Patents Examined by Cameron J Allen
  • Patent number: 11407658
    Abstract: A passive filter cell having a basin with a floor and two or more vertical or upright sidewalls forming chute or container having first or left sidewall, second or right sidewall, and third or back sidewall, and fourth or front downwardly curved sidewall, an inlet positioned proximate a top of the fourth or front sidewall and an outlet positioned proximate the top of the third or back sidewall, wherein the floor is configured angled from the fourth or front sidewall to the third or back sidewall, discharge pipe positioned proximate junction between the floor and the third or back sidewall, and lip configured to extend from the top of the third or back sidewall into an interior of the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Robert J. Galletta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11401177
    Abstract: Automated systems to make target compounds from slide stainer waste streams inactive utilizing advanced oxidation processes are described herein. Advanced oxidation processes are promoted by UV irradiation and further accelerated by use of radical initiators, such as hydrogen peroxide. The automated systems further include mechanisms for segregating components of the waste streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Crum, Joseph M. Jakubowski, Jerome W. Kosmeder, II, Eric May, Michael Otter, Taylor J. Shingler, Benjamin C. Stevens
  • Patent number: 11396457
    Abstract: A process of dissolving into to-be-treated water a peroxodisulfate and metal ions other than ions of alkali metals is performed by pouring equipment. An ultraviolet irradiation apparatus performs a process of treating the to-be-treated water, having the peroxodisulfate and the metal ions other than ions of alkali metals dissolved therein, with ultraviolet rays. By performing UV treatment on the to-be-treated water having the peroxodisulfate and metal ions dissolved therein, the inventive method and system achieve improved TOC decomposing performance and thus can particularly decompose a urea component in an efficient manner. Further, the to-be-treated water may be treated with an ion-exchange resin at a subsequent stage in such a manner that organic acids contained in the to-be-treated water having been subjected to the UV treatment are adsorbed to the ion exchange-resin, with the advantageous result that the concentration of TOC present in the to-be-treated water can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Nakamura, Yuji Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 11395982
    Abstract: Energy-efficient separation of particulates from fluids is based on determining particulate mass removal as a function of applied energy. Energy-efficient ultrasonic field powers and exposure durations are applied to a particulate containing fluid, and particles removed. In some cases, ultrasonic exposures are selected that provide the maximum particulate removal per applied energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignees: Triad National Security, LLC, SonoSep Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Coons, Felix Trampler, Benjamin H. J. Yap
  • Patent number: 11396459
    Abstract: A portable water bottle includes a water bottle body having water stored therein; and a sterilizing module for irradiating the inside of the water bottle body with sterilizing ultraviolet rays. The sterilizing module further includes a housing having an ultraviolet outlet through which the sterilizing ultraviolet rays pass; a light source module for emitting the sterilizing ultraviolet rays; and a power storage member for supplying power to the light source module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woong Ki Jung, Byeong Cheol Joo, Jae Young Choi
  • Patent number: 11396463
    Abstract: A method for electrochemical treatment of water is provided. The method includes providing a flow-through reactor including a cathode and an anode, wherein the anode includes about 80 weight percent or greater of a sub-stoichiometric titanium oxide. The method further includes applying power to the cathode and the anode, passing a solution including water and a metal chloride through the flow-through reactor, and withdrawing the purified water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Julie Bliss Mullen, David A. Reckhow
  • Patent number: 11389750
    Abstract: A treatment system for treating a liquid containing contaminants is provided. The system can include a separation apparatus, an oxidation reactor and a power supply. The separation apparatus can include: a housing capable of maintaining a pressure of 50 psi or greater in an interior space; an inlet; an outlet; and an electrode assembly provided in the housing. The oxidation reactor can include: a housing defining an interior space; an inlet oriented to induce swirling in an incoming flow of liquid in the interior space of the housing, the inlet connected to the outlet of the separation apparatus; an ozone port leading into the housing; an outlet; and a conduit connected at a bottom end to the outlet and extending vertically in the housing to an opening at a top end. The power supply operative to supply a voltage to the first and second electrical conductors of the separation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Frisky, Jason Beaudin, Justin Lee
  • Patent number: 11384000
    Abstract: An adaptive electrokinetic dewatering system for dewatering slurry and soil deposits, including tailings deposits and a control system therefor. The control system automatically determines an optimal applied power specification, including sets of power parameters to be applied to the deposit being dewatered and when to apply each set of power parameters during the electrokinetic dewatering process. Furthermore, the control system automatically adjusts the applied power specification throughout the course of the dewatering process to account for the changing properties of the deposit. The control system determines the applied power specifications and adjustments to be made to them by simulating the electrokinetic dewatering process using a simulator which incorporates the latest measurements of the electrical, physical and chemical properties of the deposit being dewatered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Electro-Kinetic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Micak, Ed Hanna, Clare Armstrong, Barna Szabados, Steven Spencer, Doug Kimzey
  • Patent number: 11365134
    Abstract: A UV reactor for disinfecting water. The UV reactor may include a cooling chamber in which heat from a UV source may be transferred to the water flowing through the UV reactor. The UV reactor may include driver circuitry operable to determine status information, such as health, of the UV source. The UV reactor may include a gas discharge path operable to substantially prevent accumulation of gas within a water treatment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Ziqi Wu, Joshua B. Taylor, Daniel L. Schlenk, Jeffrey A. Shumate
  • Patent number: 11358880
    Abstract: Production of decontaminated water from contaminated water using a vessel, an inlet to the vessel wherein the contaminated water is introduced into the vessel, an outlet to the vessel wherein the decontaminated water is removed from the vessel, a plasmonic-photocatalyst membrane connected to the vessel, plasmonic nanoparticles or nanostructures connected to the plasmonic-photocatalyst membrane, and a source of ultraviolet light that directs ultraviolet light onto the vessel, the plasmonic-photocatalyst membrane, the plasmonic nanoparticles or nanostructures, and the contaminated water to produce the decontaminated water from the contaminated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan P. Brisbin, Jenny Zhou, Allan S. Chang, Tiziana C. Bond, Aaron J. Simon, Lars Voss
  • Patent number: 11358884
    Abstract: A water treatment apparatus includes: a treatment tank, having therein a grounded electrode and a high-voltage electrode opposing the grounded electrode, for generating electric discharge between both the electrodes, and causing to-be-treated water to pass between the electrodes and contact with the electric discharge to perform water treatment, an ozone mixing portion for supplying ozone-containing gas in the treatment tank through a gas sending portion to the to-be-treated water supplied from outside, and a gas returning portion for sending gas in the ozone mixing portion to the treatment tank, are provided, and water treatment is performed by ozone in the ozone mixing portion, and water treatment is thereafter performed by the electric discharge in the treatment tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Yu Kamiya, Gaku Oinuma, Teruki Naito, Yasutaka Inanaga
  • Patent number: 11358881
    Abstract: A hydrodynamic cavitation unit for a hydrodynamic cavitation device is provided. The hydrodynamic cavitation device is configured for fluid communication with an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit and may include an expansion chamber downstream of the inlet conduit. The hydrodynamic cavitation unit includes a body; and a plurality of lumens through the body. Each of the lumens is configured for fluid communication from the inlet conduit, through the body, and to the outlet conduit. A ratio of a total cross-sectional area of the lumens to a cross-sectional area of the inlet conduit is about 1:1 in at least a first point in the body, less than 1:1 in at least a second point in the body, and greater than 1:1 in at least a third point in the body. The hydrodynamic cavitation unit may include a cap or a vortex unit including the cap. The vortex unit may extend into the expansion chamber. The at least one lumen may include a constriction relative to the inlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: KM LLC
    Inventor: Keith A. Morrill
  • Patent number: 11347050
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to systems and methods for separating an emulsion in a cavity of a device such as a liquid lens device. In one embodiment, the method comprises at least one of: applying a bias voltage to electrodes in the device, causing at least one of droplet migration, flattening of large droplets, and reduced droplet surface tension; applying an oscillating actuation voltage waveform comprising an actuation frequency to the electrodes, such that fluid pumping and turbulence is created within the device cavity; and applying an oscillating excitation voltage waveform comprising an excitation frequency to the electrodes, such that the varying electric field created by the oscillating voltage causes small droplets of the first liquid to coalesce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Amy Renee Andersen, Raymond Miller Karam
  • Patent number: 11345616
    Abstract: A heterojunction composite material consisting of one-dimensional In2O3 hollow nanotube and two-dimensional ZnFe2O4 nanosheets and its application are disclosed. When using this material for catalytic reactions, the hollow cavity and two-dimensional nanosheets of hollow nanomaterials can not only reduce the migration distance to accelerate the electron-hole separation, but also provide a large surface area and rich active sites to promote pollution adsorption and surface catalysis. At the same time, multiple light scattering or reflection in the hollow cavity of the hollow nanomaterials can increase light absorption and utilization. In addition, the heterojunction photocatalyst constructed by growing two-dimensional semiconductor nanosheets on a tubular substrate can promote the effective separation of photogenerated electrons and photogenerated holes, thereby improving the catalytic efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Jianmei Lu, Najun Li
  • Patent number: 11344828
    Abstract: A drilling mud remediation and drilling cutting treatment device and method. There are three main components: a vacuum liquid solid separator; a pelletizer; and an induction furnace. The liquid solid separator has a seamless filter belt configured to carry a mixture of liquids and solids over a vacuum. A slurry comprised of drilling mud and cuttings is deposited on the filter belt. An applicator ensures that the slurry is deposited evenly across the entire filter belt at a uniform thickness. The vacuum removes most of the liquids for further treatment and reuse. The solids are transferred to a pelletizer which compacts them into relatively uniform pellets while removing much residual liquid. The pelletized cuttings are then passed through an induction furnace, which removes any residual liquids, renderings the cuttings safe for disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Herman Schellstede
  • Patent number: 11339064
    Abstract: A method for treating tailings includes the step of S1: mixing the tailings to be treated with a neutral active aqueous solution and then drying the tailings, wherein the neutral active aqueous solution is prepared from water via an electrocatalytic water device, and the circulation time of the water in the electrocatalytic water device is 5-60 min, and the mass ratio of the tailings to the neutral active aqueous solution is 1:1-10:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Kun-Liang Hong
  • Patent number: 11332384
    Abstract: Band-pass filters for guiding or controlling crystal polymorphism in water are provided. Band-pass filters convert a passive energy source to a spectral energy pattern tuned to resonant with different types of molecular oscillations pertinent to water. Tuned energy patterns convert problematic insoluble crystals to more thermodynamically stable and soluble crystals. Methods include use of the band-pass filter in water and design of band-pass filter parameters for optimal use on a particular water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Revelant IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Amber T. Krummel
  • Patent number: 11325110
    Abstract: The present invention provides a magnetic Fe2O3 nanosphere with PNH surface modification and application thereof in water treatment. First, 2,2-bipyridyl-5,5?-dicarboxylic acid is reacted with thionyl chloride to obtain 2,2-bipyridyl-5,5?-diacid chloride; then 2,2-bipyridyl-5,5?-diacid chloride and 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane react in the presence of triethylamine to obtain a polynitrogen heterocyclic polymer; the polynitrogen heterocyclic polymer is added into an aqueous solution with iron salt to obtain a magnetic Fe2O3 nanosphere with PNH surface modification which has strong light absorption ability, which improves its ability to catalyze in degradation of tetracycline under visible light, so that the pollutants are removed from water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Jianmei Lu, Qingfeng Xu
  • Patent number: 11325848
    Abstract: The inventive device efficiently cools, with a simple construction, heat generated from an ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV-LED). The UV-LED is accommodated in a housing that has an open end and an ultraviolet-transparent closing end. A portion of the housing adjacent to the closing end contacts to-be-treated liquid, ultraviolet rays generated from the UV-LED are irradiated to the to-be-treated liquid, and the housing is cooled by the to-be-treated liquid. In this way, the heat generated from the UV-LED can be cooled with a simple construction without use of arrangements for introducing dedicated cooling fluid for cooling the UV-LED. A heat discharge block for discharging to the outside the heat generated from the UV-LED may be provided at or adjacent to the open end of the housing. Further, the present invention may be constructed in such a manner that a portion of the discharge section directly contacts the to-be-treated liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Yuji Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 11325081
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing water having a high concentration of dissolved ozone is characterized by being configured by connecting: a filtering device; a water tank connected to the filtering device; a pump connected to the water tank; a Venturi tube connected to the pump; a first gas dissolving pressure device connected to the Venturi tube; and a second gas dissolving pressure device connected to the first gas dissolving pressure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: GDT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki Won Cho