Patents by Inventor Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi

Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi 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: 20220112340
    Abstract: Disclosed are sensor materials and sensors prepared from thermoplastic polymers filled with 2D nanoparticles. The thermoplastic polymers filled with 2D nanoparticles are prepared by a method in which a thermoplastic polymer is melt-blended with at least one layered material under shear sufficient to exfoliate the layered material in the thermoplastic polymer until 2D nanoparticles are formed, to provide covalently linked 2D nanoparticle-filled thermoplastic polymers. Such filled thermoplastic polymers have utility for preparing various types of sensors which are useful in a variety of practical applications and devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Ali Ashraf
  • Patent number: 11225558
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microparticles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multi-layer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin W. Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20210403326
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a nano-graphitic sponge (NGS) and methods for preparing the nano-graphitic sponge. The disclosed nano-graphitic sponge possesses many excellent properties, including large surface areas and pore volumes, low-mass densities, good electrical conductivities and mechanical properties. These excellent properties make the nano-graphitic sponge an ideal material for many applications, such as electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells and solar cells, catalysts and catalyst supports, and sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Bernard H. Kear, Nofel Z. Whieb, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Publication number: 20210371606
    Abstract: A method for forming a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing carbon fibers or nanotubes into a molten polymer phase comprising one or more molten polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase breaks the carbon fibers successively with each event, producing reactive edges on the broken carbon fibers that react with and cross-link the one or more polymers. The composite shows improvements in mechanical properties, such as stiffness, strength and impact energy absorption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Nofel Z. Whieb
  • Publication number: 20210363321
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite is disclosed. The method includes distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphite successively with each event until at least 50% of the graphite is exfoliated to form a distribution in the molten polymer phase of single- and multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along the c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Justin W. Hendrix, Bernard H. Kear, Gordon Chiu, Stephen Tse
  • Patent number: 11174366
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs and produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20200362137
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite (G-PMC) is disclosed. The packaging material has improved barrier resistance to gas and liquid permeants. Also disclosed is a method of improving barrier resistance of a polymer to a permeant, the method comprising forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite within the polymer. The packaging material may be used for packaging food, drug, perfume, etc. and to make various containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Charles T. Chang
  • Publication number: 20200354572
    Abstract: Disclosed are co-continuous immiscible polymer blends of a polysulfone and a polyaryletherketone optionally reinforced with carbon fiber. A method of preparing such a co-continuous immiscible polymer blend of a polysulfone and a polyaryletherketone reinforced with a carbon fiber is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Thomas J. Nosker, Justin W. Hendrix, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Publication number: 20200048425
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite is disclosed. The method includes distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphite successively with each event until at least 50% of the graphite is exfoliated to form a distribution in the molten polymer phase of single- and multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along the c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Justin W. Hendrix, Bernard H. Kear, Gordon Chiu, Stephen Tse
  • Publication number: 20200017645
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microparticles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multi-layer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin W. Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20190315974
    Abstract: A flame or heat flux protective coating composition, which includes a dispersion of fiberglass, hollow glass spheres, or a combination of both in silicone. A flame or heat flux protective sheet, which includes hollow glass spheres dispersed in silicone in a sheet form or fiberglass and silicone in a sheet form, wherein the fiberglass is dispersed in the silicone or the fiberglass is a woven cloth coated with the silicone is also presented. Articles incorporating the flame or heat flux protective coating or sheet form and methods for coating an article with the flame or heat flux protective coating composition are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Mark Mazar, Patrick L. Nosker
  • Publication number: 20190233611
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs and produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu