Patents by Inventor Brian Neltner

Brian Neltner 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: 10807963
    Abstract: A process is provided for converting mevalonic acid into various useful products and derivatives. More particularly, the process comprises reacting mevalonic acid, or a solution comprising mevalonic acid, in the presence of a solid catalyst at an elevated temperature and pressure to thereby form various biobased products. The process may also comprise: (a) providing a microbial organism that expresses a biosynthetic mevalonic acid pathway; (b) growing the microbial organism in fermentation medium comprising suitable carbon substrates, whereby biobased mevalonic acid is produced; and (c) reacting the biobased mevalonic acid in the presence of a solid catalyst at an elevated temperature and pressure to yield various biobased products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Visolis, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Dugar, Brian Neltner
  • Patent number: 10608212
    Abstract: The disclosure provides electrochemical batteries, electrochemical battery housings and methods for assembling electrochemical batteries. The battery housing can include a container, a container lid assembly and an electrical conductor. The container can include a cavity that extends into the container from a cavity aperture. The lid assembly can seal the cavity, and can include an electrically conductive container lid and an electrically conductive flange. The container lid can cover the cavity aperture and can include a conductor aperture that extends through the container lid. The flange can cover the conductor aperture and can be electrically isolated from the container lid. The conductor can be connected to the flange and can extend through the conductor aperture into the cavity. The conductor can be electrically isolated from the container lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AMBRI INC.
    Inventors: David J. Bradwell, Alex T. Vai, Jianyi Cui, Brian Neltner
  • Publication number: 20190169153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process comprising reacting mevalonic acid, or a solution comprising mevalonic acid, to yield a first product or first product mixture, optionally in the presence of a solid catalyst and/or at elevated temperature and/or pressure. The invention further relates to a process comprising: (a) providing a microbial organism that expresses a biosynthetic mevalonic acid pathway; (b) growing the microbial organism in fermentation medium comprising suitable carbon substrates, whereby biobased mevalonic acid is produced; and (c) reacting said biobased mevalonic acid to yield a first product or first product mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Deepak Dugar, Brian Neltner
  • Patent number: 10208008
    Abstract: A process is provided for converting mevalonic acid into various useful products and derivatives. More particularly, the process comprises reacting mevalonic acid, or a solution comprising mevalonic acid, in the presence of a solid catalyst at an elevated temperature and pressure to thereby form various biobased products. The process may also comprise: (a) providing a microbial organism that expresses a biosynthetic mevalonic acid pathway; (b) growing the microbial organism in fermentation medium comprising suitable carbon substrates, whereby biobased mevalonic acid is produced; and (c) reacting the biobased mevalonic acid in the presence of a solid catalyst at an elevated temperature and pressure to yield various biobased products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Visolis, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Dugar, Brian Neltner
  • Publication number: 20170018811
    Abstract: The disclosure provides seals for devices that operate at elevated temperatures and have reactive metal vapors, such as lithium, sodium or magnesium. In some examples, such devices include energy storage devices that may be used within an electrical power grid or as part of a standalone system. The energy storage devices may be charged from an electricity production source for later discharge, such as when there is a demand for electrical energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: David J. Bradwell, Hari Nayar, Greg Thompson, Jianyi Cui, David S. Deak, Michael J. McNeley, Brian Neltner, Darrell Taylor, Vimal Pujari, Zachary T. Modest
  • Publication number: 20160145227
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process comprising reacting mevalonic acid, or a solution comprising mevalonic acid, to yield a first product or first product mixture, optionally in the presence of a solid catalyst and/or at elevated temperature and/or pressure. The invention further relates to a process comprising: (a) providing a microbial organism that expresses a biosynthetic mevalonic acid pathway; (b) growing the microbial organism in fermentation medium comprising suitable carbon substrates, whereby biobased mevalonic acid is produced; and (c) reacting said biobased mevalonic acid to yield a first product or first product mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Deepak Dugar, Brian Neltner
  • Publication number: 20150325821
    Abstract: The disclosure provides electrochemical batteries, electrochemical battery housings and methods for assembling electrochemical batteries. The battery housing can include a container, a container lid assembly and an electrical conductor. The container can include a cavity that extends into the container from a cavity aperture. The lid assembly can seal the cavity, and can include an electrically conductive container lid and an electrically conductive flange. The container lid can cover the cavity aperture and can include a conductor aperture that extends through the container lid. The flange can cover the conductor aperture and can be electrically isolated from the container lid. The conductor can be connected to the flange and can extend through the conductor aperture into the cavity. The conductor can be electrically isolated from the container lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: David J. Bradwell, Alex T. Vai, Jianyi Cui, Brian Neltner
  • Patent number: 9029286
    Abstract: A method of making a metal oxide nanoparticle comprising contacting an aqueous solution of a metal salt with an oxidant. The method is safe, environmentally benign, and uses readily available precursors. The size of the nanoparticles, which can be as small as 1 nm or smaller, can be controlled by selecting appropriate conditions. The method is compatible with biologically derived scaffolds, such as virus particles chosen to bind a desired material. The resulting nanoparticles can be porous and provide advantageous properties as a catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Massachusettes Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Brian Neltner, Angela M. Belcher
  • Publication number: 20140329005
    Abstract: A method for depositing a thin film of a coating material onto an electrically conductive particle surface via supercritical fluid deposition includes providing electrically conductive particles, providing a precursor of a coating material, dissolving the precursor of the coating material into a supercritical fluid solvent to form a supercritical solution of the precursor and subsequently exposing the conductive particles to the supercritical solution in a reactor under conditions at which supercritical fluid deposition of a thin film of the coating material onto surfaces of the conductive particles occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: MICROREACTOR SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: BRIAN NELTNER, RICK BRYAN WOODRUFF
  • Patent number: 8875981
    Abstract: A cartridge microreactor includes a tubular heater, a metal capillary reaction tubing and a brazing alloy. The tubular heater includes an inner tube surrounded by an outer heater sheath. The metal capillary reaction tubing has a high aspect ratio, an inlet port and an outlet port and is wrapped around the tubular heater so that it is in intimate thermal contact with the heater sheath. The brazing alloy permanently bonds the tubular heater with the metal capillary reaction tubing. The metal capillary reaction tubing is configured to be heated by the tubular heater and is configured to receive one or more reactants through the inlet port and to allow the reactants to react under a selected temperature and pressure and to produce one or more products exiting through the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Navolta LLC
    Inventors: Brian Neltner, David M. King, Rick Bryan Woodruff
  • Patent number: 8431506
    Abstract: A method of making a metal oxide nanoparticle comprising contacting an aqueous solution of a metal salt with an oxidant. The method is safe, environmentally benign, and uses readily available precursors. The size of the nanoparticles, which can be as small as 1 nm or smaller, can be controlled by selecting appropriate conditions. The method is compatible with biologically derived scaffolds, such as virus particles chosen to bind a desired material. The resulting nanoparticles can be porous and provide advantageous properties as a catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Brian Neltner, Angela Belcher
  • Publication number: 20120315199
    Abstract: A cartridge microreactor includes a tubular heater, a metal capillary reaction tubing and a brazing alloy. The tubular heater includes an inner tube surrounded by an outer heater sheath. The metal capillary reaction tubing has a high aspect ratio, an inlet port and an outlet port and is wrapped around the tubular heater so that it is in intimate thermal contact with the heater sheath. The brazing alloy permanently bonds the tubular heater with the metal capillary reaction tubing. The metal capillary reaction tubing is configured to be heated by the tubular heater and is configured to receive one or more reactants through the inlet port and to allow the reactants to react under a selected temperature and pressure and to produce one or more products exiting through the outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: MICROREACTOR SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: BRIAN NELTNER, DAVID KING, RICK BRYAN WOODRUFF
  • Publication number: 20110124488
    Abstract: A method of making a metal oxide nanoparticle comprising contacting an aqueous solution of a metal salt with an oxidant. The method is safe, environmentally benign, and uses readily available precursors. The size of the nanoparticles, which can be as small as 1 nm or smaller, can be controlled by selecting appropriate conditions. The method is compatible with biologically derived scaffolds, such as virus particles chosen to bind a desired material. The resulting nanoparticles can be porous and provide advantageous properties as a catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Brian Neltner, Angela Belcher