Patents by Inventor Eric W. McFarland

Eric W. McFarland 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: 10100415
    Abstract: A multi-junction artificial photosynthetic unit includes an active element with a plurality of semiconducting layers, with metal layers deposited between the semiconductor layers appropriately forming Schottky barrier junctions or ohmic junctions with a surface of an adjacent semiconductor layer. The active element is formed within a protective structure formed of porous aluminum oxide. Successive layers of the active element can be formed within the protective structure, and additional layers and junctions can be added until desired photovoltages are achieved. A photoreactor for the production of fuels and chemicals driven by solar-powered redox reactions includes a bag reactor filled with a feedstock solution. A plurality of multi-junction photosynthetic units are placed in the feedstock solution to drive the redox reactions and produce the desired fuels and chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HYPERSOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Syed Mubeen Jawahar Hussaini, Eric W. McFarland, Martin Moskovits, Joun Lee, Tim Young
  • Publication number: 20160076154
    Abstract: A multi-junction artificial photosynthetic unit includes an active element with a plurality of semiconducting layers, with metal layers deposited between the semiconductor layers appropriately forming Schottky barrier junctions or ohmic junctions with a surface of an adjacent semiconductor layer. The active element is formed within a protective structure formed of porous aluminum oxide. Successive layers of the active element can be formed within the protective structure, and additional layers and junctions can be added until desired photovoltages are achieved. A photoreactor for the production of fuels and chemicals driven by solar-powered redox reactions includes a bag reactor filled with a feedstock solution. A plurality of multi-junction photosynthetic units are placed in the feedstock solution to drive the redox reactions and produce the desired fuels and chemicals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicants: HyperSolar Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Syed Mubeen Jawahar Hussaini, Eric W. McFarland, Martin Moskovits, Joun Lee, Tim Young
  • Patent number: 9045385
    Abstract: A process is disclosed that includes brominating a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkane with elemental bromine to form a bromo-alkane. The bromo-alkane is reacted to form a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkene and HBr. The HBr is oxidized to form elemental bromine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: REACTION 35, LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Julka, Sagar Gadewar, Peter K. Stoimenov, Philip Grosso, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland
  • Publication number: 20150099911
    Abstract: A process is disclosed that includes brominating a C2, C3 , C4, C5 or C6 alkane with elemental bromine to form a bromo-alkane. The bromo-alkane is reacted to form a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkene and HBr. The HBr is oxidized to form elemental bromine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Vivek JULKA, Sagar GADEWAR, Peter K. STOIMENOV, Philip GROSSO, Jeffrey H. SHERMAN, Aihua ZHANG, Eric W. MCFARLAND
  • Patent number: 8940954
    Abstract: A process is disclosed that includes brominating a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkane with elemental bromine to form a bromo-alkane. The bromo-alkane is reacted to form a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkene and HBr. The HBr is oxidized to form elemental bromine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Reaction35, LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Julka, Sagar Gadewar, Peter K. Stoimenov, Philip Grosso, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland
  • Patent number: 8449849
    Abstract: A method comprising providing a halogen stream; providing a first alkane stream; reacting at least a portion of the halogen stream with at least a portion of the first alkane stream to form a halogenated stream, wherein the halogenated stream comprises alkyl monohalides, alkyl polyhalides, and a hydrogen halide; providing a second alkane stream; and reacting at least a portion of the second alkane stream with at least a portion of the alkyl polyhalides to create at least some additional alkyl monohalides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Sagar B. Gadewar, Michael D. Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J. A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Patent number: 8415517
    Abstract: A method comprising: providing a first halogen stream; providing a first alkane stream; reacting at least a portion of the first halogen stream with at least a portion of the first alkane stream in a first reaction vessel to form a first halogenated stream; providing a second alkane stream comprising C2 and higher hydrocarbons; providing a second halogen stream; and reacting at least a portion of the second halogen stream with at least a portion of the second alkane stream in a second reaction vessel to form a second halogenated stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Sagar Gadewar, Michael Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J. A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Peter Stoimenov, Hongfei Lin, Shawn Huff, Shouli Sun
  • Patent number: 8415512
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Rreed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Publication number: 20120302808
    Abstract: A process is disclosed that includes brominating a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkane with elemental bromine to form a bromo-alkane. The bromo-alkane is reacted to form a C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 alkene and HBr. The HBr is oxidized to form elemental bromine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: GRT, INC.
    Inventors: Vivek Julka, Sagar Gadewar, Peter K. Stoimenov, Philip Grosso, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland
  • Publication number: 20120009090
    Abstract: A method comprising providing a halogen stream; providing a first alkane stream; reacting at least a portion of the halogen stream with at least a portion of the first alkane stream to form a halogenated stream, wherein the halogenated stream comprises alkyl monohalides, alkyl polyhalides, and a hydrogen halide; providing a second alkane stream; and reacting at least a portion of the second alkane stream with at least a portion of the alkyl polyhalides to create at least some additional alkyl monohalides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Sagar B. Gadewar, Michael D. Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J.A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Patent number: 8053616
    Abstract: A method comprising providing a halogen stream; providing a first alkane stream; reacting at least a portion of the halogen stream with at least a portion of the first alkane stream to form a halogenated stream, wherein the halogenated stream comprises alkyl monohalides, alkyl polyhalides, and a hydrogen halide; providing a second alkane stream; and reacting at least a portion of the second alkane stream with at least a portion of the alkyl polyhalides to create at least some additional alkyl monohalides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Sagar B. Gadewar, Michael D. Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J. A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20110034741
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Rreed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Patent number: 7883568
    Abstract: A process is provided for separating one or more light gases from bromine or chlorine using one or more physical separations and contact with a chemical scrubber to recover additional halogen. In one aspect, the process comprises (a) providing a feed of halogen containing one or more light gases to a distillation column or flash vaporizer; (b) operating the distillation column or flash vaporizer to separate the feed into (i) a first liquid containing a major amount of halogen and no more than a minor amount of light gas(es), and (ii) a first vapor containing a major amount of light gas(es) and no more than a minor amount of halogen; and (c) providing the vapor to a chemical scrubber to recover halogen from the vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Sagar B. Gadewar, Peter K. Stoimenov, Philip Grosso, Eric W. McFarland, Ashley W. Breed, Michael J. Weiss, Michael D. Wyrsta
  • Patent number: 7838708
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignees: GRT, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Breed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Publication number: 20100121119
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Breed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Publication number: 20100099929
    Abstract: A method comprising: providing a first halogen stream; providing a first alkane stream; reacting at least a portion of the first halogen stream with at least a portion of the first alkane stream in a first reaction vessel to form a first halogenated stream; providing a second alkane stream comprising C2 and higher hydrocarbons; providing a second halogen stream; and reacting at least a portion of the second halogen stream with at least a portion of the second alkane stream in a second reaction vessel to form a second halogenated stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Sagar Gadewar, Michael Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J.A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Peter Stoimenov, Hongfei Lin, Shawn Huff, Shouli Sun
  • Publication number: 20100099928
    Abstract: A method comprising providing a halogen stream; providing a first alkane stream; reacting at least a portion of the halogen stream with at least a portion of the first alkane stream to form a halogenated stream, wherein the halogenated stream comprises alkyl monohalides, alkyl polyhalides, and a hydrogen halide; providing a second alkane stream; and reacting at least a portion of the second alkane stream with at least a portion of the alkyl polyhalides to create at least some additional alkyl monohalides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Sagar B. Gadewar, Michael D. Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J.A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Patent number: 7579510
    Abstract: An improved continuous process for converting methane, natural gas, or other hydrocarbon feedstocks into one or more higher hydrocarbons or olefins by continuously cycling through the steps of alkane halogenation, product formation (carbon-carbon coupling), product separation, and regeneration of halogen is provided. Preferably, the halogen is continually recovered by reacting hydrobromic acid with air or oxygen. The invention provides an efficient route to aromatic compounds, aliphatic compounds, mixtures of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, olefins, gasoline grade materials, and other useful products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Sagar B. Gadewar, Michael D. Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J. A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Patent number: 7551285
    Abstract: A system for monitoring infrared absorption of each of a plurality of materials contained in an array has an infrared transparent substrate for the array of materials. An infrared radiation source irradiates the materials in the array with infrared radiation. An infrared detection system monitors material absorption of the infrared radiation by the materials. A method of monitoring the infrared absorption spectrum of a library of materials includes synthesizing an array of material on a substrate. The materials are irradiated with infrared radiation and the absorption of the infrared radiation by the materials is monitored for each material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Symyx Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. McFarland, William Archibald
  • Publication number: 20090045341
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the heats of reaction of an array of materials has an infrared transparent substrate containing the materials. A reaction chamber encloses the substrate. At least one reactant gas is coupled to the reaction chamber through a valve. An infrared camera images the array of materials. The camera outputs signals corresponding to an infrared emission intensity of at least one activated material in the array. A system for characterizing chemical reactions has an infrared transparent substrate for containing an array of materials. A modulated infrared radiation source simultaneously irradiates the materials in the array with infrared radiation. An infrared camera has a focal plane array detecting infrared radiation. An optical element focuses the infrared radiation transmitted by the array of materials onto the focal plane array. A processor coupled to the camera transforms sequential intensity profiles of the detected infrared radiation into infrared spectra using Fourier analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: SYMYX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. McFarland, William Archibald