Patents by Inventor James B. Kimble

James B. Kimble 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: 8206666
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods of conducting chemical reactions in a reaction channel that has an varying cross-sectional area such that a chemical reactant or reactants experience varying local contact time as the reactant(s) flow through the channel. The invention also provides reactors having reaction channels with varying cross-sectional areas. In a particularly preferred embodiment, the reaction channel section has a trapezoidal shape that becomes broader from the inlet toward the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Yong Wang, Chunshe Cao, James B. Kimble, Laura J. Silva
  • Publication number: 20100154206
    Abstract: This invention relates to lithium-ion batteries and cathode powders for making lithium-ion batteries where the cathode powder comprises a blend or mixture of at least one lithium transition metal poly-anion and with one or more lithium transition-metal oxide powders. A number of different lithium transition-metal oxides are suitable, especially formulations that include nickel, manganese and cobalt. The preferred lithium transition metal poly-anion is carbon-containing lithium vanadium phosphate. Batteries using the mixture or blend of these powders have been found to have high specific capacity, especially based on volume, high cycle life, substantially improved safety issues as compared to lithium transition-metal oxides, per se, and an attractive electrode potential profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhenhua Mao, Daniel H. Irvin, Mark W. Carel, Edward J. Nanni, Edward G. Latimer, James B. Kimble
  • Patent number: 7678950
    Abstract: Processes for the conversion of carbohydrates to gasoline boiling range hydrocarbons, and processes for increasing the solubility of carbohydrates used in such processes are disclosed. The solubility of carbohydrates may be increased by contacting the carbohydrate with an ion-exchange resin. The dissolved product may be hydrogenated and reacted in the present of a catalyst to form a reaction product containing non-aromatic and aromatic gasoline boiling range hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, Edward L. Sughrue, II, James B. Kimble, Joseph B. Cross, Marvin M. Johnson, Dhananjay B. Ghonasgi
  • Patent number: 7629288
    Abstract: A catalyst composition and a process of using a catalyst composition for preparing high molecular weight hydrocarbons, such as polymethylene, from a fluid containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide are disclosed. The catalyst composition contains ruthenium and a treated silica support component. The treated silica support component is prepared by a process including contacting a silica support component, such as silicon dioxide, and a treating agent, such as a silicon-containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: James B. Kimble, Jianhua Yao
  • Patent number: 7550634
    Abstract: Processes for the conversion of hydrocarbons boiling in the temperature range of from about 80° F. to about 1000° F. to diesel boiling range hydrocarbons, and processes for increasing the cetane number and amount of n-C17 hydrocarbon products in such processes. Diesel boiling range hydrocarbons may be produced by contacting a hydrocarbon boiling in the above-mentioned boiling range with a triglyceride-containing compound to form a mixture, and then contacting the mixture with a hydrotreating catalyst under suitable reaction conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, Edward L. Sughrue, II, Joseph B Cross, James B. Kimble, Hsu-Hui Hsing, Marvin M. Johnson, Dhananjay B. Ghonasgi
  • Patent number: 7514057
    Abstract: A method of making a composition, said method comprising, spraying a substance comprising platinum and iron into or onto an alumina-containing compound is disclosed. The resulting composition can then be used in a process for oxidizing carbon monoxide with free oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Conoco Phillips Company
    Inventors: M. Bruce Welch, Roland Schmidt, Jianhua Yao, Glenn W. Dodwell, Robert W. Morton, Jason J. Gislason, James B. Kimble, David E. Simon, Marvin M. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20080305023
    Abstract: A method of making a composition, said method comprising, spraying a substance comprising platinum and iron into or onto an alumina-containing compound is disclosed. The resulting composition can then be used in a process for oxidizing carbon monoxide with free oxygen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: M. Bruce WELCH, Roland SCHMIDT, Jianhua YAO, Glenn W. DODWELL, Robert W. MORTON, Jason J. GISLASON, James B. Kimble, David E. SIMON, Marvin M. JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20080305256
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for producing an improved cathode powder for making lithium ion batteries wherein the powder comprises lithium, vanadium and a polyanion. The process includes forming a solution-suspension of the precursors, which include vanadium pentoxide, with a reducing agent, a solvent, and a carbon-residue-forming material. The reducing agent causes the vanadium in vanadium pentoxide to reduce from V5+ to V3+. The solution-suspension is heated in an inert environment to drive the synthesis of the LVP (Li3V2(PO4)3) such that the carbon-residue-forming material is also oxidized to precipitate in and on the LVP forming carbon-containing LVP or CCLVP. The liquids are separated from the solids and the dry powder is heated to a second higher temperature to drive the crystallization of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: James B. Kimble, Zhenhua Mao, Edward J. Nanni, Edward G. Latimer
  • Patent number: 7439206
    Abstract: A method of making a composition, said method comprising, spraying a substance comprising platinum and iron into or onto an alumina-containing compound is disclosed. The resulting composition can then be used in a process for oxidizing carbon monoxide with free oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventors: M. Bruce Welch, Roland Schmidt, Jianhua Yao, Glenn W. Dodwell, Robert W. Morton, Jason J. Gislason, James B. Kimble, David E. Simon, Marvin M. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20080019895
    Abstract: A method of making a composition, said method comprising, spraying a substance comprising platinum and iron into or onto an alumina-containing compound is disclosed. The resulting composition can then be used in a process for oxidizing carbon monoxide with free oxygen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: M. Bruce Welch, Roland Schmidt, Jianhua Yao, Glenn W. Dodwell, Robert W. Morton, Jason J. Gislason, James B. Kimble, David E. Simon, Marvin M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7273893
    Abstract: A catalyst and process for converting carbon dioxide into oxygenates. The catalyst comprises copper, zinc, aluminum, gallium, and a solid acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Patent number: 7029640
    Abstract: In a process for oxidizing carbon monoxide with oxygen to carbon dioxide using a composition comprising platinum and iron, a process of at least partially regenerating the composition is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B Kimble
  • Patent number: 7030053
    Abstract: A catalyst composition and a process of using a catalyst composition for preparing high molecular weight hydrocarbons, such as polymethylene, from a fluid containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide are disclosed. The catalyst composition contains ruthenium and a treated silica support component. The treated silica support component is prepared by a process including contacting a silica support component, such as silicon dioxide, and a treating agent, such as a silicon-containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Patent number: 6956064
    Abstract: A catalyst composition and a process of using a catalyst composition for preparing high molecular weight hydrocarbons, such as polymethylene, from a fluid containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide are disclosed. The catalyst composition contains ruthenium and zirconium. The zirconium can be present as a zirconium component that can be selected from zirconyl phosphate, zirconium oxide, and zirconium phosphate prepared by processes of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Lyle R. Kallenbach, Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Publication number: 20040258598
    Abstract: In a process for oxidizing carbon monoxide with oxygen to carbon dioxide using a composition comprising platinum and iron, a process of at least partially regenerating the composition is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B Kimble
  • Patent number: 6784332
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon conversion process comprising contacting a hydrocarbon stream such as, for example, gasoline, with a catalyst composition to effect the conversion of the hydrocarbon to olefins and C6 to C8 aromatic hydrocarbons such as toluene and xylenes. The catalyst composition comprises a zeolite, a promoter and optionally a binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: James B. Kimble, Charles A. Drake, Jianhua Yao, An-hsiang Wu
  • Publication number: 20040127583
    Abstract: A catalyst composition and a process of using a catalyst composition for preparing high molecular weight hydrocarbons, such as polymethylene, from a fluid containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide are disclosed. The catalyst composition contains ruthenium and zirconium. The zirconium can be present as a zirconium component that can be selected from zirconyl phosphate, zirconium oxide, and zirconium phosphate prepared by processes of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Lyle R. Kallenbach, Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Publication number: 20040092610
    Abstract: A catalyst and process for converting carbon dioxide into oxygenates. The catalyst comprises copper, zinc, aluminum, gallium, and a solid acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Publication number: 20040087672
    Abstract: A catalyst composition and a process of using a catalyst composition for preparing high molecular weight hydrocarbons, such as polymethylene, from a fluid containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide are disclosed. The catalyst composition contains ruthenium and a treated silica support component. The treated silica support component is prepared by a process including contacting a silica support component, such as silicon dioxide, and a treating agent, such as a silicon-containing compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Publication number: 20040010175
    Abstract: A process of contacting at least one feed hydrocarbon, containing three to about seven carbon atoms per molecule, and ethylene in a hydrocarbon-containing fluid in the presence of a catalyst composition to provide at least one product hydrocarbon isomer containing about four to about nine carbon atoms per molecule is provided. The at least one feed hydrocarbon can be selected from paraffins, isoparaffins, and the like and combinations thereof. The catalyst composition contains a hydrogen halide component, a sulfone component, and a metal halide component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: Bruce B. Randolph, James B. Kimble, Marvin M. Johnson