Patents by Inventor Tom Hinklin

Tom Hinklin 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: 7592281
    Abstract: A composition is provided that includes a plurality of calcined particles of terbium aluminum oxide having a mean particle domain size of between 30 and 600 nanometers. A translucent article having a surface includes polycrystalline terbium aluminum garnet having a mean grain size from 1 to 10 microns and light scattering inclusions of aluminum-rich oxide and/or terbium-rich oxide that are present at less than 2 surface area percent of the surface. A process for forming such an article involves sintering the above provided composition at a temperature between 1500° C. and 1700° C. to yield a sintered article. The article has improved translucency and even transparency as sintering is performed under vacuum at a temperature between 1610° C. and 1680° C. Hot isostatic pressing alone or in combination with article polishing also improves article translucency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Nanocerox, Inc.
    Inventors: Yin Tang, Anthony C. Sutorik, Long Nguyen, Tom Hinklin, William H. Rhodes, David Scerbak
  • Publication number: 20090011924
    Abstract: A composition is provided that includes a plurality of calcined particles of terbium aluminum oxide having a mean particle domain size of between 30 and 600 nanometers. A translucent article having a surface includes polycrystalline terbium aluminum garnet having a mean grain size from 1 to 10 microns and light scattering inclusions of aluminum-rich oxide and/or terbium-rich oxide that are present at less than 2 surface area percent of the surface. A process for forming such an article involves sintering the above provided composition at a temperature between 1500° C. and 1700° C. to yield a sintered article. The article has improved translucency and even transparency as sintering is performed under vacuum at a temperature between 1610° C. and 1680° C. Hot isostatic pressing alone or in combination with article polishing also improves article translucency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Yin Tang, Anthony C. Sutorik, Long Nguyen, Tom Hinklin, William H. Rhodes, David Scerbak
  • Patent number: 7427577
    Abstract: A composition is provided that includes a plurality of calcined particles of terbium aluminum oxide having a mean particle domain size of between 30 and 600 nanometers. A translucent article having a surface includes polycrystalline terbium aluminum garnet having a mean grain size from 1 to 10 microns and light scattering inclusions of aluminum-rich oxide and/or terbium-rich oxide that are present at less than 2 surface area percent of the surface. A process for forming such an article involves sintering the above provided composition at a temperature between 1500° C. and 1700° C. to yield a sintered article. The article has improved translucency and even transparency as sintering is performed under vacuum at a temperature between 1610° C. and 1680° C. Hot isostatic pressing alone or in combination with article polishing also improves article translucency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventors: Yin Tang, Anthony C. Sutorik, Long Nguyen, Tom Hinklin, William H. Rhodes, David Scerbak
  • Publication number: 20070238604
    Abstract: A composition is provided that includes a plurality of calcined particles of terbium aluminum oxide having a mean particle domain size of between 30 and 600 nanometers. A translucent article having a surface includes polycrystalline terbium aluminum garnet having a mean grain size from 1 to 10 microns and light scattering inclusions of aluminum-rich oxide and/or terbium-rich oxide that are present at less than 2 surface area percent of the surface. A process for forming such an article involves sintering the above provided composition at a temperature between 1500° C. and 1700° C. to yield a sintered article. The article has improved translucency and even transparency as sintering is performed under vacuum at a temperature between 1610° C. and 1680° C. Hot isostatic pressing alone or in combination with article polishing also improves article translucency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventors: Yin Tang, Anthony Sutorik, Long Nguyen, Tom Hinklin, William Rhodes, David Scerbak
  • Patent number: 5418298
    Abstract: This invention relates to polymetallooxanes having the moiety: ##STR1## wherein n is 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, M.sup.1 is selected from the group consisting of Si, Ge, Sn, Al, Ga, Ti, Zr, or Hf, R.sup.1 and R.sup.2 are selected from the group consisting of H, OH, C.sub.1-8 alkyl, C.sub.1-6 alkoxy, C.sub.2-8 alkene, C.sub.6-12 aryl, C.sub.1-8 hydroxyalkyl, C.sub.1-8 thioalkyl, C.sub.2-12 alkoxyalkyl, C.sub.4-20 heteroaromatic, C.sub.1-10 alkylsilane, C.sub.1-10 alkylsiloxane or combinations thereof, O' is bonded to M.sup.1, another M.sup.1 atom, M.sup.2 or H, wherein M.sup.2 is a group I or II metal of the Periodic Table, and R.sup.3 is independently selected from the group consisting of (CR.sub.2).sub.y, O'--(CR.sub.2 CR.sub.2).sub.y N(CR.sub.2).sub.y --, --(CR.sub.2 CR.sub.2).sub.y N.sub.R (CR.sub.2).sub.y --, O'--[(CR.sub.2 CR.sub.2).sub.y O].sub.y --(CR.sub.2).sub.y, C.sub.1-8 alkyl, C.sub.1-6 alkoxy, C.sub.2-8 alkene, C.sub.6-12 aryl, C.sub.1-8 hydroxyalkyl, C.sub.1-8 thioalkyl, C.sub.2-12 alkoxyalkyl, C.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Richard M. Laine, Brian L. Mueller, Tom Hinklin