Patents by Inventor Masaaki Kitano

Masaaki Kitano 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: 11433378
    Abstract: Provided are an intermetallic compound having high stability and high activity, and a catalyst using the same. A hydrogen storage/release material containing an intermetallic compound represented by formula (1): RTX . . . (1) wherein R represents a lanthanoid element, T represents a transition metal in period 4 or period 5 in the periodic table, and X represents Si, Al or Ge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Yutong Gong, Jiazhen Wu, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yangfan Lu, Tiannan Ye
  • Publication number: 20220268365
    Abstract: A diaphragm valve includes a body 3 having a flow path 2 formed therein, a sheet 4 formed in the flow path 2, a metal diaphragm 5 for opening and closing the flow path 2 by abutting on or separating from the sheet 4, a pair of clamping parts 6 and 7 for claiming peripheral edge portions of both side surfaces of the metal diaphragm 5 respectively to fix the metal diaphragm 5 to the body 3, and an actuator 8 for abutting the metal diaphragm 5 on the sheet 4 or separating the metal diaphragm from the sheet 4, wherein a fluorine resin coating is formed on a sheet side surface 5a of the metal diaphragm 5 in a region excluding a clamping region D-C between the sheet side surface 5a and the clamping part 7, and at least in a contact region B-A with the sheet 4 in a region C surrounded by the clamping region D-C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kaoru HIRATA, Masaaki NAGASE, Atsushi HIDAKA, Kazuyuki MORISAKI, Keisuke IDEGUCHI, Kosuke SUGIMOTO, Masafumi KITANO, Kouji NISHINO, Nobukazu IKEDA
  • Publication number: 20220241754
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of producing a metal oxyhydride, capable of synthesizing the metal oxyhydride under reaction conditions close to atmospheric pressure, and excellent in productivity and cost. The method of producing a metal oxyhydride of the present invention includes reacting an oxide with a metal hydride in a hydrogen atmosphere. A non-oxygen element constituting the oxide comprises only one kind of non-oxygen element. A pressure condition of the reaction is 0.1 to 0.9 MPa, and a temperature of the reaction is 500 to 1000° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Masaaki KITANO, Hideo HOSONO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA, Kayato OOYA, Kiya OGASAWARA, Ryu TAKASHIMA
  • Patent number: 11394193
    Abstract: A power supply system includes a first circuit board mounting a power source circuit and an electronic fuse and a second circuit board mounting a power consumption circuit and a switch. When the electronic fuse detects an overcurrent due to a failure occurring in the power consumption circuit, the power supply system immediately cuts out an overcurrent flowing through the power consumption circuit while changing the switch from an open state to a short-circuited state according to a fault signal output from the electronic fuse. Accordingly, it is possible to safely separate the first circuit board and the second circuit board, and therefore it is possible to replace the second circuit board with another circuit board mounting a normal power consumption circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kitano
  • Publication number: 20220143580
    Abstract: A molded sintered body containing a mayenite type compound, an inorganic binder sintered material, and a transition metal, wherein a content of the inorganic binder sintered material is 3 to 30 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the molded sintered body, and the molded sintered body has at least one pore peak in each of a pore diameter range of 2.5 to 20 nm and a pore diameter range of 20 to 350 nm. A method for producing the molded sintered body, including mixing a precursor of a mayenite type compound and a raw material of an inorganic binder sintered material to prepare a mixture; molding the mixture to prepare a molded body of the mixture; firing the molded body to prepare a fired product; and supporting a transition metal on the fired product to produce a molded sintered body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicants: Tsubame BHB Co., Ltd., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Yasunori INOUE, Munenobu ITO, Kazuhisa KISHIDA, Hideo HOSONO, Masaaki KITANO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20220048782
    Abstract: The invention provides a perovskite-type oxynitride hydride which can be easily synthesized by achieving both improvement in catalytic performance and stabilization when used as a support of a catalyst. The oxynitride hydride is represented by general formula (1a) or (1b). ABO3-xNyHz??(1a) AB2O4-xNyHz??(1b) (In the above general formulas (1 a) and (1 b), A is at least one selected from the group consisting of Ba and Sr; B is at least one selected from the group consisting of Ce, La and Y; x represents a number represented by 0.2?x?2.0; y represents a number represented by 0.1?y?1.0; and z represents a number represented by 0.1?z?1.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Masaaki KITANO, Hideo HOSONO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA, Jun KUJIRAI
  • Patent number: 11235310
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a catalyst with which it is possible to obtain a supported metal ammonia synthesis catalyst, in which there are restrictions in terms of producing method and producing facility, and particularly large restrictions for industrial-scale producing, in a more simple manner and so that the obtained catalyst has a high activity. This method for manufacturing an ammonia synthesis catalyst includes: a first step for preparing 12CaO.7Al2O3 having a specific surface area of 5 m2/g or above; a second step for supporting a ruthenium compound on the 12CaO.7Al2O3; and a third step for performing a reduction process on the 12CaO.7Al2O3 supporting the ruthenium compound, obtained in the second step. This invention is characterized in that the reduction process is performed until the average particle diameter of the ruthenium after the reduction process has increased by at least 15% in relation to the average particle diameter of the ruthenium before the reduction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tsubame BHB Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Jiang Li, Shigeki Kawamura, Kazuhisa Kishida
  • Publication number: 20210288486
    Abstract: A power supply system includes a first circuit board mounting a power source circuit and an electronic fuse and a second circuit board mounting a power consumption circuit and a switch. When the electronic fuse detects an overcurrent due to a failure occurring in the power consumption circuit, the power supply system immediately cuts out an overcurrent flowing through the power consumption circuit while changing the switch from an open state to a short-circuited state according to a fault signal output from the electronic fuse. Accordingly, it is possible to safely separate the first circuit board and the second circuit board, and therefore it is possible to replace the second circuit board with another circuit board mounting a normal power consumption circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki KITANO
  • Patent number: 10941427
    Abstract: A production system for a product selected from a nitrogen-containing product and a fermented and cultured product that does not involve (or can minimize) the transport of liquid ammonia can include: an ammonia synthesis apparatus in which an ammonia-containing gas is synthesized by reaction of a source gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the presence of a supported metal catalyst containing as a support one or more selected from the group consisting of: i) a conductive mayenite compound; ii) a two-dimensional electride compound or a precursor thereof; and iii) a complex formed of a support base containing at least one metal oxide selected from ZrO2, TiO2, CeO2, and MgO and a metal amide represented by a formula M(NH2)x (where M represents one or more selected from Li, Na, K, Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, and Eu; and x represents a valence number of M) supported by the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20210016254
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a catalyst with which it is possible to obtain a supported metal ammonia synthesis catalyst, in which there are restrictions in terms of producing method and producing facility, and particularly large restrictions for industrial-scale producing, in a more simple manner and so that the obtained catalyst has a high activity. This method for manufacturing an ammonia synthesis catalyst includes: a first step for preparing 12CaO.7Al2O3 having a specific surface area of 5 m2/g or above; a second step for supporting a ruthenium compound on the 12CaO.7Al2O3; and a third step for performing a reduction process on the 12CaO.7Al2O3 supporting the ruthenium compound, obtained in the second step. This invention is characterized in that the reduction process is performed until the average particle diameter of the ruthenium after the reduction process has increased by at least 15% in relation to the average particle diameter of the ruthenium before the reduction process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicants: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tsubame BHB Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Jiang Li, Shigeki Kawamura, Kazuhisa Kishida
  • Publication number: 20200407762
    Abstract: Provided is a novel production system that does not involve, or can minimize, the transport of liquid ammonia in the production of an organic compound or the production of a microorganism by microbial fermentation. A production system for an organic compound or a microorganism includes: an ammonia synthesis apparatus in which an ammonia-containing gas is synthesized by reaction of a source gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the presence of a supported ruthenium catalyst; and a culture apparatus that cultures a microorganism having organic compound productivity using ammonia originating from the ammonia-containing gas obtained by using the ammonia synthesis apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicants: AJINOMOTO CO., INC., TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10808267
    Abstract: Provided is a novel production system that does not involve, or can minimize, the transport of liquid ammonia in the production of an organic compound or the production of a microorganism by microbial fermentation. A production system for an organic compound or a microorganism includes: an ammonia synthesis apparatus in which an ammonia-containing gas is synthesized by reaction of a source gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the presence of a supported ruthenium catalyst; and a culture apparatus that cultures a microorganism having organic compound productivity using ammonia originating from the ammonia-containing gas obtained by using the ammonia synthesis apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10792645
    Abstract: An electride, which is more stable and can be more easily obtained, is provided or is made available, and as a result, a catalyst particularly useful for chemical synthesis, in which the electride is particularly used, is provided. A transition metal-supporting intermetallic compound having a transition metal supported on an intermetallic compound represented by the following formula (1): A5X3 . . . (1) wherein A represents a rare earth element, and X represents Si or Ge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masaaki Kitano, Tomofumi Tada, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yoshitake Toda, Yangfan Lu, Jiang Li
  • Patent number: 10759668
    Abstract: The present invention provides a supported metal catalyst, a method for synthesizing ammonia using said catalyst, and a supported metal material in which a transition metal is supported on a support, wherein the support is a metal hydride represented by general formula (1): XHn . . . (1); and in general formula (1), X represents at least one selected from the group consisting of atoms from Groups 2 and 3, and lanthanoid atoms, and n is in a range of 2<n<3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Hiroshi Mizoguchi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Kyosuke Yamagata
  • Patent number: 10695751
    Abstract: The invention provides a Laves phase intermetallic compound having a composition represented by general formula ARu2 (A is Y, Sc, or at least one element selected from lanthanoid elements excluding Ce), the crystallite size thereof being 1 nm to 100 nm; a catalyst including the intermetallic compound as an active ingredient; and a method for producing ammonia using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Masaaki Kitano, Hiroshi Mizoguchi, Takaya Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20200164348
    Abstract: Provided are an intermetallic compound having high stability and high activity, and a catalyst using the same. A hydrogen storage/release material containing an intermetallic compound represented by formula (1): RTX . . . (1) wherein R represents a lanthanoid element, T represents a transition metal in period 4 or period 5 in the periodic table, and X represents Si, Al or Ge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicants: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo HOSONO, Yutong GONG, Jlazhen WU, Masaaki KITANO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA, Yangfan LU, Tiannan YE
  • Publication number: 20200078771
    Abstract: Provided are a supported metal material showing high catalytic activity, a supported metal catalyst, a method of producing ammonia and a method of producing hydrogen using the supported metal catalyst, and a method of producing a cyanamide compound. The supported metal material of the present invention is a supported metal material in which a transition metal is supported on a support, and the support is a cyanamide compound represented by the following general formula (1); MCN2 (1), wherein M represents a group II element of the periodic table, and the specific surface area of the cyanamide compound is 1 m2g?1 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicants: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo HOSONO, Kazuhisa KISHIDA, Masaaki KITANO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20190210008
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a catalyst with which it is possible to obtain a supported metal ammonia synthesis catalyst, in which there are restrictions in terms of producing method and producing facility, and particularly large restrictions for industrial-scale producing, in a more simple manner and so that the obtained catalyst has a high activity. This method for manufacturing an ammonia synthesis catalyst includes: a first step for preparing 12CaO.7Al2O3 having a specific surface area of 5 m2/g or above; a second step for supporting a ruthenium compound on the 12CaO.7Al2O3; and a third step for performing a reduction process on the 12CaO.7Al2O3 supporting the ruthenium compound, obtained in the second step. This invention is characterized in that the reduction process is performed until the average particle diameter of the ruthenium after the reduction process has increased by at least 15% in relation to the average particle diameter of the ruthenium before the reduction process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicants: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tsubame BHB Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Jiang Li, Shigeki Kawamura, Kazuhisa Kishida
  • Patent number: 10322940
    Abstract: An ammonia synthesis catalyst having high activity is obtained by having a two-dimensional electride compound having a lamellar crystal structure such as Ca2N support a transition metal. However, since the two-dimensional electride compound is unstable, the stability of the catalyst is low. In addition, in cases where a two-dimensional electride compound is used as a catalyst support, it is difficult to shape the catalyst depending on reactions since the two-dimensional electride compound has poor processability. A composite which includes a transition metal, a support and a metal amide compound, wherein the support is a metal oxide or a carbonaceous support; and the metal amide compound is a metal amide compound represented by general formula (1). M(NH2)x??(1) (In general formula (1), M represents at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of Li, Na, K, Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba and Eu; and x represents the valence of M.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yasunori Inoue
  • Patent number: 10173202
    Abstract: A catalyst is provided which is used for continuously synthesizing ammonia using a gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen as a raw material, wherein a transition metal which exhibits catalytic activity is supported by a support, and the support is a two-dimensional electride or a precursor thereof. The two-dimensional electride or the precursor thereof is a metal nitride represented by MxNyHz (M represents one or two or more of Group II metals selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba, and x, y and z are in ranges of 1?x?11, 1?y?8, and 0?z?4 respectively, in which x is an integer, and y and z are not limited to an integer) or M3N2 (M is the same as above), or a metal carbide selected from the group consisting of Y2C, Sc2C, Gd2C, Tb2C, Dy2C, Ho2C and Er2C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yasunori Inoue, Shinji Kambara