Patents Examined by Jason M. Greene
  • Patent number: 11638887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter unit (1, 19), having: at least one warp-knitted spacer (3) which comprises a first and a second cover layer (4; 5) having in each case a multiplicity of openings (6) which are delimited by peripheral regions (7), wherein threads (8) extend from the peripheral regions (7) of the first cover layer (4) to peripheral regions (7) of the second cover layer (5), and wherein the at least one warp-knitted spacer is rolled, twisted, and/or at least in one portion is compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: OASE GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Willuweit, Ralf Griesbach
  • Patent number: 11638902
    Abstract: An apparatus utilizes a membrane unit to capture components from atmospheric air, including carbon dioxide, enriches the carbon dioxide concentration, and delivers the enriched concentration of carbon dioxide to a sequestering facility. The membrane is configured such that as a first gas containing oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide is drawn through the membrane, a permeate stream is formed where the permeate stream has an oxygen concentration and a carbon dioxide concentration higher than in the first gas and a nitrogen concentration lower than in the first gas. A permeate conduit, having a vacuum applied to it by a vacuum generating device receives the permeate stream and a delivery conduit delivers at least a portion of the enriched carbon dioxide to a sequestering facility. The apparatus may comprise a component of a system where the system may have a flue gas generator and/or a secondary enrichment system disposed between the vacuum generating device and the sequestering facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: Black Swan, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Kolodji
  • Patent number: 11628410
    Abstract: A membrane modification method for improving liquid membrane separation of carbon dioxide (CO2) includes grafting an organic substance containing an amine group on a porous membrane material, and loading water into pore channels of the porous membrane material to prepare a supported liquid membrane for a gas mixture separation experiment of CO2. In the method, the amine group is introduced through chemical grafting to make the water being alkaline when used as membrane liquid. Compared with an alkaline solution as the membrane liquid, the method can avoid the loss of active alkaline substances and increase the permeation flux of CO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Yiqun Fan, Peng Xu, Minghui Qiu, Kaiyun Fu, Xianfu Chen, Xiangli Kong, Dawei Gong
  • Patent number: 11628394
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a gas separation membrane module that has high, long-term utility. The present disclosure provides a gas separation membrane module that has: a housing; a gas separation membrane that is arranged inside the housing; and an adhesive part that fixes the gas separation membrane to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasutaka Kurishita, Masato Mikawa, Kimiya Murakami, Azusa Yamanaka, Masahiko Kawashima
  • Patent number: 11628396
    Abstract: An illustrated view of an exemplary air filter for reducing emissions is presented. The air filter is useful for removing toxic gases from the air surrounding a combustion engine of a vehicle is presented. The air filter is useful for scrubbing the ambient air for removal of toxic contaminants such as carbon dioxide and thus reducing harmful emissions of a vehicle. The air filter though described for a vehicle can also be used in industry settings as well as at home. The air filter is recyclable. Although a vehicle is shown, it is an example only. Other applications are possible and have been contemplated for the air filter 100 including, but not limited to, commercial applications, home applications, industrial applications, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Leo N Pineda
  • Patent number: 11629228
    Abstract: Compositions of and methods for producing a modified polyimide-containing compound with an alkyl or acyl group, one method including selecting and preparing a polyimide-containing compound to undergo a Friedel-Crafts alkylation or acylation reaction; carrying out the Friedel-Crafts alkylation or acylation reaction on the polyimide-containing compound to bond an alkyl group or acyl group to a reactive site on an aromatic compound of the polyimide-containing compound; cleaving the polyimide-containing compound to produce modified monomers comprising the alkyl group or the acyl group; and using the modified monomers in a reaction to produce the modified polyimide-containing compound, wherein the alkyl group or the acyl group is present in the modified polyimide-containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Ali Hayek
  • Patent number: 11613649
    Abstract: Polymer blends comprising an ortho-functionalized polyimide homo or copolymer and a polybenzimidazole homo or copolymer, wherein the ortho-functionalized polyimide thermally rearranges to a polymer comprising a phenylene heterocyclic group, such as, polybenzoxazole, polybenzothiazole, polybenzimidazole and/or other heterocyclic structure upon heating. Also disclosed are method of forming a polymer blend comprising dissolving an ortho-functionalized polyimide homo or copolymer and a polybenzimidazole homo or copolymer in a solvent, and optional compatibilizer, to form a polymer solution; contacting a support with the polymer solution; and evaporating the solvent to provide a thin layer comprising the polymer blend on the support. Further, methods of heat treating these polymer blends to thermally rearrange the disclosed polyimides are disclosed, as are the polymer blends prepared thereby. Methods of using these polymer blends to separate gases are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: Benny D. Freeman, Donald R. Paul, Joshua D. Moon
  • Patent number: 11607652
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a composite separation membrane which is excellent in not only a liquid permeable performance and a separation performance relatively but also a durability and which is particularly useful as a membrane for liquid treatment, and a method for treating a liquid by using the composite separation membrane. The composite separation membrane according to the present invention is characterized in comprising a supporting base material and a complex layer, wherein the complex layer is placed on the supporting base material, the complex layer comprises oxidized metal nanosheets, graphene oxide and an alkanolamine, and at least one of the alkanolamine is present between the oxidized metal nanosheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Keizo Nakagawa, Misato Kunimatsu, Tomohiro Sera, Takuji Shintani, Tomohisa Yoshioka, Hideto Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 11607485
    Abstract: A system including tubing and a filter configured to be fluidly coupled to a vacuum source and to a heater/cooler unit by the tubing. The filter includes a filter container having negative air pressure in the filter container provided by the vacuum source to pull aerosol from the heater/cooler unit into the filter container and eliminate and/or reduce the aerosol emitted from the heater/cooler unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Berch, Thierry Dupoux, Elisa Maculan, Giampaolo Simonini
  • Patent number: 11607625
    Abstract: A water treatment system, such as a water softening system, having a water treatment tank with at least one distributor plate mounted inside to support filter media and/or ion exchange resin. The water treatment system is designed to treat hard water with a packed ion-exchange filter media and has a distributor plate design for facilitating the ion-exchange within a water softener resin bed, as well as facilitating the regeneration of the resin bed. The distributor plate presents cavities to the topside for entrapping filter media, and the cavities have narrow slits located at the base for allowing fluid to pass. A method for assembling the water treatment tank and supporting inserted distributor plate is shown. The distributor plate rest on and is supported by a domed-shaped structure that can be placed in the bottom portion of the water treatment vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Ecowater Systems LLC
    Inventors: George L. Dimotsis, Christopher James Fangman, Mark Joseph Sowada, Malcolm Kahn
  • Patent number: 11602252
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum cleaner filter bag composed primarily of plastic recyclates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: EUROFILTERS N.V.
    Inventors: Jan Schultink, Ralf Sauer
  • Patent number: 11602882
    Abstract: There are provided a straining mechanism and a screw extruder including the straining mechanism, which can minimize material passing resistance in a breaker plate even, in a large-sized apparatus having high throughput, and which can improve the throughput by suppressing load power of the apparatus and heat generation of a material. For this purpose, a backup plate having an opening rate higher than an opening rate of a breaker plate and supporting the breaker plate is installed on a rear surface side of the breaker plate supporting a screen mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Makoto Irie, Hiroyuki Fukuda, Akio Koro
  • Patent number: 11596904
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite body having, on a porous substrate and in the interstices of the substrate that includes fibers, preferably of an electrically nonconductive material, a porous layer (1) composed of oxide particles bonded to one another and partly to the substrate that include at least one oxide selected from oxides of the elements Al, Zr, Ti and Si, preferably selected from Al2O3, ZrO2, TiO2 and SiO2, and having, at least on one side, a further porous layer (2) including oxide particles bonded to one another and partly to layer (1) that include at least one oxide selected from oxides of the elements Al, Zr, Ti and Si, preferably selected from Al2O3, ZrO2, TiO2 and SiO2, where the oxide particles present in layer (1) have a greater median particle size than the oxide particles present in layer (2), which is characterized in that the median particle size (d50) of the oxide particles in layer (1) is from 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Hying, David Grzenia, Rolf-Walter Terwonne, Bastian Matthias Brugger, Kira Khaletskaya, Oliver Conradi, Hans-J├╝rgen Nettelnbreker, Alexander Paasche
  • Patent number: 11590447
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a porous liquid or a porous liquid enzyme that includes a high surface area solid and a liquid film substantially covering the high surface area solid. The porous liquid or porous liquid enzyme may be contacted with a fluid that is immiscible with the liquid film such that a liquid-fluid interface is formed. The liquid film may facilitate mass transfer of a substance or substrate across the liquid-fluid interface. The present disclosure also provides methods of performing liquid-based extractions and enzymatic reactions utilizing the porous liquid or porous liquid enzyme of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Exxon Mobil Technology and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Mohsen S. Yeganeh, Pavel Kortunov, P. Scott Northrop, Xiaozhou Zhang, Giovanni Pilloni, Ning Ma, Robert J. Colby, Qiuzi Li, Zarath M. Summers, Matthew S. Ide
  • Patent number: 11584668
    Abstract: The application relates to a method for remediation and/or restoration of an anoxic body of water (10), wherein a calcium nitrate solution (3) is added to the anoxic body of water (10), and wherein the method comprises the steps of mixing water having a percent of oxygen saturation of between 50% and 150% with the calcium nitrate solution (3), resulting in a mixture, and pumping the mixture into the anoxic body of water (10), wherein the final concentration of nitrate-N in the remedied and/or restored anoxic body of water (10) is between 1 and 20 mg/l.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Hartmut Wassmann, Roman Klemz
  • Patent number: 11583808
    Abstract: A method for preparation of conductive polymer/carbon nanotube (CNT) composite nanofiltration (NF) membrane and the use thereof. This conductive polymer/CNT composite NF membrane is obtained by polymerizing conductive polymer into a CNT membrane and then in-situ cross-linking with glutaraldehyde under acidic condition. The synthetic method for the conductive polymer/CNT composite NF membrane is simple and has no need of expensive equipment. The prepared membrane has controllable membrane structure and possesses superior electrical conductivity and electrochemical stability. The membrane can couple with electrochemistry for electrically assisted filtration. With the electrical assistance, the membrane can achieve improved ion rejection performance while retaining high permeability by enhancement of membrane surface charge density, which alleviates the permeability-selectivity trade-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Xie Quan, Haiguang Zhang, Shuo Chen, Hongtao Yu
  • Patent number: 11576370
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there are provided a chamber for transplantation which has a high durability, and in which an enclosed biological constituent can be maintained for a long period of time because an interior space thereof is efficiently secured; and a method for manufacturing the chamber for transplantation. The chamber for transplantation includes one or more membranes for immunoisolation at a boundary between an inside and an outside of the chamber for transplantation, in which all of the membranes for immunoisolation include a porous membrane containing a polymer, and a joint portion at which the porous membranes are directly fusion welded to each other is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Mochizuki, Kuniyuki Kaminaga, Kazuhiro Hasegawa, Ryuta Takegami
  • Patent number: 11571666
    Abstract: A base material for a membrane filter contains 90% by mass or more of aluminum oxide and 0.1% by mass or more and 10% by mass or less of titanium oxide. In a pore distribution curve measured by a mercury porosimeter, the base material has a first peak and a second peak which is higher than the first peak and is located at a pore size larger than that of the first peak, and the volume of pores with a pore size of 7 ?m or more is 0.02 cm3/g or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Hieda
  • Patent number: 11571665
    Abstract: New carbon nanomaterials, preferably titanium carbide-derived carbon (CDC) nanoparticles, were embedded into a polyamide film to give CDC/polyamide mixed matrix membranes by the interfacial polymerization reaction of an aliphatic diamine, e.g., piperazine, and an activated aromatic dicarboxylate, e.g., isophthaloyl chloride, supported on a sulfone-containing polymer, e.g., polysulfone (PSF), layer, which is preferably previously prepared by dry/wet phase inversion. The inventive membranes can separate CO2 (or other gases) from mixtures of CO2 and further gases, esp. CH4, based upon the generally selective nanocomposite layer(s) of CDC/polyamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Isam H. Aljundi, Abdelrahman M. Awad
  • Patent number: 11565029
    Abstract: A sorbent cartridge that has at least one sensor located within the sorbent cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lura, Thomas E. Meyer, Bryant J. Pudil, Martin T. Gerber, Kenneth J. Collier