Patents Examined by Edna Wong
  • Patent number: 10774430
    Abstract: Electrochemically reacting C-1 compounds including carbon dioxide, formic acid, formaldehyde, methanol, carbon monoxide in the presence of at least one lanthanide and/or at least one actinide. Reducing carbon dioxide or reacting C-1 compounds such as HCOOH (formic acid), HCHO (formaldehyde), CH3OH (methanol), or CO (carbon monoxide) with use of an electrochemical device, wherein the device comprises at least one cathode, and at least one anode, and at least one electrolyte between the cathode and the anode, wherein the electrolyte comprises at least one lanthanide and/or actinide compound. The electrode can be modified with a film such as an ionically conducting or ionically permeable film, optionally comprising a magnetic material. Polar organic solvent such as acetonitrile can be used. Electrocatalysis and/or reaction mediation is observed. Devices can be adapted to carry out the methods. The device can be part of a fuel cell, a battery, an electrolyzer, or an electrosynthetic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Johna Leddy, Nadeesha P. W. Rathuwadu
  • Patent number: 10770224
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a novel method for forming an electrolytic copper plating film having excellent adhesion on the surface of a rare earth metal-based permanent magnet. The method of the present invention as a means for achieving the object is characterized in that after a magnet is immersed in a plating solution, a cathode current density of 0.05 A/dm2 to 4.0 A/dm2 for performing an electrolytic copper plating treatment is applied thereto over 10 seconds to 180 seconds to start the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanao Kamachi, Koshi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10767274
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides electrolyte solutions for electrodeposition of zinc-iron alloys, methods of forming electrolyte solutions, and methods of electrodepositing zinc-iron alloys. An electrolyte solution for electroplating can include an alkali metal citrate, an alkali metal acetate, a citric acid, and glycine with a metal salt. An electrolyte solution can be formed by dissolving an alkali metal citrate, an alkali metal acetate, a citric acid, and glycine in water or an aqueous solution. Electrodepositing zinc-iron alloys on a substrate can include introducing a cathode and an anode into an electrolyte solution comprising an alkali metal citrate, an alkali metal acetate, a citric acid, and glycine. Electrodepositing can further include passing a current between the cathode and the anode through the electrolyte solution to deposit zinc and iron onto the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen P. Gaydos, Vijaykumar S. Ijeri, Om Prakash, Trilochan Mishra, Raghuvir Singh, Shashi Kant Tiwari
  • 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: 10752996
    Abstract: A surface treatment agent which is chromate-free and which can impart excellent coating adhesion and corrosion resistance to a metal material (in particular, a metal material treated with a phosphate), a surface treatment method that uses the surface treatment agent, and a surface treated metal material that is treated using the method are provided. The agent is for a metal material and contains a water-soluble ethylene glycol monoalkyl ether. It is preferable for this surface treatment agent to contain at least one type of metal compound selected from among a water-soluble vanadium compound, a water-soluble titanium compound, a water-soluble zirconium compound and a water-soluble hafnium compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON PARKERIZING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Takeru Azuma, Atsushi Moriyama, Masayasu Ara
  • Patent number: 10745818
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a package substrate fabrication method including: providing a carrier; forming a first dielectric layer on the carrier while enabling the first dielectric layer to be patterned including an opening; forming a first conducting unit on the carrier while enabling the first conducting unit to fill up the opening, a height of the first conducting unit at the opening larger than a thickness of the first dielectric layer, and a width of the first conducting unit larger than a width of the opening; forming a second dielectric layer on the first conducting unit; forming a second conducting unit on the second dielectric layer; forming a third dielectric layer on the second conducting unit; removing the carrier and the first dielectric layer while enabling the part of the first conducting unit in the opening to be removed; and forming a fourth dielectric layer to cover the first conducting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PHOENIX PIONEER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Yu, Shih-Ping Hsu, Pao-Hung Chou
  • Patent number: 10738388
    Abstract: Copper electroplating baths include reaction products of amines and polyacrylamides. The reaction products function as levelers and enable copper electroplating baths which have high throwing power and provide copper deposits with reduced nodules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC, Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Weijing Lu, Lingli Duan, Zukhra Niazimbetova, Chen Chen, Maria Rzeznik
  • Patent number: 10731267
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a process for the electrolytic deposition of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate, a zinc coated metallic substrate having a specific gloss as well as an aqueous alkaline plating bath for the electrolytic deposition of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate and the use of a zinc plating bath additive in a process for the electrolytic deposition of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate and for improving the optical appearance and/or the adhesion of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Frederic Bauer, Tobias Urban, Rainer Eskuchen, Lukas Maksym, Yvonne Schriefers
  • Patent number: 10718060
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a process for the electrolytic deposition of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate, a zinc coated metallic substrate having a specific gloss as well as an aqueous alkaline plating bath for the electrolytic deposition of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate and the use of a zinc plating bath additive in a process for the electrolytic deposition of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate and for improving the optical appearance and/or the adhesion of a zinc or zinc alloy coating on a metallic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Frederic Bauer, Tobias Urban, Lukas Maksym
  • Patent number: 10718059
    Abstract: Nickel electroplating compositions containing cationic polymers of a reaction product of an imidazole compound and a bisepoxide enable the electroplating of nickel deposits which have uniform bright surfaces over wide current density ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lipschutz, Sen Kang
  • Patent number: 10711360
    Abstract: Nickel electroplating compositions containing copolymers of arginine and a bisepoxide enable the electroplating of nickel deposits which have uniform bright surfaces over wide current density ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC
    Inventor: Michael Lipschutz
  • Patent number: 10711361
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of coating, comprising providing an article having an internal passage therein to be coated; electrolytically applying a first layer that comprises chromium or a chromium alloy onto a surface of the internal passage; electrolytically applying a second layer comprising aluminum or an aluminum alloy onto the first layer; and heat treating the article to promote interdiffusion between the first layer and the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Lesia V. Protsailo, Michael N. Task
  • Patent number: 10697080
    Abstract: Photoactive silicon films may be formed by electrodeposition from a molten salt electrolyte. In an embodiment, SiO2 is electrochemically reduced in a molten salt bath to deposit silicon on a carbonaceous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Allen J. Bard, Huayi Yin
  • Patent number: 10683582
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an anti-corrosive composite ceramic coating includes an inner metal layer formed on the surface of a metal object to be protected and an outer composite ceramic layer formed on the inner metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: George Kenneth Rice, Miguel Jose Yacaman, Ekaterina Vinogradova
  • Patent number: 10669639
    Abstract: Electrochemical cells for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural are provided. Also provided are methods of using the cells to carry out the oxidation reactions. The electrochemical cells and methods use catalytic copper-based anodes to carry out the electrochemical oxidation reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Kyoung-Shin Choi, Dohwan Nam
  • Patent number: 10662540
    Abstract: There is provided an electrolyte for the electrodeposition of chromium comprising: (A) water; (B) at least one chromium salt; and (C) at least one complexing agent, wherein the molar ratio of components B:C is in the range of 1:1 to 1:50. There is also provided a method for electrodepositing chromium metal onto a conductive substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: University of Leicester
    Inventors: Andrew Peter Abbott, Karl Scott Ryder, Robert Harris
  • Patent number: 10662544
    Abstract: A surface treatment process for a metal article provides a uniform and unblemished surface finish to the metal article. The surface treatment process anodizes the metal article to form an anodic oxide layer on a surface, and the metal article is activated using a pre-dyeing solution. The pre-dyeing solution contains complex organic acid and sodium acetate. The anodic oxide layer of the metal article is dyed for color and the dyed anodic oxide layer of the metal article is finally sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (CHENGDU) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao-Gang Peng, Kai Fang, Yong-De Pei, Cheng-Bin Bai, Wei Liu, Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 10662541
    Abstract: Copper electroplating baths include reaction products of amines, polyacrylamides and bisepoxides. The reaction products function as levelers and enable copper electroplating baths which have high throwing power and provide copper deposits with reduced nodules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC, Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Weijing Lu, Lingli Duan, Zukhra Niazimbetova, Chen Chen, Maria Rzeznik
  • Patent number: 10655237
    Abstract: Techniques for electrodepositing selenium (Se)-containing films are provided. In one aspect, a method of preparing a Se electroplating solution is provided. The method includes the following steps. The solution is formed from a mixture of selenium oxide; an acid selected from the group consisting of alkane sulfonic acid, alkene sulfonic acid, aryl sulfonic acid, heterocyclic sulfonic acid, aromatic sulfonic acid and perchloric acid; and a solvent. A pH of the solution is then adjusted to from about 2.0 to about 3.0. The pH of the solution can be adjusted to from about 2.0 to about 3.0 by adding a base (e.g., sodium hydroxide) to the solution. A Se electroplating solution, an electroplating method and a method for fabricating a photovoltaic device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shafaat Ahmed, Hariklia Deligianni
  • Patent number: 10647581
    Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO) is an emerging material for energy, environmental, and many other applications which in the past has been produced using chemical processes involving high-energy consumption and hazardous chemicals. Embodiments of the present invention focus on bioelectrochemical systems (BES) having microorganism(s), an anode (11) and cathode (14) to produce GO (13) from graphite, coal, and other carbonaceous materials under ambient conditions without chemical amendments. In some embodiments, value-added organic compounds (17) and even H2 (16) can be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BEGO TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Song Jin, Ran Li, Paul Fallgren, Kylan Jin