Patents Examined by Erma Cameron
  • Patent number: 9758431
    Abstract: A process for increasing the hydrophobicity of a porous product by treating the product, or a composition providing for the product, with a water repellent material, characterized in that the porous product or a composition providing the product, is treated with an aqueous suspension of microcapsules where the microcapsules comprise a water repellent organosilicon core material selected from an organosilane, a partially condensed organosilane and a branched siloxane resin, and a shell of a silicon-based network polymer comprising silica units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Corning Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick Campeol, Fabrizio Galeone, Jean-Paul Lecomte, Leon Marteaux, Marie-Jose Sarrazin, Brett Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9744753
    Abstract: A method of making a composite panel configured for use with a flooring assembly of a trailer includes providing a wood substrate, making an uncured fiber-reinforced coating, and applying the uncured fiber-reinforced coating onto a surface of the wood substrate. The method further includes curing the uncured fiber-reinforced coating after applying the uncured fiber-reinforced coating onto the surface of the wood substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Sheffield, Eddie J. Bartlett, Timothy D. Cantwell
  • Patent number: 9739008
    Abstract: A method for treating an aromatic polyamide filament or yarn to improve its adhesion to rubber wherein, the method comprises exposing the filament or yarn to a first mixture of reagents comprising multi-functional isocyanate oligomers and multi-functional epoxy oligomers, wherein the ratio of total isocyanate groups to total epoxy groups in the mixture is in the range of from 0.8 to 1.2, and heating the exposed filament or yarn to a temperature of at least 100 degrees C. whereby the epoxy and isocyanate oligomers cross-link and form a network on the surface of the filament or yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Gary Delmar Jaycox, Eric Diaz Felton
  • Patent number: 9738818
    Abstract: Adhesive compositions include a blend of a non-siloxane polyurea-based polymer, a non-siloxane polyurethane-based polymer, or a blend of a non-siloxane polyurea-based and non-siloxane polyurethane-based with at least one (meth)acrylate-based pressure sensitive adhesive. The non-siloxane polyurea-based polymer or non-siloxane polyurethane-based polymer is free of free radically polymerized groups. The adhesive composition is a self-wetting, optically clear pressure sensitive adhesive. The adhesive compositions can be coated on substrates to form adhesive articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Audrey A. Sherman, Margot A. Branigan, Joan M. Noyola, Ann R. H. Fornof, Scott M. Tapio, Joseph J. Faraci
  • Patent number: 9732464
    Abstract: A method for producing water repellent down includes soaking cleaned down in an aqueous solution having a pH ranging from 4 to 7; adding to the solution a cross-linking agent composed of a material having an isocyanate or acrylic acid functional group to provide a solution having a weight ratio of the down and the cross-linking agent ranging between 1:0.005 and 1:0.06; adding to the solution a water-drawing agent composed of a material having a siloxane functional group to provide a solution having a weight ratio of the down and the water-drawing agent ranging between 1:0.01 and 1:0.1; stirring the solution for at least 15 minutes to react the cross-linking agent and the water-drawing agent and form a water repellent layer on the surface of the down; separating the down from the solution; and oven drying the down with hot air having a temperature of at least 120° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Chang-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9732422
    Abstract: A method and system for coating metallic powder particles is provided. The method includes: disposing an amount of metallic powder particulates within a fluidizing reactor; removing moisture adhered to the powder particles disposed within the reactor using a working gas; coating the powder particles disposed within the reactor using a precursor gas; and purging the precursor gas from the reactor using the working gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ying She, James T. Beals
  • Patent number: 9714461
    Abstract: There is provided a method for producing a metal-based particle assembly, comprising the steps of: producing a metal-based film having an average thickness equal to or smaller than 50 nm on a substrate (a first step); and morphologically changing the metal-based film through a heat treatment into a metal-based particle assembly comprising a plurality of metal-based particles mutually separated and disposed in two dimensions (a second step). The method allows a metal-based particle assembly to be produced that for example includes 30 or more metal-based particles having an average particle diameter in a range of from 200 to 1600 nm, an average height in a range of from 55 to 500 nm, and an aspect ratio, as defined by a ratio of the average particle diameter to the average height, in a range of from 1 to 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Tomohiro Fukuura
  • Patent number: 9708769
    Abstract: Method for uniform coating of a composition onto a carrier material in web form, through the use of a coating apparatus comprising at least one element A, that forms with a further element B a nip ahead of which the composition is held up, and that moves relative to the element B in such a way that a rotating body of composition is developed and the composition is conveyed into the nip; comprising introduction of the composition into the intake region of the nip, the application of the composition to a carrier material in web form in the nip or after the composition has travelled through the nip, and which limits the longitudinal extent E of the nip intake region fully fillable by the body of composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventors: Norbert Grittner, Matthias Lehder, Karsten Kuss
  • Patent number: 9700940
    Abstract: Metal nanoparticles and compositions derived therefrom can be used in a number of different applications. Methods for making metal nanoparticles can include providing a first metal salt in a solvent; converting the first metal salt into an insoluble compound that constitutes a plurality of nanoparticle seeds; and after forming the plurality of nanoparticle seeds, reacting a reducing agent with at least a portion of a second metal salt in the presence of at least one surfactant and the plurality of nanoparticle seeds to form a plurality of metal nanoparticles. Each metal nanoparticle can include a metal shell formed around a nucleus derived from a nanoparticle seed, and the metal shell can include a metal from the second metal salt. The methods can be readily scaled to produce bulk quantities of metal nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred A. Zinn
  • Patent number: 9701842
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a process for preparing a self-dispersing pigment having an isoelectric point of at least about 8 comprising: (a) adding a dual functional compound with an acidic aluminum salt to form an aqueous solution, wherein the dual functional compound comprises an anchoring group that attaches the dual-functional compound to the pigment surface, and a basic amine group comprising a primary, secondary or tertiary amine; (b) adding a base to the mixture from step (a) whereby the pH is raised to about 4 to about 9 to form a turbid solution; and (c) adding the mixture from step (b) to a slurry of inorganic particles whereby a hydrous alumina and the dual functional compound are deposited on the pigment surface. The self-dispersing pigments prepared by this process are useful in making décor paper that may be used in paper laminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Franck Andre Vanhecke, Mitchell Scott Chinn
  • Patent number: 9701844
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing a colored effect pigment, comprising: (i) coating aluminum-based substrate particles in an aqueous coating medium with at least one metal oxide layer, wherein the metal oxide is selected from a titanium oxide, an iron oxide, or any mixture thereof, (ii) providing a mixture of the coated aluminum-based substrate particles and a particulate inorganic non-metallic material in the aqueous coating medium by adding the particulate inorganic non-metallic material to the aqueous coating medium, and (iii) separating the mixture of the coated aluminum-based substrate particles and the particulate inorganic non-metallic material from the aqueous coating medium and subjecting the separated mixture to a thermal drying step so as to obtain a dry colored effect pigment material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Aron Wosylus, Raimund Schmid
  • Patent number: 9701589
    Abstract: A proppant is formed by a method including inserting a plurality of particles into a heating device, such as a rotary tunnel kiln. The particles are heated at a first temperature within the heating device. A non-epoxy, non-urethane thermoset coating is heated to at least its melting point or dissolved in a solvent or both, and sprayed into the heating device and onto the particles. The particles are heated to a second temperature, higher than the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HD PROPPANTS LLC
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Schofalvi
  • Patent number: 9687876
    Abstract: A method of forming a heterogeneous protective layer on a surface of a component in a reactor is useful for repair and/or protection. The reactor may be used for production of polycrystalline silicon or a reactant thereof. The heterogeneous protective layer comprises silicon, and may comprise silicon carbide (SiC) and/or silicon nitride (Si3N4). The method comprises providing a polymeric composition for forming the heterogeneous protective layer. The polymeric composition may comprise a polycarbosilane and/or a polysilazane. The method further comprises providing the component. The surface of the component comprises carbon, such as graphite, carbon fiber reinforced carbon, or a combination thereof. The method further comprises applying the polymeric composition on the surface to form a pre-cured coating layer. The method further comprises heating the pre-cured coating layer to form the heterogeneous protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Brad Jason Werner
  • Patent number: 9688866
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hydrophobic antifouling coating material, including: (a) mixing a sol-gel precursor, water, an aqueous colloidal silica suspension, and a catalyst to perform a sol-gel reaction to form a solution having particles therein, wherein the sol-gel reaction is performed without addition of any organic solvent; (b) chemically modifying the particles with a hydrophobic agent to form surface-modified particles; and (c) adding a surfactant to the solution containing the surface-modified particles to form a hydrophobic antifouling coating material. The hydrophobic antifouling coating material can be dispersed in an aqueous solution, and has properties such as low VOC (Volatile organic compound) value, high solid content, and high stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Yi-Che Su, Wei-Cheng Tang, Yuung-Ching Sheen, Yun-Shan Huang, Ming-Ren Tarng, Chenchen Xue
  • Patent number: 9683153
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions for freeze conditioning particulating materials. The invention includes the use of the combination of crude glycerin with flowback or produced water. This combination prevents unwanted agglomeration when frozen. This combination also is non-corrosive and best of all facilitates the safe clean recycling of what would otherwise be unwanted dangerous waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald V. Davis, Jing Wang, Stephen J. Blubaugh, Walter Gerlach
  • Patent number: 9676620
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to fluorescent particles and more specifically to silica-based fluorescent nanoporous particles with physically encapsulated organic dyes. In one aspect of the invention, the nanoporous architecture provides a significant enhancement in fluorescence of the particles brightness compared to free dye. A particular chemical control of the silica matrix prevents the dye molecules from leaking the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Igor Sokolov, Eun-Bum Cho, Dmytro Volkov
  • Patent number: 9669609
    Abstract: A single axis application unit for processing a glass workpiece includes a workpiece supporting table, an applicator movable on a traveler shiftable along a first linear axis and a central suction unit that is activateable to grip the glass workpiece that travels along a second linear axis oriented generally perpendicular to the first linear axis. A central suction unit brake selectively secures the central suction unit both rotationally and translationally. The central suction unit is freely moveable both translationally and rotationally when the central suction unit brake is released. A mid-peripheral suction unit is located at a fixed location remote from the central suction unit and selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece to hold the glass workpiece in a fixed orientation. A corner suction gripper is movable with the applicator parallel to the first linear axis, and is selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Erdman Automation Corporation
    Inventor: Morgan Donohue
  • Patent number: 9670370
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a functional film and a method for manufacturing the same, the functional film being organically and inorganically laminated to have a desired function such as high gas barrier performance and having high adhesiveness between inorganic and organic layers. The organic layer on top of the inorganic layer contains an organic solvent; an organic compound formed of the organic layer; and a silane coupling agent with a concentration between 0.1 and 25 percentages by mass excluding the organic solvent, the organic layer uses a coating material not containing a pH controller, and the organic layer is formed through curing via a heating process after coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Eijiro Iwase, Jiro Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 9662615
    Abstract: A method for making a composite polyamide membrane comprising a porous support and a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the method includes the step of applying a polyfunctional amine monomer and polyfunctional acyl halide monomer to a surface of the porous support and interfacially polymerizing the monomers to form a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the step of applying the polyfunctional acyl halide monomer to the porous support includes the step of combining the polyfunctional acyl halide monomer with a non-polar solvent at a concentration of at least 0.18 weight percent to form a coating solution which is applied to the surface of the porous support, and wherein the interfacial polymerization is conducted in the presence of a tri-hydrocarbyl phosphate compound which is provided in a molar ratio of at least 0.5:1 with the polyfunctional acyl halide monomer. Many additional embodiments are described including membranes made from the subject method and applications for such membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Abhishek Roy, Tina L. Arrowood, Robert C. Cieslinski, Derek M. Stevens, David D. Hawn, Steven D. Jons, Mou Paul, Martin H. Peery, Steven Rosenberg, Ian A. Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 9650711
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of preparing metal or metal oxide particles on a substrate by forming a reaction mixture of a metal or metal oxide precursor and a substrate, and heating the reaction mixture at reduced pressure, such that metal or metal oxide particles are formed on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology, Office of Technology Transfer
    Inventors: Calum R. I. Chisholm, Alex Papandrow