Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Nosker

Thomas J. Nosker 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: 20220097259
    Abstract: A multi-port single screw extruder combining a heated plastication barrel having a first entrance port and an exit port on opposing ends of the barrel and a second entrance port intermediately positioned therebetween; a first hopper positioned to deliver ingredients to the first entrance port of said barrel; a second hopper positioned to deliver ingredients to the second entrance port and a helical plastication screw rotatably carried within the barrel and running the length thereof between the first entrance port and exit port that is operable to rotate and transmit the ingredients along the length of the barrel; wherein the plastication screw includes a distributive mixing element located between at least one additional entrance port and the exit port, the minor diameter of the plastication screw is reduced in advance of each additional entrance port sufficient to reduce the barrel pressure at each entrance port to a level that permits the addition of ingredients to the barrel through the entrance port, and
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Patent number: 11225558
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microparticles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multi-layer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin W. Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20210403326
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a nano-graphitic sponge (NGS) and methods for preparing the nano-graphitic sponge. The disclosed nano-graphitic sponge possesses many excellent properties, including large surface areas and pore volumes, low-mass densities, good electrical conductivities and mechanical properties. These excellent properties make the nano-graphitic sponge an ideal material for many applications, such as electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells and solar cells, catalysts and catalyst supports, and sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Bernard H. Kear, Nofel Z. Whieb, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Publication number: 20210363321
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite is disclosed. The method includes distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphite successively with each event until at least 50% of the graphite is exfoliated to form a distribution in the molten polymer phase of single- and multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along the c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Justin W. Hendrix, Bernard H. Kear, Gordon Chiu, Stephen Tse
  • Patent number: 11174366
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs and produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20200362137
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite (G-PMC) is disclosed. The packaging material has improved barrier resistance to gas and liquid permeants. Also disclosed is a method of improving barrier resistance of a polymer to a permeant, the method comprising forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite within the polymer. The packaging material may be used for packaging food, drug, perfume, etc. and to make various containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Charles T. Chang
  • Publication number: 20200354572
    Abstract: Disclosed are co-continuous immiscible polymer blends of a polysulfone and a polyaryletherketone optionally reinforced with carbon fiber. A method of preparing such a co-continuous immiscible polymer blend of a polysulfone and a polyaryletherketone reinforced with a carbon fiber is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Thomas J. Nosker, Justin W. Hendrix, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Publication number: 20200283962
    Abstract: A railroad tie formed of a polymeric or polymeric composite material and configured for enhanced mechanical interaction with an underlying ballast. The tie includes at least a top longitudinal surface, a pair of side longitudinal surfaces, a bottom longitudinal surface, and two end faces. At least the bottom longitudinal surface includes a plurality of indentations formed along a length thereof. Additionally, the tie includes at least one serrated edge portion having a plurality of serrations, the at least one serrated edge portion formed along at least part of the longitudinal length of the tie at an edge between at least one of the side longitudinal surfaces and the bottom longitudinal surface to provide for enhanced mechanical interaction with the ballast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Arya S. Tewatia
  • Publication number: 20200048425
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite is disclosed. The method includes distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphite successively with each event until at least 50% of the graphite is exfoliated to form a distribution in the molten polymer phase of single- and multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along the c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Justin W. Hendrix, Bernard H. Kear, Gordon Chiu, Stephen Tse
  • Publication number: 20200017645
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microparticles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multi-layer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin W. Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Publication number: 20190315974
    Abstract: A flame or heat flux protective coating composition, which includes a dispersion of fiberglass, hollow glass spheres, or a combination of both in silicone. A flame or heat flux protective sheet, which includes hollow glass spheres dispersed in silicone in a sheet form or fiberglass and silicone in a sheet form, wherein the fiberglass is dispersed in the silicone or the fiberglass is a woven cloth coated with the silicone is also presented. Articles incorporating the flame or heat flux protective coating or sheet form and methods for coating an article with the flame or heat flux protective coating composition are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Mark Mazar, Patrick L. Nosker
  • Publication number: 20190233611
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs and produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi, Bernard H. Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Patent number: 8629221
    Abstract: Disclosed are immiscible polymer blends, plastic articles containing the blends, and methods for making the plastic articles. One type of article is plastic lumber, which can be in the form of a railroad tie or a marine piling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Maryann Renfree
  • Patent number: 8497324
    Abstract: An immiscible polymer blend that includes an amount of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) and an amount of poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA). A method for preparing an immiscible polymer blend by (a) identifying a first polymeric component and a second polymeric component as immiscible when blended; (b) combining the first polymeric component and the second polymeric component; and (c) mixing the first polymeric component and the second polymeric component to produce an immiscible polymer blend that includes structures in the blend having a maximum size of less than about 1,000 ?m is also presented. An article that includes an immiscible polymer blend of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) and poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) and an article formed from an immiscible polymer blend prepared by the method of the present invention are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch, Richard Lehman, James D. Idol, Maryann Renfree
  • Patent number: 8436099
    Abstract: An immiscible polymer blend including a first polymer component including a paint polymer phase and a second polymer component immiscible with the first polymer component and selected from polyolefins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). A method of recycling paint by blending a first polymer component including a paint polymer phase with a second polymer component immiscible with the first polymer component and selected from polyolefins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Richard Lehman, Robert Hamill, Jennifer K. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20120271002
    Abstract: An immiscible polymer blend including a first polymer component including a paint polymer phase and a second polymer component immiscible with the first polymer component and selected from polyolefins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). A method of recycling paint by blending a first polymer component including a paint polymer phase with a second polymer component immiscible with the first polymer component and selected from polyolefins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Richard Lehman, Robert Hamill, Jennifer K. Lynch
  • Patent number: 8071685
    Abstract: An immiscible polymer blend including a first polymer component including a paint polymer phase and a second polymer component immiscible with the first polymer component and selected from polyolefins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). A method of recycling paint by blending a first polymer component including a paint polymer phase with a second polymer component immiscible with the first polymer component and selected from polyolefins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Richard Lehman, Robert Hamill, Jennifer K. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20110294917
    Abstract: Modular plastic structural composites formed from a mixture of (A) high density polyolefin and one or both of: (B) a thermoplastic-coated fiber material, or (C) polystyrene, poly(methyl methacrylate), or a combination thereof. Composites molded in the form of I-Beams and bridges constructed therefrom are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas J. Nosker, Richard Lehman, James D. Idol, Kenneth Van Ness, Richard W. Renfree, Maryann Renfree
  • Patent number: 8008402
    Abstract: Modular plastic structural composites formed from a mixture of (A) high density polyolefin and one or both of: (B) a thermoplastic-coated fiber material, or (C) polystyrene, poly(methyl methacrylate), or a combination thereof. Composites molded in the form of I-Beams and bridges constructed therefrom are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas J. Nosker, Richard Lehman, James D. Idol, Kenneth Van Ness, Richard W. Renfree, Maryann Renfree, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20110143058
    Abstract: An immiscible polymer blend that includes an amount of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) and an amount of poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA). A method for preparing an immiscible polymer blend by (a) identifying a first polymeric component and a second polymeric component as immiscible when blended; (b) combining the first polymeric component and the second polymeric component; and (c) mixing the first polymeric component and the second polymeric component to produce an immiscible polymer blend that includes structures in the blend having a maximum size of less than about 1,000 ?m is also presented. An article that includes an immiscible polymer blend of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) and poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) and an article formed from an immiscible polymer blend prepared by the method of the present invention are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Thomas J. Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch, Richard Lehman, James D. Idol, Richard W. Renfree, Maryann Renfree