Patents Examined by Amanda C. Walke
  • Patent number: 10732508
    Abstract: A coating and developing method includes: a step that applies a resist containing a metal to a front surface of a substrate to form a resist film, and exposes the resist film; a developing step that supplies a developer to the front surface of the substrate to develop the resist film; and a step that forms, before the developing step, a first protective film on a peripheral part of the substrate on which the resist film is not formed, so as to prevent the developer from coming into contact with the peripheral part of the substrate, wherein the first protective film is formed at least on a peripheral end surface and a peripheral portion of a rear surface of the substrate in the peripheral part of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kawakami, Hiroshi Mizunoura
  • Patent number: 10732502
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, systems, methods, and computer program products for click-chemistry compatible structures, additive manufacturing resins for forming the same, and method of formation of such structures and resins, as well as techniques for functionalizing click-chemistry compatible structures are disclosed. The inventive structures generally include a plurality of photo polymerized molecules structurally arranged according to a three-dimensional pattern, while surfaces of the structure are functionalized with one or more click-chemistry compatible molecules each having one or more click-chemistry compatible functional groups. The structures may be formed from single- or dual-component resins, each having unique synthetic pathways. The resulting structures may be functionalized for utility in a wide range of applications by leveraging click chemistry to further functionalize the structure with organic additives also compatible with click-chemistry reaction schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Campbell, Eric Duoss, James Oakdale
  • Patent number: 10734674
    Abstract: Thin film all-solid-state power sources, including pseudocapacitors having solid inorganic Li+-ion conductive electrolyte, for IoT, microsensors, MEMS, RFID TAGs, medical devices, elements of microfluidic chips Micro Electro Harvesting and ultra-light energy storage. An electrochemical power source includes a substrate; a first current collector layer on the substrate; a first buffer/cache layer on the first current collector layer; a solid-state electrolyte layer on the first buffer/cache layer; a second buffer/cache layer on the solid-state electrolyte layer; a second current collector layer on the second buffer/cache layer. Each buffer/cache layer is formed of LiXMYO3, where M is Nb, Ta, Ti, V, X is 0.8-1.4, and Y is 1.2-0.6. The buffer/cache layer is 15-1000 nm. At least one Faradaic layer is between the first collector layer and the first buffer layer and/or between the second collector layer and the second buffer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Thinika, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Igorevich Meshcheryakov, Arnoux Rossouw, Anton Mikhailovich Manakhov, Nikolay Anatolievich Pogorelov, Elana Viktorovna Kolesnikova, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Chugunov
  • Patent number: 10720647
    Abstract: A binder composition for a non-aqueous secondary battery electrode contains a water-soluble polymer including a (meth)acrylamide monomer unit and an amine compound. Percentage content M0 of the (meth)acrylamide monomer unit is at least 40 mass % and not more than 100 mass % relative to 100 mass % of all monomer units of the water-soluble polymer. Content M1 of the amine compound is at least 0.01 parts by mass and not more than 0.5 parts by mass per 100 parts by mass of solid content of the water-soluble polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanori Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10719014
    Abstract: New photoresist compositions are provided that comprise a component that comprises an amide group and multiple hydroxyl groups. Preferred photoresists of the invention may comprise a resin with photoacid-labile groups; a photoacid generator compound; and an amide component with multiple hydroxyl groups that can function to decrease undesired photogenerated-acid diffusion out of unexposed regions of a photoresist coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC
    Inventors: Cong Liu, Chunyi Wu, Gerhard Pohlers, Gregory P. Prokopowicz, Mingqi Li, Cheng-Bai Xu
  • Patent number: 10720670
    Abstract: A solid state electrochemical battery and a method of creation thereof are provided. There is a first conductive electrode on top of a substrate. There is a first polar conductor layer on top of the conductive electrode layer. A first solid electrolyte layer is on top of the first polar conductor layer. There is a second polar conductor layer on top of the first solid electrolyte layer and a second conductive electrode layer on top of the second polar conductor layer. A third polar conductor layer is on top of the second conductive electrode layer and a second solid electrolyte layer is on top of the third polar conductor layer. There is a fourth polar conductor layer on top of the second solid electrolyte layer and a third conductive electrode layer on top of the fourth polar conductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank Robert Libsch, Ghavam G. Shahidi, Ko-Tao Lee, Stephen M. Rossnagel
  • Patent number: 10720668
    Abstract: An electrolyte composition (A) containing at least one aprotic organic solvent and at least one compound of formula (I) wherein A+ is selected from Li+, Na+, K+, Cs+, and ammonium; is a bidentate radical derived from a (hetero)aromatic 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-diol, from a (hetero)aromatic 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-dicarboxylic acid or from a (hetero)aromatic 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-hydroxycarboxylic acid by abstracting the two H atoms of pairs of adjacent OH groups; and R1 and R2 are organic substituents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: BASF SE, Rhode Island Board of Education, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
    Inventors: Arnd Garsuch, Michael Schmidt, Frederick Francois Chesneau, Stefano Meini, Brett Lucht, Usha Kiran Tottempudi, Yingnan Dong, Michael Rohde, Julien Demeaux
  • Patent number: 10714752
    Abstract: An anode material for a lithium ion battery, comprising an oxygen-containing carbon where oxygen is in the form of functional groups, the oxygen being distributed gradient from the surface to the inside of the carbon, and the carbon having an interlayer space d002 larger than 0.3357 nm; and a porous graphene layer covering the oxygen-containing carbon, the graphene being in the form of monolayer or few-layer graphene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: NEC Corporation, University of Hyogo
    Inventors: Qian Cheng, Noriyuki Tamura, Yoshiaki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10711218
    Abstract: Polymers used as rolling lubricating agents, to compositions including said polymers, and to alkali metal films including the polymers or compositions on the surface(s) thereof. The use of said polymers and compositions is also described for strip-rolling alkali metals or alloys thereof in order to obtain thin films. Methods for producing said thin films, which are suitable for use in electrochemical cells, are also described. An improved lubricant according to formula I, which, for example, achieves enhanced conductivity, and/or enables the production of electrochemical cells having an improved life span in cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Michel Armand, Patrick Bouchard, Serge Verreault, Julie Hamel-Pâquet, Gabriel Girard
  • Patent number: 10707515
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a high-purity and high-activity vanadium electrolyte, comprising converting high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride into an ammonium salt in a fluidized bed by gas phase ammoniation, then in another fluidized bed, reducing the ammonium salt into a low-valence vanadium oxide having an average vanadium valence of 3.5, adding clean water and sulfuric acid for dissolution, and further performing activation by ultrasound to obtain a 3.5-valence vanadium electrolyte which can be directly used in a new all-vanadium redox flow battery stack. The method of producing an ammonium salt containing vanadium in the fluidized bed by gas phase ammoniation is of short process and high efficiency. Precise regulation of the valence state of the reduction product is implemented by arranging an internal member in the reduction fluidized bed, and ultrasonication is used to activate the vanadium ion, thereby greatly improving the activity of the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGINEERING, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, BEIJING ZHONGKAIHONGDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Haitao Yang, Qingshan Zhu, Chuanlin Fan, Qixun Ban
  • Patent number: 10707486
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a process for making a particulate material according to the general formula (I): NiaCObMncMd(O)x(OH)y, wherein M is selected from Al and Ti, x is in the range of from 0.01 to 0.9, y is in the range of from 1.1 to 1.99, a is in the range of from 0.3 to 0.85, b is in the range of from 0.05 to 0.4, c is in the range of from 0.1 to 0.5, d is in the range of from 0.001 to 0.03, with a+b+c+d=1 said process comprising the following steps: (a) providing an aqueous slurry of particles of aluminum hydroxide or titanium dioxide, (b) adding an aqueous solution of water-soluble salts of nickel, cobalt and manganese and a solution of alkali metal hydroxide to the slurry according to step (a), thereby co-precipitating a layer of a mixed hydroxide of nickel and cobalt and manganese hydroxide on the particles according to step (a), (c) removing particles of (NiaCObMncAld)(OH)2+d or (NiaCObMncTid)(OH)2+2d so obtained and drying them in the presence of oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Simon Schroedle, Thomas Michael Ryll, Aleksei Volkov, Ji-Yong Shin, Jordan K. Lampert
  • Patent number: 10707494
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gas-diffusion layer used for fuel cells, including: a porous material that includes as main ingredients conductive particles and a polymer resin, wherein said gas-diffusion layer internally possesses pores with a size from 0.01 ?m to 0.05 ?m, and hollows with a size from 1 ?m to 200 ?m. Further disclosed is a process for producing a gas-diffusion layer used for fuel cells, including: (i) kneading conductive particles, a polymer resin, a pore-forming agent, a surfactant, and a dispersion solvent; (ii) rolling the mixture obtained in Step (i) to shape said mixture into a sheet; (iii) baking the sheet-shaped mixture to sublime the pore-forming agent, thereby forming hollows therein, and to remove the surfactant and the dispersion solvent; and (iv) further rolling the baked mixture to adjust a thickness of the baked mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kawashima, Keiichi Kondou, Masashi Shoji, Koji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10700333
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator for a secondary battery and a lithium secondary battery comprising the same, wherein the separator comprises a porous substrate and a heat-resistant porous layer positioned on at least one surface of the porous substrate, the heat-resistant porous layer comprising a first binder, a second binder, and a filler, the first binder comprising a copolymer having: a first structural unit derived from a first fluorine monomer; a second structural unit derived from a second fluorine monomer; and a third structural unit derived from a monomer comprising at least one functional group selected from a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, an ester group, an acid anhydride group, and a derivative thereof, the second binder comprising at least one of a vinylidene fluoride homopolymer and a vinylidene fluoride copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeonsun Choi, Keewook Kim, Jinkyu Park
  • Patent number: 10700362
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating the impact of ingested lithium coin cell batteries is described. A coating is provided on an exterior facing of the cell, preferably within the crimp region, which releases acid and/or other additives. These acids and/or additives are selected to neutralize hydroxide that may evolve from hydrolysis of saliva that occurs if/when the coin cell becomes lodged in the digestive tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Energizer Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Boolish, Michael Wemple
  • Patent number: 10691018
    Abstract: A photoresist composition includes a photosensitive polymer including a polymer chain and at least one first functional group coupled to the polymer chain, and a photoacid generator. The first functional group has a structure represented by the following Chemical Formula 1, where R1 is one of an alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 to 20 and an aryl group having a carbon number of 1 to 20, and R2 is one of —H, —F, —Cl, —Br, an alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 to 20, and an aryl group having a carbon number of 1 to 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Park, Hyunwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10692757
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include photoresist materials and methods of patterning photoresist materials. In an embodiment a photoresist material comprises a plurality of molecular glasses (MGs). In an embodiment, a glass transition temperature Tg of the photoresist material is less than an activation temperature needed to deblock blocking groups from the MGs. Embodiments include a method of patterning a photoresist material that comprises exposing the photoresist material with ultraviolet radiation. The method may also comprise, performing a first post exposure bake at a first temperature, that is less than the activation temperature needed to deblock blocking groups from the MGs, and performing a second post exposure bake at a second temperature that is approximately equal to or greater than the activation temperature needed to deblock blocking groups from the MGs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Marie Krysak, Robert Lindsey Bristol, Paul Anton Nyhus, Michael J. Leeson
  • Patent number: 10689568
    Abstract: An organic electroluminescent device of which emission life may be improved. The organic electroluminescent device includes an anode, an emission layer, and an anode-side hole transport layer provided between the anode and the emission layer and including an anode-side hole transport material. An electron accepting material is doped in the anode-side hole transport layer. An intermediate hole transport material layer is provided between the anode-side hole transport layer and the emission layer and includes an intermediate hole transport material, and an emission layer-side hole transport layer is provided between the intermediate hole transport material layer and the emission layer and adjacent to the emission layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Matsuura, Hiroaki Itoi, Naoya Sakamoto, Nobutaka Akashi
  • Patent number: 10693120
    Abstract: Provided is an energy storage device which can easily fix plates of an electrode assembly to a container. An energy storage device (10) includes: an electrode assembly (500) formed by stacking plates; and a container (100) which accommodates the electrode assembly (500), wherein the container (100) includes: a body portion (200); and a conductive terminal portion (300) connected to the body portion (200), and the terminal portion (300) includes a first portion (310) and a second portion (320) which sandwich the plates therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marcel Wilka, Naoto Takebayashi
  • Patent number: 10693139
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a carbonaceous structure and a method for preparing the same, an electrode material and a catalyst including the carbonaceous structure, and an energy storage device including the electrode material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jeungku Kang, Jong Ho Won, Hyungmo Jeong
  • Patent number: 10686193
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a negative electrode for a lithium secondary battery comprising a mesh-type current collector and a lithium thin film, and in particular, to a negative electrode in which a lithium thin film is inserted to an opening of a current collector and empty space is formed, a lithium secondary battery comprising the same, and a manufacturing method thereof. The present disclosure is capable of enhancing safety of the lithium secondary battery by preventing lithium dendrite growth. In addition, the present disclosure is capable of preventing stripping of the negative electrode current collector and the lithium thin film while charging and discharging the battery since adhesion efficiency increases between the negative electrode and the current collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyunjin Oh, Jin Hyun Cho, Hyunwoong Yun