Patents by Inventor Junzhong Li

Junzhong Li 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: 20230313083
    Abstract: Clean-in-place methods applicable to improve production of fermentation operations are disclosed herein to monitor, report, and control the cleaning reagents applied, residual components thereof, and clean-in-place conditions within levels that are compatible with fermentation processes, without limiting the effectiveness of the clean-in-place protocol with respect to cleaning or sanitizing the fermentation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Inventors: Chris NAGEL, Michael D. VANDER VORSTE, Jennifer STOKES, Junzhong LI, Jesse MURPHY, Mark Raymond ALTIER, Zach BABCOCK, Christina RAMSUMAIR
  • Patent number: 11772998
    Abstract: Methods of employing peroxycarboxylic acid compositions for the prevention of scale formation and in some embodiments the removal of existing scale are disclosed. In particular, the scale inhibition properties of percarboxylic acids of varying chain lengths including C1-C22 provide effective scale inhibition and scale removal or destruction. Methods of employing peroxycarboxylic acid compositions for scale inhibition and/or removal are particularly well suited for treating fluids intended to flow through pipes, namely in the energy industry, water and paper industries, etc. The methods provide suitable scale inhibition replacements and/or additives to known scale inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Brian Epps, Junzhong Li, Richard Staub, Victor Keasler
  • Patent number: 11771673
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to peroxyformic acid forming compositions and methods for forming peroxyformic acid, preferably in situ, and peroxyformic acid formed by said compositions and methods for the purpose of treating an animal tissue and providing an antimicrobial function thereon. present disclosure in particular relates to a residue-free teat treatment composition for the treatment of an animal tissue, especially bovine teats, which provides antimicrobial efficacy and does not leave a non-food ingredient residue on treated teats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Alexander Thomas, Allison Prideaux, David D. McSherry, Joseph Morelli, Richard Staub
  • Publication number: 20230276800
    Abstract: Methods and systems for temperature-controlled, on-site generation of peracids, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are disclosed. In particular, methods for using an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system overcome the limitations of temperature on the kinetics of the peracid generation and/or peracid decomposition inside an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system. The methods include the controlling of the temperature of at least one raw starting material, namely water, to improve upon methods of on-site generation of peracids. The methods allow for the generation of user-selected chemistry without regard to the ambient temperatures of the raw starting materials and/or the biocide formulator or generator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Inventors: Brandon Herdt, Richard Staub, Thomas C. Rustad, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Paul R. Kraus, Richard Walsh
  • Patent number: 11737460
    Abstract: Methods of generating performic acid by contacting aqueous oxidizing agent and aqueous formic acid source in liquid phase are disclosed. A system and apparatus for the in situ production of the performic acid chemistries is further disclosed. In particular, a continuous flow reactor is provided to generate performic acid at variable rates. Methods of employing the oxidizing biocide for various disinfection applications are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Benjamin Crew, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Richard Staub, Ariel Chatman Kleczewski, Minh Tran, Catherine Hanson, Irwan Yunus, Jeffery D. Breshears, Brian Paul Brunner
  • Patent number: 11739058
    Abstract: Peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions and methods for forming peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acids, preferably in situ, using the peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are disclosed. Methods of using the peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acids, including for treating a surface or a target in need of antimicrobial or sanitizing treatment are also disclosed. Particular applications of using odor-free, low volatility peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acid sanitizers for direct food contact are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Allison Prideaux, Richard Staub
  • Publication number: 20230263160
    Abstract: Peroxyformic acid compositions for treatment and removal of biofilm growth and mineral deposits on membranes for energy services applications are disclosed. In particular, peroxyformic acid compositions are generated in situ or on site generation for the reduction and prevention, of biofilms and the mitigation of mineral buildup on the membranes. The compositions according to the invention are compatible with the membranes under application of use conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Cynthia Bunders, Richard Staub, Paul Frazer Schacht, Caleb Power, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Robert J. Ryther, Catherine Hanson
  • Patent number: 11713436
    Abstract: Liquid peroxycarboxylic acid laundry compositions, namely bleaching and disinfecting compositions combining mixed peroxycarboxylic acids to provide synergistic efficacy are disclosed. Methods of using the liquid peroxycarboxylic acid laundry compositions for low temperatures and a use pH with detergent and water from about 6 to about 10 are also disclosed. Beneficially, the liquid peroxycarboxylic acid laundry compositions and methods of using the same do not include sulfonated peroxycarboxylic acids and sulfonated carboxylic acid, such as peroxy sulfonated oleic acid/sulfonated oleic acid (PSOA/SOA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Allison Prideaux, David Dotzauer, Jonathan P. Fast, Richard K. Staub
  • Patent number: 11684067
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to peroxyformic acid forming compositions, methods for forming peroxyformic acid, preferably in situ, using the peroxyformic acid forming compositions. The present invention also relates to the peroxyformic acid formed by the above compositions and methods. The present invention further relates to the uses of the peroxyformic acid, preferably in situ, for treating a surface or a target. The present invention further relates to methods for treating a biofilm using peroxyformic acid, including peroxyformic acid generated in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Allison Brewster, Richard Staub, Steven J. Lange, Taz Cheritu, Jonathan P. Fast, Catherine Hanson
  • Patent number: 11678664
    Abstract: Methods and systems for temperature-controlled, on-site generation of peracids, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are disclosed. In particular, methods for using an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system overcome the limitations of temperature on the kinetics of the peracid generation and/or peracid decomposition inside an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system. The methods include the controlling of the temperature of at least one raw starting material, namely water, to improve upon methods of on-site generation of peracids. The methods allow for the generation of user-selected chemistry without regard to the ambient temperatures of the raw starting materials and/or the biocide formulator or generator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Herdt, Richard Staub, Thomas C. Rustad, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Paul R. Kraus, Richard Walsh
  • Patent number: 11674935
    Abstract: A composition, method and kit for quantifying the concentration of one peracid or the total concentration of two or more peracids in a water source are disclosed. In particular, an oxidation sensitive or peroxycarboxylic acid selective leuco dye is used to react only with one or more peroxycarboxylic acids in a water source but not with peroxide usually co-existing in the water source. Not only does the oxidation sensitive or peroxycarboxylic acid selective leuco dye react with peracid(s) but also the reaction generates a color species that can be used visually or through absorbance measurement to quantify the peracid concentration. The method disclosed here is not a titration method, it involves a simple mixing step. The kit or composition disclosed here does not utilize a catalyst, such as iodine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Junzhong Li
  • Patent number: 11647747
    Abstract: Peroxyformic acid compositions for treatment and removal of biofilm growth and mineral deposits on membranes for energy services applications are disclosed. In particular, peroxyformic acid compositions are generated in situ or on site generation for the reduction and prevention, of biofilms and the mitigation of mineral buildup on the membranes. The compositions according to the invention are compatible with the membranes under application of use conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Cynthia Bunders, Richard Staub, Paul Frazer Schacht, Caleb Power, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Robert J. Ryther, Catherine Hanson
  • Patent number: 11576378
    Abstract: Self-indicating chemistries are provided for visual detection by a user of efficacious levels of peroxycarboxylic acid concentrations in a solution produced in situ. The self-indicating chemistries include a combination of dyes providing a visual color indication, such as a tri-color indicator system, such as a yellow, green, and red color system indicating in situ threshold levels of peroxycarboxylic acid concentrations in a solution employing the self-indicating chemistry. Systems, kits and compositions for a quantitative assessment of an in situ perhydrolysis reaction to generate peroxycarboxylic acids are provided. Methods of use are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: David D. McSherry, Junzhong Li, Richard Staub
  • Publication number: 20220322663
    Abstract: Compositions with a C5 to C22 fatty acid and an optional cationic amino/ester, cationic amino/amide, or salts thereof are disclosed along with methods of using such compositions to prevent corrosion or reduce microorganisms on surfaces over a broad pH range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Chris NAGEL, Junzhong LI, Maria Elizabeth GILSON, Benjamin Ledezma MARTINEZ
  • Publication number: 20220251037
    Abstract: Peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions and methods for forming peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acids, preferably in situ, using the peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are disclosed. Methods of using the peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acids, including for treating a surface or a target in need of antimicrobial or sanitizing treatment are also disclosed. Particular applications of using odor-free, low volatility peroxyhydroxycarboxylic acid sanitizers for direct food contact are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Allison Prideaux, Richard Staub
  • Publication number: 20220232827
    Abstract: Methods and systems for temperature-controlled, on-site generation of peracids, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are disclosed. In particular, methods for using an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system overcome the limitations of temperature on the kinetics of the peracid generation and/or peracid decomposition inside an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system. The methods include the controlling of the temperature of at least one raw starting material, namely water, to improve upon methods of on-site generation of peracids. The methods allow for the generation of user-selected chemistry without regard to the ambient temperatures of the raw starting materials and/or the biocide formulator or generator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Brandon Herdt, Richard Staub, Thomas C. Rustad, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Paul R. Kraus, Richard Walsh
  • Publication number: 20220227708
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to methods for forming peroxyformic acid, comprising contacting formic acid with hydrogen peroxide. The methods for forming peroxyformic acid can include adding formic acid with a relatively lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, or adding formic acid to a peroxycarboxylic acid composition or forming composition to react with hydrogen peroxide in the compositions. The present invention also relates to peroxyformic acid formed by the above methods. The present invention further relates to the uses of peroxyformic acid for treating a variety of targets, e.g., target water, including target water used in connection with oil- and gas-field operations. The present invention further relates to methods for reducing or removing H2S or iron sulfide in the treated water source, improving clarity of the treated water source, or reducing the total dissolved oxygen or corrosion in the treated water source, using peroxyformic acid, including peroxyformic acid generated in situ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Junzhong Li, Richard Staub, Victor Keasler, Brian Bennett, Allison Brewster
  • Publication number: 20220154111
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to rheology modified, low foaming aqueous antimicrobial compositions. The compositions are phase stable under acidic conditions, and do not need to be rinsed from the surface to which they are applied. The present disclosure further relates to methods of use thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Steven J. Lange, Richard Staub, David D. McSherry
  • Patent number: 11330818
    Abstract: Methods and systems for temperature-controlled, on-site generation of peracids, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are disclosed. In particular, methods for using an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system overcome the limitations of temperature on the kinetics of the peracid generation and/or peracid decomposition inside an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system. The methods include the controlling of the temperature of at least one raw starting material, namely water, to improve upon methods of on-site generation of peracids. The methods allow for the generation of user-selected chemistry without regard to the ambient temperatures of the raw starting materials and/or the biocide formulator or generator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Herdt, Richard Staub, Thomas C. Rustad, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Paul R. Kraus, Richard Walsh
  • Patent number: 11325887
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to methods for forming peroxyformic acid, comprising contacting formic acid with hydrogen peroxide. The methods for forming peroxyformic acid can include adding formic acid with a relatively lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, or adding formic acid to a peroxycarboxylic acid composition or forming composition to react with hydrogen peroxide in the compositions. The present invention also relates to peroxyformic acid formed by the above methods. The present invention further relates to the uses of peroxyformic acid for treating a variety of targets, e.g., target water, including target water used in connection with oil- and gas-field operations. The present invention further relates to methods for reducing or removing H2S or iron sulfide in the treated water source, improving clarity of the treated water source, or reducing the total dissolved oxygen or corrosion in the treated water source, using peroxyformic acid, including peroxyformic acid generated in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Junzhong Li, Richard Staub, Victor Keasler, Brian Bennett, Allison Brewster