Patents Examined by Stuart L. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 10532340
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of a high performance thermoplastic polymer binder material for immobilizing adsorptive materials, such as activated carbon, in gas storage devices. The use of these binders, especially polyamide binders, polytetrafluoroethylene binders, or polyvinylidene fluoride binders such as Kyblock® resin, provides for high sorbent packing density, low fouling solid structure that maximizes the volume of gas to the volume of the storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Arkema Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Stabler, Azaz A. Vahora, Denis Kato De Almeida, Florence Mehlmann, Ramin Amin-Sanayei
  • Patent number: 10532071
    Abstract: The invention concerns high-performance adsorbents based on activated carbon of high meso- and macroporosity which are present in the form of discrete grains of activated carbon, wherein: at least 55% of the total pore volume of the high-performance adsorbents are formed by pores (i.e. meso- and macropores) having pore diameters of more than 20 ?, the high-performance adsorbents have a measure of central tendency pore diameter of more than 25 ?, and the high-performance adsorbents have a BET surface area of at least 1250 m2/g. These high-performance adsorbents are obtainable by a novel process comprising specific two-stage activation, and have, in addition to the aforementioned properties, an excellent abrasion and bursting resistance, so that they are useful for a multiplicity of different applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Blücher GmbH
    Inventors: Bertram Böhringer, Sven Fichtner, Jann-Michael Giebelhausen
  • Patent number: 10512891
    Abstract: An activated carbon manufacturing method may include preparing activated carbon precursors, carbonizing the activated carbon precursors by performing a heat treatment on the activated carbon precursors, equalizing the activated carbon precursors carbonized, in the carbonizing, by grinding the activated carbon precursors, activating the activated carbon precursors by inserting an oxidizing agent and distilled water into the equalized activated carbon precursors and performing a heat treatment on the activated carbon precursors, and introducing metal oxide particles into the activated carbon precursors by mixing the activated precursors, a metal salt, and a reducing agent in a solvent to perform reaction on the activated carbon precursors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Inha-Industry Partnership Institute
    Inventors: Shin Tae Bae, Young Jung Heo, Soo Jin Park
  • Patent number: 10486980
    Abstract: Process for manufacture of purified alkaline earth metal carbonate The invention concerns a process for the manufacture of a purified alkaline earth metal carbonate, the purified alkaline earth metal carbonate obtainable by said process, and its use in the manufacture of products and devices in the field of electronics and glass. The process comprises the steps of calcinating the alkaline earth metal carbonate with an aqueous phase comprising a salt. The alkaline earth metal carbonate might be barium carbonate or strontium carbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SOLVAY SA
    Inventors: Ferdinand Hardinghaus, Erik Bonmann, Achim Engels
  • Patent number: 10478804
    Abstract: Activated carbon monolith catalyst including a finished self-supporting activated carbon monolith having at least one passage therethrough, and including 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Technology Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Robert L. Mitchell, Lee M. Mitchell, Joseph H. Keller, Jack H. L'Amoreaux
  • Patent number: 10472245
    Abstract: A method of making Nanostructured Zinc Silicate from renewable sources comprising preparing powders of husks, preparing powders of ZnO, mixing the powders of husks and the powders of ZnO and forming a homogenous sample powder, pressing the homogenous sample and forming pellets, heating the pellets and forming nanostructured zinc silicate. The nanostructured zinc silicate from renewable sources product of the process of preparing powders of husks, preparing powders of ZnO, mixing the powders of husks and the powders of ZnO and forming a homogenous sample powder, pressing the homogenous sample and forming pellets, heating the pellets and forming nanostructured zinc silicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Syed B. Qadri, Bhakta B. Rath, Edward P. Gorzkowski, III
  • Patent number: 10468688
    Abstract: Provided are a carbon catalyst, an electrode, and a battery that exhibit excellent activity. A carbon catalyst according to one embodiment of the present invention has a carbon structure in which area ratios of three peaks fbroad, fmiddle, and fnarrow obtained by separating a peak in the vicinity of a diffraction angle of 26° in an X-ray diffraction pattern obtained by powder X-ray diffraction satisfy the following conditions (a) to (c): (a) fbroad: 75% or more and 96% or less; (b) fmiddle: 3.2% or more and 15% or less; and (c) fnarrow: 0.4% or more and 15% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: NISSHINBO HOLDINGS INC., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION GUNMA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yasuo Imashiro, Takeaki Kishimoto, Tetsutaro Sato, Jun-ichi Ozaki, Takuya Maie, Sayaka Kusadokoro
  • Patent number: 10449512
    Abstract: Mesoporous activated carbon is disclosed. In at least some embodiments, virgin activated carbon to be processed may be coconut shell-based. The enhanced activated carbon may have a mesopore structure of at least about 10%. The enhanced activated carbon may be produced through a calcium-catalyzed activation process. A chelator may also be used. Catalyzed thermal activation may be carried out until a desired mass loss is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Adam M. Redding
  • Patent number: 10427130
    Abstract: A method of continuous hydrothermal carbonization of sludge containing organic matter involves a step of hydrothermal reaction carried out in a reactor, and at least one cooling step in which the sludge having undergone the hydrothermal reaction step is cooled. The hydrothermal reaction step includes: a step of injection of sludge in which the sludge is injected into the reactor by a first inlet; a step of injection of steam in which steam is injected into the reactor by a second inlet, the second inlet being distinct from the first inlet; a step of circulation, in which a mixture consisting of the sludge and the steam injected into the reactor is placed in circulation within the reactor; a step of continuous extraction of at least a portion of the mixture contained in the reactor by a sludge outlet. Also disclosed is a device for carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SUEZ INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Pierre Emmanuel Pardo, Jean-Louis Bourdais
  • Patent number: 10421058
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a methane microporous carbon adsorbent including a thermally-treated CVD carbon having a shape in the form of a negative replica of a crystalline zeolite has a BET specific surface area, a micropore volume, a micropore to mesopore volume ratio, a stored methane value and a methane delivered value and a sequential carbon synthesis method for forming the methane microporous carbon adsorbent. Introducing an organic precursor gas for a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) period to a crystalline zeolite that is maintained at a CVD temperature forms the carbon-zeolite composite. Introducing a non-reactive gas for a thermal treatment period to the carbon-zeolite composite maintained at a thermal treatment temperature forms the thermally-treated carbon-zeolite composite. Introducing an aqueous strong mineral acid mixture to the thermally-treated carbon-zeolite composite forms the methane microporous carbon adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY, KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yuguo Wang, Cemal Ercan, Rashid M. Othman, Minkee Choi, Seokin Choi
  • Patent number: 10415184
    Abstract: A process for recovering carbonized lignin having a defined grain size distribution from a lignin-containing liquid is provided. The lignin-containing liquid is subjected to a hydrothermal carbonization to convert the lignin into a carbonized lignin and the carbonized lignin is separated from the liquid containing the carbonized lignin. The lignin-containing liquid is subjected to a hydrothermal carbonization at temperatures in the range from about 150° C. to about 280° C. and by adapting the H+ ion concentration in the lignin-containing liquid before and/or during the hydrothermal carbonization the grain size distribution of the carbonized lignin is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SUNCOAL INDUSTRIES GMBH
    Inventor: Tobias Wittmann
  • Patent number: 10407348
    Abstract: A generally spherical high strength ceramic body for use in an ATR and/or SR unit covering a catalyst media bed. The ceramic body is a fully stabilized YSZ composite composition having at least about 13% yttria YSZ, and more typically from about 12% to about 20% yttria YSZ, with a porosity of less than 20 percent and a diameter of at least 25 mm and, more typically, selected from the group comprising 25 mm, 50 mm, 76 mm and 100 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: O'Brien Asset Management, LLC
    Inventor: Brian K. Osborne
  • Patent number: 10399857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparing a hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite aerogel having a high specific surface area and a low tap density and a hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite aerogel prepared thereby. Thus, the preparation method may not only have excellent productivity and economic efficiency due to a relatively simpler preparation process and shorter preparation time than the related art, but may also prepare a hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite aerogel having a high specific surface area and a low tap density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Woo Jeon, Jong Hun Kim, Je Kyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10384943
    Abstract: Method and processes for synthesizing single-wall carbon nanotubes is provided. A carbon precursor gas is contacted with metal catalysts deposited on a support material. The metal catalysts are preferably nanoparticles having diameters less than about 50 nm. The reaction temperature is selected such that it is near the eutectic point of the mixture of metal catalyst particles and carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Avetik Harutyunyan, Elena Pigos, Toshio Tokune
  • Patent number: 10381170
    Abstract: In an example of a method, a halogenide-hydrocarbon, an aprotic hydrocarbon solvent, and a reductant are combined to initiate a reaction that forms intermediate particles having a microporous framework. The intermediate particles are subjected to a heat treatment at a heat treatment temperature ranging from about 300° C. to less than 1500° C. for a heat treatment time period ranging from about 20 minutes to about 10 hours to form a precursor to microporous carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fang Dai, Jingmei Shen, Mei Cai, Anne M. Dailly
  • Patent number: 10376861
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to methods of capturing CO2 from an environment at pressures above 1 bar by associating the environment with a porous material that has a surface area of at least 2,800 m2/g, and a total pore volume of at least 1.35 cm3/g, where a majority of pores of the porous material have diameters of less than 2 nm. The present disclosure also pertains to methods for the separation of CO2 from natural gas in an environment at partial pressures of either component above 1 bar by associating the environment with a porous material that has a surface area of at least 2,200 m2/g, and a total pore volume of at least 1.00 cm3/g, where a majority of pores of the porous material have diameters of greater than 1 nm and less than 2 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY, APACHE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saunab Ghosh, Andrew R. Barron, Jason Ho
  • Patent number: 10370539
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making carbon black. A plasma gas is flowed into a plasma forming region containing at least one, magnetically isolated, plasma torch containing at least one electrode, and forming a plasma. Collecting the plasma formed in a cooled header and flowing the plasma through at least one reaction region to heat the reaction region, and injecting carbon black forming feedstock into the reaction region, resulting in the formation of at least one grade of carbon black. An apparatus for making carbon black is also described including a plasma forming section containing at least one, magnetically isolated plasma torch containing at least one electrode, in fluid flow communication with at least one carbon black forming reactor section, the plasma section and reactor section separated by a plasma formed collection header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MONOLITH MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter L. Johnson, Alexander F. Hoermann, Roscoe W. Taylor, John J. Moss, Robert J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10370298
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant refractory ceramic hexagonal target tile body for use covering a catalyst, including a generally flat hexagonal portion and a plurality of generally right circular cylindrical aperture portions extending therethrough, wherein the hexagonal tile body has a thickness of about 89 mm and a width of about 42 cm and is 13 percent yttria fully stabilized YSZ. Each respective aperture has a diameter of about 19 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: O'Brien Asset Management, LLC
    Inventor: Brian K. Osborne
  • Patent number: 10369542
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multistage stirred reactor, comprising a multiplicity of mutually adjacent reaction chambers and stirring elements for mixing the contents of at least one of the reaction chambers, wherein, between adjacent reaction chambers, there is in each case provided at least one opening that can be closed by means of closure means, such that in the open state there is a fluidic connection between the adjacent reaction chambers and in the closed state the adjacent reaction chambers are separated from one another. At least one of the closure means (300, 310, 320) is connected to an actuation rod (500, 510, 520) that is guided out of the stirred reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Sebastian Falß, Leslaw Mleczko, Karl-Robert Boos, Sigurd Buchholz
  • Patent number: 10358346
    Abstract: Methods of concurrently forming ammonia and solid carbon products include reacting a carbon oxide, nitrogen, and a reducing agent at preselected reaction conditions in the presence of a catalyst to form a solid carbon product entrained in a tail gas mixture comprising water and ammonia; separating entrained solid carbon product from the tail gas mixture; and recovering water and ammonia from the tail gas mixture. Systems for forming ammonia and solid carbon products from a gaseous source containing carbon oxides include mixing means for mixing the gaseous source with a reducing agent, reactor means for reacting at least a portion of the gaseous source with the reducing agent in the presence of a catalyst to produce the solid carbon products and a tail gas mixture comprising the ammonia, and solid separation means for separating the solid carbon products from the tail gas mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Seerstone LLC
    Inventor: Dallas B. Noyes