Patents by Inventor Jerry J. Kaczur

Jerry J. Kaczur 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: 20190256990
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for the reduction of carbon dioxide. The method may include receiving hydrogen gas at an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode, the anode including a gas diffusion electrode, receiving an anolyte feed at an anolyte region of the electrochemical cell, and receiving a catholyte feed including carbon dioxide and an alkali metal bicarbonate at a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode. The method may include applying an electrical potential between the anode and cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one reduction product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Prasad Lakkaraju, Kyle Teamey
  • Publication number: 20190226098
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the production of chlorine and caustic employ a hydroxide-stable anion exchange membrane located against the face of the oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC). The anion exchange membrane contains a polymer including one or more of a phosphonium, a primary, secondary, tertiary or quaternary ammonium, a guanidinium, or a positively charged cyclic amine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Richard I. Masel, Jerry J. Kaczur
  • Patent number: 10329676
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for the reduction of carbon dioxide. The method may include receiving hydrogen gas at an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode, the anode including a gas diffusion electrode, receiving an anolyte feed at an anolyte region of the electrochemical cell, and receiving a catholyte feed including carbon dioxide and an alkali metal bicarbonate at a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode. The method may include applying an electrical potential between the anode and cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one reduction product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Avantium Knowledge Centre B.V.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Prasad Lakkaraju, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 10287696
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to organic products including formate and formic acid are provided. A method may include, but is not limited to, steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may introduce an acidic anolyte to a first compartment of an electrochemical cell. The first compartment may include an anode. Step (B) may introduce a bicarbonate-based catholyte saturated with carbon dioxide to a second compartment of the electrochemical cell. The second compartment may include a high surface area cathode including indium and having a void volume of between about 30% to 98%. At least a portion of the bicarbonate-based catholyte is recycled. Step (C) may apply an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one of a single-carbon based product or a multi-carbon based product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Avantium Knowledge Centre B.V.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Theodore J. Kramer, Kunttal Keyshar, Paul Majsztrik, Zbigniew Twardowski
  • Publication number: 20190023639
    Abstract: A process for producing oxalic acid containing or having the following steps: i) Utilizing a chemical reaction to produce an alkali metal formate and/or alkaline earth metal formate; ii) Converting the alkali metal formate and/or alkaline earth metal formate to an alkali metal oxalate and/or alkaline earth metal oxalate in a thermal reaction, preferably utilizing hydrogen in the process; iii) Converting the alkali metal oxalate and/or alkaline earth metal oxalate to oxalic acid and an alkali metal base and/or alkaline earth metal base utilizing an electrochemical process; and iv) Recycling the alkali metal base and/or alkaline earth metal base from step (iii) to step (i).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Prasad P. Lakkaraju, Rishi R. Parajuli
  • Publication number: 20190010620
    Abstract: An electrochemical device converts carbon dioxide to a formic acid reaction product. The device includes an anode and a cathode, each comprising a quantity of catalyst. The anode and cathode each have reactant introduced thereto. A cation exchange polymer electrolyte membrane and an anion exchange polymer electrolyte membrane, are interposed between the anode and the cathode, forming a central flow compartment where a carbon dioxide reduction product, such as formic acid, can be recovered. At least a portion of the cathode catalyst is directly exposed to gaseous carbon dioxide during electrolysis. The average current density at the membrane is at least 20 mA/cm2, measured as the area of the cathode gas diffusion layer that is covered by catalyst, and formate ion selectivity is at least 50% at a cell potential difference of 3.0 V.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Hongzhou Yang, Syed Dawar Sajjad, Richard I. Masel
  • Patent number: 10047446
    Abstract: An electrochemical device converts carbon dioxide to a formic acid reaction product. The device includes an anode and a cathode, each comprising a quantity of catalyst. The anode and cathode each have reactant introduced thereto. Two membranes, a cation exchange polymer electrolyte membrane and an anion exchange polymer electrolyte membrane, are interposed between the anode and the cathode, forming a central flow compartment where a carbon dioxide reduction product, such as formic acid, can be recovered. At least a portion of the cathode catalyst is directly exposed to gaseous carbon dioxide during electrolysis. The average current density at the membrane is at least 20 mA/cm2, measured as the area of the cathode gas diffusion layer that is covered by catalyst, and formate ion selectivity is at least 50% at a cell potential difference of 3.0 V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dioxide Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Hongzhou Yang, Syed Dawar Sajjad, Richard I. Masel
  • Patent number: 9873951
    Abstract: The present disclosure the present disclosure is directed to an electrochemical cell including an exterior pressure vessel, the exterior pressure vessel including a cylindrical body, a first end removably fastened to the cylindrical body to cover a first opening of the cylindrical body and a second end removably fastened to the cylindrical body to cover a second opening of the cylindrical body. The electrochemical cell may further include high surface area electrodes which may be configured to operate at high pressures, such as in the range of 2 to 100 atmospheres or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Avantium Knowledge Centre B.V.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Narayanappa Sivasankar, Emily Barton Cole
  • Patent number: 9708722
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a system and method for producing a first product from a first region of an electrochemical cell having a cathode and a second product from a second region of the electrochemical cell having an anode. The method may include a step of contacting the first region with a catholyte comprising carbon dioxide. The method may include another step of contacting the second region with an anolyte comprising a recycled reactant and at least one of an alkane, haloalkane, alkene, haloalkene, aromatic compound, haloaromatic compound, heteroaromatic compound or halo-heteroaromatic compound. Further, the method may include a step of applying an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to produce a first product recoverable from the first region and a second product recoverable from the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Avantium Knowledge Centre B.V.
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry J. Kaczur
  • Publication number: 20170121831
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for production of carboxylic based chemicals. A method for producing at oxalic acid may include receiving an anolyte feed at an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode and receiving a catholyte feed including carbon dioxide and an alkali metal bicarbonate at a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode. Method may include applying an electrical potential between the anode and cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one reduction product and converting the at least one reduction product and an alkali metal hydroxide to an alkali metal oxalate via a thermal reactor. The method may further include converting the alkali metal oxalate to oxalic acid at the electrochemical acidification electrolyzer. The method may further include the co-production of halogen products from the anolyte region of the electrochemical cell, by the oxidation of hydrogen halides used as an anolyte feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Prasad Lakkaraju
  • Publication number: 20170037522
    Abstract: An electrochemical device converts carbon dioxide to a formic acid reaction product. The device includes an anode and a cathode, each comprising a quantity of catalyst. The anode and cathode each have reactant introduced thereto. Two membranes, a cation exchange polymer electrolyte membrane and an anion exchange polymer electrolyte membrane, are interposed between the anode and the cathode, forming a central flow compartment where a carbon dioxide reduction product, such as formic acid, can be recovered. At least a portion of the cathode catalyst is directly exposed to gaseous carbon dioxide during electrolysis. The average current density at the membrane is at least 20 mA/cm2, measured as the area of the cathode gas diffusion layer that is covered by catalyst, and formate ion selectivity is at least 50% at a cell potential difference of 3.0 V.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Hongzhou Yang, Syed Dawar Sajjad, Richard I. Masel
  • Publication number: 20160355931
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system and method for producing a first product from a first region of an electrochemical cell having a cathode and a second product from a second region of the electrochemical cell having an anode. The method may include a step of contacting the first region with a catholyte comprising carbon dioxide, producing a first product which may include carbon monoxide or an alkli metal formate. The method may include another step of contacting the second region with an anolyte comprising a sulfur-based reactant and producing a second product including oxygen and sulfur dioxide. Further, the method may include a step for introducing the separated oxygen from second region of the electrochemical cell with a hydrogen sulfide stream in a catalyst reactor bed, converting the hydrogen sulfide to sulfur dioxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 9303324
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system and method for producing a first product from a first region of an electrochemical cell having a cathode and a second product from a second region of the electrochemical cell having an anode. The method may include a step of contacting the first region with a catholyte comprising carbon dioxide. The method may include another step of contacting the second region with an anolyte comprising a sulfur-based reactant. Further, the method may include a step of applying an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to produce a first product recoverable from the first region and a second product recoverable from the second region. An additional step of the method may include removing the second product and an unreacted sulfur-based reactant from the second region and recycling the unreacted sulfur-based reactant to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 9267212
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for production of oxalic acid and oxalic acid reduction products. The production of oxalic acid and oxalic acid reduction products may include the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to oxalate and oxalic acid. The method and system for production of oxalic acid and oxalic acid reduction products may further include the acidification of oxalate to oxalic acid, the purification of oxalic acid and the hydrogenation of oxalic acid to produce oxalic acid reduction products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Zbigniew Twardowski, Emily Barton Cole, Jerry J. Kaczur, Kyle Teamey, Kate A. Keets, Rishi Parajuli, Alexander Bauer, Narayanappa Sivasankar, George Leonard, Theodore J. Kramer, Paul Majsztrik, Yizu Zhu
  • Publication number: 20160017503
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for the reduction of carbon dioxide. The method may include receiving hydrogen gas at an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode, the anode including a gas diffusion electrode, receiving an anolyte feed at an anolyte region of the electrochemical cell, and receiving a catholyte feed including carbon dioxide and an alkali metal bicarbonate at a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode. The method may include applying an electrical potential between the anode and cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one reduction product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Prasad Lakkaraju, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 9175407
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for production of carboxylic based chemicals, including carboxylic acids and salts. A method for producing at oxalic acid may include receiving an anolyte feed at an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode and receiving a catholyte feed including carbon dioxide and an alkali metal hydroxide at a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode. Method may include applying an electrical potential between the anode and cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one reduction product and converting the at least one reduction product and the alkali metal hydroxide to an alkali metal oxalate via a thermal reactor. The method may further include receiving the alkali metal oxalate at an electrochemical acidification electrolyzer and converting the alkali metal oxalate to oxalic acid at the electrochemical acidification electrolyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 9175409
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for reducing carbon dioxide into a carbon based product. The system includes an electrochemical cell having a cathode region which includes a cathode and a non-aqueous catholyte; an anode region having an anode and an aqueous or gaseous anolyte; and an ion permeable zone disposed between the anode region and the cathode region. The ion permeable zone is at least one of (i) the interface between the anolyte and the catholyte, (ii) an ion selective membrane; (iii) at least one liquid layer formed of an emulsion or (iv) a hydrophobic or glass fiber separator. The system and method includes a source of energy, whereby applying the source of energy across the anode and cathode reduces the carbon dioxide and produces an oxidation product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayanappa Sivasankar, Jerry J. Kaczur, Emily Barton Cole
  • Publication number: 20150267309
    Abstract: The present disclosure the present disclosure is directed to an electrochemical cell including an exterior pressure vessel, the exterior pressure vessel including a cylindrical body, a first end removably fastened to the cylindrical body to cover a first opening of the cylindrical body and a second end removably fastened to the cylindrical body to cover a second opening of the cylindrical body. The electrochemical cell may further include high surface area electrodes which may be configured to operate at high pressures, such as in the range of 2 to 100 atmospheres or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Narayanappa Sivasankar, Emily Barton Cole
  • Patent number: 9085827
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for production of carboxylic based chemicals, including carboxylic acids and salts. A method for producing at oxalic acid may include receiving an anolyte feed at an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode and receiving a catholyte feed including carbon dioxide and an alkali metal hydroxide at a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode. Method may include applying an electrical potential between the anode and cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one reduction product and converting the at least one reduction product and the alkali metal hydroxide to an alkali metal oxalate via a thermal reactor. The method may further include receiving the alkali metal oxalate at an electrochemical acidification electrolyzer and converting the alkali metal oxalate to oxalic acid at the electrochemical acidification electrolyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 9080240
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and system for electrochemically co-producing a first product and a second product. The system may include a first electrochemical cell, a first reactor, a second electrochemical cell, at least one second reactor, and at least one third reactor. The method and system for for co-producing a first product and a second product may include co-producing a glycol and an alkene employing a recycled halide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry J. Kaczur, Emily Barton Cole