Patents by Inventor Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.

Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr. 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: 10370248
    Abstract: An improved hydrogen generation system and method for using the same are provided. The system includes an HDS unit configured to remove sulfur, a first and second pre-reformers configured to pre-reform a process gas and fuel gas, respectively, a first and second heat exchangers configured to dry and heat the pre-reformed fuel gas, respectively, and a reformer configured to produce a syngas and flue gas. The method includes using a process stream selected from the group consisting of air, PSA off-gas, hydrocarbon gas, and combinations thereof to dry the fuel gas and using a process stream selected from the group consisting of the flue gas, the syngas, and combinations thereof to heat the dry fuel gas. The second pre-reformer is a low-pressure pre-reformer, so that the heat contents of the fuel gas is increased through converting heavy hydrocarbons in the fuel gas to CO and H2 by the second pre-reformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude, Et L'Exploration Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Taekyu Kang, Rong Fan, Pavol Pranda, Robert A. Gagliano, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180215618
    Abstract: An improved hydrogen generation system and method for using the same are provided. The system includes an HDS unit configured to remove sulfur from a process gas and a fuel gas, a pre-reformer configured to convert heavy hydrocarbons in the process gas and the fuel gas to methane, a first heat exchanger configured to dry the pre-reformed fuel gas, a second heat exchanger configured to heat the dry pre-reformed fuel gas, and a reformer configured to produce a syngas and flue gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Taekyu KANG, Rong FAN, Pavol PRANDA, Robert A. GAGLIANO, Benjamin J. JURCIK, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180215619
    Abstract: An improved hydrogen generation system and method for using the same are provided. The system includes an HDS unit configured to remove sulfur, a first and second pre-reformers configured to pre-reform a process gas and fuel gas, respectively, a first and second heat exchangers configured to dry and heat the pre-reformed fuel gas, respectively, and a reformer configured to produce a syngas and flue gas. The method includes using a process stream selected from the group consisting of air, PSA off-gas, hydrocarbon gas, and combinations thereof to dry the fuel gas and using a process stream selected from the group consisting of the flue gas, the syngas, and combinations thereof to heat the dry fuel gas. The second pre-reformer is a low-pressure pre-reformer, so that the heat contents of the fuel gas is increased through converting heavy hydrocarbons in the fuel gas to CO and H2 by the second pre-reformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Taekyu KANG, Rong FAN, Pavol PRANDA, Robert A. GAGLIANO, Benjamin J. JURCIK, JR.
  • Patent number: 9795927
    Abstract: A carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane is made by pyrolyzing a polymeric precursor membrane in a pyrolysis atmosphere containing a sulfur-containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Société Anonyme Pour L'Étude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges
    Inventors: Henri Chevrel, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Philippe A. Coignet, Raja Swaidan, Dean W. Kratzer
  • Patent number: 9773683
    Abstract: Atomic layer or cyclic plasma etching chemistries and processes to etch films are disclosed. Films include Si, Ti, Ta, W, Al, Pd, Ir, Co, Fe, B, Cu, Ni, Pt, Ru, Mn, Mg, Cr, Au, alloys thereof, oxides thereof, nitrides thereof, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Gupta, Venkateswara R. Pallem, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160184776
    Abstract: A carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane is made by pyrolyzing a polymeric precursor membrane in a pyrolysis atmosphere containing a sulfur-containing compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Henri CHEVREL, Benjamin J. JURCIK, JR.
  • Publication number: 20160184775
    Abstract: A carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane is made by pyrolyzing a polymeric precursor membrane in a pyrolysis atmosphere containing a sulfur-containing compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Henri CHEVREL, Benjamin J. JURCIK, JR., Philippe A. COIGNET, Raja SWAIDAN, Dean W. KRATZER
  • Patent number: 9206507
    Abstract: Disclosed are homoleptic diazabutadiene nickel precursors used for the vapor deposition of nickel-containing films. The precursors have the general formula Ni(R-DAD)2, wherein R-DAD stands for substituted 1,4-diazabuta-1,3-diene ligands. The sole presence of the Ni—N bonds was also considered to avoid too high intrusion of other elements, such as carbon, into the nickel-containing films. The flexibility of the Ni—N bond in terms of film deposition also allows using the molecules for nickel, nickel-nitride, nickel-carbonitride, nickel oxide or any other type of nickel-containing films. The nickel-containing film depositions can be carried out by thermal and/or plasma-enhanced CVD, ALD, and pulse CVD or any other type of depositions methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude, American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventors: Clément Lansalot-Matras, Julien Gatineau, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150325097
    Abstract: Disclosed are smart canisters for use in the materials industry. The smart canisters include sensors and communication devices that allow users to continuously monitor various physical and chemical properties of the product insider the canisters. For a variety of products that have limited stability and tend to decompose over time, variations in product properties can adversely impact the process in which the material is used. The smart canister can alert the user, in real time, when the product is starting to deviate from pre-set functional parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ashutosh MISRA, Benjamin J. JURCIK, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150270140
    Abstract: Atomic layer or cyclic plasma etching chemistries and processes to etch films are disclosed. Films include Si, Ti, Ta, W, Al, Pd, Ir, Co, Fe, B, Cu, Ni, Pt, Ru, Mn, Mg, Cr, Au, alloys thereof, oxides thereof, nitrides thereof, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Rahul GUPTA, Venkateswara R. PALLEM, Benjamin J. JURCIK, JR.
  • Patent number: 8758867
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for depositing metal films are described herein. In general, the disclosed methods utilize precursor compounds comprising gold, silver or copper. More specifically, the disclosed precursor compounds utilize neutral ligands derived from ethylene or acetylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés George Claude
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Christian Dussarrat
  • Patent number: 7770448
    Abstract: A chemical storage device and a method for monitoring chemical usage are described herein. The device and disclosed method utilize a chemical storage canister and a load cell integrated into one transportable unit. The load cell is capable of compensating for the added weight of attached dispensing devices used in the semiconductor industry. Additionally, the load cell continuously displays the weight of the chemicals as they are withdrawn from the chemical storage device. These functionalities are included in the control logic of the load cell which is incorporated into the load cell itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Misra, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Ravi Laxman
  • Patent number: 6885452
    Abstract: Provided is a novel chamber effluent monitoring system. The system comprises a chamber having an exhaust line connected thereto. The exhaust line includes a sample region, wherein substantially all of a chamber effluent also passes through the sample region. The system further comprises an absorption spectroscopy measurement system for detecting a gas phase molecular species. The measurement system comprises a light source and a main detector in optical communication with the sample region through one or more light transmissive window. The light source directs a light beam into the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The light beam passes through the sample region and exits the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The main detector responds to the light beam exiting the sample region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventors: James McAndrew, Hwa-Chi Wang, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6493086
    Abstract: Provided is a novel chamber effluent monitoring system. The system comprises a chamber having an exhaust line connected thereto. The exhaust line includes a sample region, wherein substantially all of a chamber effluent also passes through the sample region. The system further comprises an absorption spectroscopy measurement system for detecting a gas phase molecular species. The measurement system comprises a light source and a main detector in optical communication with the sample region through one or more light transmissive window. The light source directs a light beam into the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The light beam passes through the sample region and exits the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The main detector responds to the light beam exiting the sample region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignees: American Air Liquide, Inc., L'Air Liquide-Societe Anonyme a Directoire et Conseil de Surveillance pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: James McAndrew, Hwa-Chi Wang, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6171100
    Abstract: Burner firing method and device are presented where an oxidizing oxygen-fuel burner is fired at an angle to the reducing air-fuel burner flame to reduce overall NOx emissions from high temperature furnaces. The oxidizing oxy-fuel burner stoichiometric equivalence ratio (oxygen/fuel) is maintained in the range of about 1.5 to about 12.5. The reducing air-fuel burner is fired at an equivalence ratio of 0.6 to 1.00 to reduce the availability of oxygen in the flame and reducing NOx emissions. The oxidizing flame from the oxy-fuel burner is oriented such that the oxidizing flame gas stream intersects the reducing air-fuel flame gas stream at or near the tail section of the air-fuel flame. The inventive methods improve furnace temperature control and thermal efficiency by eliminating some nitrogen and provide an effective burnout of CO and other hydrocarbons using the higher mixing ability of the oxidizing flame combustion products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignees: American Air Liquide, Inc., L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Elude et l'Exploitation des Procedes George Claude
    Inventors: Mahendra L. Joshi, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Jean-Francois Simon
  • Patent number: 6154284
    Abstract: Provided is a novel chamber effluent monitoring system. The system comprises a chamber having an exhaust line connected thereto. The exhaust line includes a sample region, wherein substantially all of a chamber effluent also passes through the sample region. The system further comprises an absorption spectroscopy measurement system for detecting a gas phase molecular species. The measurement system comprises a light source and a main detector in optical communication with the sample region through one or more light transmissive window. The light source directs a light beam into the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The light beam passes through the sample region and exits the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The main detector responds to the light beam exiting the sample region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: American Air Liquide Inc.
    Inventors: James McAndrew, Hwa-Chi Wang, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5963336
    Abstract: Provided is a novel chamber effluent monitoring system. The system comprises a chamber having an exhaust line connected thereto. The exhaust line includes a sample region, wherein substantially all of a chamber effluent also passes through the sample region. The system further comprises an absorption spectroscopy measurement system for detecting a gas phase molecular species. The measurement system comprises a light source and a main detector in optical communication with the sample region through one or more light transmissive window. The light source directs a light beam into the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The light beam passes through the sample region and exits the sample region through one of the one or more light transmissive window. The main detector responds to the light beam exiting the sample region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: American Air Liquide Inc.
    Inventors: James McAndrew, Hwa-Chi Wang, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5954498
    Abstract: Burner firing method and device are presented where an oxidizing oxygen-fuel burner is fired at an angle to the reducing air-fuel burner flame to reduce overall NOx emissions from high temperature furnaces. The oxidizing oxy-fuel burner stoichiometric equivalence ratio (oxygen/fuel) is maintained in the range of about 1.5 to about 12.5. The reducing air-fuel burner is fired at an equivalence ratio of 0.6 to 1.00 to reduce the availability of oxygen in the flame and reducing NOx emissions. The oxidizing flame from the oxy-fuel burner is oriented such that the oxidizing flame gas stream intersects the reducing air-fuel flame gas stream at or near the tail section of the air-fuel flame. The inventive methods improve furnace temperature control and thermal efficiency by eliminating some nitrogen and provide an effective burnout of CO and other hydrocarbons using the higher mixing ability of the oxidizing flame combustion products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignees: American Air Liquide, Inc., L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Mahendra L. Joshi, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Jean-Francois Simon
  • Patent number: 5409159
    Abstract: A circuit board is wave soldered as it is carried by a conveyor through a solder wave established in a solder reservoir. Disposed on both sides of the solder wave are gas plenums which discharge shield gas. Each gas plenum includes a top wall, a side wall, and a bottom wall. The side wall is spaced horizontally from the wave, and the bottom wall is submerged within the solder. The side and (optionally) top walls include orifices for directing shield gas (i) at high velocity toward the solder wave to protect the solder wave with an atmosphere of shield gas, and (ii) upwardly toward an underside of the circuit board to strip entrained air therefrom. Instead of being submerged within the solder, the bottom wall could be spaced above the solder and provided with orifices to emit shield gas downwardly between the plenum and solder reservoir to create an inert atmosphere above the solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignees: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude, American Air Liquide, Inc., Air Liquide America Corp.
    Inventors: Robert W. Connors, Frederick W. Giacobbe, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Frederic Rotman, Kevin P. McKean