Patents by Inventor Bernard H. Kear

Bernard H. Kear 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: 11235977
    Abstract: Methods for the production of carbon-based and other nanostructures are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Stephen D. Tse, Hua Hong, Bernard H. Kear
  • Patent number: 11225558
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microparticles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multi-layer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin W. Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20210403326
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a nano-graphitic sponge (NGS) and methods for preparing the nano-graphitic sponge. The disclosed nano-graphitic sponge possesses many excellent properties, including large surface areas and pore volumes, low-mass densities, good electrical conductivities and mechanical properties. These excellent properties make the nano-graphitic sponge an ideal material for many applications, such as electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells and solar cells, catalysts and catalyst supports, and sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Bernard H. Kear, Nofel Z. Whieb, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Publication number: 20210371606
    Abstract: A method for forming a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing carbon fibers or nanotubes into a molten polymer phase comprising one or more molten polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase breaks the carbon fibers successively with each event, producing reactive edges on the broken carbon fibers that react with and cross-link the one or more polymers. The composite shows improvements in mechanical properties, such as stiffness, strength and impact energy absorption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Nofel Z. Whieb
  • Publication number: 20210363321
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite is disclosed. The method includes distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphite successively with each event until at least 50% of the graphite is exfoliated to form a distribution in the molten polymer phase of single- and multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along the c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Justin W. Hendrix, Bernard H. Kear, Gordon Chiu, Stephen Tse
  • Patent number: 11174366
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs and produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20200362137
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite (G-PMC) is disclosed. The packaging material has improved barrier resistance to gas and liquid permeants. Also disclosed is a method of improving barrier resistance of a polymer to a permeant, the method comprising forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite within the polymer. The packaging material may be used for packaging food, drug, perfume, etc. and to make various containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Charles T. Chang
  • Publication number: 20200048425
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite is disclosed. The method includes distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphite successively with each event until at least 50% of the graphite is exfoliated to form a distribution in the molten polymer phase of single- and multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along the c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Justin W. Hendrix, Bernard H. Kear, Gordon Chiu, Stephen Tse
  • Publication number: 20200017645
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microparticles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multi-layer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin W. Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20190233611
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs and produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20190194021
    Abstract: Methods for the production of carbon-based and other nanostructures are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen D. Tse, Hua Hong, Bernard H. Kear
  • Patent number: 10099928
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of use thereof for the production of carbon-based and other nanostructures, as well as fuels and reformed products, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Stephen D. Tse, Nasir K. Memon, Bernard H. Kear
  • Publication number: 20170210628
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of use thereof for the production of carbon-based and other nanostructures, as well as fuels and reformed products, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen D. Tse, Nasir K. Memon, Bernard H. Kear
  • Patent number: 9574080
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture related to composite materials are discussed herein. These materials can be based on a mixture of diamond particles with a matrix and fibers or fabrics. The matrix can be formed into the composite material through optional pressurization and via heat treatment. These materials display exceptionally low friction coefficient and superior wear resistance in extreme environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Kenneth Street, Oleg A Voronov, Bernard H Kear
  • Publication number: 20160293965
    Abstract: A method of preparing a solid oxide fuel cell, including plasma spraying onto a substrate a fully molten multi-oxide ceramic material; and quenching said molten ceramic material to form a layer of a far-from-equilibrium, metastable structure selected from the group consisting of nanocrystalline, nanocomposite and amorphous. The multi-oxide ceramic material can form the anode, cathode and/or electrolyte layers of a solid oxide fuel cell. The electrolyte layer has a matrix of the ceramic material, and is impervious and serves as a fast oxygen ion conductor. The electrolyte layer has a matrix of the ceramic material and a dopant dispersed therein in an amount substantially greater than its equilibrium solubility in the ceramic matrix. The anode layer includes a continuous surface area metallic phase in which electron conduction is provided by the metallic phase and the multi-oxide ceramic matrix provides ionic conduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Peter R. Strutt, Bernard H. Kear
  • Patent number: 9388042
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of use thereof for the production of carbon-based and other nanostructures, as well as fuels and reformed products, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Stephen D. Tse, Nasir K. Memon, Bernard H. Kear
  • Patent number: 9368820
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell has anode, cathode and electrolyte layers each formed essentially of a multi-oxide ceramic material and having a far-from-equilibrium, metastable structure selected from the group consisting of nanocrystalline, nanocomposite and amorphous. The electrolyte layer has a matrix of the ceramic material, and is impervious and serves as a fast oxygen ion conductor. The electrolyte layer has a matrix of the ceramic material and a dopant dispersed therein in an amount substantially greater than its equilibrium solubility in the ceramic matrix. The anode layer includes a continuous surface area metallic phase in which electron conduction is provided by the metallic phase and the multi-oxide ceramic matrix provides ionic conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: NANO CELL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter R. Strutt, Bernard H. Kear
  • Publication number: 20140054505
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of use thereof for the production of carbon-based and other nanostructures, as well as fuels and reformed products, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Stephen D. Tse, Nasir K. Memon, Bernard H. Kear
  • Publication number: 20130302516
    Abstract: An electrode assembly for a solid oxide fuel cell, the electrode assembly including a porous ceramic oxide matrix and an array of fluid conduits. The porous ceramic oxide matrix includes a labyrinth of reinforcing walls interconnected to one another. Each of the fluid conduits is formed from the porous ceramic oxide matrix and has an external surface with a plurality of struts projecting outwardly therefrom and an internal surface defining a first passage for flowing a first fluid therethrough. The struts are configured to connect the fluid conduits to one another and the external surfaces and the struts define a second passage around the fluid conduits for flowing a second fluid therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Peter R. Strutt, Bernard H. Kear
  • Patent number: 8486585
    Abstract: An electrode assembly for a solid oxide fuel cell, the electrode assembly including a porous ceramic oxide matrix and an array of fluid conduits. The porous ceramic oxide matrix includes a labyrinth of reinforcing walls interconnected to one another. Each of the fluid conduits is formed from the porous ceramic oxide matrix and has an external surface with a plurality of struts projecting outwardly therefrom and an internal surface defining a first passage for flowing a first fluid therethrough. The struts are configured to connect the fluid conduits to one another and the external surfaces and the struts define a second passage around the fluid conduits for flowing a second fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Peter R. Strutt, Bernard H. Kear