Patents by Inventor Sue F. Franz

Sue F. Franz 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: 20200301525
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive assembly and method of making includes a first electrically conductive layer disposed on a first substrate and a second electrically conductive layer disposed on a second substrate. A piezoelectric film is disposed between the first electrically conductive layer and the second electrically conductive layer. The piezoelectric film includes a plurality of aligned piezoelectric particles disposed in a polymeric matrix and is characterized by a haze value of about 5% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 10781364
    Abstract: An electrochromic medium includes a solvent, a first pair of a first anodic material and a first cathodic material, and at least one of a second anodic material and a second cathodic material. At least one of the first anodic material and the first cathodic material is an electrochromic absorbing in the visible range, and at least one of the second anodic material and the second cathodic material is electrochromic absorbing in the visible range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Kelvin L. Baumann
  • Patent number: 10774191
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a cathodic compartment including a cathodic material; an anodic compartment including an anodic material; and a transparent, ion-selective membrane displaced between the cathodic compartment and the anodic compartment wherein the transparent, ion-selective membrane is a cationic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary B. Erno, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Joel C. Nemes, Garret C. Denolf, Nathan P. Boogaart
  • Patent number: 10754219
    Abstract: An electro-optic device includes a front substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A rear substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A seal is disposed about a periphery of the second surface and the third surface. A space is defined between the front substrate, the rear substrate, and the seal. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the space. A first conductive material is disposed on the second surface of the front substrate. A second conductive material is disposed on the third surface of the rear substrate. At least one isolation line extends across at least one of the first conductive material and the second conductive material to define independently controlled dimming regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz
  • Publication number: 20200050070
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes a cathodic material in an activated state; and an anodic material in an activated state; wherein: the cathodic material is a viologen covalently attached to, or confined within, a first polymer matrix, the first polymer matrix is configured to prevent or minimize substantial diffusion of the cathodic material in the activated state; and the anodic material is a phenazine, a phenothiazine, a triphenodithiazine, a carbazole, a indolocarbazole, a biscarbazole, or a ferrocene covalently attached to, or confined within, a second polymer matrix, the second polymer matrix is configured to prevent or minimize substantial diffusion of the anodic material in the activated state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Punam Giri, Rongguang Lin
  • Patent number: 10481460
    Abstract: An electrode for an electrochromic device includes a resistive layer disposed over a conductive layer. The resistive layer is disposed between the conductive layer and an electrochromic material in the electrochromic device. The electrode reduces non-uniform response of the electrochromic material when the electrochromic device is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael T. Stephenson, Sue F. Franz, Henry A. Luten, John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10481456
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes a cathodic material in an activated state; and an anodic material in an activated state; wherein: the cathodic material is a viologen covalently attached to, or confined within, a first polymer matrix, the first polymer matrix is configured to prevent or minimize substantial diffusion of the cathodic material in the activated state; and the anodic material is a phenazine, a phenothiazine, a triphenodithiazine, a carbazole, a indolocarbazole, a biscarbazole, or a ferrocene covalently attached to, or confined within, a second polymer matrix, the second polymer matrix is configured to prevent or minimize substantial diffusion of the anodic material in the activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Punam Giri, Rongguang Lin
  • Publication number: 20190339580
    Abstract: A transparent photovoltaic (TPV) integrated directly into the structure of an electrochromic (EC) device is beneficial in that it can eliminate at least one substrate and provide more uniform coloring. Integration of a transparent photovoltaic with an electrochromic device may also reduce or eliminate the need for an electrical bus on a substrate. In some embodiments, positioning the TPV internally with the EC cell may eliminate the need for additional substrate layers or a conductive layer on one side of the TPV cell. Integrating a PV cell into the EC device can additionally reduce the need for external wiring and an external power supply. Alternatively, the TPV can assist in charging a battery where the battery can be used to power the EC device when there is no sunlight available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Kevin L. Ash
  • Patent number: 10466562
    Abstract: Protic-soluble electrochromic materials, ion-paired electrochromic materials including protic-soluble electrochromic materials, as well as electrochromic media and electrochromic devices incorporating such materials, are provided. The use of protic solvent mixtures, especially mixtures incorporating water, allows for the use of a wider variety of substrate materials. For example, plastics that may be soluble in organic aprotic solvent systems may be used in water-based devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kelvin L. Baumann, Rongguang Lin, Punam Giri, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 10429713
    Abstract: An electro-optic (EO) display includes one or more adjustable-intensity color filters; a transparent backlight; and a transflective layer positioned between the adjustable-intensity color filter(s) and the transparent backlight, wherein the transflective layer reflects light off of one surface of the transflective layer and allows light through another surface of the transflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Leroy J. Kloeppner, John A. VanderPloeg, David A. Blaker, David A. Theiste
  • Patent number: 10423044
    Abstract: A transparent photovoltaic (TPV) integrated directly into the structure of an electrochromic (EC) device is beneficial in that it can eliminate at least one substrate and provide more uniform coloring. Integration of a transparent photovoltaic with an electrochromic device may also reduce or eliminate the need for an electrical bus on a substrate. In some embodiments, positioning the TPV internally with the EC cell may eliminate the need for additional substrate layers or a conductive layer on one side of the TPV cell. Integrating a PV cell into the EC device can additionally reduce the need for external wiring and an external power supply. Alternatively, the TPV can assist in charging a battery where the battery can be used to power the EC device when there is no sunlight available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Kevin L. Ash
  • Publication number: 20190086759
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes an electrochromic medium including a cathodic component, an anodic component, a hydroquinone, and a solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Kelvin L. Baumann, Adam R. Heintzelman
  • Publication number: 20190048159
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a cathodic compartment including a cathodic material; an anodic compartment including an anodic material; and a transparent, ion-selective membrane displaced between the cathodic compartment and the anodic compartment wherein the transparent, ion-selective membrane is a cationic polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Zachary B. ERNO, Leroy J. KLOEPPNER, Sue F. FRANZ, Joel C. NEMES, Garret C. DENOLF, Nathan P. BOOGAART
  • Publication number: 20190004387
    Abstract: An electro-optic device includes a front substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A rear substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A seal is disposed about a periphery of the second surface and the third surface. A space is defined between the front substrate, the rear substrate, and the seal. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the space. A first conductive material is disposed on the second surface of the front substrate. A second conductive material is disposed on the third surface of the rear substrate. At least one isolation line extends across at least one of the first conductive material and the second conductive material to define independently controlled dimming regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz
  • Publication number: 20180321565
    Abstract: The electrochromic device includes a first substantially transparent substrate coupled to a first transparent electrode, a second substrate coupled to a second electrode, and an electrochromic medium. The electrochromic medium includes at least one solvent and/or an electrolyte gel, at least one cathodic material, and at least one anodic material. The cathodic material can be a cathodic organic framework electroactive material and/or the anodic material can be an anodic organic framework electroactive material. At least one of the anodic and cathodic organic framework electroactive materials is electrochromic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary B. Erno, Sue F. Franz, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Steven D. Looman
  • Publication number: 20180239134
    Abstract: A vehicle projection display system including a transparency, a rearview display, a display aid layer positioned on the transparency and a projector coupled to the rearview display and configured to project light onto the display aid layer. The display aid layer is configured to scatter the light to form a projected image on the display aid layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Neil J. Boehm
  • Publication number: 20180231861
    Abstract: A transparent photovoltaic (TPV) integrated directly into the structure of an electrochromic (EC) device is beneficial in that it can eliminate at least one substrate and provide more uniform coloring. Integration of a transparent photovoltaic with an electrochromic device may also reduce or eliminate the need for an electrical bus on a substrate. In some embodiments, positioning the TPV internally with the EC cell may eliminate the need for additional substrate layers or a conductive layer on one side of the TPV cell. Integrating a PV cell into the EC device can additionally reduce the need for external wiring and an external power supply. Alternatively, the TPV can assist in charging a battery where the battery can be used to power the EC device when there is no sunlight available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Kevin L. Ash
  • Publication number: 20180224706
    Abstract: Protic-soluble electrochromic materials, ion-paired electrochromic materials including protic-soluble electrochromic materials, as well as electrochromic media and electrochromic devices incorporating such materials, are provided. The use of protic solvent mixtures, especially mixtures incorporating water, allows for the use of a wider variety of substrate materials. For example, plastics that may be soluble in organic aprotic solvent systems may be used in water-based devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Kelvin L. BAUMANN, Rongguang LIN, Punam GIRI, Sue F. FRANZ
  • Patent number: 9964828
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes a cathodic material in an activated state; and an anodic material in an activated state; wherein: the cathodic material is a viologen covalently attached to, or confined within, a first polymer matrix, the first polymer matrix is configured to prevent or minimize substantial diffusion of the cathodic material in the activated state; and the anodic material is a phenazine, a phenothiazine, a triphenodithiazine, a carbazole, a indolocarbazole, a biscarbazole, or a ferrocene covalently attached to, or confined within, a second polymer matrix, the second polymer matrix is configured to prevent or minimize substantial diffusion of the anodic material in the activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Punam Giri, Rongguang Lin
  • Publication number: 20180112127
    Abstract: An electrochromic medium includes a solvent, a first pair of a first anodic material and a first cathodic material, and at least one of a second anodic material and a second cathodic material. At least one of the first anodic material and the first cathodic material is an electrochromic absorbing in the visible range, and at least one of the second anodic material and the second cathodic material is electrochromic absorbing in the visible range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Sue F. FRANZ, Kelvin L. BAUMANN