Patents by Inventor Peter C. Ford

Peter C. Ford 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: 10296953
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating an assisted shopping experience. A speech input can be captured and transcribed. The transcribed speech input can be transmitted to a customer service agent in a data session that is contemporaneous with a voice session. The customer service agent can then facilitate an assisted shopping experience via the voice session and data session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabien G. Hertschuh, Benoit St-Pierre, James L. Ford, Sean P. Cier, Samuel P. Hall, VI, Peter C. Wong
  • Patent number: 9522864
    Abstract: A method of catalytically preparing a fluid product from solid carbonaceous material is described. In the method, at least one of the following equilibria is established by one or more catalysts: a) CH3OH?CO+2H2, b) CO+H2O?CO2+H2. In some versions, the solid carbonaceous material is woody biomass. Components of the fluid product can include one or a combination of C5-C9 alcohols. In certain versions, the method can he practiced with substantially all of the carbon in the carbonaceous material being converted to the fluid product. Also, in some versions, the fluid product can be prepared with substantially no char formation. The fluid product of various versions can be used directly as fuel or as a reagent for preparing commodity chemicals without the need for separating the fluid product components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Theodore D. Matson, Peter C. Ford, Gerald Macala, Alexei Iretski
  • Publication number: 20140343174
    Abstract: A method of catalytically preparing a fluid product from solid carbonaceous material is described. In the method, at least one of the following equilibria is established by one or more catalysts: a) CH3OH?CO+2H2, b) CO+H2O?CO2+H2. In some versions, the solid carbonaceous material is woody biomass. Components of the fluid product can include one or a combination of C5-C9 alcohols, In certain versions, the method can he practiced with substantially all of the carbon in the carbonaceous material being converted to the fluid product. Also, in some versions, the fluid product can be prepared with substantially no char formation. The fluid product of various versions can be used directly as fuel or as a reagent for preparing commodity chemicals without the need for separating the fluid product components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Theodore D. Matson, Peter C. Ford, Gerald Macala, Alexei Iretski
  • Patent number: 8796494
    Abstract: A method of catalytically preparing a fluid product from solid carbonaceous material is described. In the method, at least one of the following equilibria is established by one or more catalysts: a) CH3OH=CO+2H2, b) CO+H2O=CO2+H2. In some versions, the solid carbonaceous material is woody biomass. Components of the fluid product can include one or a combination of C5-C9 alcohols. In certain versions, the method can be practiced with substantially all of the carbon in the carbonaceous material being converted to the fluid product. Also, in some versions, the fluid product can be prepared with substantially no char formation. The fluid product of various versions can be used directly as fuel or as a reagent for preparing commodity chemicals without the need for separating the fluid product components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Theodore D. Matson, Peter C. Ford, Gerald Macala, Alexei Iretski
  • Patent number: 8415512
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Rreed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Publication number: 20110065814
    Abstract: A method of catalytically preparing a fluid product from solid carbonaceous material is described. In the method, at least one of the following equilibria is established by one or more catalysts: a) CH3OH?CO+2H2, b) CO+H2O?CO2+H2. In some embodiments, the solid carbonaceous material is woody biomass. Components of the fluid product can include one or a combination of C5-C9 alcohols. In certain embodiments, the method can be practiced with substantially all of the carbon in the carbonaceous material being converted to the fluid product. Also, in some embodiments, the fluid product can be prepared with substantially no char formation. The fluid product of various embodiments can be used directly as fuel or as a reagent for preparing commodity chemicals without the need for separating the fluid product components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Theodore D. Matson, Peter C. Ford, Gerald Macala, Alexei Iretski
  • Publication number: 20110034741
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Rreed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Patent number: 7838708
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignees: GRT, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Breed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Publication number: 20100121119
    Abstract: Improvements in previously disclosed methods of and apparatuses for converting alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics to olefins, alcohols, ethers, and aldehydes includes: safety improvements, use of alternative feedstocks, process simplification, improvements to the halogenation step, improvements to the reproportionation step, improvements to the solid oxide reaction, improvements to solid oxide regeneration, improvements in separations, maintenance, start-up, shut-down, and materials of construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Eric W. McFarland, Michael J. Weiss, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Leroy E. Laverman, Shouli Sun, Dieter J. Schaefer, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Philip Grosso, Ashley W. Breed, Michael F. Doherty
  • Patent number: 6713655
    Abstract: Alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, and olefins are manufactured from alkanes by mixing an alkane and a halogen selected from the group including chlorine, bromine, and iodine in a reactor to form alkyl halide and hydrogen halide. The alkyl halide only or the alkyl halide and the hydrogen halide are directed into contact with metal oxide to form an alcohol and/or an ether, or an olefin and metal halide. The metal halide is oxidized to form original metal oxide and halogen, both of which are recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: Aysen Yilmaz, Gurkan Atinc Yilmaz, Ivan M. Lorkovic, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Eric McFarland, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20030125585
    Abstract: Alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, and olefins are manufactured from alkanes by mixing an alkane and a halogen selected from the group including chlorine, bromine, and iodine in a reactor to form alkyl halide and hydrogen halide. The alkyl halide only or the alkyl halide and the hydrogen halide are directed into contact with metal oxide to form an alcohol and/or an ether, or an olefin and metal halide. The metal halide is oxidized to form original metal oxide and halogen, both of which are recycled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Aysen Yilmaz, Gurkan Atinc Yilmaz, Ivan M. Lorkovic, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Eric McFarland, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20030078456
    Abstract: Alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, and olefins are manufactured from alkanes by mixing an alkane and a halogen selected from the group including chlorine, bromine, and iodine in a reactor to form alkyl halide and hydrogen halide. The alkyl halide only or the alkyl halide and the hydrogen halide are directed into contact with metal oxide to form an alcohol and/or an ether, or an olefin and metal halide. The metal halide is oxidized to form original metal oxide and halogen, both of which are recycled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Aysen Yilmaz, Gurkan Atinc Yilmaz, Ivan M. Lorkovic, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Eric McFarland, Jeffrey H. Sherman
  • Patent number: 6472572
    Abstract: Methanol and/or dimethyl ether are manufactured from methane by mixing methane and bromine in a reactor to form methyl bromide and hydrogen bromide. The methyl bromide only or the methyl bromide and the hydrogen bromide are directed into contact with metal oxide to form methanol and/or dimethyl ether and a metal bromide. The metal bromide is oxidized to form original metal oxide catalyst and bromine, both of which are recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignees: GRT, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Xiao Ping Zhou, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Philip Grosso
  • Patent number: 6462243
    Abstract: Alcohols and/or ethers are synthesized from alkanes by mixing an alkane and bromine in a reactor to form alkyl bromide and hydrogen bromide. The alkyl bromide is directed into contact with metal oxide to form alcohol and/or ether and a metal bromide. The metal bromide is oxidized to metal oxide and bromine, both of which are recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignees: GRT, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Xiao Ping Zhou, Ivan Marc Lorkovic, Galen D. Stucky, Peter C. Ford, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Philip Grosso
  • Patent number: 6214176
    Abstract: In a method of and apparatus for manufacturing methanol and higher alcohols from natural gas a catalytic area is formed on the exterior of a gas permeable partition. Natural gas is maintained on the interior of the gas permeable partition at predetermined pressure. Relative movement between the gas permeable partition and the water forms sub-micron sized bubbles of natural gas. Electromagnetic radiation is directed onto the catalytic surface to form hydroxyl radicals from the water. Methyl, ethyl, and propyl ions from the natural gas combine with the hydroxyl ions to form methanol, ethanol, and propanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: GRT, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Sherman, Peter C. Ford, Galen D. Stucky, Philip Grosso