Patents by Inventor Adam F. Gross

Adam F. Gross has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11559971
    Abstract: A conductive composite includes a first layer of elastomeric polymer, a layer of electrically conductive paste on the first layer of elastomeric polymer, and a second layer of elastomeric polymer on the layer of electrically conductive paste. A reinforcement mesh is in contact with the layer of electrically conductive paste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Adam F. Gross, Ashley Dustin, Andrew P. Nowak, Xin Guan, Adam E. Sorensen, Richard E. Sharp
  • Patent number: 11549022
    Abstract: Disclosed are conductive composites comprising a polymer, a conductor selected from metals and metal alloys, a compatibilizing agent, and an optional thickening agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ashley M. Dustin, Andrew P. Nowak, Xin N. Guan, Adam F. Gross, Richard E. Sharp
  • Patent number: 11542605
    Abstract: The disclosed process is capable of depositing thin layers of a wide variety of metals onto powders of magnesium, aluminum, and their alloys. A material is provided that comprises particles containing a reactive metal coated with a noble metal that has a less-negative standard reduction potential than the reactive metal. The coating has a thickness from 1 nanometer to 100 microns, for example. A method of forming an immersion deposit on a reactive metal comprises: combining a reactive metal, an ionic liquid, and a noble metal salt; depositing the noble metal on the reactive metal by a surface-displacement reaction, thereby generating the immersion deposit on the reactive metal; and removing the ionic liquid from the immersion deposit. The material may be present in an article or object (e.g., a sintered part) containing from 0.25 wt % to 100 wt % of a coated reactive metal as disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: John H. Martin, Adam F. Gross
  • Publication number: 20220351885
    Abstract: Some variations provide a magnetically anisotropic structure comprising a hexaferrite film disposed on a substrate, wherein the hexaferrite film contains a plurality of discrete and aligned magnetic hexaferrite particles, wherein the hexaferrite film is characterized by an average film thickness from about 1 micron to about 500 microns, and wherein the hexaferrite film contains less than 2 wt % organic matter. The hexaferrite film does not require a binder. Discrete particles are not sintered or annealed together because the maximum processing temperature to fabricate the structure is 500° C. or less, such as 250° C. or less. The magnetic hexaferrite particles may contain barium hexaferrite (BaFe12O19) and/or strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19). The hexaferrite film may be characterized by a remanence-to-saturation magnetization ratio of at least 0.7. Methods of making and using the magnetically anisotropic structure are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Inventors: Shanying CUI, Xin N. GUAN, Adam F. GROSS, Florian G. HERRAULT
  • Patent number: 11476467
    Abstract: The present invention provides a battery electrode comprising an active battery material enclosed in the pores of a conductive nanoporous scaffold. The pores in the scaffold constrain the dimensions for the active battery material and inhibit sintering, which results in better cycling stability, longer battery lifetime, and greater power through less agglomeration. Additionally, the scaffold forms electrically conducting pathways to the active battery nanoparticles that are dispersed. In some variations, a battery electrode of the invention includes an electrically conductive scaffold material with pores having at least one length dimension selected from about 0.5 nm to about 100 nm, and an oxide material contained within the pores, wherein the oxide material is electrochemically active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Adam F. Gross, John J. Vajo, Ping Liu, Elena Sherman
  • Publication number: 20220314316
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are surface-functionalized powders which alter the solidification of the melted powders. Some variations provide a powdered material comprising a plurality of particles fabricated from a first material, wherein each of the particles has a particle surface area that is continuously or intermittently surface-functionalized with nanoparticles and/or microparticles selected to control solidification of the powdered material from a liquid state to a solid state. Other variations provide a method of controlling solidification of a powdered material, comprising melting at least a portion of the powdered material to a liquid state, and semi-passively controlling solidification of the powdered material from the liquid state to a solid state. Several techniques for semi-passive control are described in detail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: John H. MARTIN, Tobias A. SCHAEDLER, Brennan YAHATA, Jacob M. HUNDLEY, Jason A. GRAETZ, Adam F. GROSS, William CARTER
  • Publication number: 20220306868
    Abstract: An adhesion promoter composition is disclosed. The adhesion promoter composition includes a first reactive silane compound and a second reactive silane compound, where the second reactive silane is different from the first. The adhesion promoter composition also includes one or more organic solvents and an organic base. A method for applying the adhesion promoter composition is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Phuong BUI, Stella FORS, Adam F. GROSS, Ashley Marie DUSTIN, Andrew P. NOWAK, Melinda Dae MILLER, Carissa Ann PAJEL
  • Publication number: 20220295798
    Abstract: An antimicrobial interior component for a vehicle includes an interior component body having a contoured surface. The interior component also includes an antimicrobial jacket assembly having a first piece and a second piece coupled together and disposed over the contoured surface. The antimicrobial jacket assembly defines at least one touch surface disposed over the contoured surface of the interior component body. The first piece and the second piece each includes an antimicrobial metal material configured to prevent or minimize microbes from accumulating on the at least one touch surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Adam F. GROSS, Janet C. ROBINCHECK, William SCHUMACHER, Nancy L. JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20220296742
    Abstract: An antibacterial interior component, such as a door handle component, is provided in a vehicle that includes at least one touch surface in a confined space having a shadowed region. A light source includes a light emitting diode (LED) that generates light having a wavelength of ?about 375 nm to ?about 425 nm directed towards the at least one touch surface for killing bacteria. A thermally conductive component in heat transfer relationship with the light source to transfer heat to a heat sink either in or adjacent to the antibacterial interior component. Methods of operating the self-sanitizing antibacterial interior component are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventors: Nancy L. JOHNSON, Janet C. ROBINCHECK, Judith H. CLARK, Adam F. GROSS, Shanying CUI, Russell MOTT
  • Publication number: 20220298358
    Abstract: A system for and method of protecting a polymer from UV degradation includes impinging ultraviolet (“UV”) radiation from an artificial UV source onto an interior object, the interior object comprising: i) a polymer substrate; and ii) a continuous inorganic film on the polymer substrate. The continuous inorganic film protects the polymer substrate from the ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Adam F. GROSS
  • Patent number: 11447656
    Abstract: An anti-fouling coating is provided, containing a continuous matrix comprising a first component; a plurality of inclusions comprising a second component, wherein the first component is a low-surface-energy polymer having a surface energy, and the second component is a hygroscopic material containing one or more ionic species. The low-surface-energy polymer and the hygroscopic material are chemically connected ionically or covalently, such as in a segmented copolymer composition comprising fluoropolymer soft segments and ionic species contained within the soft segments. The continuous matrix and the inclusions form a lubricating surface layer in the presence of humidity. Coefficient-of-friction experimental data is presented for various sample coatings. The incorporation of ionic species into the polymer chain backbone increases the hygroscopic behavior of the overall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, Adam F. Gross, April R. Rodriguez, Ashley Nelson
  • Patent number: 11446735
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are surface-functionalized powders which alter the solidification of the melted powders. Some variations provide a powdered material comprising a plurality of particles fabricated from a first material, wherein each of the particles has a particle surface area that is continuously or intermittently surface-functionalized with nanoparticles and/or microparticles selected to control solidification of the powdered material from a liquid state to a solid state. Other variations provide a method of controlling solidification of a powdered material, comprising melting at least a portion of the powdered material to a liquid state, and semi-passively controlling solidification of the powdered material from the liquid state to a solid state. Several techniques for semi-passive control are described in detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: John H. Martin, Tobias A. Schaedler, Brennan Yahata, Jacob M. Hundley, Jason A. Graetz, Adam F. Gross, William Carter
  • Publication number: 20220281207
    Abstract: An applique for covering a clear substrate through which light is at least one of transmitted and received includes: a transparent sheet having: a first surface; and a second surface that is opposite the first surface; and a ultraviolet (UV) curable pressure sensitive adhesive that is disposed on the first surface of the transparent sheet, that is curable using UV light, and that is configured to adhere the transparent sheet to a third surface of the clear substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Adam F. GROSS, Berryinne Decker, Mike Hilston, Adam L. Wright, Anthony L. Smith
  • Patent number: 11421114
    Abstract: An aqueous precursor liquid for forming an anti-fouling heterophasic thermoset polymeric coating is provided. The precursor liquid includes a first fluorine-containing polyol precursor having a functionality >about 2 that forms a fluorine-containing polymer component defining a first phase in the coating. The precursor liquid also includes a second precursor that forms a second component present as a second phase. The first phase can be a continuous phase and the second phase can be a discrete phase, or the second phase can be the continuous phase and the first phase can be the discrete phase. The discrete phase includes a plurality of domains each having an average size of ?to about 500 nm to ?to about 25,000 nm. A crosslinking agent, water, and optional acid or base are also present. Methods of making anti-fouling heterophasic thermoset polymeric coatings with such precursors are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Drummey, Adam F. Gross, Ashley M. Dustin, Anthony L. Smith, April R. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11421179
    Abstract: Low-friction fluorinated coatings are disclosed herein. A preferred low-friction material contains a low-surface-energy fluoropolymer having a surface energy between about 5 mJ/m2 to about 50 mJ/m2, and a hygroscopic material that is covalently connected to the fluoropolymer in a triblock copolymer, such as PEG-PFPE-PEG. The material forms a lubricating surface layer in the presence of humidity. An exemplary copolymer comprises fluoropolymers with average molecular weight from 500 g/mol to 20,000 g/mol, wherein the fluoropolymers are (?,?)-hydroxyl-terminated and/or (?,?)-amine-terminated, and wherein the fluoropolymers are present in the triblock structure T-(CH2—CH2—O)—CH2—CF2—O—(CF2—CF2—O)m(CF2—O)n—CF2—CH2—(O—CH2—CH2)p-T where T is a hydroxyl or amine terminal group, p=1 to 50, m=1 to 100, and n=1 to 100. The copolymer also contains isocyanate species and polyol or polyamine chain extenders or crosslinkers possessing a functionality of preferably 3 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, Adam F. Gross, Elena Sherman
  • Patent number: 11407901
    Abstract: A method of protecting a polymer from UV degradation includes impinging ultraviolet (“UV”) radiation from an artificial UV source onto an interior object, the interior object comprising: i) a polymer substrate; and ii) a continuous inorganic film on the polymer substrate. The continuous inorganic film protects the polymer substrate from the ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Adam F. Gross
  • Patent number: 11396607
    Abstract: This invention provides durable, low-ice-adhesion coatings with excellent performance in terms of ice-adhesion reduction. Some variations provide a low-ice-adhesion coating comprising a microstructure with a first-material phase and a second-material phase that are microphase-separated on an average length scale of phase inhomogeneity from 1 micron to 100 microns. Some variations provide a low-ice-adhesion material comprising a continuous matrix containing a first component; and a plurality of discrete inclusions containing a second component, wherein the inclusions are dispersed within the matrix to form a phase-separated microstructure that is inhomogeneous on an average length scale from 1 micron to 100 microns, wherein one of the first component or the second component is a low-surface-energy polymer, and the other is a hygroscopic material. The coatings are characterized by an AMIL Centrifuge Ice Adhesion Reduction Factor up to 100 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, April R. Rodriguez, Elena Sherman, Adam F. Gross
  • Patent number: 11397282
    Abstract: Infrared-transparent and damage-resistant polymer optics with LWIR and/or MWIR transparency are provided. Some variations provide an optic containing at least 50 wt % of an infrared-transparent polymer, wherein the infrared-transparent polymer has a carbon-free polymer backbone, wherein the optic is characterized by at least 80% average transmission of radiation over a wavenumber band with cumulative wavenumber width of at least 1000 cm?1 contained within wavelengths from 3.1 ?m to 5 ?m and/or from 8.1 ?m to 12 ?m, and wherein the average transmission is defined as the percentage ratio of radiation intensity through an optic thickness of 25 microns divided by incident radiation intensity. Many polymer compositions and pendant groups are disclosed for use in the polymer optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Adam F. Gross, Ashley M. Dustin, Andrew P. Nowak, April R. Rodriguez, Rajesh D. Rajavel, Jacob M. Hundley
  • Patent number: 11376804
    Abstract: A method for fabricating polymeric sheets containing microwires includes encapsulating at least a portion of individual lengths of a plurality of microwires in a non-conductive polymeric sheet while the microwires are attached to the substrate. The microwires are then detached from the substrate without removing the microwires from the polymeric sheet. The detaching step forms a separated polymeric sheet containing the detached microwires. Individual detached microwires of the plurality are approximately perpendicular to the separated polymeric sheet. A microwire array device includes a non-conductive polymeric sheet and a plurality of microwires. Individual microwires of the plurality have an independent length at least partially encapsulated by the polymeric sheet, are approximately perpendicular to the polymeric sheet, and contain magnetic ferrite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John J. Vajo, Shanying Cui, Adam F. Gross
  • Patent number: 11377535
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for depolymerizing the polymer component of fiber reinforced polymers to facilitate the recovery of free fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Adam F. Gross, John J. Vajo, Ashley M. Nelson, April R. Rodriguez, Hardik Dalal, Panagiotis E. George