Patents by Inventor Richard Blair

Richard Blair 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: 10611637
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the manufacture of cyclododecasulfur, a cyclic sulfur allotrope wherein the number of sulfur (S) atoms in the allotrope's homocyclic ring is 12. The method includes reacting a metallasulfur derivative with an oxidizing agent in a reaction zone to form a cyclododecasulfur-containing reaction mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Scott Donald Barnicki, Robert Thomas Hembre, Elaine Beatrice Mackenzie, Joy Lynn Laningham, Michael Richard Laningham, Shane Kipley Kirk, Larry Wayne Blair, Sumit Chakraborty, Venkateswarlu Bhamidi, Guoxiong Hua, John Derek Woollins
  • Patent number: 10539182
    Abstract: A hybrid bearing may increase heat transfer, bearing load capacity, and bearing life in various applications, including but not limited to radial and axial tilting pad bearings. In the illustrative hybrid bearings, the hybrid bearing may comprise at least one tilt pad that is moveable with respect to a main body and at least one fixed pad that is fixed with respect to the main body. Either the fixed pad or the tilt pad (and/or a surface thereof) may be comprised of a non-metallic material (e.g., a polymer or a ceramic material).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Waukesha Bearings Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Blair, Richard Livermore-Hardy, Dan Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 10427946
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a composition comprising at least one of iridium diboride and iridium monoboride, and methods of making such. The present disclosure also relates to a composition comprising iridium monoboride and at least one of (a) rows of single iridium atoms and/or (b) one or more clusters of iridium atoms, and methods of making such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina Orlovskaya, Richard Blair, Zhilin Xie, David A. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20190152785
    Abstract: Existing methods of producing high quality graphene/graphite oxides are generally accomplished by exfoliating graphite into flakes and oxidizing the graphite flakes with strong oxidizers under extreme conditions and require careful purification. The oxidizers are typically strong acids used in high concentrations at elevated temperatures requiring complicated purification processes to yield oxidized graphene/sheets. The existing processes can cost up to $12,000/gram. This invention uses a mild oxidant combined with mechanical processing where the sole products are oxidized graphite/graphene and water without the need for further purification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Patent number: 10294184
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to oxidative oxidized reaction products made from the mechanocatalytic oxidative depolymerization of lignin. More particularly, but without limitation, the mechanocatalytic oxidative depolymerization of lignin is performed in a non-aqueous/non-solvent based and solvent-free process, i.e., via a solid-solid mechanocatalytic oxidative reaction methodology. In one particular embodiment, the process of making such oxidative oxidized reaction products includes, without limitation, the step of mechanocatalytically reacting an oxidation catalyst with lignin or a lignin-containing material. The oxidative reaction products obtained from the process include, for example, at least one of vanillin, and syringealdehyde, vanillic acid, and syringic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation Inc
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Patent number: 10287167
    Abstract: Existing methods of producing high quality graphene/graphite oxides are generally accomplished by exfoliating graphite into flakes and oxidizing the graphite flakes with strong oxidizers under extreme conditions and require careful purification. The oxidizers are typically strong acids used in high concentrations at elevated temperatures requiring complicated purification processes to yield oxidized graphene/sheets. The existing processes can cost up to $12,000/gram. This invention uses a mild oxidant combined with mechanical processing where the sole products are oxidized graphite/graphene and water without the need for further purification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Patent number: 10281887
    Abstract: A device, such as a HART multiplexer, may allow access to one or more HART instruments from a single interface. The device may also support access to the HART instruments from a second interface. Requests for reading or writing data to or from a HART instrument may be combined at the device into a set of HART commands that may be more efficient than the HART commands that would be sent if each request was processed independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Richard Blair, Robert Goczalk
  • Publication number: 20190113220
    Abstract: Improvements in a light with a speaker for home or business installation. The lighting fixture houses the audio receiver/audio amplifier for the speaker, the lighting element and control driver for the lighting element. Keeping all of these elements in the same fixture creates a single package for installation. The light emitting diode (LED) has a heatsink that conducts heat from the LED to an area at the top of the fixture. Diverting the heat away from the LED moves the heat away from the speakers and also opens the lower area of the fixture for better acoustics. The heatsink passes through a large diameter woofer that moves air for cooling of the heatsink and the LED lighting. The audio receiver/audio amplifier for the speaker can obtain an audio signal from a wired or wireless connection. A microphone can also be included for two-way communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Edward Haase, Richard Blair Millson, Alan Toyonobu Ima, Adam Stefanski
  • Patent number: 10011767
    Abstract: A method of preparing fluorescent material containing carbon quantum dots, comprising milling a metal in the presence of carbon dioxide in a sealed container for a set duration to form the carbon quantum dots containing material. The carbon dioxide is preferably obtained as a waste gas from a human related activity such as an industrial process and may be provided in the form of dry ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Blair, Deepti A. Siddhanti, David J. Nash
  • Patent number: 9955105
    Abstract: An audio-video (AV) system in one embodiment includes a mounting apparatus for mounting the system to a wall support located behind a wall surface and within an in-wall space. The mounting apparatus includes a support member for supporting at least one component in a support space within the in-wall space, a display mounting member 30 for mounting a display device, and a removable wall opening cover for concealing at least a portion of the in-wall space that would otherwise be visible through a wall opening to a viewer. Various multimedia-supportive devices, including loudspeakers and a subwoofer, may be concealed behind the cover in the in-wall space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Millson Custom Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Blair Millson, Alan Toyonobu Ima
  • Publication number: 20170334728
    Abstract: Existing methods of producing high quality graphene/graphite oxides are generally accomplished by exfoliating graphite into flakes and oxidizing the graphite flakes with strong oxidizers under extreme conditions and require careful purification. The oxidizers are typically strong acids used in high concentrations at elevated temperatures requiring complicated purification processes to yield oxidized graphene/sheets. The existing processes can cost up to $12,000/gram. This invention uses a mild oxidant combined with mechanical processing where the sole products are oxidized graphite/graphene and water without the need for further purification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Publication number: 20170334731
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a composition comprising at least one of iridium diboride and iridium monoboride, and methods of making such. The present disclosure also relates to a composition comprising iridium monoboride and at least one of (a) rows of single iridium atoms and/or (b) one or more clusters of iridium atoms, and methods of making such.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Nina Orlovskaya, Richard Blair, Zhilin Xie, David A. Cullen
  • Patent number: 9758379
    Abstract: Existing methods of producing high quality graphene/graphite oxides are generally accomplished by exfoliating graphite into flakes and oxidizing the graphite flakes with strong oxidizers under extreme conditions and require careful purification. The oxidizers are typically strong acids used in high concentrations at elevated temperatures requiring complicated purification processes to yield oxidized graphene/sheets. The existing processes can cost up to $12,000/gram. This invention uses a mild oxidant combined with mechanical processing where the sole products are oxidized graphite/graphene and water without the need for further purification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Patent number: 9604885
    Abstract: A super-hard material is a late transition metal doped B4C ceramic. The lightweight ceramics can display Vickers Hardness in excess of 45 GPa. Transition metals, such as Ni, Co, Rh, and Pd can be doped into the boron carbide at levels up to about 2.5%. A spark plasma sintering (SPS) of an evacuated powder of B4C and the transition metal at temperatures up to 2000° C., and pressures of up to about 100 GPa forms a super-hard material as a body. The late transition metal doped B4C ceramic can be used for armor, grinding materials, thermoelectric materials, and catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC., UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Ghatu Subhash, Richard Blair
  • Patent number: 9573876
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to retro-aldol reaction products and methods of making and using same. More particularly, but without limitation, the methods disclosed herein for producing the retro-aldol reaction products are performed in a non-aqueous/solvent-free based process. The reaction products obtained from the process include, for example, dihydroxyacetone, glyceraldehyde, glycolaldehyde, and combinations thereof. In one particular embodiment, the process of making such retro-aldol reaction products includes, without limitation, the step of mechanocatalytically reacting a heterogeneous catalyst with one or more sugar reactants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Publication number: 20160376502
    Abstract: A method of preparing fluorescent material containing carbon quantum dots, comprising milling a metal in the presence of carbon dioxide in a sealed container for a set duration to form the carbon quantum dots containing material. The carbon dioxide is preferably obtained as a waste gas from a human related activity such as an industrial process and may be provided in the form of dry ice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard BLAIR, Deepti A. SIDDHANTI, David J. NASH
  • Patent number: 9407638
    Abstract: Systems and methods for trusted mobile communications are described. A network system provisions a mobile client system with a collection of security parameters on a per application basis and a per device basis. The airplane system provides access to the mobile client system based on the established chain of trust without previously having information about the mobile client system even when the mobile client system and the airplane system are offline with respect to the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Arun Ayyagari, Richard Blair, Lester Houston, III, Eric Martens, John Bush, Greg Kimberly, Kristine Lane, David Corman
  • Publication number: 20160173809
    Abstract: An audio-video (AV) system in one embodiment includes a mounting apparatus for mounting the system to a wall support located behind a wall surface and within an in-wall space. The mounting apparatus includes a support member for supporting at least one component in a support space within the in-wall space, a display mounting member 30 for mounting a display device, and a removable wall opening cover for concealing at least a portion of the in-wall space that would otherwise be visible through a wall opening to a viewer. Various multimedia-supportive devices, including loudspeakers and a subwoofer, may be concealed behind the cover in the in-wall space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Richard Blair Millson, Alan Toyonobu Ima
  • Publication number: 20160122275
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to retro-aldol reaction products and methods of making and using same. More particularly, but without limitation, the methods disclosed herein for producing the retro-aldol reaction products are performed in a non-aqueous/solvent-free based process. The reaction products obtained from the process include, for example, dihydroxyacetone, glyceraldehyde, glycolaldehyde, and combinations thereof. In one particular embodiment, the process of making such retro-aldol reaction products includes, without limitation, the step of mechanocatalytically reacting a heterogeneous catalyst with one or more sugar reactants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Blair
  • Patent number: 9273473
    Abstract: An audio-video (AV) system in one embodiment includes a mounting apparatus for mounting the system to a wall support located behind a wall surface and within an in-wall space. The mounting apparatus includes a support member for supporting at least one component in a support space within the in-wall space, a display mounting member 30 for mounting a display device, and a removable wall opening cover for concealing at least a portion of the in-wall space that would otherwise be visible through a wall opening to a viewer. Various multimedia-supportive devices, including loudspeakers and a subwoofer, may be concealed behind the cover in the in-wall space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Millson Custom Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Blair Millson, Alan Toyonobu Ima