Patents by Inventor Shin-ichi Minegishi

Shin-ichi Minegishi 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).

  • Publication number: 20200325097
    Abstract: Lactic acid is obtained by a method including (A) a step of continuous fermentation wherein a fermentation culture medium of a microorganism having an ability of lactic acid fermentation is filtered through a porous membrane having an average pore size of not less than 0.01 ?m and less than 1 ?m with a transmembrane pressure difference within the range of 0.1 to 20 kPa, and the permeate is collected, while retaining the non-permeated liquid in or returning the non-permeated liquid to the culture, and adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture; (B) a step of filtering the permeate obtained in Step (A) through a nanofiltration membrane; and (C) a step of distilling the permeate obtained in Step (B) under a pressure of not less than 1 Pa and not more than atmospheric pressure, at 25° C. to 200° C. to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Hideki Sawai, Takashi Mimitsuka, Masateru Ito, Katsushige Yamada, Kenji Kawamura, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Izumi Na kagawa, Tatsuya Nagano
  • Patent number: 10683254
    Abstract: Lactic acid is obtained by a method including (A) a step of continuous fermentation wherein a fermentation culture medium of a microorganism having an ability of lactic acid fermentation is filtered through a porous membrane having an average pore size of not less than 0.01 ?m and less than 1 ?m with a transmembrane pressure difference within the range of 0.1 to 20 kPa, and the permeate is collected, while retaining the non-permeated liquid in or returning the non-permeated liquid to the culture, and adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture; (B) a step of filtering the permeate obtained in Step (A) through a nanofiltration membrane; and (C) a step of distilling the permeate obtained in Step (B) under a pressure of not less than 1 Pa and not more than atmospheric pressure, at 25° C. to 200° C. to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Hideki Sawai, Takashi Mimitsuka, Ito Masateru, Katsushige Yamada, Kenji Kawamura, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Izumi Nakagawa, Tatsuya Nagano
  • Patent number: 10093747
    Abstract: A method of producing a sugar liquid using a cellulose-containing biomass as a raw material includes (a) hydrolyzing a cellulose-containing biomass to produce an aqueous sugar solution and (b) filtering the obtained aqueous sugar solution through a reverse osmosis membrane to collect a purified sugar liquid from a feed side, while removing fermentation-inhibiting substances from a permeate side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurihara, Atsushi Minamino, Masateru Ito, Hideki Sawai, Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 9259690
    Abstract: The invention provides a polymer separation membrane that is excellent in separating characteristics, a permeating ability, a chemical strength (particularly chemical resistance) and a physical strength, and also excellent in a stain resistance, and a producing method therefor. The fluorinated resin-type polymer separation membrane includes a layer having a three-dimensional network structure, and a layer having a spherical structure, wherein the layer of three-dimensional network structure is formed by a fluorinated resin-type polymer composition containing a hydrophilic polymer, and the hydrophilic polymer is a substantially water-insoluble hydrophilic polymer containing at least one of a cellulose ester, an aliphatic vinyl ester, vinylpyrrolidone, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide as a polymerization component. The polymer separation membrane is applicable as a filtration membrane for water treatment, a battery separator, a charged membrane, a fuel cell membrane or a blood cleaning filtration membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi
  • Publication number: 20140287461
    Abstract: A method of producing a sugar liquid using a cellulose-containing biomass as a raw material includes (a) hydrolyzing a cellulose-containing biomass to produce an aqueous sugar solution and (b) filtering the obtained aqueous sugar solution through a reverse osmosis membrane to collect a purified sugar liquid from a feed side, while removing fermentation-inhibiting substances from a permeate side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurihara, Atsushi Minamino, Masateru Ito, Hideki Sawai, Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 8765405
    Abstract: A sugar liquid containing only very small amounts of fermentation-inhibiting substances is produced by a method for producing a sugar liquid using a cellulose-containing biomass as a raw material, the method including: (1) a step of hydrolyzing a cellulose-containing biomass to produce an aqueous sugar solution; and (2) a step of filtering the obtained aqueous sugar solution through a nanofiltration membrane and/or reverse osmosis membrane to collect a purified sugar liquid from the feed side, while removing fermentation-inhibiting substances from the permeate side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurihara, Atsushi Minamino, Masateru Ito, Hideki Sawai, Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 8759045
    Abstract: A method of producing lactic acid by separating lactic acid produced in a culture solution by microbial fermentation, comprising: a step (A) of filtering the culture solution through a nano-filtration membrane; and a step (B) of distilling a lactic-acid-containing solution produced in step (A) under a pressure of 1 Pa to atmospheric pressure (inclusive) at a temperature of 25 to 200° C. (inclusive) to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masateru Ito, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Eri Shimizu, Kenji Sawai, Yohito Ito, Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada
  • Publication number: 20130323805
    Abstract: A method of producing chemicals through continuous fermentation includes washing a membrane with a washing liquid supplied from a permeate side of a membrane unit in a continuous fermentation; filtering a culture medium containing a fermentation feedstock, a chemical and a microbe or a cultured cell through a separation membrane; collecting the chemical from a filtrate; retaining or refluxing unfiltered remains in the culture medium; and adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture medium, wherein the washing liquid is high-temperature water having a temperature higher than a temperature of the culture medium and of 150° C. or less, and a concentration of the microbe in a fermenter is controlled by supplying the washing liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kobayashi, Jihoon Cheon, Norihiro Takeuchi, Makoto Nishida, Yuji Tanaka, Shin-ichi Minegishi
  • Publication number: 20130149745
    Abstract: A method produces a chemical by fermentation including: filtering a liquid containing a feedstock, the chemical, and bacterial, microbial or cultured cells through a membrane to recover the chemical from the filtrate; retaining or refluxing unfiltered liquid in the liquid; and adding the feedstock to the liquid, wherein the membrane is a porous hollow-fiber membrane including a polyvinylidene fluoride resin, the porous hollow-fiber membrane having an average pore size of 0.001 ?m to 10.0 ?m, pure water permeability coefficient at 50 kPa at 25° C. of 0.5 m3/m2/hr to 15 m3/m2/hr, breaking strength of 5 MPa to 20 MPa, elongation at break of 30% to 200%, crimping degree of 1.3 to 2.5, porosity of not less than 40%, and critical surface tension of 45 mN/m to 75 mN/m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jihoon Cheon, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Makoto Nishida, Norihiro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8349597
    Abstract: A method of producing lactic acid by separating lactic acid produced in a culture solution by microbial fermentation, comprising: a step (A) of filtering the culture solution through a nano-filtration membrane; and a step (B) of distilling a lactic-acid-containing solution produced in step (A) under a pressure of 1 Pa to atmospheric pressure at a temperature of 25 to 200° C. to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masateru Ito, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Eri Shimizu, Kenji Sawai, Yohito Ito, Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 8334411
    Abstract: A method for producing a diamine includes purifying a diamine from an aqueous solution containing a diamine salt by adding an alkaline substance to the aqueous solution and then filtering the resulting solution by allowing the solution to pass through a nanofiltration membrane to remove the salt, thereby obtaining an aqueous diamine solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masateru Ito, Izumi Nakagawa, Koya Kato, Takashi Mimitsuka, Kenji Sawai, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada
  • Publication number: 20120270286
    Abstract: A hollow fiber membrane module for use in production of a chemical substance, which is used in continuous fermentation including filtering a fermentation broth of a microorganism or a cultured cell through a hollow fiber membrane, collecting a chemical substance from a filtrate, retaining a concentrated solution in the fermentation broth or refluxing the concentrated solution, and adding a fermentation raw material to the fermentation broth, wherein a large number of hollow fiber membrane bundles are accommodated in a tubular case, at least one end part of each of the bundles is fixed on the tubular case by a hollow fiber membrane bundling member with an end face of each of the hollow fiber membranes open, and the hollow fiber membrane bundling member is made of a synthetic resin having a hardness retention rate after contact with saturated steam at 121° C. for 24 hours of 95% or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Norihiro Takeuchi, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Jihoon Cheon, Makoto Nishida, Takashi Mimitsuka, Hironobu Suzuki, Katsushige Yamada, Hideki Sawai, Ichiro Kumo
  • Patent number: 8205754
    Abstract: A fluorine resin polymer separation membrane and a manufacturing method of the same, which are excellent in a virus-eliminating property, further excellent in water permeability, chemical strength (chemical resistance), physical strength, and an antifouling property, and particularly suitable for practicable use as a filtration membrane for the elimination of viruses, are provided. A fluorine resin polymer separation membrane includes a layer having a three-dimensional network structure and a layer having a spherical structure, in which the layer having a three-dimensional network structure does not substantially contain micro-voids having a void diameter of 5 ?m or more, and the fluorine resin polymer separation membrane has filtration performance represented by the elimination rate of 80% or more of dextran having molecular weight of 75,000. The layer having a three-dimensional network structure is formed by the solidification with a polymer solution containing a fluorine resin polymer and cellulose ester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi
  • Publication number: 20110263811
    Abstract: Lactic acid is obtained by a method including (A) a step of continuous fermentation wherein a fermentation culture medium of a microorganism having an ability of lactic acid fermentation is filtered through a porous membrane having an average pore size of not less than 0.01 ?m and less than 1 ?m with a transmembrane pressure difference within the range of 0.1 to 20 kPa, and the permeate is collected, while retaining the non-permeated liquid in or returning the non-permeated liquid to the culture, and adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture; (B) a step of filtering the permeate obtained in Step (A) through a nanofiltration membrane; and (C) a step of distilling the permeate obtained in Step (B) under a pressure of not less than 1 Pa and not more than atmospheric pressure, at 25° C. to 200° C. to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Hideki Sawai, Takashi Mimitsuka, Ito Masateru, Katsushige Yamada, Kenji Kawamura, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Izumi Nakagawa, Tatsuya Nagano
  • Publication number: 20110250637
    Abstract: A sugar liquid containing only very small amounts of fermentation-inhibiting substances is produced by a method for producing a sugar liquid using a cellulose-containing biomass as a raw material, the method including: (1) a step of hydrolyzing a cellulose-containing biomass to produce an aqueous sugar solution; and (2) a step of filtering the obtained aqueous sugar solution through a nanofiltration membrane and/or reverse osmosis membrane to collect a purified sugar liquid from the feed side, while removing fermentation-inhibiting substances from the permeate side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurihara, Atsushi Minamino, Masateru Ito, Hideki Sawai, Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Katsushige Yamada
  • Publication number: 20110004018
    Abstract: A method for producing a diamine includes purifying a diamine from an aqueous solution containing a diamine salt by adding an alkaline substance to the aqueous solution and then filtering the resulting solution by allowing the solution to pass through a nanofiltration membrane to remove the salt, thereby obtaining an aqueous diamine solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Masateru Ito, Izumi Nakagawa, Koya Kato, Takashi Mimitsuka, Kenji Sawai, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 7851024
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a porous membrane including a three-dimensional network structure and a spherical structure is provided. The method includes forming a porous membrane having a spherical structure, applying a resin solution onto at least one surface of the porous membrane having the spherical structure, followed by immersing the membrane in a solidification liquid, thereby forming the three-dimensional network structure on at least one surface of a porous membrane having the spherical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Morikawa, Shin-Ichi Minegishi, Shuji Furuno, Toshiyuki Ishizaki, Masahiro Henmi
  • Publication number: 20100190222
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lactic acid production method by separating lactic acid produced in a culture solution by means of the fermentation culture of a microorganism. Specifically disclosed is a lactic acid production method, which comprises: a step (A) of filtering the culture solution through a nano-filtration membrane; and a step (B) of distilling a lactic-acid-containing solution produced in the step (A) under a pressure ranging from 1 Pa to the atmospheric pressure (inclusive) at a temperature ranging from 25 to 200° C. (inclusive) to collect lactic acid. The method can effectively remove an inorganic salt dissolved in a fermentation culture solution or contained in the fermentation culture solution in the form of a poorly soluble solid material by a simple manipulation, enables to prevent the racemization or oligomerization of lactic acid during the process of producing lactic acid, and therefore can produce lactic acid in a high yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Masateru Ito, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Eri Shimizu, Kenji Sawai, Yohito Ito, Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada
  • Publication number: 20100000937
    Abstract: A fluorine resin polymer separation membrane and a manufacturing method of the same, which are excellent in a virus-eliminating property, further excellent in water permeability, chemical strength (chemical resistance), physical strength, and an antifouling property, and particularly suitable for practicable use as a filtration membrane for the elimination of viruses, are provided. A fluorine resin polymer separation membrane includes a layer having a three-dimensional network structure and a layer having a spherical structure, in which the layer having a three-dimensional network structure does not substantially contain micro-voids having a void diameter of 5 ?m or more, and the fluorine resin polymer separation membrane has filtration performance represented by the elimination rate of 80% or more of dextran having molecular weight of 75,000. The layer having a three-dimensional network structure is formed by the solidification with a polymer solution containing a fluorine resin polymer and cellulose ester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-Ichi Minegishi
  • Publication number: 20090178969
    Abstract: The invention provides a polymer separation membrane that is excellent in separating characteristics, a permeating ability, a chemical strength (particularly chemical resistance) and a physical strength, and also excellent in a stain resistance, and a producing method therefor. The fluorinated resin-type polymer separation membrane includes a layer having a three-dimensional network structure, and a layer having a spherical structure, wherein the layer of three-dimensional network structure is formed by a fluorinated resin-type polymer composition containing a hydrophilic polymer, and the hydrophilic polymer is a substantially water-insoluble hydrophilic polymer containing at least one of a cellulose ester, an aliphatic vinyl ester, vinylpyrrolidone, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide as a polymerization component. The polymer separation membrane is applicable as a filtration membrane for water treatment, a battery separator, a charged membrane, a fuel cell membrane or a blood cleaning filtration membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi