Patents Examined by Louis J Rufo
  • Patent number: 10378118
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a method of performing a land seismic survey operation. The method may include receiving a first information from a central recording system by a computer system on a seismic truck. The first information describes time and locations of seismic shots being performed in the seismic survey operation. The method may include using a set of rules and the first information to determine a start time for a seismic shot at a next shot location. The method may also include transmitting a second information that describes the next shot location and the start time to the central recording system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Timothy A. Weers
  • Patent number: 10369522
    Abstract: Electrochemical cell array for the treatment of a sample via electro-(end-)osmotic flow, comprising (i) an electrode chamber, comprising a cathodic compartment (CC) and an anodic compartment (AC), (ii) a cathode (C), being arranged in the cathodic compartment (CC), (iii) an anode (A), being arranged in the anodic compartment (AC), (iv) an intermediate cathodic compartment (C1) (v) an intermediate anodic compartment (A1) (iv) a first selective membrane (M1) being arranged between said cathodic compartment (CC) and said first intermediate cathodic compartment (C1) (v) a second selective membrane (M2) being arranged between said anodic compartment (AC) and said first intermediate anodic compartment (A1) (vi) a treatment compartment (T) for the sample being arranged between said intermediate cathodic compartment (C1) and said intermediate anodic compartment (A1), further comprising a first separator membrane (S1) between said treatment compartment (T) and said intermediate cathodic compartment (C1) and a secon
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSITAT INNSBRUCK, MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT INNSBRUCK
    Inventors: Markus Kofler, Julia Dumpfarth, Michael Grimm, Georg Grimm, Gulnara Fauland, Thomas Bechtold
  • Patent number: 10329684
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electrochemically oxidizing components of a test-sensor reagent prior to deposition on a test sensor comprise at least a first electrode and a second electrode for contacting the test-sensor reagent. The first electrode and the second electrode may have hollow interior portions for contacting the test-sensor reagent to produce a modified test-sensor reagent having a reduced background current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Sung-Kwon Jung, Dijia Huang, Steven C. Charlton
  • Patent number: 10329174
    Abstract: A device and process are disclosed for the separate removal of oppositely charged ions from electrolyte solutions and recombining them to form new chemical compositions. The invention provides the ability to create multiple ion flow channels and then form new chemical compositions therefrom. The process is accomplished by selectively combining oppositely charged ions of choice from different electrolyte solutions via the capacitive behavior of high electrical capacitance electrodes confined in insulated containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IONIC SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventor: Azaroghly Yazdanbod
  • Patent number: 10329683
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to methods, apparatus, and systems for electroplating metal into recessed features using a superconformal fill mechanism that provides relatively faster plating within a feature and relatively slower plating in the field region. Moreover, within the feature, plating occurs faster toward the bottom of the feature compared to the top of the feature. The result is that the feature is filled with metal from the bottom upwards, resulting in a high quality fill without the formation of seams or voids, defects that are likely where a conformal fill mechanism is used. The superconformal fill mechanism relies on the presence of a sacrificial oxidant molecule that is used to develop a differential current efficiency within the feature compared to the field region. Various plating conditions are balanced against one another to ensure that the feature fills from the bottom upwards. No organic plating additives are necessary, though plating additives can be used to improve the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Lee J. Brogan, Natalia V. Doubina, Matthew A. Rigsby, Jonathan David Reid
  • Patent number: 10316425
    Abstract: A substrate holder according to the present invention comprises a first power supply member and a second power supply member which allow power to be supplied to substrates having different properties. The first power supply member comprises a first power supply member end part which extends toward the inside of a substrate holding surface and is disposed at a first position of the substrate holding surface. The second power supply member comprises a second power supply member end part which extends toward the inside of the substrate holding surface and is disposed at a second position of the substrate holding surface. The first position is located on the center side of the substrate holding surface relative to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshikazu Yajima, Mitsutoshi Yahagi, Masaaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10301738
    Abstract: Disclosed are pre-wetting apparatus designs and methods. In some embodiments, a pre-wetting apparatus includes a degasser, a process chamber, and a controller. The process chamber includes a wafer holder configured to hold a wafer substrate, a vacuum port configured to allow formation of a subatmospheric pressure in the process chamber, and a fluid inlet coupled to the degasser and configured to deliver a degassed pre-wetting fluid onto the wafer substrate at a velocity of at least about 7 meters per second whereby particles on the wafer substrate are dislodged and at a flow rate whereby dislodged particles are removed from the wafer substrate. The controller includes program instructions for forming a wetting layer on the wafer substrate in the process chamber by contacting the wafer substrate with the degassed pre-wetting fluid admitted through the fluid inlet at a flow rate of at least about 0.4 liters per minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Buckalew, Steven T. Mayer, Thomas A. Ponnuswamy, Robert Rash, Brian Paul Blackman, Doug Higley
  • Patent number: 10297421
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to forming reentrant multi-layer micro-scale or millimeter scale three dimensional structures, parts, components, or devices where each layer is formed from a plurality of deposited materials and more specifically where each layer is formed from at least one metal structural material and at least one organic sacrificial material (e.g. polymer) that are co-planarized and a portion of the sacrificial material located on a plurality of layers is removed after formation of the plurality of layers via one or more plasma etching operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Microfabrica Inc.
    Inventors: Rulon J. Larsen, III, Adam L. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10294578
    Abstract: A plating apparatus according to the present disclosure includes an anode holder configured to hold an anode; a substrate holder placed opposite the anode holder and configured to hold a substrate; and an anode mask installed on a front face of the anode holder and provided with a first opening adapted to allow passage of an electric current flowing between an anode and the substrate. The diameter of the first opening in the anode mask is configured to be adjustable. When a first substrate is plated, a diameter of the first opening is adjusted to a first diameter. When a second substrate is plated, the diameter of the first opening is adjusted to a second diameter smaller than the first diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jumpei Fujikata, Masashi Shimoyama, Yoichi Nakagawa, Yoshitaka Mukaiyama, Yoshio Minami
  • Patent number: 10287190
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrode suitable for decreasing the chemical oxygen demand of waste-water comprising: a) a permanent component; and b) a sacrificial component arranged face-to-face and releasably attached to the permanent component and in electrical contact therewith, said permanent component consisting of a Substrate of a valve metal equipped with a catalytic coating containing noble metals or oxides thereof, said sacrificial component containing elemental iron. Further the invention relates to a method for abatement of the chemical oxygen demand in an aqueous waste containing oily compounds, glycols or waxes, optionally consisting of a foundry waste, by an electrolytic process involving anodic chlorine evolution in the presence of trivalent iron. Chlorine evolution may be carried out on the surface of an anode consisting of a catalytically activated-valve metal permanent component coupled to an iron-containing sacrificial component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIE DE NORA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Mariachiara Benedetto
  • Patent number: 10266954
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems that relate to electrochemically oxidizing metal halide with a metal ion in a lower oxidation state to a higher oxidation state; halogenating an unsaturated hydrocarbon or a saturated hydrocarbon with the metal halide with the metal ion in the higher oxidation state; and oxyhalogenating the metal halide with the metal ion from a lower oxidation state to a higher oxidation state in presence of an oxidant. In some embodiments, the oxyhalogenation is in series with the electrochemical oxidation, the electrochemical oxidation is in series with the oxyhalogenation, the oxyhalogenation is parallel to the electrochemical oxidation, and/or the oxyhalogenation is simultaneous with the halogenation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Calera Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Albrecht, Ryan J. Gilliam, Kyle Self, Michael Joseph Weiss
  • Patent number: 10266429
    Abstract: An efficient method and system for the electrochemical treatment of waste water comprising organic and/or inorganic pollutants is disclosed. The system comprises at least first and second solid polymer electrolyte electrolytic cell stacks in which each cell comprises a solid polymer, proton exchange membrane electrolyte operating without catholyte or other supporting electrolyte. The first and second stacks differ either in construction or operating condition. The cell stack design and operating conditions chosen provide for significantly greater operating efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AXINE WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Colleen Legzdins
  • Patent number: 10253423
    Abstract: A three-dimensional porous composite structure comprises a porous structure and at least one carbon nanotube structure. The porous structure has a plurality of metal ligaments and a plurality of pores. The at least one carbon nanotube structure is embedded in the porous structure and comprising a plurality of carbon nanotubes joined end to end by van der Waals attractive force, wherein the plurality of carbon nanotubes are arranged along a same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong-Ying Fu, Wen-Zhen Li
  • Patent number: 10227235
    Abstract: Provided is a method for efficiently producing tungsten carbide from a raw material mixture comprising at least one valuable containing tungsten. The present invention relates to a method for producing tungsten carbide, comprising the steps of subjecting a raw material mixture comprising at least one valuable containing tungsten to electrolysis using an organic electrolytic solution to dissolve tungsten in the electrolytic solution; and calcining the electrolytic solution containing dissolved tungsten at a temperature of 800° C. or more to obtain tungsten carbide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: JX NIPPON MINING & METALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshifumi Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10224208
    Abstract: An electroless plating process is performed on an Al layer, which is made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy, with an electroless plating liquid which is alkaline and contains a complexing agent. A plating method includes preparing a substrate 10 having a surface (for example, bottom surface of TSV 12) at which an Al layer 22 made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy is exposed; forming a zincate film 30 on a surface of the Al layer by performing a zincate treatment on the substrate; and forming a first electroless plating layer (for example, Co barrier layer 14a) on the surface of the Al layer with an electroless plating liquid (for example, Co-based plating liquid) which is alkaline and contains a complexing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobutaka Mizutani, Mitsuaki Iwashita, Takashi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10217563
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multi-layer coil includes steps of providing a substrate; forming a seed layer on the substrate; and plating the seed layer with N coil layers by N current densities according to N threshold ranges, so as to form the multi-layer coil on the substrate, wherein an i-th current density of the N current densities is lower than an (i+1)-th current density of the N current densities. A first coil layer of the N coil layers is plated on the seed layer by a first current density of the N current densities. When an aspect ratio of an i-th coil layer of the N coil layers is within an i-th threshold range of the N threshold ranges, an (i+1)-th coil layer of the N coil layers is plated on the i-th coil layer by the (i+1)-th current density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CYNTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung-Hsiung Wang, Lang-Yi Chiang, Wei-Chien Chang, Yu-Hsin Lin
  • Patent number: 10214798
    Abstract: In a method for controlling energy damping in a shape memory alloy, provided is a shape memory alloy having a composition including at least one of: Cu in at least about 10 wt. %, Fe in at least about 5 wt. %, Au in at least about 5 wt. %, Ag in at least about 5 wt. %, Al in at least about 5 wt. %, In in at least about 5 wt. %, Mn in at least about 5 wt. %, Zn in at least about 5 wt. % and Co in at least about 5 wt. %. The shape memory alloy is configured into a structure including a structural feature having a surface roughness and having a feature extent that is greater than about 1 micron and less than about 1 millimeter. Energy damping of the structural feature is modified by exposing the structural feature to process conditions that alter the surface roughness of the structural feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Massachussetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Christopher Schuh, Stian Melhus Ueland
  • Patent number: 10208237
    Abstract: A method for tuning the thermal conductivity of a nanolayered material is presented. The method includes a step of intercalating the nanolayered material with cations, based on a correlation between cation loading density and thermal conductivity. A bond coat of a thermal barrier system is also disclosed. The bond coat includes a nanolayered material intercalated with cations at a specified loading density based on a correlation between cation loading density and thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Entineering & Manufactirung North America Inc.
    Inventors: Gaohua Zhu, Ruigang Zhang, Debasish Banerjee
  • Patent number: 10190146
    Abstract: An electrochemical test sensor is adapted to measure glucose and correct for the oxygen effect in a fluid sample. The test sensor comprises a base, first and second working electrodes, and a counter electrode. The first working electrode includes glucose oxidase, a mediator and peroxidase. The second working electrode includes glucose oxidase and the mediator. The first working electrode, the second working electrode and the counter electrode are located on the base. In other embodiments, an electrochemical test sensor is adapted to measure cholesterol, lactate, pyruvate or xanthine and correct for the oxygen effect in a fluid sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventor: Jing Lin
  • Patent number: 10177367
    Abstract: Method for producing metallic surface discharge electrodes on nonmetallic substrates comprising the following steps: a) producing a metallic seed layer on a substrate; b) electrically contacting the seed layer with a metal wire network and an electrolyte containing metal ions; c) electrodepositing a metal film from the electrolyte at least on the seed layer, with the metal wire network being embedded into the metal film, wherein d) metal wire filaments that are movable relative to one another are arranged to form an electrically percolating metal wire network, e) the arrangement of the metal wire filaments is cast into a gel and the gel is dried thereafter to the gel matrix, and f) the dried gel matrix with the metal wire network embedded therein is applied to the substrate and is wetted with a solvent of the gel matrix. Furthermore, the invention relates to a semifinished product for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
    Inventors: Sandra Noehren, Joerg Bahr, Juergen Carstensen