Patents by Inventor Jeffrey W. Leon

Jeffrey W. Leon 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: 8906354
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a loaded particle comprising at least one fluorescent dye, and in particular, a fluorescent dye with a large Stokes shift. The invention further relates to a method for producing an loaded latex particle, loaded with a fluorescent dye having a large stokes shift. In addition, the present invention relates to latex particles loaded with fluorescent dyes that are organic solvent soluble and insoluble in water. In a preferred embodiment, when the dyes are loaded into the water soluble latex particle, an increase is observed in quantum yield of fluorescence as compared to the quantum yield of the dye in aqueous solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bruker Biospin Corporation
    Inventors: Tao Ji, Hans F. Schmitthenner, Yonghong Yang, John W. Harder, Jeffrey W. Leon, William J. Harrison, Brian J. Kelley, James R. Bennett, David A. Stegman, Ruizheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20120058050
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a loaded particle comprising at least one fluorescent dye, and in particular, a fluorescent dye with a large Stokes shift. The invention further relates to a method for producing an loaded latex particle, loaded with a fluorescent dye having a large stokes shift. In addition, the present invention relates to latex particles loaded with fluorescent dyes that are organic solvent soluble and insoluble in water. In a preferred embodiment, when the dyes are loaded into the water soluble latex particle, an increase is observed in quantum yield of fluorescence as compared to the quantum yield of the dye in aqueous solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Tao Ji, Hans F. Schmitthenner, Yonghong Yang, John W. Harder, Jeffrey W. Leon, William J. Harrison, Brian J. Kelley, James R. Bennett, David A. Stegman, Ruizheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20080181965
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a loaded latex particle comprising a latex material made from a mixture represented by formula (X)m-(Y)n-(Z)o-(W)p, wherein Y is at least one monomer with at least two ethylenically unsaturated chemical functionalities; Z is at least one polyethylene glycol macromonomer with an average molecular weight of between 300 and 10,000; W is an ethylenic monomer different from X, Y, or Z; and X is at least one water insoluble, alkoxethyl containing monomer; and m, n, o, and p are the respective weight percentages of each monomer. The particle may be loaded with a fluorescent dye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, William J. Harrison, Brian J. Kelley, James R. Bennett, David A. Stegman, Ruizheng Wang, John W. Harder
  • Patent number: 7390844
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a water dispersible polymer particle stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant. The present invention also discloses a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic phase comprising at least one monomer dispersed in a continuous water phase and a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide, and polymerizing said organic phase to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide. Also disclosed in the present invention is a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic dispersed in a continuous water phase, polymerizing said organic phase, and adding bydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Jeanne E. Kaeding, Dennis E. Smith, Trevor J. Wear, Alan R. Pitt, Peter J. Ghyzel
  • Publication number: 20080057232
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inkjet recording element that comprises, on a support, a porous hydrophilic image-receiving layer made by a subtractive method involving removal of water-insoluble polymeric latex from a coated non-porous layer to form the porous layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Hwei-Ling Yau, James R. Bennett, John L. Pawlak
  • Patent number: 7335407
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an inkjet recording element comprising a support having thereon at least two ink receiving layers capable of accepting an inkjet image, at least one of said layers comprising porous polyester particles. The present invention also includes a method of forming an inkjet print comprising providing an inkjet recording element comprising at least two ink receiving layers capable of accepting an inkjet image, at least one of said layers comprising porous polyester particles and printing on said inkjet recording element utilizing an inkjet printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, Jeffrey W. Leon, Linda M. Franklin, Xiaoru Wang
  • Patent number: 7250245
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imageable member having an imageable layer including a heat-sensitive ionomer characterized by a net positive or negative charge, and a photothermal conversion material. The photothermal conversion material includes carbonaceous particles having thereon both an organic moiety including an ionic substituent having like charge as the ionomer, and a group represented by the formula —X-[NIon]p-Rterminal; wherein X represents an aromatic group or an alkyl group, NIon represents a non-ionic, non-ionizable group, Rterminal represents hydrogen, an aromatic group, an alkoxy group, or an alkyl group, and p is an integer from 1 to about 500. The heat-sensitive ionomer and modified carbonaceous particles can be formulated in water or water-miscible solvents without agglomeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Paul R. West, Jeffrey W. Leon, Nicki R. Miller
  • Patent number: 7169543
    Abstract: Photothermographic materials contain one or more blocked aliphatic thiol compounds in an amount of at least 1 mg/m2 as stabilizers. These compounds have a calculated octanol-water partition coefficient (c log P value) of 2.0 or greater, and an N value equal to or greater than 6.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: William D. Ramsden, James B. Philip, Jr., Doreen C. Lynch, Kui Chen-Ho, Stacy M. Ulrich, Kumars Sakizadeh, Jeffrey W. Leon, George J. Burgmaier
  • Patent number: 7163998
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer particles comprising a polymer bead stabilized by vinylsulfonyl-functionalized polymers grafted to the surface of the bead, as well as a particle composition comprising monodisperse polymer beads stabilized by vinylsulfonyl-functionalized polymers, wherein the vinylsulfonyl-functionalized polymers are grafted to the surfaces of the beads. The invention also includes a method of preparing monodisperse polymer particles comprising preparing a homogeneous solution of an ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable monomer, an initiator, and a polymeric stabilizer, wherein the polymeric stabilizer consists of repetitive units, wherein the repetitive units comprise latent vinylsulfonyl moiety, polymerizing the homogeneous solution, and converting the latent vinylsulfonyl moiety to vinylsulfonyl moieties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Tiecheng A. Qiao
  • Patent number: 7148280
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer microsphere comprising at least one polymer and at least one bound latent colorant, wherein the microsphere is stabilized by at least one stabilizing polymer. The invention also includes a method of preparing polymer microspheres comprising combining latent colorant, ethylenically unsaturated monomer, stabilizing polymer, and an initiator in solvent and initiating polymerization to form a polymeric microsphere stabilized by a stabilizing polymer bound to the surface of the polymeric microsphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Tiecheng A. Qiao, Robert E. Mccovick
  • Patent number: 7147998
    Abstract: Thermally developable imaging materials have an outermost protective layer that is composed of one or more hydrophilic film-forming components. The predominant film-forming component is a negatively-charged latex polymer that has negatively-charged ionic groups other than carboxy groups. The latex polymer is present as latex particles that have been prepared in the presence of a nonionic stabilizer in an amount of at least 0.5% (by weight) that has an HLB value of 7 to 20. The nonionic stabilizer becomes associated with the latex polymer particles. Both thermographic and photothermographic materials can be prepared with such protective layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jon A. Hammerschmidt, Jeffrey W. Leon
  • Patent number: 7128972
    Abstract: The present invention comprises wrinkled polymer particle comprising a polyester-containing particle having a surface covered with at least one wrinkle comprising folds, ridges, crevices and channels. The present invention further comprises a method of forming wrinkled polyester-containing particles comprising preparing a mixture of an organic phase and an aqueous phase, said mixture comprising an unsaturated precursor polyester, a water immiscible organic solvent, at least one organic-soluble ethylenically unsaturated monomer, and initiator, subjecting said mixture to high energy emulsification, initiating crosslinking of said polyester after emulsification, and removing said water immiscible organic solvent to recover wrinkled polyester-containing particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain
  • Patent number: 7059714
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ink printing method including the steps of: a) providing an ink printer that is responsive to digital data signals; b) loading said printer with an image-recording element including a support having thereon at least one image-receiving layer comprising polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, wherein said polymeric particle is stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant; c) loading said printer with an ink composition; and d) printing on said image-recording element using said ink composition in response to said digital data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeanne E. Kaeding, Jeffrey W. Leon, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, Alan R. Pitt, Trevor J. Wear, Gregory E. Missell, Dennis E. Smith
  • Patent number: 7056650
    Abstract: Thermally developable imaging materials have an outermost protective layer that is composed of one or more hydrophilic film-forming components. The predominant film-forming component is a positively-charged latex polymer that has cationic groups. The charged latex polymer is present as latex particles that have prepared in the presence of a non-ionic or cationic stabilizer in an amount of at least 0.5% (by weight) that has an HLB value of 7 to 20. The nonionic or cationic stabilizer becomes associated with the latex polymer particles. Both thermographic and photothermographic materials can be prepared with such protective layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jon A. Hammerschmidt, Jeffrey W. Leon
  • Patent number: 7049054
    Abstract: Thermally developable imaging materials have an outermost protective layer that is composed of one or more hydrophilic film-forming components. Between the outermost protective layer and the underlying thermally developable imaging layers is an interlayer containing a film-forming ionic latex polymer other than a carboxy-containing latex polymer. This ionic polymer can be negatively-charged or positively-charged. The ionic latex polymer is present as latex particles that have been prepared in the presence of a stabilizer in an amount of at least 0.5% (by weight) that has an HLB value of 7 to 20. The stabilizer becomes associated with the latex polymer particles. Both thermographic and photothermographic materials can be prepared with such protective layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jon A. Hammerschmidt, Jeffrey W. Leon
  • Patent number: 6986944
    Abstract: Combustible core-shell particles have a nitro-resin core that is covered by an addition polymer shell in a weight ratio of from 20:1 to 0.2:1 (core:shell). The shell polymer is derived from one or more ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable monomers that are represented by the following Structure I: CH2?C(R)-X??(I) wherein R is hydrogen or methyl, and X is any monovalent moiety except a phenyl group. These combustible core-shell particles are particularly useful in thermal imaging materials such as “direct-write” printing plate precursors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Leon
  • Patent number: 6914106
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer microsphere comprising at least one polymer and at least one bound latent colorant, wherein the microsphere is stabilized by at least one stabilizing polymer. The invention also includes a method of preparing polymer microspheres comprising combining latent colorant, ethylenically unsaturated monomer, stabilizing polymer, and an initiator in solvent and initiating polymerization to form a polymeric microsphere stabilized by a stabilizing polymer bound to the surface of the polymeric microsphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Tiecheng A. Qiao, Robert E. Mccovick
  • Patent number: 6906157
    Abstract: A water dispersible polymer particle stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant or a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic phase comprising at least one monomer dispersed in a continuous water phase and a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide, and polymerizing the organic phase to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide. Also, a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic dispersed in a continuous water phase, polymerizing the organic phase, and adding hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Jeanne E. Keading, Dennis E. Smith, Trevor J. Wear, Alan R. Pitt, Peter J. Ghyzel
  • Patent number: 6899996
    Abstract: Various imaging members including lithographic imaging members can be prepared by applying to a support, an aqueous formulation comprising one or more imaging components to form an imaging layer. Over the imaging layer is directly applied a non-aqueous inverse emulsion comprising highly hydrophilic, water-swellable microgel particles dispersed in a water-immiscible organic solvent to form a protective layer. This protective layer provides physical durability but it is still readily removed during or after imaging with water or fountain solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, David B. Bailey
  • Patent number: 6884563
    Abstract: A heat-sensitive composition can be used to make a heat-sensitive imaging material. The composition includes a water-soluble or water-dispersible binder and dispersed therein, a photothermal conversion material, and hybrid particles of a combustible nitro-resin and an addition polymer derived from one or more ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable monomers. The hybrid particles preferably have a core-shell structure with the combustible nitro-resin comprising the core and the addition polymer providing the shell. These imaging materials are particularly useful as “direct-write” thermally imageable elements useful to provide lithographic printing plates without ablation or the need for alkaline development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Robert E. McCovick