Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 10618807
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for the production of hydrogen, comprising catalytically decomposing a concentrated aqueous solution of potassium formate in a reaction vessel to form bicarbonate slurry and hydrogen, discharging the hydrogen from said reaction vessel, and treating a mixture comprising the bicarbonate slurry and the catalyst with an oxidizer, thereby regenerating the catalyst. Pd/C catalysts useful in the process are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: YISSUM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM LTD.
    Inventors: Yoel Sasson, Harold Wiener, Ariel Givant
  • Patent number: 10611701
    Abstract: Fertilizer granules containing elemental sulfur and a hydrogel which expands or swells in the soil to more readily disperse the elemental sulfur surface throughout the soil, which increases the elemental sulfur surface area available for oxidation, and ultimately uptake of sulfur by the plant. The elemental sulfur and hydrogel can be added to a fertilizer composition as either an exterior coating or co-granulated with the base fertilizer composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Mosaic Company
    Inventors: Michael McLaughlin, Jozefien Degryse, Roslyn Baird, Rodrigo Coqui da Silva
  • Patent number: 10597338
    Abstract: An improved solvent system for the formulation and application of N-alkyl thiophosphoric triamide urease inhibitors. These formulations provide safety and performance benefits relative to existing alternatives and enable storage, transport and subsequent coating or blending with urea based or organic based fertilizers. These formulations are comprised primarily of environmentally friendly aprotic and protic solvents (particularly dimethyl sulfoxide and alcohols/polyols) to stabilize the urease inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, David Bruce Parker, Yang Zehni, Ray Perkins, Wei Xu
  • Patent number: 10597302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reactor (201) for preparing hydrogen cyanide by the Andrussow process, to an equipment (200) comprising said reactor and to a process for preparing hydrogen cyanide by the Andrussow process. The reactor (201) comprising at least one gas inlet (I) for reactant gases mixture, a catalyst (203), a porous support for the catalyst (204), a porous sub support (205, 206) and at least one outlet (P8) for the reaction products. According to the invention, said reactor has a cone frustum shaped metallic casing (210) and comprises inside the metallic casing, a gas distributor (202) located between the gas inlet and the catalyst, said distributor comprising at least one cone frustum element (D1, . . . Dn) having an upper base directed towards the gas inlet (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARKEMA FRANCE
    Inventors: Yves Bernardin, Xavier Marcarian, Romain Billon
  • Patent number: 10596221
    Abstract: A controlled-release fertilizer includes oxidized glutathione and a release control agent, and a method produces the controlled-release fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Uekita, Taku Mouri, Toyoaki Watanabe, Yu Fu, Naoaki Taoka
  • Patent number: 10575527
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a biocide from a hypochlorite oxidant and an ammonium salt are provided. The method includes monitoring a control parameter to optimize the ratio between the hypochlorite oxidant and the ammonium salt. The control parameter may be oxidation-reduction potential, conductivity, induction or oxygen saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: A.Y. LABORATORIES LTD.
    Inventor: Ayala Barak
  • Patent number: 10570068
    Abstract: An inhibitor composition contains alkyl thiophosphoric triamide (or a mixture of alkyl thiophosphoric triamide and dicyandiamide),dissolved in a liquid medium comprising at least one organic solvent, at least one amine stabilizer and, optionally, at least one dye and/or at least one odor masking agent, is useful in making fertilizer compositions and in a method of fertilizing target plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: RHODIA OPERATIONS
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Jiamin Wu, Andre Gomes, Krish Shanmuga, Zhiyun Chen
  • Patent number: 10562828
    Abstract: An inhibitor composition contains alkyl thiophosphoric triamide (or a mixture of alkyl thiophosphoric triamide and dicyandiamide),dissolved in a liquid medium including at least one organic solvent, at least one amine stabilizer and, optionally, at least one dye and/or at least one odor masking agent, is useful in making fertilizer compositions and in a method of fertilizing target plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: RHODIA OPERATIONS
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Jiamin Wu, Andre Gomes, Krish Shanmuga, Zhiyun Chen
  • Patent number: 10562768
    Abstract: A process and plant for producing a makeup synthesis gas (20) for the synthesis of ammonia, comprising: reforming of a hydrocarbon feedstock (10) in a steam reformer (SMR), purification of said gas product obtaining a hydrogen synthesis gas, addition of a suitable amount of nitrogen (19) to said hydrogen synthesis gas, wherein said purification includes separation of hydrogen in a main separation unit (S1), which produces a hydrogen current (14) and a tail gas (15), and wherein further hydrogen is recovered from the said tail gas (15) in an additional separation unit (S2); some embodiments provides that an amount of gas product (24) is also fed to said additional separation unit; a corresponding method for the revamping of a front-end of an ammonia plant is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Casale SA
    Inventors: Ermanno Filippi, Raffaele Ostuni
  • Patent number: 10563089
    Abstract: A coating is applied in one or more layers on a granular material, such as a granular fertilizer material or the like. The coating may include a diisocyanate in either pure form or partially polymerized form, a polyol or polyol mix, and optionally a wax. The polyol or polyol mix may be, for example, a polyester polyol, a polyether polyol, or combinations thereof. In some examples, the polyol or polyol mix may be an aliphatic glycerine initiated polyether polyol, an aliphatic amine initiated trifunctional polyol, castor oil or castor oil derivative, or ethylene diamine that has been propoxylated or ethoxylated, and combinations thereof. The coating is reacted on the granular material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Nous, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Michael Goodwin, II, Joshua Tyler Green, James Trevor Reed, Christopher Eric Jones, Phillip Alan Forsythe
  • Patent number: 10562827
    Abstract: A controlled release fertilizer has been prepared comprising a nutrient core coated with one or more moisture barrier coatings, at least one of said moisture barrier coatings comprising: at least one polyethylene wax; and a thermoset polyurethane from the reaction of a polyol and a polyisocyanate. The weight ratio of thermoset polyurethane to polyethylene wax is from about 50:50 to about 98:2. The polyethylene wax is heated above the melt point of the polyethylene wax and mixed and dispersed into the polyol component of the thermoset polyurethane in a ratio of 90-70% polyol to 10-30% polyethylene wax before the thermoset polyurethane-forming mixture is applied to the surface of the nutrient core and cured. A coating of a high temperature microcrystalline wax can be applied prior to final curing of the thermoset polyurethane to the coated nutrient core particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Rosenthal, Brian Patterson
  • Patent number: 10562826
    Abstract: The present invention is incorporated in a three-part primary nutrient system for facilitating the growth of a plant in any growing media. The first part of the nutrient system comprises calcium and nitrogen and is devoid of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and trace minerals. The second part of the nutrient system comprises nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and trace minerals and is devoid of calcium. The third part of the nutrient system comprises potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, and trace minerals and is devoid of nitrogen and calcium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HGCI, Inc.
    Inventor: Treg Bradley
  • Patent number: 10556838
    Abstract: Treated biochar and methods for treating biochar are provided. The method for treating the biochar includes forcing, assisting or accelerating the movement of an infiltrant into the pores of the biochar, whereby the treatment affects properties of the biochar that provide for a more reliable and predictable biochar for use in various applications, including, but not limited to, agricultural applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranko Panayatov Bontchev, Han Suk Kim, Richard Wilson Belcher, Mark L. Jarand
  • Patent number: 10556837
    Abstract: A fertilizer derived from an organic source and a method of making are provided. The fertilizer of the present invention advantageously has a nitrogen content greater than 4%. The method of making the fertilizer also produces potable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Denise Crabtree
  • Patent number: 10550044
    Abstract: The present invention provides for biochar coated particles and a method for coating the particles with biochar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vern Traxler, Han Suk Kim, Rajashekharam Malyala, Timothy Alan Thompson, Brian Buege, Mark L. Jarand
  • Patent number: 10543173
    Abstract: Biochars and methods for treating biochars are provided that are useful in various applications, including, but not limited to, applications related to the raising, care, maintenance, disease prevention, disease treatment and odor control of animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy System, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Wilson Belcher, Ranko Panayotov Bontchev, Han Suk Kim, Gregory Dean Butler, Brian Buege, Juliette MacKay
  • Patent number: 10544066
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an improved nitrification inhibitor composition and its use in agricultural applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Hiteshkumar Dave, Lei Liu, Jr., Raymond E. Boucher, Greg Powels, Alex Williams, Miriam Tudyk, Martin C. Logan, Mini Jan
  • Patent number: 10532958
    Abstract: An organic fertilizer/plant food with a natural ingredient providing a desirable smell to mask the unwanted odors of organic fertilizer. The desirable smelling ingredient to be mixed thoroughly throughout the organic fertilizer such that as the outer layers of the organic fertilizer are processed by microorganisms, the desirable smelling ingredient is revealed at each new layer to create a persistent pleasant smell above the unwanted fertilizer smell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KALMBACH FEEDS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul M. Kalmbach
  • Patent number: 10526254
    Abstract: An iron-ion supply material capable of efficiently supplying iron ions to plants is provided. An iron-ion supply material that acts as an iron-ion supply source for supplying iron ions contributing to plant growth comprises an iron powder having an iron content of 80% by mass or more, wherein 50% by mass or more of the whole iron powder has a particle size of 100 ?m or more and 10 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Enokido, Akio Sonobe, Hiroshi Sugihara
  • Patent number: 10518244
    Abstract: A method for producing charcoal particles or pellets which use different additives as binders for the biochar pellets. The method includes producing a mixture with charcoal and additives selected from nanocrystalline cellulose, nanocrystalline fibrils, bentonite, and polyvinyl acetate. The mixture is created by mixing one or more of the additives with charcoal or bentonite. The mixture is then processed in a pelletizer device. While processing, the surface of the mixture is sprayed with a liquid. Once turned into pellets by way of the pelletizer device, the resulting pellets are then dried by applying heat to the pellets. The liquid can be water or a solution of water and sodium borate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Leonard Eddy