Patents by Inventor Kenneth C. Thode

Kenneth C. Thode 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: 7169946
    Abstract: As a substitute for distillation of crude feedstock in the production of oleo-chemicals, the crude feedstock is bleached to remove color and odor. The crude feedstock can include fatty acids and/or glycerin, and the bleached product can be incorporated into a commercial product, such as liquid laundry detergent, bar soap, anti-freeze, paper de-inking cleaners, lubricants, dark rubber and plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Twin Rivers Technologies, L.P.
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Thode
  • Patent number: 6261460
    Abstract: A method for removing a contaminant from water includes mixing droplets of a substantially non-water soluble oil with water to combine with the contaminant. The oil can include polar or ionic functional groups. A chemical destabilizer is added to the water to coagulate and aggregate the oil-contaminant mixture. The mixture is then separated from the water by gravity settling, filtration, or dissolved air flotation, thereby removing the contaminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventors: James A. Benn, Kenneth C. Thode
  • Patent number: 5892072
    Abstract: A continuous-steady state process of making a C 12-16-90% fatty acid from a whole cut fatty acid as well as the resulting product. The process includes fractionating a distilled or undistilled whole cut coconut fatty acid having 11-20% C 10 or less, 44-52% C 12, 13-19% C 14, 8-12% C 16, and 6-14% C 18 carbon chain links to form a top cut of C-12 and less any bottom cut of C 12-18. The C 12-18 is then fractionated to form a top cut of C 12-16-90% and a bottom cut of C 18. The top cut has a chain length distribution of about 2% maximum of C 10 or less, 56-66% C 12, 18-27% C 14, 9-17% C 16, and 3% maximum of C 18 carbon chain links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Twin Rivers Technologies, LP
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Thode