Patents Examined by Mayla Gonzalez Ramos
  • Patent number: 10930951
    Abstract: A flow battery includes: a cell including a first chamber and a second chamber a first liquid that contains a charge mediator and a discharge mediator, and that is located in the first chamber of the cell; a first electrode located in the first chamber of the cell; a first active material that is solid and that is located in the first chamber of the cell; a second liquid located in the second chamber of the cell; a second electrode that is located in the second chamber of the cell, and that is a counter electrode to the first electrode; and a first stirrer that stirs the first liquid in the first chamber. The charge mediator has a lower equilibrium potential than an equilibrium potential of the first active material. The discharge mediator has a higher equilibrium potential than the equilibrium potential of the first active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuji Ito, Masahisa Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10928355
    Abstract: A gas sensor device has a crystalline film of copper(I) bromide, wherein a crystal surface of the copper(I) bromide is formed of a stepped terrace having a flat face and a steep slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoru Momose, Michio Ushigome, Osamu Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 10928350
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed a method for detecting a material comprising a thiol group (e.g. homocysteine, cysteine, glutathione) in a sample, the method comprising: •providing an electrode comprising a carbon material; •contacting said electrode with said sample in the presence of catechol or more generally a precursor of ortho-quinone; •performing cyclic or square wave voltammetry to convert catechol to ortho-quinone and wherein said ortho-quinone reacts with the material comprising a thiol group to form an electrochemical reaction product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Patricia Tung Lee, Denise Lowinsohn, Richard Guy Compton
  • Patent number: 10923765
    Abstract: A method of decontaminating a lithium conducting ceramic oxide material. The method includes soaking the lithium conducting ceramic oxide material having a first thickness of surface contaminants in a first organic solvent containing an inorganic salt at an inorganic salt concentration to obtain a soaked lithium conducting ceramic oxide material. The method further includes rinsing the soaked lithium conducting ceramic oxide material in a second organic solvent to obtain a decontaminated lithium conducting ceramic oxide material having a second thickness of surface contaminants less than the first thickness of surface contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Saravanan Kuppan, Katherine Harry, Michael Metzger, Nathan Craig, Jake Christensen
  • Patent number: 10916671
    Abstract: A solar cell module having an improved wiring structure is disclosed. The solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells each including first electrodes and second electrodes which are alternately arranged in parallel with each other, a plurality of wiring members configured to electrically connect the plurality of solar cells, and which are positioned adjacent to each other among the plurality of solar cells, in a direction crossing the first electrodes and the second electrodes, and a plurality of bonding layers configured to fix the plurality of wiring members to the plurality of solar cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daehee Jang, Minpyo Kim
  • Patent number: 10916667
    Abstract: A solar cell includes a semiconductor substrate, a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, a first electrode, a second electrode, and an island-shaped conductive layer. The first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are disposed on one principal surface of the semiconductor substrate. The first electrode is disposed on the first conductive layer and the second electrode is disposed on the second conductive layer. The first electrode and the second electrode are electrically separated, and the island-shaped conductive layer is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsunori Konishi, Kunihiro Nakano, Hayato Kawasaki, Kunta Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10903383
    Abstract: Device structures, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed for photovoltaic cells that may be a single junction or multijunction solar cells, with at least as first layer comprising a group-IV semiconductor in which part of the cell comprises a second layer comprising a III-V semiconductor or group-IV semiconductor having a different composition than the group-IV semiconductor of the first layer, such that a heterostructure is formed between the first and second layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard R. King, Christopher M. Fetzer, Nasser H. Karam
  • Patent number: 10896990
    Abstract: Device structures, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed for photovoltaic cells that may be a single-junction or multijunction solar cells, with at least a first layer comprising a group-IV semiconductor in which part of the cell comprises a second layer comprising a III-V semiconductor or group-IV semiconductor having a different composition than the group-IV semiconductor of the first layer, such that a heterostructure is formed between the first and second layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard R. King, Christopher M. Fetzer, Nasser H. Karam
  • Patent number: 10892107
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing titanium oxide particles, comprising a step of producing a mixed solution by mixing a hydrolysis product of a titanium alkoxide or a titanium metal salt and a compound having a five-membered ring containing nitrogen and a step of generating titanium oxide fine particles by heating and pressurizing the mixed solution, titanium oxide particles produced by the same production method, a dispersion solution of titanium oxide particles produced using the same titanium oxide particles, titanium oxide paste, a titanium oxide film, and a dye-sensitized solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teppei Yakubo, Shingo Takano
  • Patent number: 10879411
    Abstract: A solar cell module is disclosed. The solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells each including first electrodes collecting carriers of a first conductive type and second electrodes collecting carriers of a second conductive type opposite the first conductive type, the plurality of solar cells being positioned adjacent to one another, and a plurality of wiring members configured to electrically connect the first electrodes to the second electrodes of adjacent solar cells. The plurality of wiring members are positioned in parallel with one another. The plurality of wiring members include a first wiring member disposed in a corner area of one solar cell having a corner with a curved edge and a second wiring member disposed in a non-corner area of the one solar cell except the corner area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Donghae Oh, Jinsung Kim, Hyunho Lee, Haejong Cho
  • Patent number: 10873017
    Abstract: A thermoelectric generator includes a perovskite dielectric substrate containing Sr and Ti and having electric conductivity by being doped to n-type; an energy filter formed on a top surface of the perovskite dielectric substrate, the energy filter including a first perovskite dielectric film, which contains Sr and Ti, has electric conductivity by being doped to n-type, and has a conduction band at an energy level higher than that of the perovskite dielectric substrate; a first electrode formed in electrical contact with a bottom surface of the perovskite dielectric substrate; and a second electrode formed in electrical contact with a top surface of the energy filter. The thermoelectric generator produces a voltage between the first and second electrodes by the top surface of the energy filter being exposed to a first temperature and the bottom surface of the perovskite dielectric substrate being exposed to a second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: John David Baniecki, Masatoshi Ishii, Kazuaki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10840487
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the manufacture of battery packs/assemblies and more specifically, the manufacture of battery packs/assemblies for use in aircraft. A lightweight battery assembly with cell compression and/or pressure management system is disclosed herein. The cell compression and/or pressure management system can employ a sealed container housing a volatile vapor. The sealed container can be positioned within the battery enclosure and configured to impart a force to compress the cell-stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Wallace
  • Patent number: 10825976
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device (20) and a method for manufacturing and using the same are disclosed. The thermoelectric device (20) includes a hot shoe (24) and a cold shoe (28) disposed about the hot shoe. A heat conducting member (32) formed of a thermoelectric material extends between the hot shoe (24) and the cold shoe (28) and generates electricity in response to a temperature difference therebetween. The hot shoe (24) is heated and expands at a greater rate than the cold shoe (28) does during operation. The structural and spatial relationship of the hot shoe (24) and the cold shoe (28) maintains the thermoelectric material of the heat conducting member (32) in compression during operation of the thermoelectric device (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Edward J. Timm, Harold J. Schock, Guoming G. Zhu, Trevor Ruckle, Kevin D. Moran
  • Patent number: 10818808
    Abstract: A method of producing a nanograin material wherein a hole-transporting surfactant is injected into an InP/ZnS dispersion solution, and the surface of an InP/ZnS quantum dot is covered with the hole-transporting surfactant to prepare an InP/ZnS dispersion solution with a hole-transporting surfactant. The InP/ZnS dispersion solution with a hole-transporting surfactant is then applied to a substrate using a spin coating process of the like to form a quantum dot layer with a hole-transporting surfactant having one or more layers. Then, a dispersion solution (replacement solution) containing an electron-transporting surfactant is prepared. The substrate having the quantum dot layer with a hole-transporting surfactant is immersed in the replacement solution for a predetermined time, and part of the hole-transporting surfactant is replaced with the electron-transporting surfactant to form a quantum dot layer having one or more layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Murayama
  • Patent number: 10809243
    Abstract: A nanopore cell includes a conductive layer and a working electrode disposed above the conductive layer and at the bottom of a well into which an electrolyte may be contained, such that at least a portion of a top base surface area of the working electrode is exposed to the electrolyte. The nanopore cell further includes a first insulating wall disposed above the working electrode and surrounding a lower section of a well, and a second insulating wall disposed above the first insulating wall and surrounding an upper section of the well, forming an overhang above the lower section of the well. The upper section of the well includes an opening that a membrane may span across, and wherein a base surface area of the opening is smaller than the at least a portion of the top base surface area of the working electrode that is exposed to the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Foster, Morgan Mager
  • Patent number: 10804543
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of producing ternary metal-based nanowire networks. The method comprises combining an aqueous mixture of a platinum hydrate, a ruthenium hydrate, and an iron hydrate with a solution of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide in chloroform to form an inverse micellar network; adding a reducing agent to reduce metal ions within the inverse micellar network; and isolating the nanowires. The relative amounts of the platinum, ruthenium and iron in the mixture correlate to the atomic ratio of the platinum, ruthenium and iron in the ternary nanowires. The diameters of the ternary nanowires are from about 0.5 nm to about 5 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Inventors: Stanislaus Wong, Christopher Koenigsmann, Megan Scofield
  • Patent number: 10788450
    Abstract: A preparation method for an aerolysin nanopore in this disclosure comprises the following steps: (1) pretreatment of an aerolysin; (2) preparation of a lipid bilayer membrane by pulling process; (3) forming of the aerolysin nanopore: the aerolysin nanopore is obtained at a current of 50±5 pA. The aerolysin nanopore prepared in the invention is structurally stable and has a high resolution with the whole internal cavity carried with a positive charge, can be used for detection without modification and is easily operated. Further, the aerolysin nanopore can be applied in DNA sequencing, DNA damage and Micro-RNA detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: EAST CHINA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yitao Long, Chan Cao, Yongxu Hu
  • Patent number: 10763512
    Abstract: An electrode for a lithium battery constructed of a metal foil current collector, a coating of a pH sensitive polyelectrolyte polymer directly on the metal foil current collector; and a polyelectrolyte polymer nanomembrane comprising alternating layers of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte polymer wherein each succeeding polyelectrolyte layer has excess charge over the previous layer is provided. The pH sensitive polymer may be poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH), poly(dimethyldiallyl ammonium chloride) (PDAD), poly(vinyl pyridine) (PPy), polyethyleneimine (PEI), polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA) or poly(styrene sulfonic acid-maleic acid, sodium salt) (PSSM3:1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Claudiu B. Bucur, John Muldoon, Adrian Lita
  • Patent number: 10720560
    Abstract: A transverse thermoelectric includes a first array of hole-conducting nanowires and a second array of electron-conducting nanowires positioned orthogonal to the first array of nanowires. A substrate provides structure to the first array of nanowires and the second array of nanowires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Matthew Grayson, Mark C Hersam, Chuanle Zhou, Yang Tang, Tejas Shastry
  • Patent number: 10697925
    Abstract: A gas sensor device has a crystalline film of copper(I) bromide, wherein a crystal surface of the copper(I) bromide is formed of a stepped terrace having a flat face and a steep slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoru Momose, Michio Ushigome, Osamu Tsuboi