Patents Examined by Brian K. Talbot
  • Patent number: 12037683
    Abstract: A film forming method for forming a film by heating a mist in a film-forming unit, the method including steps of: atomizing a raw-material solution in an atomizer to generate a mist; conveying the mist with a carrier gas from the atomizer to the film-forming unit through a conveyor that connects the atomizer and the film-forming unit; and heating the mist to form a film on a substrate in the film-forming unit. In this method, a flow rate of the carrier gas and a temperature of the carrier gas are controlled to satisfy 7<T+Q<67, where Q represents the flow rate (L/minute) of the carrier gas, and T represents the temperature (° C.) of the carrier gas. Thus, provided is a film forming method excellent in film forming speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Inventors: Takenori Watabe, Hiroshi Hashigami
  • Patent number: 12040203
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques are described herein for use in manufacturing electronic devices. such as can include organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices. Such apparatus and techniques can include using one or more modules having a controlled environment. For example, a substrate can be received from a printing system located in a first processing environment, and the substrate can be provided a second processing environment, such as to an enclosed thermal treatment module comprising a controlled second processing environment. The second processing environment can include a purified gas environment having a different composition than the first processing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Conor F. Madigan, Eliyahu Vronsky, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Justin Mauck
  • Patent number: 12028991
    Abstract: A printer deposits material onto a substrate as part of a manufacturing process for an electronic product; at least one transported component experiences error, which affects the deposition. This error is mitigated using transducers that equalize position of the component, e.g., to provide an “ideal” conveyance path, thereby permitting precise droplet placement notwithstanding the error. In one embodiment, an optical guide (e.g., using a laser) is used to define a desired path; sensors mounted to the component dynamically detect deviation from this path, with this deviation then being used to drive the transducers to immediately counteract the deviation. This error correction scheme can be applied to correct for more than type of transport error, for example, to correct for error in a substrate transport path, a printhead transport path and/or split-axis transport non-orthogonality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Eliyahu Vronsky, Karl Mathia, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko
  • Patent number: 12017187
    Abstract: A method for in situ production of antimicrobial filtration membranes that uses self-assembly of surfactants such as block copolymers as a template. The mesophase structure (for example hexagonal or lamellar) can be determined, and membrane pore size can be controlled in the nanometer range, by changing the block copolymer and the amounts of the components such as the block copolymer, aqueous solution, monomer, crosslinker, and initiator. The monomer phase cures in the template and there is no need for organic solvents and coagulation bath or other post-modification. As-synthesized membranes were found to have pore sizes with a narrow size distribution in the range of 3-4 nm with a molecular weight cutoff of 1500 g/mol and displayed both excellent fouling resistance and high permeance of water, vastly outperforming a conventional NIPS UF membrane. The monomer can comprise a quaternary ammonium group so that the membrane is antibacterial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Arrowhead Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Sahar Qavi, Reza Foudazi, Aaron Lindsay
  • Patent number: 12021219
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fabricating electrodes used in energy storage devices are provided. In some implementations a surface of the electrode is activated for (a) a pre-treatment process to remove loosely held particles from the electrode surface; (b) a pre-treatment process to activate the surface of the electrode material for improved bonding or wetting for subsequently deposited materials; (c) a post-treatment of the pre-lithiation layer to improve subsequent bonding with additionally deposited layer, for example, passivation layers; and/or (d) a post-treatment of the pre-lithiation layer to improve/accelerate absorption of the lithium into the underlying electrode material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Subramanya P. Herle, Girish Kumar Gopalakrishnan Nair, Daniel Stock, Sambhu Kundu, Ezhiylmurugan Rangasamy
  • Patent number: 12021245
    Abstract: A fuel cell electrode protective layer forming method is disclosed. The method includes forming primary defects in a carbon-based protective layer material via a formation step. The primary defects are configured to transport fuel cell products and/or reactants representing a transported portion of a total fuel cell products and/or reactants. The difference between the total fuel cell products and/or reactants and the transported portion is an untransported portion. The method further includes activating secondary defects in the carbon-based protective layer material via an activation step. The secondary defects are configured to transport a portion of the untransported portion of the total fuel cell reactants and/or products. The activation step is different than the formation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Soo Kim, Jonathan Mailoa, Christina Johnston, Charles Tuffile, Jake Christensen
  • Patent number: 12015142
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to manufacturing of Lithium-Ion cells and Lithium-Ion cell cathode materials are disclosed. In one exemplary implementation, there is provided a method of using a Nitrogen-containing plasma to treat the Lithium-Ion cell cathode materials. Moreover, the method may include treating the cathode materials before and/or after coating the cathode materials on a metal foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventor: Venkatraman Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 12002969
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing metal nanoparticles, which enables metal nanoparticles to be more conveniently produced. The method for producing metal nanoparticles includes spraying and drying a mixture to form metal nanoparticles, the mixture containing a metal salt and at least one solvent selected from alcohols having 1 or more and 5 or less carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yano, Tomotaka Saito, Kota Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 11996238
    Abstract: There is disclosed a process of producing a hybrid super-capacitor (HSC) electrode, the process comprising performing nitridation-induced in situ coupling of Ni—Co4N nanoparticles in an N-doped carbon matrix, wherein the resultant hybrid super-capacitor (HSC) electrode is a Ni—Co4N@NC electrode. The resultant hybrid super-capacitor (HSC) electrode is a self-supported metal nitride coordinated with N-doped carbon, wherein the nitridation-induced in situ coupling is performed via a facile pyrolysis of layered Ni—Co hydroxide decorated on polyaniline (PANI) nanotubes on the basis of a carbon cloth (CC). Also disclosed is a hybrid supercapacitor cell assembled by employing Ni—Co4N-2@NC as a positive electrode and AC as a negative electrode with a PVA (poly vinyl alcohol)/KOH as a gel electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Abdul Ghani Olabi, Mohammad Abdelkareem, Pragati Ankush Shinde, Nilesh R. Chodankar
  • Patent number: 11990623
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying polymer patches, in particular from polymer electrode material, on a carrier substrate, including the following method steps: a) plasticizing the polymer electrode material to form a melt, b) feeding the plasticized polymer electrode material via at least one die to a heated, structured roller or to a heated, structured conveyor belt, wherein the roller and/or the conveyor belt have recesses that correspond to the dimensions of the patches to be applied, c) applying the plasticized polymer electrode material on a carrier substrate by bringing the roller and/or the conveyor belt in contact with a carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Collin Lab & Pilot Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Kastner, Franz Grajewski
  • Patent number: 11971383
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of patterning a substrate with graphene-based or other electroactive-material-based solution that includes solid-phase particles as hard templates, reducing the solution, and processing the reduced solution to expose the particles. The exposed hard template particles are removed to leave a three-dimensional (3D) porous architecture that can be beneficially used for a variety of applications, including but not limited to bio sensors and supercapacitors. In one example, the exposure is by etching with a CO2 laser. The method can be practiced with scalable MEMS fabrication technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Claussen, John Hondred
  • Patent number: 11970290
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses a method comprising: positioning a stencil having an opening onto an aerospace part such that the aerospace part is accessible through the opening; positioning a masking medium onto the aerospace part through the opening; removing the stencil from the aerospace part such that the masking medium remains on the aerospace part and treating the aerospace part with the masking medium thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventors: Mitch Flood, Tyler Barnhart, Richard Paul Newell
  • Patent number: 11972901
    Abstract: A method to produce a multilayer ceramic electronic component includes forming supports by an ink jet printing method to produce a green multilayer ceramic capacitor. A green ceramic layer and outer electrodes of the multilayer ceramic electronic component are formed by the ink jet printing method while the supports define peripheries of the green ceramic layer and the outer electrodes. When fired, the green multilayer ceramic electronic component is converted to a sintered multilayer ceramic electronic component, and the supports disappear by heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Takashi Ohara
  • Patent number: 11961991
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and compositions for the solution-phase deposition of thin films comprising one or more artificial solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layers. The thin films can be coated onto the surface of porous components of electrochemical devices, such as solid-state electrolytes employed in rechargeable batteries. The methods and systems provided herein involve exposing the component to be coated to different liquid reagents in sequential processing steps, with optional intervening rinsing and drying steps. Processing may occur in a single reaction chamber or multiple reaction chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Sourav Roger Basu, Jonathan Tan
  • Patent number: 11955621
    Abstract: A method for lithiation of an electrode includes providing an electrode to be lithiated, providing a piece of lithium metal with predetermined weight attached to a conductive material, attaching the conductive material to a current collector of the electrode to be lithiated or to a metal tab connected to or from the electrode to be lithiated, placing the electrode to be lithiated, the piece of lithium, and the conductive material in a container, and filling the container with an electrolyte containing a lithium salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Kathleen Qiu, Linda Zhong, Martin Zea, Bae Kyun Kim, Alvaro Perez Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11952471
    Abstract: A polymer thin film having stretchability and dielectric properties and a method of forming the same are provided. The method includes forming the polymer thin film having stretchability and dielectric properties depending on a composition of a copolymer using an acrylate-based monomer and a vinyl group monomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: SungGap Im, Juyeon Kang, Junhwan Choi
  • Patent number: 11952667
    Abstract: A method for depositing a decorative and/or functional layer on at least a portion of a surface of a finished or semi-finished article made of a non-conductive ceramic material, this deposition method includes the following operations: subjecting the at least a portion of the surface of the article to a carburising or nitriding treatment during which carbon, respectively nitrogen atoms, diffuse in the at least a portion of the surface of the article, then depositing, by galvanic growth of a metallic material, the decorative and/or functional layer on at least a portion of the surface of the article which has undergone the carburising or nitriding treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Loïc Curchod, Pierry Vuille
  • Patent number: 11946204
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for printing high opacity images or coatings using solvent based inks comprising hollow polymeric microspheres, wherein the inks do not contain titanium dioxide. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified titanium dioxide as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” The method of the present invention allows one to avoid the use of inks that rely on titanium oxide for high opacity, which has become of importance for articles that come into contact with one's mouth, for example, cigarette tipping papers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Sun Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Dana Mohr, Jarol Osorio
  • Patent number: 11947232
    Abstract: Prior electrochromic devices frequently suffer from high levels of defectivity. The defects may be manifest as pin holes or spots where the electrochromic transition is impaired. This is unacceptable for many applications such as electrochromic architectural glass. Improved electrochromic devices with low defectivity can be fabricated by depositing certain layered components of the electrochromic device in a single integrated deposition system. While these layers are being deposited and/or treated on a substrate, for example a glass window, the substrate never leaves a controlled ambient environment, for example a low pressure controlled atmosphere having very low levels of particles. These layers may be deposited using physical vapor deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Robin Friedman, Anshu A. Pradhan, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 11932949
    Abstract: Aspects described herein generally relate to a method of coating a metallic surface. The method includes forming a solution including a corrosion inhibitor having one or more thiol moieties and a hydroxide. The metallic surface is coated with the solution to form a treated metallic surface. The treated metallic surface is further coated with an organosilane, an acid, and a metal alkoxide to form a coating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Patrick J. Kinlen, Anthony E. Dillard