Patents by Inventor Douglas H. Adamson

Douglas H. Adamson 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: 10357782
    Abstract: Apparatus, such as a flotation separation device, features a flotation cell or column configured to receive a mixture of water, valuable material and unwanted material; receive polymer-based materials, including polymer bubbles or beads, configured to attach to the valuable material in the mixture; and provide enriched polymer-based materials, including enriched polymer bubbles or beads, having the valuable material attached thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Francis K. Didden, Christian V. O'Keefe, Alan D. Kersey, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Publication number: 20190201914
    Abstract: A synthetic bead for use in mineral separation is described. The synthetic bead has a surface made of a synthetic material such as polymer and the synthetic material is functionalized with molecules having a functional group for attaching mineral particles to the surface in a separation process. The synthetic beads can be placed in flotation cell containing a mixture of water, valuable material and unwanted material or in a pipeline where the mixture is transported from one location to another. The enriched synthetic beads carrying the mineral particles are separated from the unwanted materials in the mixture. The mineral particles are then released from the synthetic beads by means of low pH treatment, ultrasonic agitation, thermal or electromagnetic treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Paul J. ROTHMAN, Mark R. FERNALD, Francis K. DIDDEN, Christian V. O'KEEFE, Douglas H. ADAMSON
  • Patent number: 10266413
    Abstract: A method to fractionate and isolate components of oxidized graphene material is provided that includes fractionating a system that includes graphene oxide, a solvent and water, wherein the fractionation creates two phases or fractions: (i) a water phase or fraction that contains highly oxidized graphene oxide, and (ii) a solvent-in-water emulsion phase or fraction that contains a graphene-based material. The graphene-based material is recovered from the solvent-in-water phase or fraction. Fractionation of the solvent-in-water emulsion phase or fraction may be repeated. The graphene-based material (uGO) may be used in a range of applications, e.g., a medical device, a nanoelectronic, an electromechanical system, a sensor, a composite, a catalysis, and energy storage device, and an optics application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Harish Kumar
  • Patent number: 10245597
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided featuring a first and second cells. The first cell receives an ore slurry having mineral particles of interest, receives unexpanded polymer microspheres comprising a surface having mineral collector chemistry attached thereto with molecules for attaching the mineral particles of interest, causes the unexpanded polymer microspheres to expand substantially in volume into expanded polymer microspheres having a substantially increased sphere surface area, and provides an expanded polymer microsphere foam layer comprising the expanded polymer microspheres with attached mineral particles of interest. The second cell receives the expanded polymer microsphere foam layer, and causes the expanded polymer microspheres to collapse substantially in volume into collapsed polymer microspheres having a substantially reduced sphere surface area that results in a mechanical shearing off of the attached mineral particles of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services Inc.
    Inventors: Francis K. Didden, Alan D. Kersey, Michael A. Davis, Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Christian V. O'Keefe, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Publication number: 20180323009
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides advantageous composite films/coatings, and improved methods for fabricating such composite films/coatings. More particularly, the present disclosure provides improved methods for fabricating composite films by trapping at least a portion of a layered material (e.g., hexagonal boron nitride sheets/layers) at an interface of a phase separated system and then introducing the layered material to a polymer film. The present disclosure provides for the use of boron nitride layers to increase the properties (e.g., dielectric constant and breakdown voltage) of polymer films. The exemplary films can be produced by an advantageous climbing technique. Exemplary boron nitride films are composed of overlapping boron nitride sheets with a total thickness of about one nanometer, with the film then transferred onto a polymer film, thereby resulting in significant increases in both dielectric and breakdown properties of the polymer film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Zhenhua Cui, Andrey V. Dobrynin
  • Patent number: 10060570
    Abstract: Apparatus, including a pipeline, featuring at least one pipe liner or coating configured to line or coat a pipe for receiving a process fluid flow, configured with at least one chemical taggant or tracer, and also configured to respond to the process fluid flow, and provide an indication about a degree of liner or coating wear or a location of wear in the pipe. The apparatus may also include the pipe having the at least one pipe liner or coating configured therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CiDRA CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Alan D. Kersey, Michael Puig, Francis K. Didden, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Patent number: 10049817
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides advantageous composite films/coatings, and improved methods for fabricating such composite films/coatings. More particularly, the present disclosure provides improved methods for fabricating composite films by trapping at least a portion of a layered material (e.g., hexagonal boron nitride sheets/layers) at an interface of a phase separated system and then introducing the layered material to a polymer film. The present disclosure provides for the use of boron nitride layers to increase the properties (e.g., dielectric constant and breakdown voltage) of polymer films. The exemplary films can be produced by an advantageous climbing technique. Exemplary boron nitride films are composed of overlapping boron nitride sheets with a total thickness of about one nanometer, with the film then transferred onto a polymer film, thereby resulting in significant increases in both dielectric and breakdown properties of the polymer film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Zhenhua Cui, Andrey V. Dobrynin
  • Publication number: 20180200730
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in, or forming part of, a separation process to be implemented in separation processor technology, the apparatus comprising synthetic bubbles or beads configured with a polymer or polymer-based material functionalized to attach to a valuable material in a mixture so as to form an enriched synthetic bubbles or beads having the valuable material attached thereto, and also configured to be separated from the mixture based at least partly on a difference in a physical property between the enriched synthetic bubbles or beads having the valuable material attached thereto and the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Paul J. ROTHMAN, Mark R. FERNALD, Francis K. DIDDEN, Christian V. O'KEEFE, Alan D. KERSEY, Douglas H. ADAMSON
  • Patent number: 9981272
    Abstract: Apparatus featuring synthetic bubbles or beads and a flotation stage. The synthetic bubbles or beads are configured with a polymer or polymer-based material functionalized to attach to the valuable material in a mixture to form at least some enriched synthetic bubbles or beads having the valuable material attached thereto, and also configured to be transported through the mixture based at least partly on a characteristic of the synthetic bubbles or beads. The flotation stage has the mixture containing valuable material, and is configured to receive the synthetic bubbles or beads and to provide the at least some enriched synthetic bubbles or beads having the valuable material attached thereto based at least partly the characteristic of the synthetic bubbles or beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CiDRA CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Francis K. Didden, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Patent number: 9981271
    Abstract: A synthetic bead for use in mineral separation is described. The synthetic bead has a surface made of a synthetic material such as polymer and the synthetic material is functionalized with molecules having a functional group for attaching mineral particles to the surface in a separation process. The synthetic beads can be placed in flotation cell containing a mixture of water, valuable material and unwanted material or in a pipeline where the mixture is transported from one location to another. The enriched synthetic beads carrying the mineral particles are separated from the unwanted materials in the mixture. The mineral particles are then released from the synthetic beads by means of low pH treatment, ultrasonic agitation, thermal or electromagnetic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CiDRA CORPORATE SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Francis K. Didden, Christian V. O'keefe, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Publication number: 20180134740
    Abstract: A composition of matter wherein the composition comprises a siliceous substrate having silanols on the surface and a polymer selected from the group consisting essentially of a water soluble polymer, a water soluble copolymer, an alcohol soluble polymer, an alcohol soluble copolymer, and combinations of such polymers, wherein the polymer is chemically bonded to the siliceous substrate by a silane linking material having the general formula O3/2SiQY that is derived from an alkoxy-functional silane having the general formula (RO)3SiQX and processes for preparing the crosslinked polymer that is chemically bonded to the surface of the siliceous substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Warde T. Collins, Douglas H. Adamson, David E. Graham, Robert M. Mininni
  • Publication number: 20180127275
    Abstract: A method to fractionate and isolate components of oxidized graphene material is provided that includes fractionating a system that includes graphene oxide, a solvent and water, wherein the fractionation creates two phases or fractions: (i) a water phase or fraction that contains highly oxidized graphene oxide, and (ii) a solvent-in-water emulsion phase or fraction that contains a graphene-based material. The graphene-based material is recovered from the solvent-in-water phase or fraction. Fractionation of the solvent-in-water emulsion phase or fraction may be repeated. The graphene-based material (uGO) may be used in a range of applications, e.g., a medical device, a nanoelectronic, an electromechanical system, a sensor, a composite, a catalysis, and energy storage device, and an optics application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Harish Kumar
  • Patent number: 9943860
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting mineral particles in the tailings is disclosed. The apparatus may take the form of a filter, a conveyor belt, a collection plate or an impeller configured to contact with tailings of a flotation process, before and/or after the tailings are discharged into a pond. The filter, conveyor belt, collection plate or impeller has a collection area or surface made of, or coated with, a synthetic material having a functional group, e.g., having an ionizing bond to attract the mineral particles of interest. Alternatively, the synthetic material has hydrophobic molecules to render the collection area hydrophobic. When the mineral particles of interest in the tailings are combined with collector molecules, the mineral particles of interest may also become hydrophobic. The hydrophobic mineral particles of interest are attracted to the hydrophobic collection area or surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Francis K. Didden, Christian V. O'Keefe, Alan D. Kersey, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Patent number: 9827574
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in, or forming part of, a separation process to be implemented in separation processor technology, the apparatus comprising synthetic bubbles or beads configured with a polymer or polymer-based material functionalized to attach to a valuable material in a mixture so as to form an enriched synthetic bubbles or beads having the valuable material attached thereto, and also configured to be separated from the mixture based at least partly on a difference in a physical property between the enriched synthetic bubbles or beads having the valuable material attached thereto and the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CiDRA CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Francis K. Didden, Christian V. O'Keefe, Alan D. Kersey, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Patent number: 9828404
    Abstract: A composition of matter wherein the composition comprises a siliceous substrate having silanols on the surface and a polymer selected from the group consisting essentially of a water soluble polymer, a water soluble copolymer, an alcohol soluble polymer, an alcohol soluble copolymer, and combinations of such polymers, wherein the polymer is chemically bonded to the siliceous substrate by a silane linking material having the general formula O3/2SiQY that is derived from an alkoxy-functional silane having the general formula (RO)3SiQX and processes for preparing the crosslinked polymer that is chemically bonded to the surface of the siliceous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Warde T. Collins, David E. Grahan, Robert M. Minnini
  • Publication number: 20170232451
    Abstract: An engineered collection medium for use in mineral separation is described. The engineered collection medium has a solid phase body configured with a three-dimensional open-cell structure like foam or sponge to provide collection surfaces. The surfaces are functionalized with a hydrophobic chemical having molecules with a functional group for attaching mineral particles to the collection surfaces. The engineered collection medium can be a foam block, a filter or conveyor belt to be placed in a slurry to collect mineral particles in the slurry. The engineered collection medium carrying the mineral particles is provided to a release apparatus where the mineral particles can be released by using mechanical agitation, sonic agitation and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Paul J. ROTHMAN, Mark R. FERNALD, Francis DIDDEN, Christian V. O'KEEFE, Douglas H. ADAMSON, Paul DOLAN, Timothy J. BAILEY, Michael RYAN
  • Patent number: 9731221
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting mineral particles in a slurry or the tailings is disclosed, including a collection area or tank having one or more collection surfaces configured to contact with a mixture having water and valuable material, the valuable material having a plurality of mineral particles of interest; and a synthetic material provided at least on the one or more collection surfaces, the synthetic material having plurality of molecules with a siloxane functional group configured to attract the mineral particles of interest to the collection surfaces. The one or more collection surfaces includes a conveyor belt that is driven through the collection area or tank, through a release area or tank, back through the collection area or tank. The mixture includes a pulp slurry having ground ore with mineral particles of interest forming part thereof, including mineral particles of interest of about 500 microns or larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CiDRA CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Francis K. Didden, Douglas H. Adamson
  • Publication number: 20170178762
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides advantageous graphene/graphite stabilized composites (e.g., graphene/graphite stabilized emulsion-templated foam composites), and improved methods for fabricating such graphene/graphite stabilized composites. More particularly, the present disclosure provides improved methods for fabricating pristine, graphene/graphite/polymer composite foams derived from emulsions stabilized by graphene/graphite kinetic trapping. In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides that, instead of viewing the insolubility of pristine graphene/graphite as an obstacle to be overcome, it is utilized as a means to create or fabricate water/oil emulsions, with graphene/graphite stabilizing the spheres formed. These emulsions are then the frameworks used to make foam composites that have shown bulk conductivities up to about 2 S/m, as well as compressive moduli up to about 100 MPa and breaking strengths of over 1200 psi, with densities as low as about 0.25 g/cm3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Steven Woltornist, Andrey V. Dobrynin
  • Patent number: 9685261
    Abstract: Advantageous films and coatings (e.g., transparent conductive films), and improved methods for fabricating such films and/or coatings, are provided. The improved methods for fabricating transparent conductive films/coatings may involve trapping at least a portion of a layered material (e.g., graphene sheet(s) or layer(s) of graphite) at an interface of a phase separated system (e.g., at an interface of two non-mixing solvents). Transparent, one to four layer, conductive films/coatings of pristine natural flake graphene are produced by kinetically trapping graphene sheets at an interface of a phase separated system (e.g., at an oil/water interface).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Steven Woltornist, Andrey V. Dobrynin
  • Patent number: 9646735
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides advantageous graphene/graphite stabilized composites (e.g., graphene/graphite stabilized emulsion-templated foam composites), and improved methods for fabricating such graphene/graphite stabilized composites. More particularly, the present disclosure provides improved methods for fabricating pristine, graphene/graphite/polymer composite foams derived from emulsions stabilized by graphene/graphite kinetic trapping. In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides that, instead of viewing the insolubility of pristine graphene/graphite as an obstacle to be overcome, it is utilized as a means to create or fabricate water/oil emulsions, with graphene/graphite stabilizing the spheres formed. These emulsions are then the frameworks used to make foam composites that have shown bulk conductivities up to about 2 S/m, as well as compressive moduli up to about 100 MPa and breaking strengths of over 1200 psi, with densities as low as about 0.25 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Steven Woltornist, Andrey V. Dobrynin