Patents Examined by Cynthia H. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10698269
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes: a first base substrate; a first electric field generating electrode disposed on the first base substrate; a liquid crystal layer disposed on the first electric field generating electrode and including liquid crystals; and a first wavelength absorbing layer disposed between the first electric field generating electrode and the liquid crystal layer, and configured to absorb a portion of an incident light wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Duck Jong Suh
  • Patent number: 10686177
    Abstract: There is disclosed an electrode cartridge for use in a hermetic zinc secondary battery comprising a separator structure including a separator exhibiting hydroxide ion conductivity and water impermeability; a counter member liquid-tightly sealed to the separator structure so as to form an internal space and constituting an open-top water impermeable case together with the separator structure; and an electrode that is accommodated in the internal space of the water impermeable case and is a negative electrode containing zinc and/or zinc oxide or a positive electrode. According to the present invention, there is provided an electrode built-in component that can reliably isolate the positive and negative electrodes from each other with a hydroxide ion conductive separator, in the form of an electrode cartridge that is easy to handle and manufacture and that is more advantageous for assembling a stacked-cell battery, while reducing the number of sealing joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Gonda, Naohito Yamada, Kenshin Kitoh
  • Patent number: 10686207
    Abstract: To provide a storage battery including a carbon-based material. To provide a graphene compound film having desired ion conductivity and mechanical strength while preventing direct contact between electrodes in a storage battery. To achieve long-term reliability. A lithium-ion storage battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, an exterior body, and a separator between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. In the lithium-ion storage battery, one of the positive electrode and the negative electrode is wrapped in a first film, and the positive electrode, the negative electrode, and the separator are stored in the exterior body. The first film may include a first region in which the first film includes a first functional group. The first film may further include a second region in which the first film includes a second functional group different from the first functional group. The first film may be a graphene compound film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Teppei Oguni, Satoshi Seo, Hiroshi Kadoma
  • Patent number: 10686212
    Abstract: A cathode active material for a battery cell is described. A protective layer is at least partially applied to the cathode active material, and the protective layer is made of a lithium ion-conducting solid electrolyte layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Anika Marusczyk, Christine Engel, Joerg Ziegler, Thomas Eckl
  • Patent number: 10680254
    Abstract: A redox flow battery includes an electrode, a cell frame including a frame body and a bipolar plate and having a fitting recess in which the electrode is fitted, and a membrane disposed so as to sandwich the electrode between the bipolar plate and the membrane. In the redox flow battery, a gap between, among outer peripheral edge surfaces of the electrode, a side edge surface parallel to a direction in which an electrolyte flows and an inner wall surface of the fitting recess, the inner wall surface facing the side edge surface, is 0.1 mm or more and 12 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Seiji Ogino
  • Patent number: 10680293
    Abstract: Mechanical energy harvesting is an increasingly important method of providing power to distributed sensor networks where physical connection to a power source is impractical. Conventional methods use vibrations to actuate a piezoelectric element, coil/magnet assembly, or capacitor plates, thereby generating an electric current. The low charge-density of these devices excludes their application in low frequency and static load sources, with the lowest frequency reported devices limited to 10 Hz. These frequency limitations can be overcome by exploiting the piezoelectrochemical effect, a similar but physically distinct effect from the piezoelectric effect whereby an applied mechanical load alters the thermodynamics of an electrochemical reaction to produce a voltage/current. Piezoelectrochemical energy harvesters are expected to produce orders of magnitude more energy per load cycle than piezoelectrics and comparable power capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Craig B. Arnold, John Cannarella
  • Patent number: 10680240
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an electrode material for a lithium ion battery capable of decreasing a metal elution amount even when an electrode active material having a large specific surface area is used as the electrode material and capable of obtaining a lithium ion battery in which a decrease in a capacity caused by storage at a high temperature in a fully charged state is suppressed and a lithium ion battery. The electrode material for a lithium ion battery includes electrode active material particles and a carbonaceous film that coats surfaces of the electrode active material particles, in which a tap density is 0.95 g/cm3 or more and 1.6 g/cm3 or less, and a volume ratio of micro pores to a total volume that is evaluated from nitrogen adsorption measurement is 1.5% or more and 2.5% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Satoru Oshitari, Masataka Oyama, Ryuuta Yamaya
  • Patent number: 10673083
    Abstract: A fuel cell device (1) having a fuel cell (2) with a housing (7) and, accommodated therein, a membrane-electrode assembly (6) with a cathode and an anode, having a cathode gas path (3) that serves to transport a cathode gas and that extends through the membrane-electrode assembly (6) on the cathode side, and having a flushing gas path (5) that serves to transport a flushing gas to flush the housing (7) during operation and that extends through the housing (7) is provided. It is provided that a section of the flushing gas path (5) runs through the cathode gas path (3). In this manner, the fuel cell device (1) has a compact structure of just a few parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Daniel Grundei, Oliver Berger, Oliver Kleppa
  • Patent number: 10669646
    Abstract: Provided are nickel manganese composite hydroxide particles having a small and uniform particle size and having a double structure which enables to obtain a cathode active material having a hollow structure, and a manufacturing method thereof. When obtaining the nickel manganese composite hydroxide by a reaction crystallization, using an aqueous solution for nucleation, which includes at least a metallic compound that contains nickel, a metallic compound that contains manganese and an ammonium ion donor and controlling the pH value that is measured at a standard solution temperature of 25° C. is 10.5 to 12.0, nucleation is performed in an oxidizing atmosphere in which the oxygen concentration is greater than 1% by volume, and then nuclei are grown by switching the atmosphere from the oxidizing atmosphere to a mixed atmosphere of oxygen and inert gas in which the oxygen concentration is 1% by volume or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toya, Kensaku Mori, Shin Imaizumi, Kenji Ikeuchi, Toshiyuki Osako
  • Patent number: 10670965
    Abstract: New polymers are provided comprising (i) one or more covalently linked photoacid generator moieties and (ii) one or more photoacid-labile groups, wherein the one or more photoacid generator moieties are a component of one or more of the photoacid-labile groups. Preferred polymers of the invention are suitable for use in photoresists imaged at short wavelengths such as sub-200 nm, particularly 193 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC
    Inventors: Emad Aqad, Cong Liu, Cheng-Bai Xu, Mingqi Li
  • Patent number: 10673081
    Abstract: A fuel cell device with a rectangular solid ceramic substrate extending in length between first and second end surfaces where thermal expansion occurs primarily along the length. An active structure internal to the exterior surface extends along only a first portion of the length and has an anode, cathode and electrolyte therebetween. The first portion is heated to generate a fuel cell reaction. A remaining portion of the length is a non-heated, non-active section lacking opposing anode and cathode where heat dissipates along the remaining portion away from the first portion. A second portion of the length in the remaining portion is distanced away from the first portion such that its exterior surface is at low temperature when the first portion is heated. The anode and cathode have electrical pathways extending from the internal active structure to the exterior surface in the second portion for electrical connection at low temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Alan Devoe, Lambert Devoe
  • Patent number: 10658690
    Abstract: The present invention to provide a highly proton conducting metal organic material constituting of phosphate ester based ligand immobilized via gelation with Fe3+ ion in DMF which is used as conducting electrolyte in PEFMCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Sreekumar Kurungot, Rahul Banerjee, Harshitha Barike Aiyappa, Subhadeep Saha, Pritish Wadge
  • Patent number: 10658692
    Abstract: Biological material is used to build up biological cathode electrodes (biological cathode) and biological batteries, particularly biological metal air batteries as well as biological flow battery. A biological battery system includes a reaction vessel, a medium, a conductive anode and a biological cathode electrode. The biological cathode has a conductive support layer, a polymeric binding layer disposed between the conductive support layer and a contact layer. The contact layer being configured to be in electrical contact with biological components in the medium or being deposited with biological components. When the reaction vessel is open to an ambient air, the biological components accept electrons from the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Pei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10651441
    Abstract: A battery cell of a venting structure using taping is disclosed. The battery cell includes a battery case including a first case and a second case, at least one of the first and second cases being provided with a receiving part for receiving the electrode assembly, thermally bonded edges for sealing the receiving part being provided outside the receiving part, a positive electrode lead and a negative electrode lead protruding outward from the battery case, and an electrode assembly received in the battery case, the electrode assembly having electrode tabs protruding from one end thereof, the electrode tabs being coupled to the positive electrode lead and the negative electrode lead, wherein seal reinforcement tapes are attached to some of the thermally bonded edges so as to surround outer ends of the some thermally bonded edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Yoon Lim, Ji Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10651462
    Abstract: A positive electrode active material contains a lithium composite oxide and a covering material. The lithium composite oxide contains at least one element selected from the group consisting of fluorine, chlorine, nitrogen, and sulfur. The lithium composite oxide has a crystal structure that belongs to space group C2/m. The ratio I(003)/I(104) of a first integrated intensity I(003) of a first peak corresponding to a (003) plane to a second integrated intensity I(104) of a second peak corresponding to a (104) plane in an XRD pattern of the lithium composite oxide satisfies 0.05?I(003)/I(104)?0.90. The covering material has an electron conductivity of 106 S/m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Takayuki Ishikawa, Ryuichi Natsui, Kensuke Nakura
  • Patent number: 10651486
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack configured to generate power according to a load, a fuel tank configured to store fuel gas, a pressure regulating valve configured to regulate a pressure of the fuel gas supplied from the fuel tank to the fuel cell stack, a purge valve configured to purge the fuel gas discharged from the fuel cell stack and a controller for controlling the system. The controller includes a pulsating unit configured to cause a fuel gas pressure of the fuel cell stack to pulsate, and a pressure increasing rate setting unit configured to set a pressure increasing rate of the pulsation of the fuel gas pressure according to an operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Maeshima, Keigo Ikezoe, Yasushi Ichikawa, Takahiro Fujii, Takashi Naka, Daigo Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10644321
    Abstract: Provided herein is electrode assembly for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, comprising at least one anode, at least one cathode and at least one separator interposed between the at least one anode and at least one cathode, wherein the at least one anode comprises an anode current collector and an anode electrode layer, and the at least one cathode comprises a cathode current collector and a cathode electrode layer, wherein each of the cathode and anode electrode layers independently has a void volume of less than 35%, and wherein each of the at least one cathode and anode independently has a peeling strength of 0.15 N/cm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GRST International Limited
    Inventors: Kam Piu Ho, Ranshi Wang, Peihua Shen
  • Patent number: 10644313
    Abstract: An electrode material of formula Li2+xNiuTivNbwO4 where: 0<x<0.3, u>0 and w>0, x+u+v+w=2, x+2u+4v+5w=6, the electrode material having a crystal structure of disordered NaCl type. A cathode having this material as an electronically active material and also the lithium-ion battery containing this cathode are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies
    Inventors: Jean-François Colin, Carole Bourbon, Quentin Jacquet
  • Patent number: 10640708
    Abstract: A liquid crystal composition, comprising, at least one compound represented by Formula 1-A: wherein, in the Formula 1-A, R—*, R1—*, Q-*, *—Z1-*, *—Z2-*, n1, n2, n3, n4, L1-*, L2-*, L3-*, L4-*, L5-*, L6-*, L7-*, and L8-* are the same as defined in the specification, and * is defined as a bonding site to a neighboring atom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Ji Hong Bae, Keun Chan Oh, Seul Gee Lee
  • Patent number: 10637035
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes: an electrode assembly; a positive electrode current collector and a negative electrode current collector connected to the electrode assembly; and a container configured to house the electrode assembly and the positive electrode current collector and the negative electrode current collector, wherein the container has recessed portions, a connecting portion of the positive electrode current collector and a connecting portion of the negative electrode current collector respectively connected to the electrode assembly are housed in the recessed portions, respectively, the electrode assembly has a tab portion which includes a connecting portion connected to the positive electrode current collector and a tab portion which includes a connecting portion connected to the negative electrode current collector, and the tab portions have a bent portion respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Shun Ito