Patents Examined by Hoa (Holly) Le
  • Patent number: 11359137
    Abstract: A variety of particles forming microencapsulated thermochromic materials are provided. The particles can include a thermochromic core and a metal oxide shell encapsulating the thermochromic core. The thermochromic core can include one or both of an organic thermochromic material and an inorganic salt thermochromic material. In some aspects, the particles include a dye selected from a crystal violet lactone dye, a fluoran dye, and a combination thereof. In still further aspects, the particles include a color developer selected from a hydroxybenzoate, a 4, 4?-dihydroxydiphenyl propane, a hydroxycoumarin derivative, a lauryl gallate, and a combination thereof. In some aspects, the metal oxide shell is a TiO2 shell. The particles can be used in cements and paints and for a variety of building materials. Methods of making the particles and building materials and methods of use, for example, for removing a volatile organic carbon from a building material, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Ram, Elias K. Stefanakos
  • Patent number: 11319710
    Abstract: A plaster composition includes a joint compound/drywall mud and from about 0.5 wt % to about 10 wt % silica (e.g., hydrophilic fumed silica). The plaster composition may be a repair composition. The repair composition may be dispensed as an aerosol using a propellant. The repair composition may be useful for repairing “popcorn” textured ceilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Richard A. West
  • Patent number: 11308607
    Abstract: A method of producing a tablet in which an uncoated tablet is coated by a coating agent, the method including: a coating process of coating uncoated tablets with a coating agent by spray coating the coating agent onto tablets that are churned and tumbled inside a container, and drying the tablets inside the container by supplying drying air into the container and exhausting air from the container, wherein spray coating conditions, including air supply temperature, air supply rate, and spray speed, are controlled according to the weight of the coating agent with which the uncoated tablets are coated, such that the humidity of air exhausted during spray coating is within a range of from 14% RH to 30% RH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corn., Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kensuke Ito, Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11267940
    Abstract: A method for producing aluminum oxide is provided. The method uses an aluminum-oxide-forming agent containing a partially hydrolyzed aluminum alkyl compound containing an aluminum trialkyl or a mixture thereof, and a solvent. It is thus possible to produce an aluminum oxide thin film or aluminum oxide particles on or in a substrate that is not resistant to polar solvents. A method of producing a polyolefin-based polymer nanocomposite containing zinc oxide particles or aluminum oxide particles using a solution containing a partially hydrolyzed zinc alkyl or a solution containing a partially hydrolyzed aluminum alkyl is also provided. The polyolefin-based polymer nanocomposite contains a polyolefin substrate and zinc oxide particles or aluminum oxide particles, and does not contain a dispersant. The zinc oxide particles or aluminum oxide particles have an average particle size of less than 100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOSOH FINECHEM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Inaba, Kouji Toyota, Kenichi Haga, Toshio Naka, Toshiaki Taniike
  • Patent number: 11254821
    Abstract: A silicone oil-treated fumed silica and a method of producing the silicone oil-treated fumed silica are provided. The silicone oil-treated fumed silica, which has the following physical properties: A) the silicone oil-treated fumed silica has a degree of hydrophobicity of 68 vol % or more; B) the silicone oil-treated fumed silica has a silicone oil fixation rate of from 60 mass % to 95 mass %; and C) a composition obtained by adding 6 parts by mass of the silicone oil-treated fumed silica to 100 parts by mass of an amine composition containing trimethylolpropane polyoxypropylene triamine and 1,3-bis(aminomethyl)cyclohexane at a mass ratio of 95:5 has a viscosity of 4,000 mPa·s or more after the composition is left to stand at 25° C. for 1 hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Takayuki Maehara, Qingtao Zhou, Jianzhang Dai
  • Patent number: 11255089
    Abstract: Solar-reflective roofing granules having deep-tone colors are formed by coating base mineral particles with a coating composition including an infrared-reflective pigment. Color is provided by a colored infrared pigment, a light-interference platelet pigment, or a metal oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventors: Keith C. Hong, Ming Liang Shiao, Husnu M. Kalkanoglu
  • Patent number: 11254030
    Abstract: A polymer powder having a surface energy of less than 35 mN/m is suitable for melting/sintering powder particles for layer-by-layer production of three-dimensional objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Diekmann, Maik Grebe
  • Patent number: 11224200
    Abstract: An excrement treatment material includes a plurality of granules that absorb excrement. Each granule includes a granular core portion, and a coating portion. The core portion has a circular cross-section, and has a function of absorbing and retaining the excrement. The coating portion coats the core portion. The coating portion has a function of causing the plurality of granules, which have absorbed the excrement, to adhere to each other. In a cross-section of each granule that is in the same plane as the cross-section of the core portion, a thickness of the coating portion on one side of the core portion is smaller than a thickness of the coating portion on another side of the core portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: DAIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junji Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 11208351
    Abstract: Electromagnetically-induced cement concrete crack self-healing diisocyanate microcapsules include raw materials, in parts by weight, comprising 15-55 parts of petroleum resin, 5-10 parts of paraffin, 5-10 parts of polyethylene wax, 3-10 parts of magnetic iron powder and 20-67 parts of diisocyanate. The diisocyanate microcapsules use the diisocyanate as a core material, and the petroleum resin/paraffin/polyethylene wax/magnetic iron powder mixture as the shell of the capsule. When micro cracks occur in the concrete, the crack propagation can break partial of the microcapsule inside, the diisocyanate inside the microcapsules flows out and diffuses into the crack and is subjected to a solidifying reaction with water in the concrete, so that the crack is repaired in time; and for the microcapsules that are not broken by cracks, external electromagnetic field can be applied to melt the shell to release the diisocyanate inside, thereby diffusing into cracks and solidify with water to repair them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: WUHAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jianying Yu, Wei Du, Shaopeng Wu, Yi Gu, Ying Li, Jun Xie, Xiaobin Han
  • Patent number: 11180375
    Abstract: Provided are a halloysite powder and a method for producing the halloysite powder. The halloysite powder contains granules in which halloysite including halloysite nanotubes is aggregated. The granules have first pores derived from the tube holes in the halloysite nanotubes and second pores that are different from the first pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: JFE MINERAL COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hidefumi Konnai, Takayuki Fujita
  • Patent number: 11174405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to white fine particles from which a white ink that is capable of satisfying both of high hiding power and good bending resistance in a printed material can be obtained, and further relates to white fine particles from which an ink that is capable of satisfying not only excellent fixing properties even when printed on a non-liquid absorbing printing medium such as a resin film, but also suppression of increase in viscosity of the ink and at the same time good deinking properties at a high level can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohide Yoshida, Yasufumi Ueda
  • Patent number: 11174367
    Abstract: A carbon black pellet comprising a plurality of agglomerates, aggregates, or primary carbon black particles and a binder including a functional polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Bridgestone Bandag, LLC
    Inventor: David L. Bender
  • Patent number: 11161747
    Abstract: Described are composite photonic materials that incorporate magnetic nanoparticles inside hollow or solvent-filled nano-scale or micro-scale shells and methods of making and using such composite photonic materials. When these photonic materials are present in a magnetic field, they exhibit a change in reflected, scattered, and/or transmitted light as compared to when the materials are not in the presence of the magnetic field. This results in the materials appearing to have a different color, such as when observed by the human eye or a light detecting device, such as a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Ting Guo
  • Patent number: 11155469
    Abstract: An X-ray amorphous magnesium carbonate is disclosed that is characterized by a cumulative pore volume of pores with a diameter smaller than 10 nm of at least 0.018 cm3/g, and a specific surface areas of at least 60 m2/g. The X-ray amorphous magnesium carbonate is produced by reacting an inorganic magnesium compound with alcohol in a CO2 atmosphere. The X-ray amorphous magnesium carbonate can be a powder or a pellet and acts as a desiccant in, for example, production of food, chemicals or pharmaceuticals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Disruptive Materials Operations AB
    Inventors: Maria Strömme, Albert Mihranyan, Johan Gómez De La Torre, Sara Frykstrand Ångström
  • Patent number: 11142673
    Abstract: An abrasive grain is disclosed and may include a body. The body may define a length (l), a height (h), and a width (w). In a particular aspect, the length is greater than or equal to the height and the height is greater than or equal to the width. Further, in a particular aspect, the body may include a primary aspect ratio defined by the ratio of length:height of at least about 2:1. The body may also include an upright orientation probability of at least about 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN CERAMICS & PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Doruk O. Yener, Jennifer H. Czerepinski, Sujatha K. Iyengar, Michael D. Kavanaugh, Alan J. Brandes, Christopher Arcona, Ralph Bauer, Yves Boussant-Roux, Tracy H. Panzarella
  • Patent number: 11130708
    Abstract: Solar reflective roofing granules include a binder and inert mineral particles, with solar reflective particles dispersed in the binder. An agglomeration process preferentially disposes the solar reflective particles at a desired depth within or beneath the surface of the granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventors: Ming Liang Shiao, Keith C. Hong, Walter T. Stephens
  • Patent number: 11130675
    Abstract: A nanoparticle containing monoclinic lutetium oxide. A method of: dispersing a lutetium salt solution in a stream of oxygen gas to form droplets, and combusting the droplets to form nanoparticles containing lutetium oxide. The combustion occurs at a temperature sufficient to form monoclinic lutetium oxide in the nanoparticles. An article containing lutetium oxide and having an average grain size of at most 10 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Colin C. Baker, Woohong Kim, Guillermo R. Villalobos, Jasbinder S. Sanghera, Ishwar D. Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 11116793
    Abstract: A modified metal nanoparticle comprising a metal nanoparticle and a cyclic polyether modifying the metal nanoparticle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: National University Corporation Hokkaido University
    Inventors: Takuya Yamamoto, Jose Enrico Quinsaat
  • Patent number: 11117162
    Abstract: An epilamization agent containing at least one compound including at least hydrophobic and oleophobic moieties arranged to impart epilame properties to the compound, and at least one hydrophilic moiety arranged to make the compound soluble in aqueous medium, the hydrophilic moiety being linked to the compound by at least one cleavable group. A method for coating a substrate with epilame, including: preparing an aqueous epilamization bath by solubilising such an epilamization agent, placing the substrate in contact with the epilamization agent in the epilamization bath, separating the hydrophilic moiety from the epilamization agent by cleavage, rinsing the substrate to eliminate the hydrophilic residues from the hydrophilic moiety and drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Christophe Letondor, Claire Rannoux, Nicholas David Spencer
  • Patent number: 11118019
    Abstract: The present invention provides thermoplastic polyurethane particles, which are formed in a continuous matrix phase from a thermoplastic polyurethane resin and have a particle diameter of 200-500 ?m. In a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curve of the thermoplastic polyurethane particles, derived from the analysis of a temperature rise of 10° C./min by DSC, a peak of the cold crystallization temperature (Tcc) is shown at a temperature between the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the melting point (Tm). The thermoplastic polyurethane particles have a compression degree of 10-20%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Min Gyung Kim, Sung Yong Kang, Kyoung Min Kang, Hee-Jung Lee, Chang-Young Park, Jae Ho Lim, Jun Ho Choi, Jae Han Song, Yu Jin Go