George G. Merkl 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).
Abstract: Peroxide compounds are prepared by contacting and reacting a reactive aluminum, i.e., highly pure aluminum permeated with a metal having an atomic volume close to hydrogen, e.g., mercury, indium or gallium, with the combination of hydrogen peroxide and a carboxylic acid. These compounds are useful in detergents and as catalysts.
Abstract: Aluminum salts of a carboxylic acid selected from the group consisting of ascorbic acid, acetic acid, and citric acid are formed by contacting the carboxylic acid with activated aluminum. The activated aluminum is formed by combining highly pure aluminum with another metal which has an affinity for hydrogen in the presence of a proton source. Typically, the other metal can be gallium and the proton source can be hydrochloric acid. Included in the aluminum salts which can be formed are polymeric aluminum salts.
Abstract: A metal salt of a carboxylic acid is formed by contacting a carboxylic acid with an activated metal. The activated metal is formed by combining a first metal with a second metal which has an affinity for hydrogen in the presence of a proton source. Typically, an activated aluminum is formed from a highly pure aluminum rod combined with an alloy of indium and gallium in the presence of hydrochloric acid. The addition of excess water in the presence of the carboxylic acid and activated metals forms a polymeric metal salt from a water soluble carboxylic acid.