Patents by Inventor Gary W. Beall

Gary W. Beall 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: 20180290125
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to adsorbents for removing hydrophobic materials from a fluid. The adsorbents include a modified clay and a binding material associated with the modified clay. The modified clay may be functionalized with a plurality of oleophilic functional groups, such as silane coupling agents. The binding material may include polymers, asphalt, and cement. Additional embodiments pertain to methods of removing hydrophobic materials from a fluid by associating the fluid with the aforementioned adsorbents. This results in adsorption of hydrophobic materials from the fluid to the adsorbent and formation of hydrophobic material-adsorbent complexes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Texas State University
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Archana Gujjari
  • Publication number: 20180215896
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transparent self-assembling polymer clay nanocomposite coating that is useful in food, drink and electronic packaging as a gas barrier and on textiles and clothing as a flame retardant coating. The coating includes two main components a water dispersible polymer and a sheet like nanoparticle. The coatings may be applied to any substrate. The coatings are applied sequentially with polymer being applied first followed by the nanoparticles. This sequence results in the self-assembly of a highly ordered nanocomposite film that exhibits high barrier properties and flame retardancy. The desired level of gas barrier or flame retardancy desired can be adjusted by the number of bilayers applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Ray G. Cook, Maedeh Dabbaghianamiri
  • Publication number: 20160053133
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transparent self-assembling polymer clay nanocomposite coating that is useful in food, drink and electronic packaging as a gas barrier and on textiles and clothing as a flame retardant coating. The coating consists of two main components that include a water dispersible polymer and a sheet like nanoparticle. The polymers are polyvinylpyrrolidone or polyacrylic acid and or co-polymers with pyrrolidone or acrylic acid and the nanoparticles include smectite clays and double metal hydroxides. The coatings can be applied to any substrate. The coatings are applied sequentially with polymer being applied first followed by the nanoparticles. This sequence results in the self-assembly of a highly ordered nanocomposite film that exhibits high barrier properties and flame retardancy. The desired level of gas barrier or flame retardancy desired can be adjusted by the number of bilayers applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Ray G. Cook
  • Publication number: 20150259468
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a copolymer is formed from a monomer composition that includes a 2,2,4,4-tetraalkyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol monomer; one or more aromatic dicarboxylic acids, aromatic dicarboxylic diesters, and/or aromatic dicarboxylic anhydride; 1,3-propanediol or 1,4-butanediol; and 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol. In some embodiments, a copolymer is formed from a monomer composition that includes a 2,2,4,4-tetraalkyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol monomer, wherein at least 90% of the 2,2,4,4-tetraalkyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol monomer is in the cis- or trans-form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Yelena Nash
  • Publication number: 20150030769
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a process that unexpectedly can produce very inexpensive graphene, functionalized graphenes, and a new compound called graphenol in particulate or dispersions in solvents. The process can also produce graphene layers on metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Further, the graphenol, functionalized graphenes, and graphene can be utilized to form nanocomposites that yield property improvements exceeding anything reported previously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Patent number: 8865307
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a process that unexpectedly can produce very inexpensive graphene, functionalized graphenes, and a new compound called graphenol in particulate or dispersions in solvents. The process can also produce graphene layers on metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Further, the graphenol, functionalized graphenes, and graphene can be utilized to form nanocomposites that yield property improvements exceeding anything reported previously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: National Nanomaterials, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Patent number: 8568808
    Abstract: An intercalated layered silicate comprises a layered silicate and an intercalating agent sorbed between the silicate layers of the layered silicate. The amount of intercalating agent is effective to provide an average interlayer spacing between the silicate layers of at least about 20 ?. The intercalating agent has a formula selected from formulas I through VII described herein. The intercalated layered silicate may be exfoliated by mixing it with a matrix medium and adding sufficient energy to form a dispersed-particle composition. A packaging film, such as a food packaging film, may comprise the dispersed-particle composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Grah, Michael L. Becraft, Drew V. Speer, Gary W. Beall, Jeremy Bartels
  • Publication number: 20130140495
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a process that unexpectedly can produce very inexpensive graphene, functionalized graphenes, and a new compound called graphenol in particulate or dispersions in solvents. The process can also produce graphene layers on metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Further, the graphenol, functionalized graphenes, and graphene can be utilized to form nanocomposites that yield property improvements exceeding anything reported previously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: NATIONAL NANOMATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Publication number: 20130112925
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a process that unexpectedly can produce very inexpensive graphene and a new compound called graphenol in particulate or dispersions in solvents. The process can also produce graphene layers on metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Further, the graphenol and graphene can be utilized to form nanocomposites that yield property improvements exceeding anything reported previously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: NATIONAL NANOMATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Patent number: 8362134
    Abstract: A packaging film comprises a dispersed-particle composition, which comprises a plurality of particles dispersed in a matrix medium of thermoplastic polymer. The particles comprise silicate platelets. Intercalating agent of one or more phospholipids is sorbed to the silicate platelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Grah, Gary W. Beall
  • Patent number: 8361430
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a process that unexpectedly can produce very inexpensive graphene and a new compound called graphenol in particulate or dispersions in solvents. The process can also produce graphene layers on metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Further, the graphenol and graphene can be utilized to form nanocomposites that yield property improvements exceeding anything reported previously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: National Nanomaterials, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Publication number: 20110201739
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a process that unexpectedly can produce very inexpensive graphene and a new compound called graphenol in particulate or dispersions in solvents. The process can also produce graphene layers on metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Further, the graphenol and graphene can be utilized to form nanocomposites that yield property improvements exceeding anything reported previously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: NATIONAL NANOMATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Patent number: 7772362
    Abstract: A method of treating an amorphous CBDO polymer to impart self healing and shape memory properties by heat treatment, and products resulting from such method are described. An amorphous CBDO copolymer may include a copolyester prepared by reacting an aromatic dicarboxylic acid or ester or anhydride thereof, a 2,2,4,4-tetraalkyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol and 1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, or mixture thereof. The method may include heating said copolymer to a temperature above its glass transition temperature to impart self healing and shape memory properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Texas State University
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Jesse R. Hancock, Chad J. Booth
  • Publication number: 20100040653
    Abstract: An intercalated layered silicate comprises a layered silicate and an intercalating agent sorbed between the silicate layers of the layered silicate. The amount of intercalating agent is effective to provide an average interlayer spacing between the silicate layers of at least about 20 ?. The intercalating agent has a formula selected from formulas I through VII described herein. The intercalated layered silicate may be exfoliated by mixing it with a matrix medium and adding sufficient energy to form a dispersed-particle composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Michael D. Grah, Michael L. Becraft, Drew V. Speer, Gary W. Beall, Jeremy Bartels
  • Publication number: 20090297568
    Abstract: An intercalated layered silicate comprises a layered silicate and an intercalating agent sorbed between the silicate layers of the layered silicate. The amount of intercalating agent is effective to provide an average interlayer spacing between the silicate layers of at least about 20 ?. The intercalating agent comprises one or more of fatty acid esters of sorbitan, ethoxylated fatty esters of sorbitan, fatty acid esters of glycerol, fatty acid esters of polyglycerol, fatty acid amide waxes, variants of amide waxes, and variants of amides. The intercalated layered silicate may be exfoliated by mixing it with a matrix medium and adding sufficient energy to form a dispersed-particle composition. A packaging film, such as a food packaging film, may comprise the dispersed-particle composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Michael D. Grah, Michael L. Becraft, Drew V. Speer, Gary W. Beall
  • Publication number: 20090297675
    Abstract: A packaging film comprises a dispersed-particle composition, which comprises a plurality of particles dispersed in a matrix medium of thermoplastic polymer. The particles comprise silicate platelets. Intercalating agent of one or more phospholipids is sorbed to the silicate platelets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Michael D. Grah, Gary W. Beall
  • Publication number: 20090023891
    Abstract: According to the invention, an amorphous CBDO polymer (as described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,705,575, issued Jan. 6, 1998, which U.S. patent is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety) is imparted self healing and shape memory properties by heat treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: Texas State University
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Jesse R. Hancock, Chad J. Booth
  • Publication number: 20090023885
    Abstract: According to the invention, an amorphous CBDO copolymer (as described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,705,575, issued Jan. 6, 1998, which U.S. patent is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety) is treated to impart high impact resistance, also called impact strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: Texas State University - San Marcos
    Inventors: Gary W. Beall, Jesse R. Hancock, Chad J. Booth
  • Patent number: 7025972
    Abstract: An allergen and blocking sorbent for topical application to the skin comprising a surface-modified layered material, such as an intercalated clay, dispersed in a cosmetically acceptable solvent. The organic surface modifier is an organic molecule that contains a substantial dipole moment sufficient to bond, through ion-dipole interactions, with an exchangeable cation on the inner surface of adjacent clay platelets. Suitable organic surface modifiers include aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, alcohols, phenols, ethers, catecols, lactams, lactones and pyrrolidones. The preferred layered material useful in this invention includes the entire family of smectite type clays. The composition is topically applied to the skin to absorb or adsorb (hereinafter “sorb” or “sorbent”) via intercalation between spaced layers of the layered material, and block allergenic organic compounds from plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, thus preventing skin rashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall
  • Publication number: 20030012800
    Abstract: An allergen and blocking sorbent for topical application to the skin comprising a surface-modified layered material, such as an intercalated clay, dispersed in a cosmetically acceptable solvent. The organic surface modifier is an organic molecule that contains a substantial dipole moment sufficient to bond, through ion-dipole interactions, with an exchangeable cation on the inner surface of adjacent clay platelets. Suitable organic surface modifiers include aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, alcohols, phenols, ethers, catecols, lactams, lactones and pyrrolidones. The preferred layered material useful in this invention includes the entire family of smectite type clays. The composition is topically applied to the skin to absorb or adsorb (hereinafter “sorb” or “sorbent”) via intercalation between spaced layers of the layered material, and block allergenic organic compounds from plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, thus preventing skin rashes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Gary W. Beall