Patents by Inventor Richard G. Blair

Richard G. 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: 10329233
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, the presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis with a heterogeneous hydrogenation catalyst comprising structurally frustrated Lewis pairs, wherein, for example but not by way of limitation, formic acid is produced and hydrocarbons are indirectly produced. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having structurally frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 10329234
    Abstract: The inventive concepts disclosed and/or claimed herein relate generally to catalysts and, more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to a heterogeneous, metal-free hydrogenation catalyst containing frustrated Lewis pairs. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous, metal-free catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 9926204
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to hexagonal osmium boride, OsB2, and methods of producing the same. In one non-limiting embodiment, hexagonal OsB2 is produced by mechanochemical synthesis of osmium and boron in a high energy ball mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina Orlovskaya, Zhilin Xie, Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20180022679
    Abstract: The inventive concepts disclosed and/or claimed herein relate generally to catalysts and, more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to a heterogeneous, metal-free hydrogenation catalyst containing frustrated Lewis pairs. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous, metal-free catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 9725395
    Abstract: The inventive concepts disclosed and/or claimed herein relate generally to catalysts and, more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to a heterogeneous, metal-free hydrogenation catalyst containing frustrated Lewis pairs. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous, metal-free catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20170197900
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, the presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis with a heterogeneous hydrogenation catalyst comprising structurally frustrated Lewis pairs, wherein, for example but not by way of limitation, formic acid is produced and hydrocarbons are indirectly produced. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having structurally frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: University of Central Florida research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 9701542
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to hexagonal osmium boride, OsB2, and methods of producing the same. In one non-limiting embodiment, hexagonal OsB2 is produced by mechanochemical synthesis of osmium and boron in a high energy ball mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina Orlovskaya, Zhilin Xie, Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 9624154
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, the presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis with a heterogeneous hydrogenation catalyst comprising structurally frustrated Lewis pairs, wherein, for example but not by way of limitation, formic acid is produced and hydrocarbons are indirectly produced. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having structurally frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20160017537
    Abstract: A mechanochemical oxidation process that allows relatively benign oxidizers to be used for the production of at least partially oxidized graphite, and a method of preparing a carbon fiber using oxidized graphite and a fiber component. Partially oxidized graphite is fully dispersible in water and can be used to prepare thin films with conductivities rivaling pure graphite. This offers the potential for improved electronic displays, solar cells, and lithium ion batteries. A carbon nanotube and a method of making the same is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20150353464
    Abstract: The inventive concepts disclosed and/or claimed herein relate generally to catalysts and, more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to a heterogeneous, metal-free hydrogenation catalyst containing frustrated Lewis pairs. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous, metal-free catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20150329459
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, the presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis with a heterogeneous hydrogenation catalyst comprising structurally frustrated Lewis pairs, wherein, for example but not by way of limitation, formic acid is produced and hydrocarbons are indirectly produced. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having structurally frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 9114999
    Abstract: A mechanochemical oxidation process that allows relatively benign oxidizers to be used for the production of at least partially oxidized graphite, and a method of preparing a carbon fiber using oxidized graphite and a fiber component. Partially oxidized graphite is fully dispersible in water and can be used to prepare thin films with conductivities rivaling pure graphite. This offers the potential for improved electronic displays, solar cells, and lithium ion batteries. A carbon nanotube and a method of making the same is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 8969603
    Abstract: Provided are processes for the oxidative cleavage of a double bond in an unsaturated carboxylic acid. The process includes contacting the unsaturated carboxylic acid with a mild oxidizing agent and agitating the unsaturated carboxylic acid and the mild oxidizing agent for a time sufficient to cleave a double bond of the unsaturated carboxylic acid and produce a product comprising an aldehyde. The process is typically carried out in a mill, such as a ball, hammer, attrition, or jet mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 8871739
    Abstract: Provided are methods for the solubilization of cellulose into soluble sugars without the need for high temperatures, high pressures, strong acid solutions, and/or added water. The produced sugars can be fermented into ethanol. In one embodiment, the method comprises contacting a cellulose-containing material with a solid acid material and agitating the cellulose-containing material and the solid acid material for a time sufficient to produce an aqueous solution comprising a quantity of soluble sugars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Blair, Sandra M. Hick, Joshua H. Truitt
  • Publication number: 20140219902
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to hexagonal osmium boride, OsB2, and methods of producing the same. In one non-limiting embodiment, hexagonal OsB2 is produced by mechanochemical synthesis of osmium and boron in a high energy ball mill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina Orlovskaya, Zhilin Xie, Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20140200359
    Abstract: Provided are processes for the oxidative cleavage of a double bond in an unsaturated carboxylic acid. The process includes contacting the unsaturated carboxylic acid with a mild oxidizing agent and agitating the unsaturated carboxylic acid and the mild oxidizing agent for a time sufficient to cleave a double bond of the unsaturated carboxylic acid and produce a product comprising an aldehyde. The process is typically carried out in a mill, such as a ball, hammer, attrition, or jet mill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20140199226
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to hexagonal osmium boride, OsB2, and methods of producing the same. In one non-limiting embodiment, hexagonal OsB2 is produced by mechanochemical synthesis of osmium and boron in a high energy ball mill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina Orlovskaya, Zhilin Xie, Richard G. Blair
  • Patent number: 8669385
    Abstract: Provided are processes for the oxidative cleavage of a double bond in an unsaturated carboxylic acid. The process includes contacting the unsaturated carboxylic acid with a mild oxidizing agent and agitating the unsaturated carboxylic acid and the mild oxidizing agent for a time sufficient to cleave a double bond of the unsaturated carboxylic acid and produce a product comprising an aldehyde. The process is typically carried out in a mill, such as a ball, hammer, attrition, or jet mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20130330477
    Abstract: A mechanochemical oxidation process that allows relatively benign oxidizers to be used for the production of at least partially oxidized graphite, and a method of preparing a carbon fiber using oxidized graphite and a fiber component. Partially oxidized graphite is fully dispersible in water and can be used to prepare thin films with conductivities rivaling pure graphite. This offers the potential for improved electronic displays, solar cells, and lithium ion batteries. A carbon nanotube and a method of making the same is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Blair
  • Publication number: 20130233307
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to processes for the non-aqueous hydrolysis of cellulose-containing material, and, more particularly but without limitation, to processes for the non-aqueous hydrolysis of cellulose-containing material into soluble sugars using a solid acid material as a catalyst. Further, the presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates to non-aqueous and/or powdered soluble sugars and reaction products containing such non-aqueous and/or powdered soluble sugars produced according to a non-aqueous hydrolysis of cellulose-containing material using a solid acid material as a catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Richard G. Blair, Sandra M. Hick, Joshua H. Truitt