Patents Assigned to UT-Battelle, LLC
  • Patent number: 10811724
    Abstract: A nanoconfined metal-containing electrolyte comprising a layer of enclosed nanostructures in which each enclosed nanostructure contains a liquid metal-containing electrolyte, wherein said enclosed nanostructures are in physical contact with each other. Metal-ion batteries containing the nanoconfined electrolyte in contact with an anode and cathode of the battery are also described. Methods for producing the nanoconfined electrolyte are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Sheng Dai, Jinshui Zhang, Xiao-Guang Sun
  • Patent number: 10807888
    Abstract: A capacitive deionization system includes first and second electrodes comprising tire derived carbon particles obtained from a carbonaceous waste-tire source material containing carbon black. A conductive polymer coating on the carbon particles forms coated carbon particles. The first electrode and the second electrode define a flow channel there between, having a first opening for conducting saline solution into the flow channel and a second opening for conducting treated saline solution from the flow channel. A first current collector is provided for the first electrode and a second current collector is provided for the second electrode. An electrical connection between the first and second electrodes. A method of making a system for the capacitive deionization of a salt from a liquid, and a method for the capacitive desalination of a saline solution are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Mariappan Paranthaman, Amit K. Naskar, Constantinos Tsouris, Marko Robert Ivancevic
  • Publication number: 20200306724
    Abstract: A method of producing a functionalized material that extracts metal ions from solution, the method comprising: (i) providing a precursor material having nitrile groups appended to its surface; and (ii) reacting said nitrile groups with hydroxylamine or a derivative thereof in the presence of a polar aprotic solvent at a temperature of 60-80° C. for at least 1 hour, to convert at least a portion of said nitrile groups to amidoxime and imide dioxime groups, followed by reaction with a base capable of hydrolyzing any remaining nitrile groups to carboxylic acid groups; wherein said functionalized material has a higher uranium absorption capacity than a functionalized material produced under same conditions except that the nitrile groups are reacted with hydroxylamine in only a protic solvent. The invention is also directed to functionalized materials produced by the above-described method, and methods for using the functionalized material for extracting metal ions from metal-containing solutions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. JANKE, Richard T. MAYES, Sadananda DAS, Sheng DAI
  • Patent number: 10780612
    Abstract: A method 100 for generating and dispensing a powdered 60 release agent during an additive manufacturing build is disclosed. A solid body 28 of release agent material is ground insitu by a grinder 50 and dispensed on a surface of the part 72 to prevent adhesion of an adjacent layer of a base material 70. With the addition of the powdered 60 release agent, a support structure 76 is easily separated from the base material 70 when the part 72 is complete, saving time and preventing the part 72 from sustaining unintentional damage. Since no powdered 60 release agent is actually loaded or stored in the apparatus 20, the potential for spillage, waste, inconsistent dispensing, inadvertent dispensing, and clumping due to humidity is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Randall F. Lind, Brian K. Post, Phillip C. Chesser, Andrew P. Reis, Alex C. Roschli
  • Patent number: 10782193
    Abstract: An example apparatus can comprise an emitter to emit radio frequency radiation, an absorber that changes temperature based on emissions from the emitter, and one or more sensors to measure a temperature difference between a sample and a reference coupled to the absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Byvank, Benjamin S. Conner, Roger A. Kisner, Michael A. McGuire, Orlando Rios, Michael S. Kesler, Gerard M. Ludtka, Boyd Evans, Cajetan Ikenna Niebedim, Ralph William McCallum
  • Patent number: 10781525
    Abstract: An ionic liquid composition comprising a complex of a trihalo aluminum (III) species with at least one organic uncharged ligand comprising a ring structure having at least three ring carbon atoms and at least one ring heteroatom selected from nitrogen and sulfur, wherein the complex is a liquid at a temperature of 100° C. or less. Methods of electroplating aluminum onto a metallic substrate using the above-described ionic liquid composition are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Sheng Dai, Xiao-Guang Sun
  • Patent number: 10777381
    Abstract: A system and method (referred to as a method) to fabricate nanorobots. The method generates a pixel map of an atomic object and identifies portions of the atomic object that form a nanorobot. The method stores those identifications in a memory. The method adjusts an electron beam to a noninvasive operating level and images the portions of the atomic object that form the nanorobot. The method executes a plurality of scanning profiles by the electron beam to form the nanorobot and detects nanorobot characteristics and their surroundings via the electron beam in response to executing the plurality of scanning profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Sergei V. Kalinin, Stephen Jesse, Ondrej E. Dyck, Bobby G. Sumpter
  • Patent number: 10767196
    Abstract: The present invention provides for the manipulation of cofactor usage in a recombinant host cell to increase the formation of desirable products. In some embodiments, the invention provides for a recombinant microorganism comprising a mutation in one or more native enzymes such that their cofactor specificity is altered in such a way that overall cofactor usage in the cell is balanced for a specified pathway and there is an increase in a specific product formation within the cell. In some embodiments, endogenous enzymes are replaced by enzymes with an alternate cofactor specificity from a different species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Enchi Corporation, Dartmouth College, UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Lo, Adam M. Guss, Johannes P. Van Dijken, Arthur J. Shaw, IV, Daniel G. Olson, Christopher D. Herring, D. Aaron Argyros, Nicky Caiazza
  • Patent number: 10766181
    Abstract: A method for producing magnet-polymer pellets useful as a feedstock in an additive manufacturing process, comprising: (i) blending thermoplastic polymer and hard magnetic particles; (ii) feeding the blended magnet-polymer mixture into a pre-feed hopper that feeds directly into an inlet of a temperature-controlled barrel extruder; (iii) feeding the blended magnet-polymer mixture into the barrel extruder at a fixed feed rate of 5-20 kg/hour, wherein the temperature at the outlet is at least to no more than 10° C. above a glass transition temperature of the blended magnet-polymer mixture; (iv) feeding the blended magnet-polymer mixture directly into an extruding die; (v) passing the blended magnet-polymer mixture through the extruding die at a fixed speed; and (vi) cutting the magnet-polymer mixture at regular intervals as the mixture exits the extruding die at the fixed speed. The use of the pellets as feed material in an additive manufacturing process is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Mariappan Parans Paranthaman, Ling Li, Vlastimil Kunc, Brian K. Post, Orlando Rios, Robert H. Fredette, John Ormerod
  • Patent number: 10760148
    Abstract: Described herein are additive manufacturing methods and products made using such methods. The alloy compositions described herein are specifically selected for the additive manufacturing methods and provide products that exhibit superior mechanical properties as compared to their cast counterparts. Using the compositions and methods described herein, products that do not exhibit substantial coarsening, such as at elevated temperatures, can be obtained. The products further exhibit uniform microstructures along the print axis, thus contributing to improved strength and performance. Additives also can be used in the alloys described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., Eck Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: Alex J. Plotkowski, Orlando Rios, Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, Ryan R. Dehoff, Ryan Ott, Zachary C. Sims, Niyanth Sridharan, David Weiss, Hunter B. Henderson
  • Patent number: 10760169
    Abstract: A method for the substantially complete conversion of hydrogenous matter to higher value product, the method comprising: (i) subjecting the hydrogenous matter to a substantially complete deconstruction process in which an aqueous phase containing a multiplicity of deconstructed compounds is produced; and (ii) contacting the aqueous phase with an anode of a microbial electrolysis cell, the anode containing a community of microbes thereon which oxidatively degrade one or more of the oxygenated organic compounds in the aqueous phase to produce protons and free electrons at the anode, wherein the protons and free electrons are transported to the cathode to produce hydrogen gas or a valuable reduced organic compound at the cathode upon application of a suitable cell potential across the anode and cathode. The invention is also directed to an apparatus for practicing the method described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Abhijeet P. Borole, Alex James Lewis
  • Patent number: 10758873
    Abstract: An ultrathin high permselectivity carbon molecular sieve membrane (CMSM) for industrial gas separations is provided. The CMSM includes porous metal or ceramic supports to provide superior stability at high temperatures, pressures and chemical environments. The CMSM also offers the potential for cost-effective gas processing while overcoming disadvantages found in alternative media that are fragile and susceptible to shock due to thermal cycling and prone to end-sealing problems under industrial conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Ramesh R. Bhave, Nicholas N. Linneen
  • Patent number: 10753699
    Abstract: An improved firearm suppressor is provided. The firearm suppressor generally includes a primary flow path and a secondary flow path. The primary flow path is centrally disposed within the suppressor and includes multiple internal chambers that are separated by conical baffles. The secondary flow path is helically disposed within the firearm suppressor. A diverter directs a portion of the propellant gas rearward, over a firearm barrel, before entering spiral lanes in the forward direction. The primary flow path slows the movement of propellant gas escaping through a projectile exit port, while the secondary flow path slows the movement of propellant gas escaping through a plurality of propellant gas exit ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Klett, William C. Moss, Andrew T. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200262568
    Abstract: A method and device for reducing ice and frost on a surface comprising a wettable pattern on a surface. The pattern is wetted with water which is frozen into ice to create overlapping hygroscopic that cover the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicants: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc., UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Boreyko, Saurabh Nath, Caitlin Bisbano, Grady J. Iliff, Ryan Hansen, C. Patrick Collier
  • Patent number: 10745781
    Abstract: An alumina-forming, high temperature creep resistant alloy is composed essentially of, in terms of weight percent: up to 10 Fe, 3.3 to 4.6 Al, 6 to 22 Cr, 0.68 to 0.74 Mn, 5.2 to 6.6 Mo, 0.4 to 1.2 Ti, up to 0.1 Hf, 0.005 to 0.05 La, 0.4 to 0.6 W, 0.1 to 0.35 C, up to 0.002 B, 0.001 to 0.02 N, balance Ni.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Govindarajan Muralidharan, Bruce A. Pint
  • Patent number: 10738333
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a genetically-modified bacterium from the genus Pseudomonas that produces itaconate or trans-aconitate. The disclosure further provides methods for producing itaconate or trans-aconitate using a genetically-modified bacterium from the genus Pseudomonas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: UT-BATTELLE, LLC, ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Elmore, Jay Huenemann, Davinia Salvachua, Gregg T. Beckham, Adam M. Guss
  • Patent number: 10738202
    Abstract: A method of thermally insulating a surface, the method comprising applying a coating of a thermally insulating composition onto said surface, wherein said thermally insulating composition comprises: (i) hollow spherical nanoparticles having a mean particle size of less than 800 nm in diameter and a particle size distribution in which at least 90% of the hollow spherical nanoparticles have a size within ±20% of said mean particle size, and a first layer of cationic or anionic molecules attached to said surfaces of the hollow spherical nanoparticles; and (ii) a second layer of molecules of opposite charge to the first layer of molecules, wherein said second layer of molecules of opposite charge are ionically associated with said first layer of molecules, wherein the molecules in said second layer have at least eight carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Virginia Tech
    Inventors: Sheng Dai, Jinshui Zhang, Xueguang Jiang, Shannon Mark Mahurin, Xiao-Guang Sun, Huimin Luo, Rui Qiao
  • Patent number: 10742894
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for producing high quality images in uncontrolled or impaired environments. In some examples of the disclosed technology, groups of cameras for high dynamic range (HDR), polarization diversity, and optional other diversity modes are arranged to concurrently image a common scene. For example, in a vehicle checkpoint application, HDR provides discernment of dark objects inside a vehicle, while polarization diversity aids in rejecting glare. Spectral diversity, infrared imaging, and active illumination can be applied for better imaging through a windshield. Preprocessed single-camera images are registered and fused. Faces or other features of interest can be detected in the fused image and identified in a library. Impairments can include weather, insufficient or interfering lighting, shadows, reflections, window glass, occlusions, or moving objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Justin S. Baba, Philip R. Bingham, David S. Bolme, Matthew R. Eicholtz, Regina Kay Ferrell, Christi R. Johnson, Hector J. Santos-Villalobos
  • Patent number: 10725360
    Abstract: A nonlinear fiber interferometer is disclosed suitable for fiber sensor and other applications. A first nonlinear fiber section amplifies probe and conjugate sidebands of a pump through four-wave mixing. A second section introduces a phase shift to be measured, for example from a sensor. A third nonlinear fiber section amplifies with phase-sensitive gain to increase signal-to-noise ratio. Based on phase-sensitive output power of probe and/or conjugate components, the phase shift can be measured. Superior performance can be obtained by balancing gain between the (first and third) nonlinear sections. Non-fiber, for example photonic integrated circuit, embodiments are disclosed. Differential sensing, alternative detection schemes, sensing applications, associated methods, and other variations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Lukens, Nicholas A. Peters, Raphael C. Pooser
  • Patent number: 10704995
    Abstract: A system for sampling a sample material includes a device for directing sample into a capture probe. A probe includes an outer probe housing having an open end. A liquid supply conduit has an outlet positioned to deliver liquid to the open end. An exhaust conduit removes liquid from the open end of the housing. The liquid supply conduit can be connectable to a liquid supply for delivering liquid at a first volumetric flow rate to the open end of the housing. A liquid exhaust system can be in fluid connection with the liquid exhaust conduit for removing liquid from the liquid exhaust conduit at a second volumetric flow rate, which exceeds the first volumetric flow rate such that gas with sample is withdrawn with the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Vilmos Kertesz, Gary J. Van Berkel