
    Abstract: A method and composition for the reduction of the emission of selenium into the environment from the burning of fossil fuels with the use of two chemistries, either individually or in combination with each other. The method uses polydithiocarbamic compounds, including polydithiocarbamic compounds derived from a polymer produced from acrylic-x and alkylamine in conjunction with a scrubber process to capture selenium and reduce its emission in aqueous phase blowdown. The method and composition also helps reduce corrosion in the scrubber process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Keiser, Jitendra T. Shah, John V. Meier, Paul J. Zinn, Jianwei Yuan, Raul Espinosa, Rebecca L. Stiles, Richard Mimna, Wayne M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8585964
    Abstract: This invention provides a novel, synergistic composition and method for reducing corrosion, particularly white rust corrosion, on galvanized metal surfaces in industrial water systems. The composition is a synergistic blend and preferably comprises from about 0 to about 10 weight percent of an amine-based white rust corrosion reducer and from about 10 to about 90 weight percent of a benzotriazole. In a method for using the synergistic blend, an effective amount of the blend is introduced onto the galvanized metal surface to form a barrier on the surface. After one or more time intervals, the composition is optionally overlayed onto the initial barrier by reintroducing an effective amount of the composition onto the galvanized metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Kaveh Sotoudeh, Sherman J. Sprague, Frank Fun-Yuee Lu, Tom Kim
  • Patent number: 8585992
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards methods and compositions for treating slurry to better dewater alumina trihydrate precipitated from the Bayer process. The method comprises using a product comprising the combination of at least two surfactants together with an optional coupling agent to treat the alkaline slurry with certain amount of alumina trihydrate present. Synergistic effects between binary combinations of nonionic and anionic surfactants result in more efficient dewatering aids for alumina trihydrate slurry when combinations of such surfactants are applied. A coupling agent may be used in formulations to reduce viscosity of such surfactant combinations, allowing the practical application of such products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Paul Qi Wang, Steven Qun Dong