Patents Assigned to Technology Innovations, LLC
  • Patent number: 10822553
    Abstract: Systems for mixing a catalyst precursor with a heavy oil feedstock preparatory to hydroprocessing the heavy oil feedstock in a reactor to form an upgraded feedstock. Achieving very good dispersion of the catalyst precursor facilitates and maximizes the advantages of the colloidal or molecular hydroprocessing catalyst. A catalyst precursor and a heavy oil feedstock having a viscosity greater than the viscosity of the catalyst precursor are provided. The catalyst precursor is pre-mixed with a hydrocarbon oil diluent, forming a diluted catalyst precursor. The diluted precursor is then mixed with at least a portion of the heavy oil feedstock so as to form a catalyst precursor-heavy oil feedstock mixture. Finally, the catalyst precursor-heavy oil feedstock mixture is mixed with any remainder of the heavy oil feedstock, resulting in the catalyst precursor being homogeneously dispersed on a colloidal and/or molecular level within the heavy oil feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HYDROCARBON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventor: Roger K. Lott
  • Patent number: 10118146
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing and conditioning a heavy oil feedstock for hydroprocessing in a hydroprocessing system includes forming metal sulfide catalyst particles in situ within the heavy oil feedstock. The metal sulfide catalyst particles are formed in situ by (1) premixing a catalyst precursor with a hydrocarbon diluent to form a diluted precursor mixture, (2) mixing the diluted precursor mixture with the heavy oil feedstock to form a conditioned feedstock, and (3) heating the conditioned feedstock to decompose the catalyst precursor and cause or allow metal from the precursor to react with sulfur in the heavy oil feedstock to form metal sulfide catalyst particles in situ in the heavy oil feedstock. The in situ formed metal sulfide catalyst particles catalyze beneficial upgrading reactions between the heavy oil feedstock and hydrogen and eliminates or reduces formation of coke precursors and sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hydrocarbon Technology & Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Roger K. Lott, Lap-Keung Lee
  • Publication number: 20180225738
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for indicating an existence of a link to information pertaining to an article of commerce. The present disclosure provides for downloading a look-up table from a server database to a mobile device via a communication network. The look-up table is configured to store a plurality of UPC numbers associated with a plurality of articles of commerce and a plurality of information link indicators. Each information link indicator is associated with a respective UPC number and article of commerce and indicates the existence of a link via the communication network to information pertaining to the respective article of commerce. The mobile device allows a consumer to immediately determine if product information is available for a particular article of commerce, via a visual or audible indication on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Publication number: 20170004555
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for indicating an existence of a link to information pertaining to an article of commerce. The present disclosure provides for downloading a look-up table from a server database to a mobile device via a communication network. The look-up table is configured to store a plurality of UPC numbers associated with a plurality of articles of commerce and a plurality of information link indicators. Each information link indicator is associated with a respective UPC number and article of commerce and indicates the existence of a link via the communication network to information pertaining to the respective article of commerce. The mobile device allows a consumer to immediately determine if product information is available for a particular article of commerce, via a visual or audible indication on the mobile device, without access to the communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 9466078
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for indicating an existence of a link to information pertaining to an article of commerce. The present disclosure provides for downloading a look-up table from a server database to a mobile device via a communication network. The look-up table is configured to store a plurality of UPC numbers associated with a plurality of articles of commerce and a plurality of information link indicators. Each information link indicator is associated with a respective UPC number and article of commerce and indicates the existence of a link via the communication network to information pertaining to the respective article of commerce. The mobile device allows a consumer to immediately determine if product information is available for a particular article of commerce, via a visual or audible indication on the mobile device, without access to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Publication number: 20140027344
    Abstract: Methods and systems for hydroprocessing heavy oil feedstocks to form upgraded material use a colloidal or molecular catalyst dispersed within heavy oil feedstock, pre-coking hydrocracking reactor, separator, and coking reactor. The colloidal or molecular catalyst promotes upgrading reactions that reduce the quantity of asphaltenes or other coke forming precursors in the feedstock, increase hydrogen to carbon ratio in the upgraded material, and decrease boiling points of hydrocarbons in the upgraded material. The methods and systems can be used to upgrade vacuum tower bottoms and other low grade heavy oil feedstocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Everette Harris, Jeffrey Gendler
  • Publication number: 20130296959
    Abstract: Electrical stimulation to cardiac tissue stabilizes atrial and ventricular arrhythmia when timed to stabilize a limit cycle structure in a Poincare map. Disclosed are methods and apparatus, operational internally or externally, for removing the reentrant effects of heterogeneity present in a diseased heart and returning the heart to an improved metabolic status allowing removal of support. The methods and apparatus disclosed are also useful in the chronic surveillance and maintenance of regularized contractility in an aged or diseased heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Milbocker
  • Patent number: 8557105
    Abstract: Methods for hydrocracking a heavy hydrocarbon feedstock (e.g., heavy oil and/or coal resid) employ a catalyst composed of well dispersed metal sulfide catalyst particles (e.g., colloidally or molecularly dispersed catalyst particles, such as molybdenum sulfide), which provide an increased concentration of metal sulfide catalyst particles within lower quality materials requiring additional hydrocracking. In addition to increased metal sulfide catalyst concentration, the systems and methods provide increased reactor throughput, increased reaction rate, and higher conversion of asphaltenes and lower quality materials. Increased conversion of asphaltenes and lower quality materials also reduces equipment fouling, enables processing of a wider range of lower quality feedstocks, and leads to more efficient use of a supported catalyst if used in combination with the well dispersed metal sulfide catalyst particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Roger K. Lott, Yu-Hwa Chang
  • Publication number: 20130248422
    Abstract: Hydrocarbon-soluble molybdenum catalyst precursors include a plurality of molybdenum cations and a plurality of carboxylate anions having at least 8 carbon atoms. The carboxylate anions are alicyclic, aromatic, or branched, unsaturated and aliphatic, and can derived from carboxylic acids selected from 3-cyclopentylpropionic acid, cyclohexanebutyric acid, biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid, 4-heptylbenzoic acid, 5-phenylvaleric acid, geranic acid, 10-undecenoic acid, dodecanoic acid, and combinations thereof. The molybdenum salts have decomposition temperatures higher than 210° C. The catalyst precursors can form a hydroprocessing molybdenum sulfide catalyst in heavy oil feedstocks. Also disclosed are methods for making catalyst precursors and hydrocracking heavy oil using active catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: He Qiu, Bing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8517110
    Abstract: A ram tensioner system with a deck mountable frame having an upper portion and a lower portion connected by a plurality of cylinder sleeves and at least one guide post sleeve. A guide post engages the guide post sleeves, and an individually replaceable modular cylinder is in each cylinder sleeve along with at least one individually removable seal gland that is lubricated by a hydraulic power unit, and a slidable rod engaging each of the cylinders. The slidable rods can be attached to the tension deck with a tension ring to engage a riser and provide movable tension to the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Drilling Technology Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: David Trent
  • Patent number: 8484010
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a method for identifying at least one aptamer that can bind to a bio-molecular target. The aptamer is designed in silico based on the structure of the target molecule. The process includes the steps of determining a first seed residue and growing an oligomer, one residue at a time, while maximizing the entropy of target-oligomer complex or minimizing the binding energy after the addition of each oligomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Technology Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jack A. Tuszynski, Chih-Yuan Tseng
  • Patent number: 8445399
    Abstract: Hydrocarbon-soluble molybdenum catalyst precursors include a plurality of molybdenum cations that are each bonded with a plurality of organic anions to form an oil soluble molybdenum salt. A portion of the molybdenum atoms are in the 3+ oxidation state such that the plurality of molybdenum atoms has an average oxidation state of less than 4+, e.g., less than about 3.8+, especially less than about 3.5+. The catalyst precursors can form a hydroprocessing molybdenum sulfide catalyst in heavy oil feedstocks. The oil soluble molybdenum salts are manufactured in the presence of a reducing agent, such as hydrogen gas, to obtain the molybdenum in the desired oxidation state. Preferably the reaction is performed with hydrogen or an organic reducing agent and at a temperature such that the molybdenum atoms are reduced to eliminate substantially all molybdenum oxide species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Zhihua Wu, Zhenhua Zhou, Bing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20130120829
    Abstract: A bicontinuous optical switching structure includes a predetermined number of tunnels coated with a reflective material or a very smooth. The tunnels provide pathways from one side of bicontinuous optical switching structure to another. Each tunnel represents an entry point having a multitude of entry angles. Since the angle of entry dictates the exit point, a single tunnel can represent multiple entry/exit point pairs. A three-dimensional circuit may include a hyperbolic bicontinuous structure forming a substrate; circuits formed on a first surface of the hyperbolic bicontinuous structure; and electrically conductive traces formed between the circuits. The electrically conductive traces are formed two-dimensionally on the first surface of the hyperbolic bicontinuous structure. The electrically conductive traces are effectively three-dimensional traces between the circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Technology Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Technology Innovations, LLC
  • Patent number: 8440071
    Abstract: A hydrocracking system involves introducing a heavy oil feedstock and a colloidal or molecular catalyst, or a catalyst precursor capable of forming the colloidal or molecular catalyst, into a hydrocracking reactor. The colloidal or molecular catalyst is formed in situ within the heavy oil feedstock by 1) premixing the catalyst precursor with a hydrocarbon diluents to form a catalyst precursor mixture, 2) mixing the catalyst precursor mixture with the heavy oil feedstock, and 3) raising the temperature of the feedstock to above the decomposition temperature of the catalyst precursor to form the colloidal or molecular catalyst. The colloidal or molecular catalyst catalyzes upgrading reactions between the heavy oil feedstock and hydrogen and eliminates or reduces formation of coke precursors and sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Roger K. Lott, Lap Keung Lee
  • Publication number: 20130068658
    Abstract: Methods for hydrocracking a heavy hydrocarbon feedstock (e.g., heavy oil and/or coal resid) employ a catalyst composed of well dispersed metal sulfide catalyst particles (e.g., colloidally or molecularly dispersed catalyst particles, such as molybdenum sulfide), which provide an increased concentration of metal sulfide catalyst particles within lower quality materials requiring additional hydrocracking. In addition to increased metal sulfide catalyst concentration, the systems and methods provide increased reactor throughput, increased reaction rate, and higher conversion of asphaltenes and lower quality materials. Increased conversion of asphaltenes and lower quality materials also reduces equipment fouling, enables processing of a wider range of lower quality feedstocks, and leads to more efficient use of a supported catalyst if used in combination with the well dispersed metal sulfide catalyst particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: HEADWATERS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventor: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130033518
    Abstract: An apparatus for the electronic display of information, where the apparatus is a substrate incorporating a digital recording medium attached to or embedded within the substrate. The substrate further includes a flexible-substrate display located on an exposed surface of the substrate, where the display is a medium capable of selectively displaying one of at least two possible colors at each pixel location thereon in order to produce a substrate medium that may be modified in accordance with a user's selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Technology Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Weiner
  • Publication number: 20120286216
    Abstract: Novel methods for manufacturing carbon nanostructures (e.g., carbon nanospheres) that are highly dispersed include forming a precursor composition, polymerizing the precursor composition, applying a long chain hydrocarbon surfactant to the polymerized carbon material, and carbonizing the polymerized material (e.g., through pyrolysis) to form the carbon nanostructures. The long chain hydrocarbon surfactant facilitates the formation of dispersed carbon nanostructures during the carbonization step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: HEADWATERS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventors: Cheng Zhang, Bing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20120286217
    Abstract: Novel methods for manufacturing carbon nanostructures (e.g., carbon nanospheres) that are highly dispersed include forming a precursor composition, polymerizing the precursor composition, extracting water from the polymerized carbon material using an organic solvent, and carbonizing the polymerized material (e.g., through pyrolysis) to form the carbon nanostructures. The extraction-treated polymerized carbon material forms carbon nanostructures that are less agglomerated than carbon nanostructures manufactured using a similar technique without solvent extraction of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: HEADWATERS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventors: Cheng Zhang, Bing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8225641
    Abstract: A self-cleaning humidity sensor based on Mg2+/Na+-doped TiO2 nanofiber mats is provided. Examples show the response and recovery characteristic curves for ten circles with the RH changing from 11% to 95%. The nanofibers are manufactured by mixing together a metal salt comprising titanium, a magnesium compound, a sodium compound, and a high molecular weight material to form a mixture, electrospinning the mixture to form composite nanofibers, and calcining the composite nanofibers to yield a TiO2 nanofiber material doped with magnesium and sodium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Headwaters Technology Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Ce Wang, Hongnan Zhang, Zhenyu Li, Wei Zheng, Wei Wang, Changkun Liu, Bing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20120176387
    Abstract: An apparatus for the electronic display of information, where the apparatus is a substrate incorporating a digital recording medium attached to or embedded within the substrate. The substrate further includes a flexible-substrate display located on an exposed surface of the substrate, where the display is a medium capable of selectively displaying one of at least two possible colors at each pixel location thereon in order to produce a substrate medium that may be modified in accordance with a user's selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Technology Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Weiner