Patents by Inventor Brendan Cruz Colon

Brendan Cruz Colon 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).

  • Publication number: 20200255870
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fixing carbon using bacteria are described. In one embodiment, a system includes a reactor chamber with a solution contained therein. The solution may include hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (CO2), bioavailable nitrogen, and a chemolithoautotrophic bacteria. The system may also include a pair of electrodes that split water contained within the solution to form the hydrogen. Additionally, the system may be operated so that a concentration of the bioavailable nitrogen in the solution is below a threshold nitrogen concentration to cause the chemolithoautotrophic bacteria to produce a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Brendan Cruz Colón, Chong Liu, Marika Ziesack, Pamela Ann Silver, Daniel G. Nocera
  • Publication number: 20200102254
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a bioreactor system for conducting nitrogen fixation with renewable electricity to produce an engineered soil microbiome enriched in ammonia and carbon. The disclosure further provides an inorganic-biological hybrid bioreactor system that couples the generation of H2 by electricity-dependent H2O-splitting with the nitrogen-fixing capabilities of autotrophic, N2-fixing microorganisms to cultivate NH3-enriched and/or carbon-enriched biomass. The disclosure also provides methods for using NH3-enriched and/or carbon-enriched biomass for applications, such as, biofertilizers for improving the characteristics and performance of soils, e.g., to enhance the yield of agricultural crops. The disclosure further provides biofertilizers, as well as engineered soils and seeds augmented with a biofertilizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Kelsey Sakimoto, Daniel G, Nocera, Pamela Ann Silver, Chong Liu, Brendan Cruz Colon
  • Patent number: 10597681
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fixing carbon using bacteria are described. In one embodiment, a system includes a reactor chamber with a solution contained therein. The solution may include hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (C02), bioavailable nitrogen, and a chemolithoautotrophic bacteria. The system may also include a pair of electrodes that split water contained within the solution to form the hydrogen. Additionally, the system may be operated so that a concentration of the bioavailable nitrogen in the solution is below a threshold nitrogen concentration to cause the chemolithoautotrophic bacteria to produce a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Brendan Cruz Colón, Chong Liu, Marika Ziesack, Pamela Ann Silver, Daniel G. Nocera
  • Publication number: 20190202707
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing ammonia are described. In one embodiment, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen are dissolved in a solution. A glutamine synthetase inhibitor and autotrophic diazotroph bacteria are also placed in the solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Brendan Cruz Colon, Chong Liu, Daniel G. Nocera, Pamela Ann Silver
  • Publication number: 20180265898
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fixing carbon using bacteria are described. In one embodiment, a system includes a reactor chamber with a solution contained therein. The solution may include hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (C02), bioavailable nitrogen, and a chemolithoautotrophic bacteria. The system may also include a pair of electrodes that split water contained within the solution to form the hydrogen. Additionally, the system may be operated so that a concentration of the bioavailable nitrogen in the solution is below a threshold nitrogen concentration to cause the chemolithoautotrophic bacteria to produce a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Brendan Cruz Colón, Chong Liu, Marika Ziesack, Pamela Ann Silver, Daniel G. Nocera