Patents Examined by Mark F. Huff
  • Patent number: 10459339
    Abstract: This resist pattern forming method comprises: a step for coating a substrate with a chemically amplified resist; a subsequent step for forming a latent image of a pattern by exposing the resist film on the substrate; a subsequent step for irradiating the exposed resist film selectively with infrared light from a first heating source having wavelengths 2.0-6.0 ?m; a subsequent step for heating the substrate by means of a second heating source that is different from the first heating source for the purpose of diffusing an acid that is produced in the resist film by exposure; and a subsequent step for forming a pattern of the resist film by supplying a developer liquid to the substrate. Consequently, roughening of sidewalls of the resist pattern can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuo Fukuoka, Yoshio Kimura, Gousuke Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10096827
    Abstract: In general, according to one embodiment, there is provided an active material. The active material contains a composite oxide having an orthorhombic crystal structure. The composite oxide is represented by a general formula of Li2+wNa2?xM1yTi6?zM2zO14+?. In the general formula, the M1 is at least one selected from the group consisting of Cs and K; the M2 is at least one selected from the group consisting of Zr, Sn, V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, Fe, Co, Mn, and Al; and w is within a range of 0?w?4, x is within a range of 0<x<2, y is within a range of 0?y<2, z is within a range of 0<z?6, and ? is within a range of ?0.5???0.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Harada, Norio Takami, Yorikazu Yoshida, Kazuki Ise
  • Patent number: 10044067
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes a cathode, an anode, and a nonaqueous electrolytic solution. The anode contains a carbon material and silicon oxide, and a weight ratio (%) of the silicon oxide with respect to a total of the carbon material and the silicon oxide is within a range of 0.01% to 20% both inclusive. The nonaqueous electrolytic solution contains an unsaturated cyclic carbonate ester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Iwama, Shinji Hatake, Masayuki Ihara
  • Patent number: 10038190
    Abstract: A transition metal composite hydroxide can be used as a precursor to allow a lithium transition metal composite oxide having a small and highly uniform particle diameter to be obtained. A method also is provided for producing a transition metal composite hydroxide represented by a general formula (1) MxWsAt(OH)2+?, coated with a compound containing the additive element, and serving as a precursor of a positive electrode active material for nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries. The method includes producing a composite hydroxide particle, forming nuclei, growing a formed nucleus; and forming a coating material containing a metal oxide or hydroxide on the surfaces of composite hydroxide particles obtained through the upstream step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toya, Atsushi Fukui
  • Patent number: 10038189
    Abstract: A transition metal composite hydroxide can be used as a precursor to allow a lithium transition metal composite oxide having a small and highly uniform particle diameter to be obtained. A method also is provided for producing a transition metal composite hydroxide represented by a general formula (1) MxWsAt(OH)2+?, coated with a compound containing the additive element, and serving as a precursor of a positive electrode active material for nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries. The method includes producing a composite hydroxide particle, forming nuclei, growing a formed nucleus; and forming a coating material containing a metal oxide or hydroxide on the surfaces of composite hydroxide particles obtained through the upstream step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toya, Atsushi Fukui
  • Patent number: 10033056
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for regulating fuel cell backpressure or humidity in conjunction with a flow control assembly that recovers energy resulting from the regulation. An exemplary vehicle system includes a fuel cell stack, a flow control valve to regulate a fluid flow exiting the fuel cell stack, and a flow control assembly parallel to the flow control valve to generate electrical energy in response to a bypass portion of the fluid flow that bypasses the flow control valve based on an orientation of the flow control valve with respect to the fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Mike Guidry, John Mason, Patrick Beresewicz
  • Patent number: 10033024
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a separator for an electrochemical device and an electrochemical device having the same. More specifically, the separator of the present invention comprises a porous substrate; a first porous coating layer formed on one surface of the porous substrate and comprising a mixture of inorganic particles and a first binder polymer; and a second porous coating layer formed on the other surface of the porous substrate and comprising a product obtained by drying a mixture of a solvent, a non-solvent and a second binder polymer. Such separator of the present invention can have good thermal safety due to a porous organic-inorganic coating layer formed on one surface thereof, and superior adhesiveness due to a porous coating layer made of a binder thin film formed by applying and drying a mixture of a binder polymer and a non-solvent on the other surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: LG Chem, Ltd., TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joo-Sung Lee, Sun-Mi Jin, Jong Hun Kim, Jeong-Min Ha, Bo-Kyung Ryu, Jin-Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10026932
    Abstract: A battery module includes: a stacked body that includes a plurality of battery cells; a restraint including a metal band that extends from one end of the stacked body to the other end of the stacked body and that is electrically grounded; a voltage sensor configured to detect a voltage of the portion of battery cells; a first wire that is connected to the voltage sensor and extends in a stacking direction; a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the stacked body or a current sensor configured to measure a current that flows into and out of the stacked body; and a second wire that is connected to the temperature or current sensor, and extends in the stacking direction. A voltage lower than that of the first wire is applied to the second wire, and the metal band is arranged between the first wire and the second wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Naito
  • Patent number: 10026971
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes a plurality of cells that are stacked in a stacking direction. Each cell includes a power generating body and a pair of separators. The separators respectively are arranged on opposite surfaces of the power generating body in the stacking direction. Each separator includes a first surface and a second surface. A titanium nitride layer is formed on the first surface, and a conductive carbon layer is formed on the titanium nitride layer. A titanium nitride layer is formed on the second surface. Each separator is in contact with the power generating body via the titanium nitride layer and the carbon layer on the first surface and is in contact with one of the separators of an adjacent cell via the titanium nitride layer on the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Ikeda, Yukihiro Suzuki, Eiichiro Morozumi, Takatoshi Asaoka
  • Patent number: 10026978
    Abstract: A method of generating electricity with a fuel cell includes a phase in which the cell is primed; and a phase in which the cell functions at a stable rate, during which the cell, fed with a hydrogenated gas, generates electricity and heat. In order to prime the cell, it is fed with a hydrogenated gas including at least 70 vol. % hydrogen, generated by self-sustaining combustion of at least one hydrogenated gas-generating solid pyrotechnic charge; and while it is operating at a stable rate, the cell is fed with a hydrogenated gas containing at least 85 vol. % hydrogen, generated by thermal decomposition of at least one hydrogenated gas-generating solid pyrotechnic charge; a portion of the heat produced by the operating cell being transferred to the at least one solid charge in order to start and maintain the thermal decomposition thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: AIRBUS SAFRAN LAUNCHERS SAS, SAFRAN POWER UNITS
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Goudon, Arnaud Fournet, Pierre Yvart, Philippe Gautier, Laurent Soulie, Fabien Boudjema
  • Patent number: 10020513
    Abstract: There is provided a novel slurry composition for forming a lithium secondary battery electrode which can improve homogeneity of an electrode active material and a conductive assistant even without using an organic solvent and can improve the binding of an electrode active material and a conductive assistant with an electrode collector, and a lithium secondary battery with improved charge/discharge cycle characteristics and battery capacity. A slurry composition for forming a lithium secondary battery electrode, characterized by comprising an electrode active material (A), a conductive assistant (B), and a pulverized cellulose fiber (C) as an aqueous binder, and a lithium secondary battery electrode and a lithium secondary battery which are obtained using the composition, and an aqueous binder used for the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: NISSAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD., IWATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hisato Hayashi, Masaaki Ozawa, Osamu Uesugi, Yoshihiro Kadoma
  • Patent number: 10017875
    Abstract: Provided are nickel manganese composite hydroxide particles having a small and uniform particle size and having a double structure which enables to obtain a cathode active material having a hollow structure, and a manufacturing method thereof. When obtaining the nickel manganese composite hydroxide by a reaction crystallization, using an aqueous solution for nucleation, which includes at least a metallic compound that contains nickel, a metallic compound that contains manganese and an ammonium ion donor and controlling the pH value that is measured at a standard solution temperature of 25° C. is 10.5 to 12.0, nucleation is performed in an oxidizing atmosphere in which the oxygen concentration is greater than 1% by volume, and then nuclei are grown by switching the atmosphere from the oxidizing atmosphere to a mixed atmosphere of oxygen and inert gas in which the oxygen concentration is 1% by volume or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toya, Kensaku Mori, Shin Imaizumi, Kenji Ikeuchi, Toshiyuki Osako
  • Patent number: 10014507
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus provided with a plurality of energy storage devices arranged in a row in a first direction. The energy storage apparatus includes: a bus bar connected to electrode terminals of at least two energy storage devices out of the plurality of energy storage devices; and a bus bar frame including a pressing portion that is brought into contact with the bus bar from a side opposite to the plurality of energy storage devices. The bus bar frame includes a first restriction portion with which a first member other than the bus bar frame is engaged such that a movement of the restriction portion toward the side opposite to the plurality of energy storage devices is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Tsuruta, Yuichiro Yamamoto, Masamitsu Tononishi
  • Patent number: 10014548
    Abstract: A fuel cell includes a power generation unit. A first resin frame member is provided in an outer portion of a first membrane electrode assembly of the power generation unit. The first metal separator has a heating portion subjected to spot heating from a surface of the first metal separator for allowing the first resin frame member to be melted partially. The first metal separator and the first membrane electrode assembly are welded together by a plurality of welding portions to form a first structural body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi Nishiyama, Shuhei Goto, Yusuke Okabe, Kentaro Ishida
  • Patent number: 10014704
    Abstract: A lithium ion energy and power system including: a housing containing: at least three electrodes including: at least one first electrode including a cathodic faradaic energy storage material; at least one second electrode including an anodic faradaic energy storage material; and at least one third electrode including a cathodic non-faradaic energy storage material, wherein the at least one first, second, and third electrodes are adjacent as defined herein, and the at least one second electrode is electrically isolated from the electrically coupled at least one first electrode and the at least one third electrode; a separator between the electrodes; and a liquid electrolyte between the electrodes. Also disclosed is a method of making and using the disclosed lithium ion energy and power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Kishor Purushottam Gadkaree, Rahul Suryakant Kadam
  • Patent number: 10014536
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a reformer generating a reformed gas using a raw material; a fuel cell generating electric power; a raw material supply passage; a hydro-desulfurizer operative to remove sulfur component in the raw material; a recycle passage through which the reformed gas is supplied to the raw material supply passage provided upstream of the hydro-desulfurizer; a temperature detector detecting a temperature of the hydro-desulfurizer; and a controller, wherein: when the temperature of the hydro-desulfurizer reaches a predetermined temperature, the controller increases a flow rate of the raw material from a predetermined flow rate by a flow rate corresponding to a flow rate of the recycled gas, and then, the controller starts supplying the recycled gas to the recycle passage; and after the recycled gas reaches an upstream end of the recycle passage, the controller returns the flow rate of the raw material to the predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Panasonic Corporation, TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Shigenori Onuma, Noboru Taniguchi, Yasushi Kaneko, Toru Sukawa, Osamu Sakai, Yuichi Mikami, Hiroshi Shirahama, Toshiharu Otsuka
  • Patent number: 9997810
    Abstract: This electrically driven vehicle is configured so that a first liquid cooling medium having a relatively high specific gravity and a second liquid cooling medium having a relatively low specific gravity exchange heat in a heat exchanger disposed closer to the rear of the vehicle than a radiator disposed at the front of the vehicle. As a result, the second liquid cooling medium having a relatively low specific gravity flows between the radiator and the heat exchanger, and consequently, an increase in the weight of a cooling mechanism for a battery can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamitsu Tajima, Tomohisa Aruga
  • Patent number: 9997812
    Abstract: A battery pack thermal management assembly is provided for use with an electric vehicle in which the battery pack is sealed and mounted under the car. The batteries contained within the battery pack are thermally coupled via a layer of thermally conductive material to the interior surface of the pack's upper enclosure panel. A secondary panel is thermally coupled to the pack's upper enclosure panel. A shaped conduit panel is attached to the secondary panel. A cooling panel structure containing a coolant channel is defined by the surface of the secondary panel and the conduit panel's interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dore Rawlinson, Nathaniel Wynn, John Louis D'Atri
  • Patent number: 9994121
    Abstract: An energy storage device, including a housing part, in which at least one electrical storage cell as well as a connecting element are arranged. The electrical energy storage cell is electrically connected to an electrical connection arranged or formed on at least one freestanding outer wall section of the housing part. The at least one electrical connecting element is surrounded at least in sections by at least one electromagnetic damping element for attenuation of electromagnetic emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tobias Enzinger, Hao Feng, Thomas Haschberger, Bastian Arndt
  • Patent number: 9994959
    Abstract: Articles and methods for forming ceramic/polymer composite structures for electrode protection in electrochemical cells, including rechargeable lithium batteries, are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Sion Power Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G. Laramie, Yuriy V. Mikhaylik, James A. Phipps, Veronika G. Viner