Patents by Inventor Masahiro Hirano

Masahiro Hirano 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: 7428085
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of producing a hologram through a two-beam laser interfering exposure process, which comprises emitting a coherent laser light with a pulse width (?) ranging from greater than 900 femtoseconds to 100 picoseconds and a laser power of 10 ?J/pulse or more using a solid-state laser as a light source, dividing the pulses light from the laser into two beams, controlling the two beams temporally and spatially in such a manner that the two beam are converged on a surface of or inside a workpiece for recording a hologram while matching the respective converged spots of the two beams with one another temporally and spatially to create the interference therebetween so as to record a surface-relief hologram on the surface of the workpiece or an embedded hologram inside the workpiece in an irreversible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Kenichi Kawamura, Taisuke Miura, Hayato Kamioka
  • Publication number: 20080210285
    Abstract: A thermoelectric conversion material having a novel composition is provided. The thermoelectric conversion material comprises a first dielectric material layer, a second dielectric material layer, and an electron localization layer that is present between the first dielectric material layer and the second dielectric material layer and that has a thickness of 1 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicants: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION NAGOYA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ohta, Kunihito Koumoto
  • Publication number: 20080152778
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of producing a beverage comprising filtration sterilizing an untreated liquid to yield a filtration sterilized permeable constituent and an impermeable constituent, heating and disinfecting the impermeable constituent, and mixing the heat disinfected impermeable constituent with the filtration sterilized permeable constituent. Also disclosed herein is a beverage produced by such a method and a device for carrying out this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kosugi, Masahiro Hirano, Hiroshi Hiramatsu
  • Publication number: 20080095688
    Abstract: Provided is a method for preparing an electroconductive mayenite type compound with good properties readily and stably at low cost without need for expensive facilities, a reaction at high temperature and for a long period of time, or complicated control of reaction. A method for preparing an electroconductive mayenite type compound comprises a step of subjecting a precursor to heat treatment, wherein the precursor contains Ca and/or Sr, and Al, a molar ratio of (a total of CaO and SrO:Al2O3) is from (12.6:6.4) to (11.7:7.3) as calculated as oxides, a total content of CaO, SrO and Al2O3 in the precursor is at least 50 mol %, and the precursor is a vitreous or crystalline material; and the method comprises a step of mixing the precursor with a reducing agent and performing the heat treatment of holding the mixture at 600-1,415° C. in an inert gas or vacuum atmosphere with an oxygen partial pressure of at most 10 Pa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicants: ASAHI GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED, Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Katsuro Hayashi, Sung Kim, Masahiro Hirano, Satoru Narushima, Setsuro Ito
  • Publication number: 20080089826
    Abstract: Provided is a method for preparing an electroconductive mayenite type compound with good properties readily and stably at low cost. A production method of an electroconductive mayenite type compound comprising a step of subjecting a precursor to heat treatment, is a method for preparing an electroconductive mayenite type compound, comprising a step of subjecting a precursor to heat treatment; wherein the precursor is a vitreous or crystalline material, which contains Ca and Al, in which a molar ratio of (CaO:Al2O3) is from (12.6:6.4) to (11.7:7.3) as calculated as oxides, and in which a total amount of CaO and Al2O3 is at least 50 mol %, and wherein the heat treatment is heat treatment comprising holding the precursor at a heat treatment temperature T of from 600 to 1415° C. and in an inert gas or vacuum atmosphere with an oxygen partial pressure PO2 in a range of PO2?105×exp[{?7.9×l04/(T+273)}+14.4] in the unit of Pa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicants: ASAHI GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED, Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Katsuro Hayashi, Sung Kim, Masahiro Hirano, Satoru Narushima, Setsuro Ito
  • Publication number: 20080075831
    Abstract: A non-fat or low-fat food and beverage product having low calories is provided. The product offers a flavor, body and fat's texture. The food and beverage product includes a fat-like texture substance containing inulin as a main ingredient and polyglutamic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Masahiro Hirano, Akifumi Tsuruta
  • Publication number: 20080063816
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sealing material for liquid crystals having high adhesion strength and excellent gap-forming power at bonding of panels. Also disclosed are a method for producing such a sealing material and a method for producing a liquid crystal display cell which is improved in productivity, high-speed response and reliability. The sealing material for liquid crystals is produced through a step wherein fine particles (D) having an average particle size of not more than 3 ?m are dispersed, using a wet dispersion unit (A), in a reactive resin (C) having an epoxy group and/or a (meth)acryloyl group which resin has been dissolved in a solvent (B) and a following step wherein the solvent (B) is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Masahiro Imalzumi, Naoyuki Ochi, Toyofumi Asano, Eiichi Nishihara, Masahiro Hirano, Takumi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7323356
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of producing an LnCuOX single-crystal thin film (wherein Ln is at least one selected from the group consisting of lanthanide elements and yttrium, and X is at least one selected from the group consisting of S, Se and Te), which comprises the steps of growing a base thin film on a single-crystal substrate, depositing an amorphous or polycrystalline LnCuOX thin film on the base thin film to form a laminated film, and then annealing the laminated film at a high temperature of 500° C. or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ota, Masahiro Orita, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Kazushige Ueda
  • Publication number: 20080000371
    Abstract: In an ink fountain key position adjusting method for a printing press, the temperature of a member of an inking device including an ink fountain roller and ink fountain keys is measured. The position of each ink fountain key with respect to the ink fountain roller is corrected in accordance with the measured member temperature. An ink fountain key position adjusting apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Shigeru Okada, Iwao Miyagi, Shunsuke Hara, Akihiro Inde, Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20070258033
    Abstract: [PROBLEMS] To provide a photopolymerization initiator having an extremely low possibility of contaminating liquid crystals, and a liquid crystal sealing material using such a photopolymerization initiator. [MEANS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS] A liquid crystal sealing material comprising (a) a reactive photopolymerization initiator represented by the general formula (1) and (b) a photocurable resin: (wherein R1 represents a divalent straight chain, branched or cyclic lower alkylene group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms or an arylene group; R2 represents a divalent straight chain, branched or cyclic lower alkylene group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms or an arylene group; Ar represents an arylene group; R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X and Y respectively represent O or S; and Z is a hydroxyl group or a morpholino group).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventors: Naoyuki Ochi, Toyohumi Asano, Masahiro Imaizumi, Masaru Kudou, Eiichi Nishihara, Masahiro Hirano, Kouta Yoshii, Sumio Itimura, Makiko Kogo
  • Publication number: 20070194379
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an amorphous oxide and a thin film transistor using the amorphous oxide. In particular, the present invention provides an amorphous oxide having an electron carrier concentration less than 1018/cm3, and a thin film transistor using such an amorphous oxide. In a thin film transistor having a source electrode 6, a drain electrode 5, a gate electrode 4, a gate insulating film 3, and a channel layer 2, an amorphous oxide having an electron carrier concentration less than 1018/cm3 is used in the channel layer 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ota, Toshio Kamiya, Kenji Nomura
  • Patent number: 7235225
    Abstract: There is provided a C12A7 compound capable of selectively and reversibly clathrating X? ions, such as active oxygen radicals, with improved controllability. The C12A7 compound clathrating OH? ions and On? at a concentration of 2×1019 cm?3 or less can be prepared by subjecting a mixed material containing Ca and Al to a solid phase reaction at a firing temperature not lower than 1200° C. and lower than 1449° C. in a dry oxygen atmosphere having an oxygen partial pressure of 0.1 atm or more and a water vapor partial pressure of 10?3 atm or less, keeping the resultant product at a temperature of 1200° C. or higher, and cooling rapidly. The C12A7 compound is heat-treated to clathrate OH? ions at a concentration of 2×1019 cm?3 or less, and On? at a high concentration of more than 2×1019 cm?3. The compound can reversibly clathrate or release On? ion radicals through the elevation or lowering of the temperature thereof in a temperature range of 300 to 850° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Katsuro Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20070134498
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a resin composition for protective films which comprises an epoxy resin having two or more epoxy groups, a curing agent, a curing accelerator, a solvent, and a colloidal slurry of fine silica particles having an average particle diameter, as determined by conversion from the specific surface area, of 50 nm or smaller, a pH of 6 to 8, and an alkali metal content of 5 ppm or lower. The resin composition gives a protective film which satisfies adhesiveness and visible-light transmission, which are performances conventionally required. The protective film further has high surface smoothness even when the substrate surface is not smoothed. The resin composition has satisfactory storage stability and does not stain liquid crystal. Furthermore, a cured film obtained from the resin composition has excellent high-temperature resistance, especially ITO resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Applicant: NIPPON KAYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chie Umeyama, Yoshihiro Kawata, Masahiro Imaizumi, Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20070022888
    Abstract: In an ink supply amount adjustment method, a density value of a printed paper sheet is measured. The ink fountain key opening ratio is corrected on the basis of a difference between the measured density value of the printed paper sheet and a preset reference density value. The ink feed operation of the ink ductor roller is performed without printing after correction of the ink fountain key opening ratio to increase or decrease the amount of ink on the ink rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Inventors: Akihiro Inde, Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20070020405
    Abstract: An objective of this application is to provide a sealant for liquid crystals witch is extremely less apt to contaminate liquid crystals and has high adhesion strength. This application discloses a sealant for liquid crystals comprising as essential ingredients (a) a radiation-curable resin represented by the general formula (1): wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, a linear, branch or cyclic monovalent alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, m represents an integer of 1 to 4, and may be the same or different, R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and the number n of the repeating units is a positive number in the range of 0 to 20; (b) a photopolymerization initiator; and (c) an inorganic filler having an average particle diameter of 3 ?m or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Naoyuki Ochi, Toyofumi Asano, Masahiro Imaizumi, Masaru Kudo, Eiichi Nishihara, Hiroo Koyanagi, Sumio Ichimura, Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20060276326
    Abstract: To provide a method for preparing a mayenite type compound having electroconductivity imparted. A method for preparing an electroconductive mayenite type compound, which comprises melting a raw material containing Al and at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ca and Sr, holding the melt in a low oxygen partial pressure atmosphere having an oxygen partial pressure of not higher than 10 Pa, followed by cooling or annealing in a low oxygen partial pressure atmosphere or in atmospheric air for solidification, thereby to replace oxygen present in cages by electrons in a high concentration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Applicants: ASAHI GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED, JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Katsuro Hayashi, Masashi Miyakawa, Masahiro Hirano, Sungwng Kim, Setsuro Ito, Satoru Narushima
  • Publication number: 20060208219
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sealant for liquid crystals having extremely low contamination nature to a liquid crystal, excellent coatability and bondability to a substrate, long service life and pot life and high adhesive strength. A sealant for liquid crystals of the present invention is characterized by comprising (a) an epoxy resin represented by general formula (1): (wherein a represents an integer of 2 to 4; n represents 0 to 3 (average value); R represents a divalent hydrocarbon group of 2 to 6 carbon atoms; A represents a polyvalent aromatic group; and G represents a glycidyl group, provided that when n is 0, (a) an epoxy resin represented by general formula (1) is a bisphenol S-type.), (b) a thermo-curing agent, (c) and a filler having average particle diameter of not larger than 3 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: NIPPON KAYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Imaizumi, Toyofumi Asano, Naoyuki Ochi, Masahiro Hirano, Sumio Ichimura, Masaru Kudo, Katsuhiro Oshimi, Masataka Nakanishi, Yasumasa Akatsuka, Eiichi Nishihara, Masayuki Itai
  • Patent number: 7101596
    Abstract: A liquid crystal sealant comprising an epoxy resin represented by the following formula (1): [Formula 1] (in the formula, n denotes an average polymerization degree and is a positive number of 0–5) as a resin component, a curing agent, a curing accelerator and an inorganic filler is excellent in screen printability as a liquid crystal sealant in making a liquid crystal display device and can provide excellent reliability in moisture resistance for the liquid crystal display device obtained).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignees: Nippon Kayaku Kabushiki Kaisha, Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsunetoshi Sakano, Syouichi Hayasibara, Yasumasa Akatuka, Masahiro Hirano, Tsuyoshi Okazaki, Toshihiro Matsumoto, Nobuhiro Waka, Shogo Nishiwaki
  • Publication number: 20060151311
    Abstract: In a solid solution system of Al2O3 and CAO or SrO, it has been difficult to obtain a material having a high electrical conductivity (>10?4 S·cm?) at room temperature. A compound is provided in which electrons at a high concentration are introduced into a 12CaO.7Al2O3 compound, a 12SrO.7Al2O3 compound, or a mixed crystal compound containing 12CaO.7Al2O3 and 12SrO.7Al2O3. The compound formed by substituting all the free oxygen ions with electrons is regarded as an electride compound in which [Ca24Al28O64]4+(4e?) or [Sr24Al28O64]4+(4e?) serves as a cation and electrons serve as anions. When a single crystal or a hydrostatic pressure press molded material of a fine powder thereof is held at approximately 700° C. in an alkaline metal vapor or an alkaline earth metal vapor, melt of a hydrostatic pressure press molded material of a powder is held at approximately 1,600° C. in a carbon crucible, followed by slow cooling for solidification, or a thin film of the compound held at approximately 600° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Katsuro Hayashi, Isao Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20060141414
    Abstract: A gas combustion treatment method for the combustion treatment of an ammonia-containing gas and a hydrogen sulfide-containing gas, the method comprising a first combustion treatment step in which the ammonia-containing gas, together with a fuel, is introduced and burned; a nitrogen oxide reduction step downstream of the first combustion treatment step, in which a portion of the hydrogen sulfide-containing gas or the ammonia-containing gas is introduced and the nitrogen oxides produced in the first combustion treatment step are reduced in a reducing atmosphere; and a second combustion treatment step downstream of the nitrogen oxide reduction step, in which the remaining hydrogen sulfide-containing gas, together with air, is introduced and burned. The present invention provides a combustion apparatus suitable for use as a combustion furnace for off-gases resulting from the wet purification of coal gasification gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Applicants: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., Ryoen Technical Service Corp.
    Inventors: Masahiro Harada, Makoto Susaki, Kazuo Ishida, Hajime Nagano, Masahiro Hirano, Hiroshi Suzumura, Shintaro Honjo, Yoshinori Koyama, Katsuhiko Yokohama, Mitsugi Suehiro