Patents Examined by Stuart Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 9725566
    Abstract: A method for producing a microporous material comprising the steps of: providing an ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE); providing a filler, providing a processing plasticizer, adding the filler to the UHMWPE in a mixture being in the range of from about 1:9 to about 15:1 filler to UHMWPE by weight; adding the processing plasticizer to the mixture; extruding the mixture to form a sheet from the mixture; calendering the sheet; extracting the processing plasticizer from the sheet to produce a matrix comprising UHMWPE and the filler distributed throughout the matrix; stretching the microporous material in at least one direction to a stretch ratio of at least about 1.5 to produce a stretched microporous matrix; and subsequently calendering the stretched microporous matrix to produce a microporous material which exhibits improved physical and dimensional stability properties over the stretched microporous matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Daramic, LLC
    Inventors: Eric H. Miller, Joseph G. Yaritz, Mark T. Demeuse, Kevin J. Whear
  • Patent number: 9725330
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of precipitated calcium carbonate comprising the steps of a) providing and calcining calcium carbonate comprising material; b) slaking the reaction product obtained from step a) with an aqueous ammonium chloride solution; c) separating insoluble components from the calcium chloride solution obtained from step b); d) carbonating the calcium chloride solution obtained from step c); e) separating the precipitated calcium carbonate obtained from step d); the precipitated calcium carbonate obtained by this process, as well as uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Omya International AG
    Inventors: Bahman Tavakkoli, Jörg Sötemann, Michael Pohl, Thomas Schmölzer
  • Patent number: 9725329
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for preparing a precipitated calcium carbonate product. The process comprises the steps of preparing an aqueous suspension of precipitated calcium carbonate seeds by carbonating a suspension of Ca(OH)2 in the presence of 0.005 to 0.030 moles of Sr, in the form of Sr(OH)2, based upon moles of Ca(OH)2 prior to or during carbonation; forming an aqueous suspension of a precipitated calcium carbonate product by carbonating a slurry of Ca(OH)2 in the presence of 0.5 to 5% by dry weight of the precipitated calcium carbonate seeds, wherein the precipitated calcium carbonate seeds have a D50 that is less than the D50 of the precipitated calcium carbonate product and the precipitated calcium carbonate seeds have an aragonitic polymorph content greater than or equal to the precipitated calcium carbonate product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Omya International AG
    Inventors: Michael Pohl, Christian Rainer, Gernot Primosch
  • Patent number: 9718963
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a reactor (100) for manufacturing carbon black, said reactor (100) comprising flow guide means (110) provided between a fuel burner (106) and an air inlet (108) for altering the flow path of combustion air entering at the air inlet (108) to result in a better mixing between the fuel and the combustion air, thereby, producing higher temperature hot combustion gases which are subsequently received in a reaction chamber (104) where they react with a carbonaceous feedstock to produce carbon black. The reactor (100) of the present invention increases the carbon black production by 5-20%. Further, the positioning of the flow guide means (110) stabilizes the flame from the fuel burner (106) to maintain it along the reactor axis, thus, increasing the life of the refractory lining (114).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Limited
    Inventors: Juan Rodriguez, Bipul Sinha, Vivek Vitankar
  • Patent number: 9718045
    Abstract: Composite materials and methods of preparing C02 capture include: (1) a porous solid support comprising a plurality of porous channels; and (2) a nucleophilic source associated with the porous channels of the porous solid support. The nucleophilic source is capable of converting the captured C02 to poly(C02). Methods of capturing C02 from an environment include associating the environment with the aforementioned composite materials to lead to the capture of C02 from the environment. Such methods may also include a step of releasing the captured C02 from the composite material. The associating step comprises a conversion of the captured C02 to poly(C02) in the composite material. A releasing step may also include a depolymerization of the formed poly(C02).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: WILLIAM MARCH RICE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: James M. Tour, Chih-Chau Hwang
  • Patent number: 9718693
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, the invention relates to a process of sequestering carbon dioxide. The process comprises the steps of: (a) reacting a metal silicate with a caustic alkali-metal hydroxide to produce a hydroxide of the metal formerly contained in the silicate; (b) reacting carbon dioxide with at least one of a caustic alkali-metal hydroxide and an alkali-metal silicate to produce at least one of an alkali-metal carbonate and an alkali-metal bicarbonate; and (c) reacting the metal hydroxide product of step (a) with at least one of the alkali-metal carbonate and the alkali-metal bicarbonate produced in step (b) to produce a carbonate of the metal formerly contained in the metal silicate of step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: UT-BATTELLE, LLC, VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: James G. Blencoe, Donald A. Palmer, Lawrence M. Anovitz, James S. Beard
  • Patent number: 9718690
    Abstract: Methods for producing porous carbon product utilize template material in the form of template particles containing macropores and a polymerizable carbon precursor substance. The macropores of the template are infiltrated with the precursor substance in dissolved or melted form. After carbonization of the infiltrated precursor substance, the template is removed to form the porous carbon product. In order to obtain a carbon structure with hierarchical porosity having a high fraction of mesopores having pore sizes in the range of 2 to 50 nm, after the infiltration and before carbonization, the precursor substance within the macropores of the template is subjected to a treatment at a foaming temperature at which the precursor substance foams under polycondensation and fills the macropores as substantially mesoporous foam, in which at least 70% of the pores have pore sizes in the range of 10 to 150 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Neumann, Matthias Otter, Jörg Becker, Sascha Pihan
  • Patent number: 9714348
    Abstract: A method for producing nanostructured carbon material, including (a) combusting hydrocarbon fuel in an oxygen-enriched environment to produce combustion products having a temperature of 1,000-3,150° C.; (b) forming a postcombustion gas stream having a velocity of 40-800 m/s; (c) forming a working mixture by introducing hydrocarbon feedstock and a catalyst precursor for carbon nanostructures growth into the postcombustion gas stream; (d) introducing the working mixture into a reaction zone, wherein the reaction zone is maintained at a temperature of 900-2,300° C., and wherein the catalyst precursor is decomposed into catalyst particles, while the hydrocarbon feedstock is decomposed to form carbon nanostructures and gaseous products; and (e) separating carbon nanostructures from the gaseous products of the decomposition of hydrocarbon feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: MCD Technologies S.a r.l.
    Inventors: Mikhail Rudolfovich Predtechenskiy, Stanislav Pavlovich Kozlov
  • Patent number: 9714172
    Abstract: Methods for making carbon materials are provided. In at least one specific embodiment, the method can include combining one or more polymer precursors with one or more liquids to produce a mixture. The mixture can be an emulsion, dispersion, or a suspension. The liquid can include hexane, pentane, cyclopentane, benzene, toluene, o-xylene, m-xylene, p-xylene, diethyl ether, ethylmethylketone, dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran, mineral oils, paraffin oils, vegetable derived oils, or any mixture thereof. The method can also include aging the mixture at a temperature and time sufficient for the polymer precursor to react and form polymer gel particles having a volume average particle size (Dv,50) of the polymer particles in gel form greater than or equal to 1 mm. The method can also include heating the polymer gel particles to produce a carbon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC, EnerG2 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine Geramita, Benjamin E. Kron, Henry R. Costantino, Aaron M. Feaver, Avery Sakshaug, Leah A. Thompkins, Alan Tzu-Yang Chang, Xing Dong, Shahid P. Qureshi, John B. Hines, Gerald A. Knazek, Joseph Frank Ludvik
  • Patent number: 9687813
    Abstract: Activated carbon (AC) composites as adsorbents for mercury removal in water treatment. The AC composites comprise an AC as the core particle, with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and polyethylenimine (PEI) grafted on the surface of the AC core particle to increase the surface area, number of active sites and adsorption capacity. Methods of preparing and characterizing the AC composites by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Tawfik A. Saleh
  • Patent number: 9682868
    Abstract: The present invention includes a partially continuous countercurrent process for converting gypsum, by reaction with ammonium carbonate, to products of ammonium sulfate and calcium carbonate by introducing the reactants into reactors, mixing the reactants for a predetermined amount of time, employing a novel combination of countercurrent flows coupled with the reactors operated in a batch manner with process recycle of liquids, removing materials from the reactor and separating solids from solutions wherein no reactants are added during the removal process and thus the reactants have sufficient time to react and ensure the desired degree of reaction, yield and purity of product calcium carbonate and ammonium sulfate while minimizing the reaction time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: SPARSTANE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Murray P. Hasinoff, Taylor Pursell, Joseph A. Saiia, Arthur R. Shirley, Jr., Keith D. Cochran, Timothy G. Holt, Joseph M. Miller, Melissa C. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9682363
    Abstract: A method for producing an activated carbon material comprises the steps of producing a hot flue gas stream from a combustion process in a first reactor; routing a first part of said flue gas stream to a second reactor that is substantially vertical; routing a second part of said flue gas stream to eventual venting; injecting and suspending a carbonaceous starting material into said second reactor to devolatilize and activate the carbonaceous starting material to produce an activated carbon material; separating the activated carbon material in a separating device; and routing the gas stream from said separating step to the first reactor for incineration of the volatile contents released from said injecting and suspending step. The activated carbon material is suited for the removal of vapor phase air toxics, such as mercury, from the flue gas of a coal fired power plant. An apparatus for producing the activated carbon material for the same purpose is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jianhui Hong, Charles A. White, Dan Wallace, Peter Lavelle, Darrel Scribner
  • Patent number: 9682862
    Abstract: An aggregate of carbon-based fine structures in which a plurality of carbon-based fine structures are collected, wherein respective carbon-based fine structures are oriented in the same direction. The above aggregate of carbon-based fine structures is an aggregate of a plurality of carbon-based fine structures in a state they are pulled by one another with strong interaction, and has such a length that allows the improvement of the handeability and workability thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Nakayama, Toshikazu Nosaka, Osamu Suekane, Takeshi Nagasaka, Toshiki Goto, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Keisuke Shiono
  • Patent number: 9662629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to carbon nanocomposite sorbents. The present invention provides carbon nanocomposite sorbents, methods for making the same, and methods for separation of a pollutant from a gas that includes that pollutant. Various embodiments provide a method for reducing the mercury content of a mercury-containing gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation
    Inventors: Edwin S. Olson, John Henry Pavlish
  • Patent number: 9664446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing aggregate and calcium carbonate from concrete aggregate, and a device for carrying out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Cemex Research Group AG
    Inventor: Gunther Achenbach
  • Patent number: 9663662
    Abstract: A reactor for converting scrap tire material into output products, while allowing controlling the characteristics of the products within certain ranges, includes a pre-processing zone maintained at a first average temperature, at least one primary processing zone maintained at a second average temperature, at least one secondary processing zone maintained at a third average temperature, a post-processing zone that cools scrap tire material to a fourth temperature, at least one water injector that introduces water into the interior of the secondary processing zones, and potentially also the primary zone, and a transport mechanism that moves, and may mix, scrap tire material across the pre-processing zone, primary processing zone, secondary processing zone, and post-processing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Long Arc Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Vitaly B Khusidman, Vasily Jorjadze, Tamaz Marsagishvili, Akaki Peikrishvili, Grigor Tatishvili
  • Patent number: 9637382
    Abstract: A two-stage reaction process includes reacting gaseous carbon dioxide with a reducing agent to form carbon monoxide and water. At least a portion of the water is condensed to form a dry tail gas. The dry tail gas, with the possible addition of a reducing agent, reacts to convert at least a portion of the carbon monoxide to solid carbon and water. Other methods include reacting a feed gas mixture to form a reaction mixture, condensing water from the reaction mixture to form a dried reaction mixture, mixing the dried reaction mixture with a recirculating gas to form a catalytic converter feed gas mixture, flowing the catalytic converter feed gas mixture through a catalytic converter to form solid carbon and a tail gas mixture containing water, and flowing the tail gas mixture through a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Seerstone LLC
    Inventor: Dallas B. Noyes
  • Patent number: 9637389
    Abstract: An activated carbon monolith catalyst comprising a finished self-supporting activated carbon monolith having at least one passage therethrough, and comprising a supporting matrix and substantially discontinuous activated carbon particles dispersed throughout the supporting matrix and at least one catalyst precursor on the finished self-supporting activated carbon monolith. A method for making, and a method for use, of such an activated carbon monolith catalyst in catalytic chemical reactions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Technology Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Robert L. Mitchell, Sr., Lee M. Mitchell, Joseph H. Keller, Jack H. L'Amoreaux
  • Patent number: 9624109
    Abstract: A method in which a parent hydrocarbon-rich material is processed so as to produce both a carbon-rich solid material that has a higher carbon to hydrogen ratio than that of the parent material and a carbon-deficient combustible gas that has a lower carbon to hydrogen ratio than the parent material. In the process, the material is activated by exposing it to a hot gas stream having elevated levels of one or both of carbon dioxide and water vapor. The combustible gas is combusted to produce heat. At least about 80% of the heat is used in one ore more endothermic steps that include drying coal or biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Srivats Srinivasachar
  • Patent number: 9610561
    Abstract: A method of making a filter article having a honeycomb substrate having adsorbent filled channels, including: sealing the first end of a porous, cellular honeycomb substrate; filling the channels of the cellular honeycomb substrate with a dry adsorbent source material; sealing the second end of the filled honeycomb to form a sealed honeycomb; contacting the sealed honeycomb and water for a time sufficient to convert the dry precursor material in-situ to a paste; removing the seals from the first and second ends; and heating the contacted honeycomb to convert the paste to an adsorbent. Also disclosed is a filter article having a honeycomb substrate having adsorbent filled channels and methods of using the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: William Peter Addiego, Benedict Yorke Johnson, Lingyan Wang