Patents by Inventor Martin B. MacInnis

Martin B. MacInnis 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: 4816069
    Abstract: A method for converting cobalt to cobalt powder is disclosed which comprises heating a starting mixture of cobalt and zinc in a non-reacting atomosphere at a first temperature of below the boiling point of zinc up to about 900.degree. C. in a non-reacting atmosphere for a length of time sufficient to cause the alloying of a portion of the zinc and cobalt, with the weight ratio of zinc to cobalt being less than about 10. The temperature of the resulting partially alloyed mixture is slowly raised to a second temperature of from about 900.degree. C. to about 960.degree. and is maintained for a time sufficient only to form a reaction product in which essentially all of the cobalt is alloyed with zinc and to keep the evaporation of zinc to a minimum. The reaction product is then heated at a pressure below atmospheric pressure at a third temperature of no greater than about 950.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Alan D. Douglas, Martin B. MacInnis, Clarence D. Vanderpool
  • Patent number: 4808384
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering tungsten, iron, and manganese from tungsten bearing material. The process involves digesting the material in a sufficient amount of sulfuric acid at a temperature of at least about 80.degree. C. for a sufficient time in the presence of coal as a reducing agent to form a digestion solution containing the major portion of the scandium, iron, and manganese and a digestion residue containing the major portion of the tungsten, followed by separating the solution from the residue. The major portion of the scandium can be extracted from the digestion solution with an organic solution consisting essentially of a mixture of tertiary alkyl primary amines which are present in an amount sufficient to extract the major portion of the scandium, and the balance an essentially aromatic solvent. The scandium is stripped from the organic with hydrochloric acid which is then separated from the stripped organic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence D. Vanderpool, Judith A. Ladd, Martin B. MacInnis, Mary A. Fedorchak
  • Patent number: 4759915
    Abstract: An improvement is disclosed in a process wherein tungsten values are extracted from an aqueous alkali metal tungstate solution by an organic extractant, and then stripped from the organic with an ammonia solution, the improvement being removing bromine from the major portion of the stripped organic and thereafter using at least a portion of the resulting bromine-free stripped organic to make up at least a portion of the organic extractant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Tai K. Kim, Alan D. Douglas, Robert P. McClintic, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4741886
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering tungsten from tungsten bearing material containing arsenic. The process involves adjusting a water slurry of the material to a pH of less than about 4 with an acid to solubilize the major portion of the tungsten, adding an insoluble ferric compound to the slurry to form a two phase system in which the solid phase contains the major portion of the arsenic and of any phosphorus which may be present, and a solution phase containing the major portion of the tungsten. After separation of the solid from the solution, the solution is adjusted to a pH of less than about 2 with an acid and a suffficient amount of hexamethylenetetramine is added to the solution to precipitate the major portion of the tungsten, followed by separating the precipitate from the resulting liquor. The solid phase containing the arsenic and phosphorus, if any, can be contacted with water and a soluble ferric salt to produce a treated solid which passes the EP toxicity test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence D. Vanderpool, Richard A. Scheithauer, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4724128
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for purifying molybdenum which involves reducing a molybdenum compound selected from the group consisting of molybdenum trioxide, ammonium dimolybdate, and ammonium paramolybdate to molybdenum dioxide which is then water washed to remove potassium, and produce a purified molybdenum dioxide having a potassium content of no greater than about 30 weight ppm, followed by separating the wash water from the purified molybdenum dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Cheresnowsky, Edward L. Bok, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4718995
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering scandium from a tungsten bearing material containing tungsten, iron manganese and scandium. The process involves digesting the material in an aqueous solution selected from the group consisting of a saturated solution of sulfur dioxide and a sulfuric acid solution containing an additional reducing agent at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time to form a digestion solution containing the major portion of the scandium, iron, and manganese, and a digestion solid containing the major portion of the tungsten which is separated from the digestion solution. The major portion of the scandium is extracted from the digestion solution with an organic consisting essentially of an extracting agent which is essentially a mixture of alkyl primary amines which are present in an amount sufficient to extract the major portion of the scandium without extracting appreciable amounts of iron and manganese, and the balance an essentially aromatic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis, Judith A. Ladd
  • Patent number: 4626425
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for recovering tungsten from a relatively dilute ammoniacal tungsten solution. The method involves adding hexamethylenetetramine to the tungsten solution in an amount sufficient to form a hexamethylenetetramine complex then adjusting the pH to from about 1.0 to about 2.0 with a mineral acid to form a precipitate of the complex containing at least about 99% of the tungsten, and separating the precipitate from the resulting mother liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Scheithauer, Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis, Michael J. Miller
  • Patent number: 4626280
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering tungsten, iron, and manganese from tungsten bearing material. The process involves digesting the material in a sulfur dioxide solution at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time to form a digestion solution containing the major portion of the scandium, iron, and manganese, and a digestion solid containing the major portion of the tungsten which is separated from the digestion solution. The major portion of the scandium is extracted from the digestion solution with an organic consisting essentially of an extracting agent which is essentially a mixture of alkyl primary amines which are present in an amount sufficient to extract the major portion of the scandium without extracting appreciable amounts of iron and manganese, and the balance an essentially aromatic solvent. After separation of the scandium containing organic from the raffinate, the organic is stripped of the scandium with hydrochloric acid which is then separated from the stripped organic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis, Judith A. Ladd
  • Patent number: 4624703
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering tungsten, scandium, iron, and manganese from tungsten bearing material. The process involves digesting the material in sufficient sulfuric acid at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time in the presence of a reducing agent to form a digestion solution containing the major portion of the scandium, iron, and manganese, and a digestion residue containing the major portion of the tungsten, separating the digestion solution from the digestion residue and extracting essentially all of the scandium from the solution with an organic consisting essentially of an extracting agent which is a dialkyl phosphoric acid which is present in an amount sufficient to extract essentially all of the scandium without extracting appreciable amounts of iron and manganese, and the balance an essentially aromatic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis, Judith A. Ladd
  • Patent number: 4624844
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for producing ammonium paratungstate which involves adding hexamethylenetetramine to a first solution of ammonium tungstate, adjusting the pH to about 2 with an acid to form a precipitate which contains the major portion of the tungsten and the hexamethylenetetramine and separating the precipitate from the resulting mother liquor. The tungsten hexamethylenetetramine precipitate is then dissolved in aqueous ammonia to form a second ammonium tungstate solution which is then heated at from about 90.degree. C. to about 100.degree. C. to form a precipitate essentially all of which is ammonium paratungstate and a mother liquor which contains essentially all of the hexamethylenetetramine. The ammonium paratungstate precipitate is then separated from the mother liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Scheithauer, Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis, Michael J. Miller
  • Patent number: 4612183
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for producing crystalline ammonium metatungstate from ammonium paratungstate. The method involves heating ammonium paratungstate in a multiple hearth furnace at from about 200.degree. C. to about 400.degree. C. to form a relatively uniformly heated ammonium paratungstate. A slurry of the heated ammonium paratungstate in water is then digested at from about 70.degree. C. to about 100.degree. C. for less than about 6 hours at relatively constant volume while maintaining the pH of the slurry at from about 4.2 to about 3.0 by the addition of ammonia as necessary to form a solution of ammonium metatungstate. The resulting ammonium metatungstate solution is then evaporated to a fraction of its original volume to concentrate it and any insolubles are removed. The ammonium metatungstate is then crystallized from the concentrated solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Tai K. Kim, Carl W. Boyer, Martin B. MacInnis, Donald H. Ennis
  • Patent number: 4612182
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for producing crystalline ammonium metatungstate from ammonium paratungstate. The method involves heating the ammonium paratungstate at from about 100.degree. C. to about 250.degree. C. for from about 1 hour to about 8 hours to remove some ammonia and water, digesting a solution of the heated ammonium paratungstate in water at from about 80.degree. C. to about 100.degree. C. for from about 2 hours to about 6 hours at relatively constant volume while maintaining the pH of the slurry at from about 4.2 to about 3.0 by addition of ammonia as necessary to form a solution of ammonium metatungstate in water. The ammonium metatungstate solution is then evaporated to concentrate it. Any insoluble material is separated from the solution. Ammonium metatungstate is then crystallized from the resulting concentrated ammonium metatungstate solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Tai K. Kim, Martin B. MacInnis, Robert P. McClintic
  • Patent number: 4608084
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering cobalt and chromium from a cobalt and chromium containing alloy. The process involves first digesting the alloy in concentrated hydrochloric acid at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time to form a first solution containing the major portion of the cobalt, chromium, and any iron and nickel present in the alloy and a first solid and separating the first solution from the first solid. Oxalic acid is then added to the first solution in an amount sufficient to subsequently precipitate the major portion of the cobalt and any iron and nickel contained in the first solution followed by adjustment of the ph to from about 1 to about 2 with a base and maintaining the temperature below about 20.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Scheithauer, Michael J. Miller, Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4606885
    Abstract: An improvement is disclosed in a process for recovery of cobalt from cobalt bearing material to obtain fine cobalt metal powder of high purity, the improvement being mechanically compacting the powder into a billet and sintering the billet in a hydrogen atmosphere at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time to densify the billet and form a high purity cobalt article having an oxygen content of no greater than about 500 weight parts per million.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Miller, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4604265
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering tungsten and rhenium from a tungsten and rhenium source. The process involves firing the source in an oxidizing atmosphere at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time to convert the tungsten and rhenium to their respective oxides, to remove a portion of the rhenium as volatilized oxide, and to form a first fired material containing essentially all of the tungsten and the remaining portion of the rhenium, increasing the surface area of the resulting oxidized tungsten, and firing the first fired material in an oxidizing atmosphere at a sufficient temperature for a sufficient time to remove essentially all of the remaining portion of the rhenium as volatilized oxidized rhenium and to form an essentially rhenium-free oxidized tungsten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Alan D. Douglas, Kenneth T. Reilly, John E. Landmesser, Richard E. Landry, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4599222
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering tungsten and rhenium from a relatively impure tungsten and rhenium solution. The process involves adjusting the pH of the solution to from about 9.0 to about 10.0 to precipitate impurities, and removing the impurities. The purified solution is adjusted to a pH of from about 0.5 to about 7.0 with a mineral acid. To the purified solution is added a solution containing sufficient hexamine to subsequently form a first hexamine tungsten solid containing the major portion of the tungsten. The hexamine solution is at essentially at the same pH as that of the pH adjusted purified solution. The resulting hexamine-tungsten-rhenium mixture is agitated at a sufficiently low temperature for a sufficient time to form the first solid and a first mother liquor containing the major portion of the rhenium. The first solid is separated from the first mother liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Alan D. Douglas, Martin B. MacInnis, Kenneth T. Reilly
  • Patent number: 4599224
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for recovering molybdenum from molybdenum disulfide. The process involves forming a slurry of the molybdenum disulfide in a solution of an alkali metal hydroxide, the amount of hydroxide being sufficient to react with at least a portion of the molybdenum disulfide to form an alkali metal molybdate and an alkali sulfate, heating the slurry in an oxidizing atmosphere at an elevated temperature and pressure and for a sufficient time to effect the conversion to the molybdate, and separating the pregnant liquor containing the molybdate from any residue. To the pregnant liquor is then added a sufficient amount of a hexamine to form a hexamine-molybdenum compound containing the major portion of the molybdenum, followed by adjusting the pH to from about 1.5 to about 3.8 to precipitate the major portion of the hexamine-molybdenum compound, and separating the compound from the resulting mother liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence D. Vanderpool, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4599223
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for separating tungsten from a solution containing tungstate and perrhenate ions. The process involves reacting a sufficient amount of hydrochloric acid with the solution at a sufficient temperature to form a solid containing essentially all of the tungsten and a liquor containing essentially all of the rhenium, and separating the solid from the liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Alan D. Douglas, Kenneth T. Reilly, Martin B. MacInnis, John A. Powers, James N. Christini
  • Patent number: 4454098
    Abstract: A process is disclosed wherein tungsten is recovered from hazardous waste material containing said tungsten, arsenic, and other impurities which can consist of magnesium, phosphorus, and silicon and the resulting waste is treated to render it nonhazardous according to EPA standards for arsenic. Said process involves digesting said hazardous waste material in an aqueous solution of an alkali metal hydroxide, adjusting the pH of the resulting solution to about 11.0 to about 13.0 with NaOH to precipitate essentially all of the magnesium and silicon species, filtering the digestion mix to remove the solids from said resulting solution which contains about 80 to about 100% of said tungsten and essentially none of said magnesium and said silicon, slurrying the hazardous solids in hot water, and adding to the slurry a ferric salt solution to precipitate ferric hydroxide, filtering this mixture to give a solid which passes the EPA standard test for solids with respect to arsenic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Scheithauer, Clarence D. Vanderpool, Michael J. Miller, Martin B. MacInnis
  • Patent number: 4448755
    Abstract: In a process for producing pure ammonium paratungstate from ammonium tungstate solutions containing tin, sulfide is added to the ammonium tungstate solution in an amount sufficient to form a soluble complex of the sulfide with the tin. The solution is then evaporated to a volume at which essentially all of the tungsten is in the form of insoluble ammonium paratungstate and essentially all of the tin is in the mother liquor in the form of a soluble complex along with other impurities. The solid ammonium paratungstate is then separated from the mother liquor by filtration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Scheithauer, Michael J. Miller, Martin B. MacInnis, James N. Christini, Martin C. Vogt