Patents by Inventor Irene Finnegan

Irene Finnegan 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: 20180371511
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing polymeric 3-hydroxypropionamide (3HP amide), the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis-bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate and ammonium, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces polymeric 3HP amide. The polymeric 3HP amide may then be hydrolysed to 3HP amide or converted to other compounds of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Patent number: 10131925
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing an ester of 3-hydroxypropionic acid, the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate at a level which is more than 1 g/liter, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces the ester of 3-hydroxypropionic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Patent number: 10053642
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing a biofuel, the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate at a level which is more than 1 g/liter, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces the biofuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Patent number: 10047381
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing 3-hydroxypropanal, the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate at a level which is more than 1 g/liter and nitrate at a level which is more than 0.1 g/liter, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces the 3-hydroxypropanal. The 3-hydroxypropanal can be separated from the growth medium or, when the microorganism has converted some or all of the 3-hydroxypropanal to 3-hydroxypropionic acid and/or a 3-hydroxypropionate ester, it may be separated as 3-hydroxypropionic acid or a 3-hydroxypropionate ester. The separated product can be converted into other chemicals such as an ester of 3-hydroxypropionic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, 3 -hydroxypropionate salts (including ammonium, sodium and calcium 3-hydroxypropionate), acrylic acid, acrylates, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, acrolein and 1,3 propanediol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Patent number: 9994879
    Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-organism comprising a hydrogenase enzyme system which is capable of converting carbon dioxide into formic acid and a second enzyme system which is capable of converting formic acid into aliphatic carboxylic acids having a chain length of five or more carbon atoms. Also described are various methods for producing oil, as well as other aspects of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Publication number: 20170233773
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing 3-hydroxypropanal, the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate at a level which is more than 1 g/litre and nitrate at a level which is more than 0.1 g/litre, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces the 3-hydroxypropanal. The 3-hydroxypropanal can be separated from the growth medium or, when the microorganism has converted some or all of the 3-hydroxypropanal to 3-hydroxypropionic acid and/or a 3-hydroxypropionate ester, it may be separated as 3-hydroxypropionic acid or a 3-hydroxypropionate ester. The separated product can be converted into other chemicals such as an ester of 3-hydroxypropionic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, 3-hydroxypropionate salts (including ammonium, sodium and calcium 3-hydroxypropionate), acrylic acid, acrylates, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, acrolein and 1,3 propanediol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Publication number: 20170044579
    Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-organism comprising a hydrogenase enzyme system which is capable of converting carbon dioxide into formic acid and a second enzyme system which is capable of converting formic acid into aliphatic carboxylic acids having a chain length of five or more carbon atoms. Also described are various methods for producing oil, as well as other aspects of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Publication number: 20160348017
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing a biofuel, the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate at a level which is more than 1 g/litre, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces the biofuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Publication number: 20160348137
    Abstract: There is described a method for producing an ester of 3-hydroxypropionic acid, the method comprising: culturing an Acetobacter lovaniensis bacterium in a growth medium containing phosphate at a level which is more than 1 g/litre, wherein culturing of the bacterium produces the ester of 3-hydroxypropionic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Patent number: 9499843
    Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-organism comprising a hydrogenase enzyme system which is capable of converting carbon dioxide into formic acid and a second enzyme system which is capable of converting formic acid into aliphatic carboxylic acids having a chain length of five or more carbon atoms. Also described are various methods for producing oil, as well as other aspects of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Publication number: 20150252394
    Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-organism comprising a hydrogenase enzyme system which is capable of converting carbon dioxide into formic acid and a second enzyme system which is capable of converting formic acid into aliphatic carboxylic acids having a chain length of five or more carbon atoms. Also described are various methods for producing oil, as well as other aspects of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Patent number: 9040281
    Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-organism comprising a hydrogenase enzyme system which is capable of converting carbon dioxide into formic acid and a second enzyme system which is capable of converting formic acid into aliphatic carboxylic acids having a chain length of five or more carbon atoms. Also described are various methods for producing oil, as well as other aspects of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan
  • Publication number: 20140179942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-organism comprising a hydrogenase enzyme system which is capable of converting carbon dioxide into formic acid and a second enzyme system which is capable of converting formic acid into aliphatic carboxylic acids having a chain length of five or more carbon atoms. Also described are various methods for producing oil, as well as other aspects of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: VERDANT BIOPRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Irene Finnegan