Patents by Inventor Nicholas Wenner

Nicholas Wenner 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: 11013189
    Abstract: A system for growing fungi, the system comprising a nutritive vehicle, a porous material, an administrable space, fungal tissue comprising fungal hyphae having a growth pattern, the fungal tissue connecting said nutritive vehicle to said porous material to said administrable space, wherein the fungal tissue within said space defines at least one successive fungal material layer; and a chemically or physically altered separated portion of fungal material, the separated portion separated from said fungal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MycoWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, Caitlin Moorleghen
  • Publication number: 20210152495
    Abstract: To facilitate redundancy in a distributed control system architecture used in an industrial automation environment, a user workstation is connected to multiple enterprise access switches. Separate physical connections established between an application server and the enterprise access switches are configured into a single virtual interface for the application server to provide physical media redundancy between the application server and the enterprise access switches. Redundancy switches are connected to the enterprise access switches and to a first LAN and a second LAN, and are assigned unique IP addresses but communicate using a same default gateway IP address to serve as redundant default gateways. The redundancy switches are configured with a redundancy protocol that enables transmission of duplicate data packets over the first LAN and the second LAN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Armand J. Craig, Eric Eilberg, Stephen Wenner, Timothy C. Mirth, Nicholas R. Garcias
  • Publication number: 20210037721
    Abstract: A system for growing fungi, the system comprising a nutritive vehicle, a porous material, an administrable space, fungal tissue comprising fungal hyphae having a growth pattern, the fungal tissue connecting said nutritive vehicle to said porous material to said administrable space, wherein the fungal tissue within said space defines at least one successive fungal material layer; and a chemically or physically altered separated portion of fungal material, the separated portion separated from said fungal tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, Caitlin Moorleghen
  • Patent number: 10842089
    Abstract: A fungal growth structure comprising a nutritive vehicle, a porous material, an administrable space. fungal tissue comprising fungal hyphae having a growth pattern, the fungal tissue connecting said nutritive vehicle to said porous material to said administrable space, wherein the fungal tissue within said space defines at least one successive fungal material layer; and a chemically or physically altered separated portion of fungal material, the separated portion separated from said fungal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MycoWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, Caitlin Moorleghen
  • Publication number: 20200196541
    Abstract: A mycelium growth bed for growing a solid substrate-bound mycelium through which the mycelium composite is easily and readily removed. This is achieved through the use of a perforation layer embedded between the mycelium substrate and the mycelium composite so as to create a uniform structural weakness and thereby enhancing harvesting abilities of the ex-substrate mycelium via a greatly reduced and uniform tear strength. The perforation layer, through which the mycelium grows, allows for the gated and controlled extrusion of a matrix of colonial cells that may be easily and uniformly delaminated from the underlying mycelium substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Matt Scullin, Nicholas Wenner, Jordan Chase, Quinn Miller, Ryan Saltidos, Phil McGaughy
  • Patent number: 10687482
    Abstract: A method of forming fungal materials and fungal objects from those fungal materials, the method comprising the steps of growing a first fungal tissue in contact with a nutritive vehicle; supplying a porous material in contact with said first fungal tissue; directing growth of said fungal tissue through said porous material such that a portion of said fungal tissue comprises a first fungal material having first fungal hyphae; optionally incorporating composite material; directing a change in the composition or growth pattern of at least some of said first fungal hyphae; separating at least a portion of the first fungal material from said nutritive vehicle; obtaining a second fungal material having second fungal hyphae; and forming a fungal object by encouraging fused growth between said first fungal material and said second fungal material and optionally incorporating composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Mycoworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, Caitlin Moorleghen
  • Publication number: 20200131694
    Abstract: An abrasion resistant finish for a fungal material, the finishing comprising an optimum quantity biodegradable polylactic acid plastic (PLA) dispersed in water to produce a PLA mixture. When the PLA mixture is applied to the fungal material, water carries the PLA deeply into the matrix of the fungal hyphae to a depth at least 2 N/10 mm or 1% of the thickness of the fungal material, whichever is greater. The finish fortifies the hyphal structure as the water evaporates and creates a PLA coating on the fungal material with improved abrasion resistance and water resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Matt Scullin, Nicholas Wenner, Jordan Chase, Quinn Miller, Philip Ross
  • Publication number: 20200120880
    Abstract: A mycelium growth bed for optimal production of pure mycelium or a pure mycelium composite with controlled or predictable properties, the bed comprising a tray, a conveying platform, a permeable membrane, a substrate, a porous material and a lid. The permeable membrane is positioned on the conveying platform within the tray. The substrate is positioned on the permeable membrane and the porous material is positioned on top of the substrate. The system provides a configuration having a substrate weight to surrounding space volume ratio between 0.5 and 5.0 g/cc, an air volume (surrounding space) to substrate volume between 0.01 and 1.0, and an air volume (surrounding space) to substrate area is between 0.5 and 5 cc/cm, wherein the CO2 concentration is held above 3%, the relative humidity is held above 40% and the O2 concentration is held below 20% in steady state conditions to produce leather-like mycelium without fruiting bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Matt Scullin, Nicholas Wenner, Jordan Chase, Quinn Miller, Ryan Saltidos, Phil McGaughy
  • Publication number: 20200025672
    Abstract: A method for reducing and determining coefficient of friction of a mycelium for improving a plurality of mechanical properties of the mycelium. In the method, a first mycelium layer is contacted with an abrasive and pressure apparatus for smoothing and altering a microstructure of the mycelium. The smoothing of the mycelium microstructure reduces the coefficient of friction of the mycelium thereby enhancing the abrasion resistance of the mycelium. The coefficient of friction of the mycelium surface reduced through smoothing of the mycelium surface is determined utilizing a tilt angle mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew L. Scullin, Jordan Chase, Nicholas Wenner, Quinn Miller, Philip Ross
  • Publication number: 20190390399
    Abstract: A flexible fungal composite with an engineered and/or improved mechanical properties such as tear strength, tensile strength and resistance to separation. The fungal composite is generated by embedding a second material within a fungal matrix. The tear strength of the fungal composite is greater than the tear strength of the fungal matrix. The tensile strength of the fungal composite is at least equal to the tensile strength of the embedded material. And the resistance to delamination between the fungal matrix and the embedded material is such that the force required to separate the fungal matrix and the embedded material from each other is greater than or equal to the force required to separate the fungal matrix or the embedded material from themselves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jordan Chase, Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, William Morris
  • Publication number: 20190284307
    Abstract: Fungal crosslinked structures, fungal crosslinking systems, and methods for crosslinking a fungal material. The crosslinked fungal material described herein comprises a variety of crosslinkers, crosslinking sites, and various combinations of crosslinks, each forming unique structures. The crosslinked fungal material comprises at least one crosslinking compound attached to a bonding site. The fungal crosslinking system includes a preparation unit, an impregnating unit, a crosslinking unit and a rinsing unit. The preparation unit may partially deacetylate chitin within the fungal material and within chitin nanowhiskers. The impregnating unit impregnates the fungal material with chitin nanowhiskers. The crosslinking unit is configured to crosslink the fungal material and chitin nanowhiskers via genipin to create a composite material. The rinsing unit rinses and removes unreacted genipin material thereby rendering a crosslinked composite material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Jordan Chase, Nicholas Wenner, Philip Ross, Mike Todd
  • Publication number: 20180146627
    Abstract: A fungal growth structure comprising a nutritive vehicle, a porous material, an administrable space. fungal tissue comprising fungal hyphae having a growth pattern, the fungal tissue connecting said nutritive vehicle to said porous material to said administrable space, wherein the fungal tissue within said space defines at least one successive fungal material layer; and a chemically or physically altered separated portion of fungal material, the separated portion separated from said fungal tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, Caitlin Moorleghen
  • Publication number: 20180014468
    Abstract: A method of forming fungal materials and fungal objects from those fungal materials, the method comprising the steps of growing a first fungal tissue in contact with a nutritive vehicle; supplying a porous material in contact with said first fungal tissue; directing growth of said fungal tissue through said porous material such that a portion of said fungal tissue comprises a first fungal material having first fungal hyphae; optionally incorporating composite material; directing a change in the composition or growth pattern of at least some of said first fungal hyphae; separating at least a portion of the first fungal material from said nutritive vehicle; obtaining a second fungal material having second fungal hyphae; and forming a fungal object by encouraging fused growth between said first fungal material and said second fungal material and optionally incorporating composite material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Nicholas Wenner, Caitlin Moorleghen