Patents Examined by Nikolas Takuya Pullen
  • Patent number: 11898220
    Abstract: A method for recovery of platinum group metals from a spent catalyst is described. The method includes crushing the spent catalyst to obtain a catalyst particulate material including particles having a predetermined grain size. The method includes subjecting the catalyst particulate material to a chlorinating treatment in the reaction zone at a predetermined temperature for a predetermined time period by putting the catalyst particulate material in contact with the chlorine containing gas. The method also includes applying an electromagnetic field to the chlorine-containing gas in the reaction zone to provide ionization of chlorine; thereby to cause a chemical reaction between platinum group metals and chlorine ions and provide a volatile platinum group metal-containing chloride product in the reaction zone. Following this, the volatile platinum group metal-containing chloride product is cooled to convert the product into solid phase platinum group metal-containing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Igor Lubomirsky, Valery Kaplan
  • Patent number: 11884992
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for processing a composite waste source, such as e-waste, is disclosed. The composite waste source may comprise low-, moderate and high-melting point constituents, such as plastics, metals and ceramics. The composite waste source is heated to a first temperature zone, causing at least some of the low-melting point constituents to at least partially thermally transform. The composite waste source is subsequently heated to a second, higher, temperature zone, causing at least some of the moderate-melting point constituents to at least partially thermally transform. At least some of the at least partially thermally transformed constituents may be recovered. The method, apparatus and system disclosed may provide for the recovery and reuse of materials which would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NewSouth Innovations Pty Limited
    Inventor: Veena Sahajwalla
  • Patent number: 11851729
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method which is capable of more strictly controlling the oxygen partial pressure required during the melting of a starting material, thereby being capable of recovering a valuable metal more efficiently. A method for recovering valuable metals (Cu, Ni, Co), said method comprising the following steps: a step for preparing, as a starting material, a charge that contains at least phosphorus (P), manganese (Mn) and valuable metals; a step for heating and melting the starting material into a melt, and subsequently forming the melt into a molten material that contains an alloy and slag; and a step for recovering the alloy that contains valuable metals by separating the slag from the molten material. With respect to this method for recovering valuable metals, the oxygen partial pressure in the melt is directly measured with use of an oxygen analyzer when the starting material is heated and melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Yu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11851725
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ironmaking feedstock comprising a solid CaFe3O5 phase. The ironmaking feedstock may be produced by a process comprising reacting a combination of a calcium source and magnetite at elevated temperature under reducing conditions sufficient to produce the solid CaFe3O5 phase. The product may be in the form of agglomerates such as pellets, with a compressive strength such that the product is suitable for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: Swinburne University of Technology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Suneeti Purohit, Geoffrey Brooks, Muhammad Akbar Rhamdhani, Mark Pownceby
  • Patent number: 11834729
    Abstract: A method for extracting rare earth elements (REEs) from a REE hyperaccumulator, including: subjecting the REE hyperaccumulator to microwave-assisted digestion to obtain a REE extract; subjecting the REE extract to absorption with a chelating resin and elution to obtain a purified REE solution; and subjecting the purified REE solution to precipitation and calcination to obtain high-purity rare earth compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Jianxi Zhu, Hongping He, Gaofeng Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Mingqi Sun, Liuqing He, Xiaoliang Liang, Jingming Wei, Qingze Chen, Runliang Zhu
  • Patent number: 11814699
    Abstract: A method for recovery of precious metals from copper anode slime may include leaching a leach liquor out of the copper anode slime by mixing the copper anode slime with a mixture of nitric acid and sulfuric acid, separating silver from the leach liquor by forming a silver chloride precipitate in the leach liquor by mixing a supersaturated sodium chloride solution with the leach liquor at room temperature and obtaining a first filtrate by filtering the silver chloride precipitate out of the leach liquor. Copper may be separated from the first filtrate by forming a copper hydroxide precipitate in the first filtrate by adjusting pH of the first filtrate at 9 and obtaining a second filtrate by filtering the copper hydroxide precipitate out of the first filtrate. Metallic selenium may be recovered from the second filtrate by reducing the metallic selenium via a chemical reduction utilizing L-ascorbic acid (LAA) as a reducing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Malek Naderi, Arash Ghazitabar
  • Patent number: 11697862
    Abstract: A mineral processing method capable of efficiently separating a copper mineral from a molybdenum mineral is provided. The mineral processing method includes: a conditioning step of adding sulfite as a surface treatment agent to a mineral slurry containing a copper mineral and a molybdenum mineral; and a flotation step of performing flotation using the mineral slurry after the conditioning step. The hydrophilicity of the copper mineral can be selectively enhanced by sulfite, so as to be able to produce a difference in hydrophilicity between the copper mineral and the molybdenum mineral. Therefore, the molybdenum mineral can be selectively caused to float, and the copper mineral and the molybdenum mineral can be efficiently separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Hirajima, Hajime Miki, Gde Pandhe Wisnu Suyantara, Yuji Imaizumi, Yuji Aoki, Eri Takida
  • Patent number: 11692239
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for selectively and continuously extracting a series of desired species from a matrix, comprising the steps of:—injecting a plasma (310) in an extraction chamber by means of a plasma torch,—continuously monitoring (320) the excited elements extracted from the matrix and contained in the plasma by optical emission spectroscopy, and for each species of the series,—setting a distance (330) between the support and the plasma torch, and the composition of the injected plasma as a function of the monitored excited elements so that only one desired species of the series of species is being extracted from the matrix under molecular form, and—providing (400) a plate in the extraction chamber, exterior to the plasma, causing collection of molecules comprising said desired species by deposition onto the surface of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventors: Frédéric Rousseau, Olivier Lesage, Jonathan Cramer, Frédéric Prima, Daniel Morvan
  • Patent number: 11634788
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for recovering metals from aqueous solutions or solid feedstocks such as ores and waste. In particular, the invention relates to a method of recovering a target metal using a microorganism and recycling depleted growth media or depleted lixiviant back through the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Will Barker, Oliver Crush
  • Patent number: 11578385
    Abstract: Provided is a device for continuously decomposing a rare earth concentrate ore. The device includes a body, a bidirectional propeller and a driving assembly. The body has a material inlet, two liquid inlets and two exhaust gas outlets disposed at the top of the body, two material outlets disposed at the bottom of the body and a heat preservation chamber provided inside a side wall of the body. The bidirectional propeller is provided in the body and extends along a length direction of the body. The driving assembly is connected to the rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Jianwen Tang, Guoshan Du, Pengfei Xian, Shuang Qiu, Wenlong Zhou, Bo Qin
  • Patent number: 11519054
    Abstract: A method for preparing lead directly from a lead-containing material by a solid phase reaction, includes: step 1, adding the lead-containing material to be processed to the grinder, and adding a metal substance and water to the grinder, wherein an activity of the metal substance is larger than that of lead; the solid phase reaction between the lead-containing material and the metal substance is caused directly by the grinder through a mechanical force to obtain a reaction product; step 2, washing and filtering the reaction product to obtain the lead and a metal salt solution corresponding to the metal substance; step 3, performing a melt casting on the lead to obtain a crude lead, crystallizing the metal salt solution to obtain a metal salt corresponding to the metal substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Chengyan Wang
  • Patent number: 11502344
    Abstract: A method for recycling lead from spent lead-acid battery paste, relating to the technical field of hydrometallurgy. In the method, firstly a reducing agent, and a lead paste are added into a zinc chloride solution for leaching in a stirring mill to cause lead in the lead paste to enter the solution, a lead cementation is performed by using zinc in the leached solution, after the lead cementation, the electrolytic zinc is produced by controlling an electrodeposition on the zinc chloride solution for a short time, the reducing agent is zinc, lead or hydrogen peroxide, a part of the electrolytic zinc is returned as the reducing agent for leaching, the step of returning the electrolytic zinc as the reducing agent can be omitted when the lead or the hydrogen peroxide is used as the reducing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Chengyan Wang, Peng Xing, Yongqiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11459626
    Abstract: A flash ironmaking drop tube furnace includes a primary reaction section having a refractory, an induction coil around the refractory, insulation located between the refractory and the induction coil, and a susceptor located inside the refractory, the susceptor being formed of a material that is heated by induction when electrical current flows through the induction coil, and having at least one interior channel through which particles can pass. The furnace further includes a muffle, located below the primary reaction section; an outer shell surrounding the muffle; at least one heater located adjacent to the muffle; insulation located between the at least one heater and the outer shell; at least one particle feeder that feeds a predetermined volume of particles into the furnace above the primary reaction section; and an inlet port for injecting gas into the furnace, the inlet port being located so that the gas flows through the susceptor and muffle in parallel with the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: American Iron and Steel Institute
    Inventors: Edward Green, Danyang Li
  • Patent number: 11447845
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of comprehensive recovery of valuable elements such as bromine, base metal and precious metal from incineration ash, especially relates to a method for enriching precious metals from printed circuit board incineration ash by bath smelting-chlorination circulation process. The process mainly comprises pretreatment of the printed circuit board Incineration ash and circulation-chlorination enrichment process for precious metals. The crude copper, crude zinc sulfate, bromine, lead chloride and precious metal enriched slag are obtained. Compared with the traditional process, it realizes the cycle enrichment of precious metals as well as avoids the loss of valuable metals and secondary pollution caused by tail liquid discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Dean Pan, Yufeng Wu, Bin Li
  • Patent number: 11396683
    Abstract: A control system and method for dry centrifugal granulation of liquid slag are provided. The control system includes a granulator cold-air control unit and a feeding unit. The granulator cold-air control unit includes a granulator, a rotating shaft, a motor, and a cold-air supply unit. The granulator is fixed to the motor; the cold-air supply unit includes a shaft cooling air channel and an annular cooling air channel; the shaft cooling air channel consists of an inner duct sleeve and a shaft sleeve; the annular cooling air channel consists of the inner duct sleeve and an outer duct sleeve arranged at periphery of the inner duct sleeve, which have different external diameters; the feeding unit includes a slag dropping pipe arranged above the granulator; a sliding gate is arranged at a lower section of the slag dropping pipe, and an accident diversion spout is equipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Shuzhong Wang, Xi Zhang, Liwei Ma, Pengfei Yu, Jianjun Cai, Zhongqing Zhang, Lin Chen, Haiyu Meng, Zefeng Jing
  • Patent number: 11136647
    Abstract: A method for generating alkali metal in a zero oxidation state includes reacting an alkali metal compound having a —S-M substituent, where M is an alkali metal and S is sulfur, with gold in a zero oxidation state to release the alkali metal in the zero oxidation state. For example, an alkali metal alkylthiolate can be reacted with a gold in a zero oxidation state to release the alkali metal in the zero oxidation state. As another example, an alkali metal sulfide can be reacted with gold in a zero oxidation state to release the alkali metal in the zero oxidation state. The alkali metal may be used in various applications including vapor cells, magnetometers, and magnetic field measurement systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HI LLC
    Inventors: Sukanta Bhattacharyya, Daniel Sobek