Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 11905225
    Abstract: Compositions of a slow-release nitrogen-containing fertilizer and iron chelated to an aminopolycarboxylic acid or a polycarboxylic acid. The composition can be useful as a fertilizer for rapid greening of turfgrass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: OMS Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: James Liang-Hiong Chia, John Koenig
  • Patent number: 11897822
    Abstract: A system for generating a concentrated product from a feedstock includes a reciprocating concentration system that includes first and second chambers to which the feedstock is alternately provided and from which the concentrated product is alternately removed, and a heat transfer system in thermal communication with the first and second chambers, the heat transfer system being configured to reversibly transfer heat between the first and second chambers such that the first chamber alternates between melting a frozen portion of the feedstock in the second chamber and having a frozen portion of the feedstock in the first chamber melted by the feedstock in the second chamber. The system further includes a heat dump system in thermal communication with the reciprocating concentration system, the heat dump system being configured to remove heat from the reciprocating concentration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Abraham Noe-Hays, Nancy G. Love
  • Patent number: 11891346
    Abstract: This invention relates to a horticulture additive comprising: (1) a wetting agent, wherein the wetting agent is a multi-branched polymer comprising at least one of an oxygen-containing and a nitrogen-containing polyfunctional base compound having at least three branches attached thereto, and (2) a humectant. The horticulture additive is advantageous for increasing plant survival of plants treated therewith when exposed to reduced watering conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Moon, Shirley A. Whiteside, Dominick J. Valenti, Adam J. Newberry, Sanjeev K. Dey
  • Patent number: 11891345
    Abstract: The present invention comprises one or more organic solvents that create a non-aqueous organo solvent delivery system, (NOSDS), and one or more Organo Polycarboxylate functionalities, OPCF, that results in a stable, non-aqueous solution that can easily, safely, evenly and economically coat nitrogen source granules and/or be added to a mobile liquid form of a nitrogen source such as an aqueous dispersion, pressurized ammonia gas or molten urea and/or molten modified urea. Using these solvents provides more flexibility for nitrogen source manufacturers to produce nitrogen sources designed for a particular soil or plant. The liquid solutions are comprised of NOSDS and OPCFs and one or more of a) nitrification inhibitors, b) urease inhibitors, c) pesticides, d) fungicides, e) herbicides, f) insecticides and g) micronutrients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SOILGENIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn
  • Patent number: 11884543
    Abstract: Flow through reactors and related methods for use with slurries including water reactive particles are generally described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jason Fischman, Peter Godart, Douglas P. Hart, EthelMae Victoria Dydek, Theodore Bloomstein, Andrew Whitehead, Jean Sack, Eric Morgan
  • Patent number: 11873219
    Abstract: A method of operating a mass spectrometer vacuum interface, the vacuum interface comprising an evacuated expansion chamber downstream of a plasma ion source at atmospheric or relatively high pressure, the expansion chamber having a first aperture that interfaces with the plasma ion source to form an expanding plasma downstream of the first aperture and a second aperture downstream of the first aperture from the plasma for skimming the expanding plasma to form a skimmed expanding plasma; wherein the expansion chamber is pumped by an interface vacuum pump to provide an interface pressure in the chamber; the method comprising using a controller to automatically, or according to user input, control the throughput of the interface vacuum pump to control the interface pressure dependent on one or more operating modes of the spectrometer. A pressure gauge can be located in the expansion chamber and a feedback loop provided between the pressure gauge and controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: SHELL USA, INC.
    Inventors: Leonardo Spanu, Carolus Matthias Anna Maria Mesters
  • Patent number: 11866382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the efficacy of man-made and/or natural organic-based animal manure fertilizers by administration of an organic solvent formula containing polyorganic acids and/or their salts. The formulation liberates nutrient(s) that are normally bound in the soil as insoluble salts and complexes. These delivery formulations also provide an environmentally sound and inherently safe solvating system that improves diffusion of polyorganic acids to the granule fertilizer. These delivery formulations enable safe storage, transport and subsequent application or blending with solid or liquid fertilizers. The combined formulation and fertilizer can be applied to soil to provide improved efficacy of fertilizer by liberating nutrients bound in the soil for uptake by plant life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: SOILGENIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn
  • Patent number: 11864561
    Abstract: A multipurpose fertilizer composition having anti-insect properties, water-retaining, and capable of improving to absorb micronutrients for plants obtained from the process of forming a homogeneous mixture by mixing a fertilizer mixture with at least three other ingredients including a chelation of trace elements solution, a water-retaining ingredient, and a plant extracts ingredients having anti-insect properties; wherein the chelation of trace elements solution having 5%-7% of the weight of the fertilizer mixture; the water-retaining ingredient having 7%-10% of the total weight of the fertilizer mixture, and the chelation of trace elements solution; the plant extracts ingredients having anti-insect properties having 0.08%-3% of the total weight of the fertilizer mixture, with the chelation of trace elements solution, and the water-retaining ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: THANH DUC LE
    Inventor: Thanh Duc Le
  • Patent number: 11866329
    Abstract: A method for capturing material extracted from biochar is provided comprising the steps of: (i) providing a biochar; (ii) contacting the biochar with an extraction media, where the extraction media causes the removal of residual compounds from the pores and surface of the biochar, creating a resulting extract comprised of the extraction media and removed compounds; and (iii) collecting the resulting extract. The method also can include other steps of extraction and purification. The method further comprises the step of applying the resulting extract to seeds, plants, soil, other agricultural products, or for use in other applications. A biochar having high levels of soluble signaling compounds is also provided, where the biochar is derived from a biomass source that together with predefined pyrolysis parameters produces resulting biochar having increased levels of soluble signaling compounds that are known to increase seed germination rates and early plant growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Talipot Cool Extract (IP), LLC
    Inventors: Han Suk Kim, Matthew William Smith, Haijun Wan, Richard W. Belcher, Ranko Panayotov Bontchev, Brian Buege
  • Patent number: 11851381
    Abstract: An application of farnesene in preparing a plant-derived urease inhibitor is provided. The compound can effectively inhibit activities of Canavalia ensiformis urease and soil urease, and has an effect that is equivalent to that of commercial urease inhibitor acetohydroxamic acid. The urease inhibitor in the present disclosure, derived from plants, has “pollution-free” characteristics of natural products, high biological safety, simple and stable chemical structure and remarkable urease inhibition effect, can solve the problems of conventional chemically-synthesized urease inhibitor such as high toxicity, easy degradation and poor stability, also provides a new concept for creating a biological ecological technology for efficiently inhibiting the rapid hydrolysis of urea in farmland and increasing the utilization rate of urea nitrogen fertilizer, and has good application value and development prospect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Ping Gong, Zhijie Wu, Lili Zhang, Dongpo Li
  • Patent number: 11840490
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are soil amendments, generally in the form of coated perlite compositions, as well as methods of making and using the same. The disclosed compositions, methods, and systems provide for various beneficial enhancements to plants growth and soil health, and may decrease costs, for example by avoiding the need for multiple treatments. The presently disclosed compositions, methods, and systems also aid in prolonging release of plant nutrition into the soil (including silica), enhancing aeration, water retention, and drainage, resisting soil compaction, providing for pest and insect control, etc. In many embodiments, the disclosed coated perlite composition is a sterile composition, that is lightweight, and has a low dust content, which may provide for efficient and low-cost handling and transport of products comprising same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Dicalite Management Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Cusack, Eric Appelbaum
  • Patent number: 11840489
    Abstract: The present disclosure is intended to enhance the capability for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis by treating the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi with oxidized glutathione or cystathionine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KWANSEI GAKUIN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Kondo, Madoka Abe, Naoya Takeda, Akira Akamatsu, Sachi Shimbo
  • Patent number: 11832612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the efficiency of man-made and/or natural organic-based animal manure fertilizers by administration of formulations containing poly(organic acids), [P(OA)]s, and/or their salts dispersed in a Non-aqueous Organic Solvent Delivery System (NOSDS). Utilizing a NOSDS allows for coating all components in a fertilizer formulation including but not limited to Urea, Manure, mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP), di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), solid micronutrients such as lime, zinc chloride, etc.) with a layer of [P(OA)]s and/or their salts that liberates, in a plant available form, the micronutrient metals and macronutrients, that are bound as insoluble salts and complexes in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SOILGENIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn
  • Patent number: 11834382
    Abstract: A method for producing a pedosphere-improving granulate (6) and granulate itself, the method includes a) producing a raw material dispersion including at least one inorganic secondary phosphate (1) and at least one reaction agent (2) in a liquid phase (4), b) separating part of the liquid phase (4) from the raw material dispersion, c) granulating and/or extruding the remaining raw material dispersion with a reduced liquid phase (4), d) either returning the liquid phase (4) separated in process step b) to process step a) in order to produce a raw material dispersion without at least partly separating (5) heavy metals or at least partly separating heavy metals (7) from the liquid phase (4) separated in process step b) and discharging the heavy metals (7) out of the process in a manner analogous to process step a) and/or returning the liquid phase to process step c), and e) repeating process steps a) to d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: PONTES PABULI GMBH
    Inventors: Fred Bohndick, Matthias Hoger
  • Patent number: 11826803
    Abstract: Methods for the chemical dissolution of human and other cadavers, such as pets as an example, using ethanolic potassium hydroxide (KOH) or ethanol-water solutions of KOH at atmospheric pressure are described. After acid neutralization, to a neutral pH range, the resulting solutions may be applied to the earth for disposal as fertilizer, or further treated using hydrogen peroxide. Use of ethanol has been found to reduce the dissolution time of the cadavers to approximately two hours for high concentrations of KOH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Fireless Cremation Company
    Inventors: Richard M. Hyslop, Corina E. Brown, Edward A. Gazvoda
  • Patent number: 11827577
    Abstract: A preparation method of a carbon-based selenium-enriched fertilizer for rice is disclosed. The preparation method of the carbon-based selenium-enriched fertilizer for rice includes planting a selenium-enriched plant material; collecting and concentrating a selenium-enriched extracting solution; preparing modified selenium-enriched biomass charcoal from the tertiary residues; and preparing the carbon-based selenium-enriched fertilizer. In the present disclosure, active organic selenium enriched and generated by plant is compounded with the biomass charcoal, so that the fixation and loss of the active selenium in soil are reduced, and the utilization efficiency of the selenium fertilizer is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: CHINA NATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yikai Zhang, Huizhe Chen, Yuping Zhang, Jing Xiang, Yaliang Wang
  • Patent number: 11820844
    Abstract: A charge-modified particle comprising the inorganic core and a shell surrounding the inorganic core, wherein the shell comprises a copolymer comprising monomeric units corresponding to free-radically polymerizable monomers, and wherein at least one of the monomeric units comprises a substituted benzotriazolylphenolate salt. Methods of making the charge-modified particle by admicellar polymerization are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nathan E. Schultz, Mikhail A. Belkin, Gerry A. Hoffdahl, Jimmie R. Baran, Jr., Tien T. Wu
  • Patent number: 11814329
    Abstract: A fertilizer composition including a base fertilizer granule with a hydrophobic or super-hydrophobic coating that reduces fertilizer caking and dust formation. The coating can include a roughening component, which creates micron-scale surface roughness, and a hydrophobic coating containing wax. Together, the components of the coating act to physically protect water soluble fertilizers granules from the ingress of moisture and from caking, and increase the resistance of the granules to abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: The Mosaic Company
    Inventors: Michael John McLaughlin, Jozefien Louisa Elvire Degryse, Roslyn Jane Baird, Rodrigo Coqui da Silva, Jerri Light
  • Patent number: 11807588
    Abstract: A fertilizer composition including a base fertilizer granule with a hydrophobic or super-hydrophobic coating that reduces fertilizer caking and dust formation. The coating can include a roughening component, which creates micron-scale surface roughness, and a hydrophobic coating. Together, the components of the coating act to physically protect water soluble fertilizers granules from the ingress of moisture and from caking, and increase the resistance of the granules to abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: The Mosaic Company
    Inventors: Michael John McLaughlin, Jozefien Louisa Elvire Degryse, Roslyn Jane Baird, Rodrigo Coqui da Silva, Jerri Light
  • Patent number: 11807585
    Abstract: The fertilizer composition is an algae-based, biodegradable and compostable fertilizer composition. The fertilizer composition includes an algal biomass, ground fenugreek seeds, and a binder for molding the fertilizer into pellets. In some embodiments, the fertilizer composition includes Enteromorpha prolifera (E. prolifera), ground and sieved fenugreek seeds and mastic gum. E. prolifera contains numerous nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and a variety of bioactive compounds. Fenugreek seeds have antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, and also have natural insect repellant properties. Mastic gum exhibits antimicrobial activity. Thus, the fertilizer composition provides a variety of nutrients to plants and also provides protection against pathogens. In the fertilizer composition, a ratio of the E. prolifera to the ground fenugreek seeds to the mastic gum by weight may be 6:3:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: KING FAISAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Nermin El Semary