Patents by Inventor Wulin Qiu

Wulin Qiu 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: 20210229030
    Abstract: The invention is an improved method of making an improved carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane in which a precursor polymer (e.g., polyimide) is pyrolyzed at a pyrolysis temperature to form a CMS membrane that is cooled to ambient temperature (about 40° C. or 30° C. to about 20° C.). The CMS membrane is then reheated to a reheating temperature less than the pyrolysis temperature to form the improved CMS membrane. The improved CMS membranes have shown an improved combination of selectivity and permeance as well as stability for separating hydrogen from gas molecules (e.g., methane, ethane, propane, ethylene, propylene, butane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, butylene, and combinations thereof).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicants: Dow Global Technologies LLC, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Justin T. Vaughn, Wulin Qiu, William J. Koros, Liren Xu, Mark K. Brayden, Marcos V. Martinez
  • Publication number: 20210129085
    Abstract: The invention is an improved method of making an improved carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane in which a precursor polymer (e.g., polyimide) is pyrolyzed at a pyrolysis temperature to form a CMS membrane that is cooled to ambient temperature (about 40° C. or 30° C. to about 20° C.). The CMS membrane is then reheated to a reheating temperature of at least 250° C. to 400° C. to form the improved CMS membrane. The CMS have a novel microstructure as determined by Raman spectroscopy. The improved CMS membranes have shown an improved combination of selectivity and permeance as well as stability for separating light hydrocarbon gas molecules such as C1 to C6 hydrocarbon gases (e.g., methane, ethane, propane, ethylene, propylene, butane, butylene).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicants: Dow Global Technologies LLC, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Liren Xu, Thomas Fitzgibbons, Mark K. Brayden, Marcos V. Martinez, William J. Koros, Wulin Qiu
  • Publication number: 20190247806
    Abstract: A polyimide separation membrane is comprised of a polyimide, a halogen compound (e.g., halogenated aromatic epoxide) that is soluble in the polyimide and a hydrocarbon having 2 to 5 carbons (e.g., ethane, ethylene, propane or propylene). The gas separation membrane has improved selectivity for small gas molecules such as hydrogen compared to polyimide membrane not containing the halogen compound or hydrocarbon. The polyimide separation membrane may be made by shaping a dope solution comprised of a polyimide, a halogen containing compound that is soluble in the polyimide, removing the solvent and then exposing the untreated polyimide membrane to a treating atmosphere comprising a hydrocarbon having 2 to 5 carbons for a sufficient time to form the polyimide membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Liren Xu, Justin T. Vaughn, Wulin Qiu, William J. Koros, Mark K. Brayden, Marcos V. Martinez
  • Patent number: 8242214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to functionalized polymeric sorbents and processes of employing them to remove low level contaminants from fluid streams. Poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate) functionalized with a compound having the structure NH2—R1OH wherein R1 is a substituted or unsubstituted phenylene may be particularly useful to remove low levels of phenol compounds from, for example, an aqueous fluid stream comprising one or more sugars such as results from a hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: William John Koros, Wulin Qiu, Kuang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20110210073
    Abstract: The present invention relates to functionalized polymeric sorbents and processes of employing them to remove low level contaminants from fluid streams. Poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate) functionalized with a compound having the structure NH2—R1OH wherein R1 is a substituted or unsubstituted phenylene may be particularly useful to remove low levels of phenol compounds from, for example, an aqueous fluid stream comprising one or more sugars such as results from a hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: William John Koros, Wulin Qiu, Kuang Zhang