Patents by Inventor Roderick Russell Kunz

Roderick Russell Kunz 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: 11543399
    Abstract: The use of volatilization reagents is disclosed for improved detection of inorganic oxidizers such as, but not limited to, chlorates and perchlorates. Detection methods are disclosed whereby a reagent can transfer a proton to the anion (i.e., chlorate, perchlorate, etc.) of an inorganic salt analyte, forming an acid (i.e., chloric acid, perchloric acid) that is easier to detect by a mechanism whereby the acidified reagent is more easily vaporized, and hence, more easily detected. Concurrently, the anion of the acid forms a new salt with the cation released from the salt that was acidified. The reagents can also include acidic salts or cation-donators, more generally. In some embodiments, hydrated reagents or co-reagents that can release water can be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jude A. Kelley, Roderick Russell Kunz, Alla Ostrinskaya, Richard Paul Kingsborough
  • Publication number: 20220305483
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and compositions related to the recycling and/or recovery of activating materials from activated aluminum are disclosed. In one embodiment, an aqueous solution's composition may be controlled to maintain aluminum ions dissolved in solution during reaction of an activated aluminum. In another embodiment, aluminum hydroxide containing the activating materials may be dissolved into an aqueous solution to isolate the activating materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jude Kelley, Eric Morgan, Roderick Russell Kunz
  • Patent number: 11054428
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure relates to compositions and method for detection, classification, and treatment of disease or other body status. The methods and compositions may be methods or compositions for identification of pathogenic infections or other diseases in patients using an inhalable nanosensor having a volatile reporter. The disclosure is based, in part, on synthetic biomarkers (e.g., inhalable nanosensors) that are capable of distinguishing (e.g., classifying) different disease or status associated enzymes in a subject by examining the effect of those enzymes on a synthetic volatile reporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sangeeta N. Bhatia, Leslie Wan-Gee Chan, Melodi Nilgun Anahtar, Roderick Russell Kunz
  • Patent number: 10816530
    Abstract: Methods and reagents are disclosed for improved detection of inorganic oxidizers, such as but not limited to chlorates, perchlorates, permanganates, dichromates, and osmium tetraoxides. In one aspect of the invention, latent acid-generating reagents are employed that are chemically stable at room temperature but undergo an acidic transformation when exposed to an elevated temperature or radiation. The latent reagent can be activated by heat or radiation (e.g., UV radiation). The resulting acidic reagent can then transfer a proton to the anion (i.e., chlorate, perchlorate, etc.) of the target analyte, forming an acid (i.e., chloric acid, perchloric acid) that is more easily vaporized and, hence, more easily detected. In another aspect of the invention, heat-sensitive inorganic salts and/or photosensitive onium salts are disclosed as reagents to carry out this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jude Aaron Kelley, Richard Paul Kingsborough, Roderick Russell Kunz
  • Publication number: 20200011844
    Abstract: The use of volatilization reagents is disclosed for improved detection of inorganic oxidizers such as, but not limited to, chlorates and perchlorates. Detection methods are disclosed whereby a reagent can transfer a proton to the anion (i.e., chlorate, perchlorate, etc.) of an inorganic salt analyte, forming an acid (i.e., chloric acid, perchloric acid) that is easier to detect by a mechanism whereby the acidified reagent is more easily vaporized, and hence, more easily detected. Concurrently, the anion of the acid forms a new salt with the cation released from the salt that was acidified. The reagents can also include acidic salts or cation-donators, more generally. In some embodiments, hydrated reagents or co-reagents that can release water can be employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jude A. KELLEY, Roderick Russell KUNZ, Alla OSTRINSKAYA, Richard Paul KINGSBOROUGH
  • Publication number: 20190271704
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure relates to compositions and method for detection, classification, and treatment of disease or other body status. The methods and compositions may be methods or compositions for identification of pathogenic infections or other diseases in patients using an inhalable nanosensor having a volatile reporter. The disclosure is based, in part, on synthetic biomarkers (e.g., inhalable nanosensors) that are capable of distinguishing (e.g., classifying) different disease or status associated enzymes in a subject by examining the effect of those enzymes on a synthetic volatile reporter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sangeeta N. Bhatia, Leslie Wan-Gee Chan, Melodi Nilgun Anahtar, Roderick Russell Kunz
  • Patent number: 10345281
    Abstract: Volatilization reagents are disclosed for improved detection of inorganic oxidizers such as chlorates and perchlorates by mass spectrometry. Thermal desorption methods are also disclosed in which the reagent transfers a proton to the anion (i.e., chlorate, perchlorate, etc.) of an inorganic salt analyte, forming an acid (i.e., chloric acid, perchloric acid) that is more easily vaporized and, hence, more easily detected. The reagents can include acidic salts or cation-donators, more generally. The class of reagents including polymeric acids, polymeric organic acids and polymeric sulfonic acids. Hydrated reagents or other reagents that can release water can also be employed as co-reagents. Further, these reagents can be embedded in a swipe or other substrate, delivered as a liquid infused via nebulizer, or otherwise introduced to a sample to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jude A. Kelley, Roderick Russell Kunz, Alla Ostrinskaya, Richard Paul Kingsborough
  • Publication number: 20180059086
    Abstract: Methods and reagents are disclosed for improved detection of inorganic oxidizers, such as but not limited to chlorates, perchlorates, permanganates, dichromates, and osmium tetraoxides. In one aspect of the invention, latent acid-generating reagents are employed that are chemically stable at room temperature but undergo an acidic transformation when exposed to an elevated temperature or radiation. The latent reagent can be activated by heat or radiation (e.g., UV radiation). The resulting acidic reagent can then transfer a proton to the anion (i.e., chlorate, perchlorate, etc.) of the target analyte, forming an acid (i.e., chloric acid, perchloric acid) that is more easily vaporized and, hence, more easily detected. In another aspect of the invention, heat-sensitive inorganic salts and/or photosensitive onium salts are disclosed as reagents to carry out this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jude Aaron Kelley, Richard Paul Kingsborough, Roderick Russell Kunz
  • Publication number: 20150285780
    Abstract: The use of volatilization reagents is disclosed for improved detection of inorganic oxidizers such as, but not limited to, chlorates and perchlorates. Detection methods are disclosed whereby a reagent can transfer a proton to the anion (i.e., chlorate, perchlorate, etc.) of an inorganic salt analyte, forming an acid (i.e., chloric acid, perchloric acid) that is easier to detect by a mechanism whereby the acidified reagent is more easily vaporized, and hence, more easily detected. Concurrently, the anion of the acid forms a new salt with the cation released from the salt that was acidified. The reagents can also include acidic salts or cation-donators, more generally. In some embodiments, hydrated reagents or co-reagents that can release water can be employed. In another aspect of the invention, a class of reagents including polmeric acids, polymeric organic acids and polymeric sulfonic acids are disclosed that can carry out this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Jude A. Kelley, Roderick Russell Kunz, Alla Ostrinskaya