Patents by Inventor Thomas George Thundat

Thomas George Thundat 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: 10622839
    Abstract: An electrical source excites a conductive object. A receiver is electrically connected to the object to receive energy from the object, and can power a device. The object can be non-resonant under excitation by the source, and the receiver is excited into resonance by electrical contact with the object. The object can also be resonant under the excitation by the source, and the receiver receives energy from the resonance of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Charles William Van Neste, Thomas George Thundat, John Errington Hawk, Richard Hull, Jonathan Backs, Nurichi Guseynov, Arindam Phani
  • Publication number: 20160285314
    Abstract: An electrical source excites a conductive object. A receiver is electrically connected to the object to receive energy from the object, and can power a device. The object can be non-resonant under excitation by the source, and the receiver is excited into resonance by electrical contact with the object. The object can also be resonant under the excitation by the source, and the receiver receives energy from the resonance of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
    Inventors: Charles William VAN NESTE, Thomas George THUNDAT, John Errington HAWK, Richard HULL, Jonathan BACKS, Nurichi GUSEYNOV, Arindam PHANI
  • Publication number: 20150129587
    Abstract: Dielectric in situ heating of materials using a resonant, non-radiating transformer. The target material is strategically formed into a part of the capacitance of the resonant system. The system may be used to heat in situ materials such as oilsands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Charles William Van Neste, Thomas George Thundat, John Errington Hawk, Tinu Mary Abraham, Jacob H Masliyah, Jonathan Backs, Richard Hull, Arindam Phani
  • Patent number: 8789211
    Abstract: A method of analyzing a sample that includes applying a first set of energies at a first set of frequencies to a sample and applying, simultaneously with the applying the first set of energies, a second set of energies at a second set of frequencies, wherein the first set of energies and the second set of energies form a multi-mode coupling. The method further includes detecting an effect of the multi-mode coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Ali Passian, Thomas George Thundat, Laurene Tetard
  • Publication number: 20140020141
    Abstract: A method of analyzing a sample that includes applying a first set of energies at a first set of frequencies to a sample and applying, simultaneously with the applying the first set of energies, a second set of energies at a second set of frequencies, wherein the first set of energies and the second set of energies form a multi-mode coupling. The method further includes detecting an effect of the multi-mode coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicants: University of Tennessee Research Foundation, UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Passian, Thomas George Thundat, Laurene Tetard
  • Patent number: 8448261
    Abstract: A method of analyzing a sample that includes applying a first set of energies at a first set of frequencies to a sample and applying, simultaneously with the applying the first set of energies, a second set of energies at a second set of frequencies, wherein the first set of energies and the second set of energies form a multi-mode coupling. The method further includes detecting an effect of the multi-mode coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignees: University of Tennessee Research Foundation, UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Passian, Thomas George Thundat, Laurene Tetard
  • Patent number: 8120225
    Abstract: A generator includes a coil disposed about a core. A first stationary magnetic field source may be disposed on a first end portion of the core and a second stationary magnetic field source may be disposed on a second end portion of core. The first and second stationary magnetic field sources apply a stationary magnetic field to the coil. An external magnetic field source may be disposed outside the coil to apply a moving magnetic field to the coil. Electrical energy is generated in response to an interaction between the coil, the moving magnetic field, and the stationary magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas George Thundat, Charles W. Van Neste, Arpad Alexander Vass
  • Patent number: 8089188
    Abstract: A generator includes a coil of conductive material. A stationary magnetic field source applies a stationary magnetic field to the coil. An internal magnetic field source is disposed within a cavity of the coil to apply a moving magnetic field to the coil. The stationary magnetic field interacts with the moving magnetic field to generate an electrical energy in the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas George Thundat, Charles W. Van Neste, Arpad Alexander Vass
  • Publication number: 20110231965
    Abstract: A method of analyzing a sample that includes applying a first set of energies at a first set of frequencies to a sample and applying, simultaneously with the applying the first set of energies, a second set of energies at a second set of frequencies, wherein the first set of energies and the second set of energies form a multi-mode coupling. The method further includes detecting an effect of the multi-mode coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Ali Passian, Thomas George Thundat, Laurene Tetard
  • Publication number: 20110231966
    Abstract: A method for determining chemical characteristics of a sample, the method including directly applying a first acoustic wave at a first frequency to a probe and applying, independent of the directly applying the first acoustic wave, a second acoustic wave at a second frequency to the sample, wherein the first frequency is different than the second frequency and the first acoustic wave and the second acoustic wave are simultaneously applied to the probe and the sample, respectively, and form a coupling. The method further including applying electromagnetic energy to the sample, wherein the electromagnetic energy is absorbed by the sample causing a change in phase of the second acoustic wave. The method further including detecting an effect of the coupling and determining a spectrum of the sample based on the detecting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Ali Passian, Laurene Tetard, Thomas George Thundat, Brian Henry Davison, Martin Keller
  • Publication number: 20110080050
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transmitting electrical power through a ground plane are provided. A phased array of transmitters transmits moving, reactive power ground waves through a ground plane to a focus. A receiver, disposed proximate the focus, collects and converts the reactive power to real power for use in driving an electrical load. By adjusting the timing between the individual transmitters in the array, the focus may be moved to accommodate a mobile receiver. The reactive power ground waves may enter the receiver by conduction or induction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas George Thundat, Charles W. Van Neste
  • Publication number: 20100308676
    Abstract: A generator includes a coil of conductive material. A stationary magnetic field source applies a stationary magnetic field to the coil. An internal magnetic field source is disposed within a cavity of the coil to apply a moving magnetic field to the coil. The stationary magnetic field interacts with the moving magnetic field to generate an electrical energy in the coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas George Thundat, Charles W. Van Neste, Arpad Alexander Vass
  • Publication number: 20100308675
    Abstract: A generator includes a coil disposed about a core. A first stationary magnetic field source may be disposed on a first end portion of the core and a second stationary magnetic field source may be disposed on a second end portion of core. The first and second stationary magnetic field sources apply a stationary magnetic field to the coil. An external magnetic field source may be disposed outside the coil to apply a moving magnetic field to the coil. Electrical energy is generated in response to an interaction between the coil, the moving magnetic field, and the stationary magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas George Thundat, Charles W. Van Neste, Arpad Alexander Vass