Carbon Containing Compound Produced Patents (Class 205/555)
  • Patent number: 10361241
    Abstract: A dispersion material includes: a plurality of semiconductor nanoparticles; and an adsorption molecule configured to selectively absorb light having a predetermined wavelength and adsorbed to each of the plurality of semiconductor nanoparticles, the adsorption molecule having a plane aligned to be non-parallel to a direction from a center portion of each of the plurality of semiconductor nanoparticles toward an adsorption portion of each of the plurality of semiconductor nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeru Bessho, Daisuke Hobara, Michinori Shiomi
  • Patent number: 10131996
    Abstract: Novel complexes of various earth-abundant, inexpensive transition or main group metals that facilitate the transformation of carbon dioxide into other more useful organic products. These complexes can bind and alter the CO2 at mild conditions of temperature and pressure, enabling, according to some embodiments, the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into new products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: Richard Kemp, Diane A. Dickie, Elizabeth S. Donovan, Brian Barry
  • Patent number: 9702050
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a graphene material includes a tank, a container, an agitating module, a second electrode disposed in the tank, and a power supply module. The container is used for receiving a graphite material, and is formed with a plurality of through holes for the electrolyte solution to pass therethrough. The agitating module includes a control unit and an agitating unit used as a first electrode, and inserted into the container for agitating the electrolyte solution and the graphite material. The power supply module is electrically connected to the agitating unit and the second electrode for supplying electric power to generate an electrical potential difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chii-Rong Yang, Shu-Fang Chang, Tun-Ping Teng, Yu-Ting Chen, Zi-Ying Chen, Sheng-Chang Chang, Meng-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 9694126
    Abstract: A method is provided for adjusting a continuous dialysate volume flow in a dialysis machine with at least two discontinuous pumps and a controller for generating a desired volume flow of the dialysate. The energy for driving the pumps is set to be constant with a value determined corresponding to the pump-time volume of the respective pump stroke and the delivered volume. A dialysis machine for carrying out the aforementioned method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Hedmann, Erik Griessmann, Joachim Wich-Heiter, Sven Sebesta
  • Patent number: 9656872
    Abstract: A method of producing graphene by the electrochemical insertion of alkylammonium cations in a solvent into graphite is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: The University of Manchester
    Inventors: Robert Angus William Dryfe, Ian Anthony Kinloch
  • Patent number: 9506156
    Abstract: A method for the production of graphene and graphite nanoplatelet structures having a thickness of less than 100 nm in an electrochemical cell, wherein the cell comprises: (a) a negative electrode which is graphitic; (b) a positive electrode which may be graphitic or another material; and (c) an electrolyte which is ions in a solvent where the cations are organic ions and metal ions; and wherein the method comprises the step of passing a current through the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Manchester
    Inventors: Robert Angus William Dryfe, Ian Anthony Kinloch, Amr M. Abdelkader
  • Patent number: 9447511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to catalysts for the production of CO gas through electrochemical CO2 reduction. In particular, the present invention relates to an electrochemical cell comprising an iron porphyrin as the catalyst for the CO2 reduction into CO, a method of performing electrochemical reduction of CO2 using said electrochemical cell thereby producing CO gas, and a method of performing electrochemical reduction of CO2 using said iron porphyrin catalyst thereby producing CO gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT PARIS 7
    Inventors: Cyrille Costentin, Marc Robert, Jean-Michel Saveant, Samuel Drouet
  • Patent number: 9422164
    Abstract: A method of producing nano-scaled graphene platelets with an average thickness smaller than 30 nm from a layered graphite material. The method comprises (a) forming a carboxylic acid-intercalated graphite compound by an electrochemical reaction; (b) exposing the intercalated graphite compound to a thermal shock to produce exfoliated graphite; and (c) subjecting the exfoliated graphite to a mechanical shearing treatment to produce the nano-scaled graphene platelets. Preferred carboxylic acids are formic acid and acetic acid. The exfoliation step in the instant invention does not involve the evolution of undesirable species, such as NOx and SOx, which are common by-products of exfoliating conventional sulfuric or nitric acid-intercalated graphite compounds. The nano-scaled platelets are candidate reinforcement fillers for polymer nanocomposites. Nano-scaled graphene platelets are much lower-cost alternatives to carbon nano-tubes or carbon nano-fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nanotek Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z Jang
  • Patent number: 9284651
    Abstract: A device and a process for producing high purity CO by electrolysis of CO2 in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell stack and a gas separation unit, also the gas separation unit may be a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Haldor Topsoe A/S
    Inventors: Friis Claus Pedersen, Bøgild John Hansen, Thomas Rostrup-Nielsen, Jens Ulrik Nielsen, Henrik Olsson, Kim Hedegaard Andersen
  • Patent number: 9062382
    Abstract: A method using an electrolytic cell to electrolyze urea to produce at least one of H2 and NH3 is described. An electrolytic cell having a cathode with a first conducting component, an anode with a second conducting component, urea and an alkaline electrolyte composition in electrical communication with the anode and the cathode is used to electrolyze urea. The alkaline electrolyte composition has a hydroxide concentration of at least 0.01 M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventor: Gerardine G. Botte
  • Publication number: 20150136613
    Abstract: A method for electrochemically reducing CO is provided. A cathode is provided, wherein the cathode comprises a conductive substrate with a catalyst of a metal and a metal oxide based coating on a side of the cathode. An anode is spaced apart from the cathode. An ionic transport is provided between the anode and cathode. The cathode is exposed to CO and H2O. The anode is exposed to H2O. A voltage is provided between the cathode and anode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Christina LI, Matthew W. KANAN
  • Publication number: 20150096899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to catalysts for the production of CO gas through electrochemical CO2 reduction. In particular, the present invention relates to an electrochemical cell comprising an iron porphyrin as the catalyst for the CO2 reduction into CO, a method of performing electrochemical reduction of CO2 using said electrochemical cell thereby producing CO gas, and a method of performing electrochemical reduction of CO2 using said iron porphyrin catalyst thereby producing CO gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicants: UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT PARIS 7, CENTRE NATIOANL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
    Inventors: Cyrille COSTENTIN, Marc ROBERT, Jean-Michel SAVEANT, Samuel DROUET
  • Patent number: 8999134
    Abstract: Provided is a method for the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels. The method employs reducing CO2 in an electrochemical cell using an aerogel carbon electrode and an ionic liquid membrane, thereby providing a carbon-based combustible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Research & Development Authority, Ltd.
    Inventors: Armand Bettelheim, Eli Korin
  • Publication number: 20150060297
    Abstract: A graphite oxide and/or graphene preparation method includes providing a plasma electrolytic apparatus, wherein an electrolyte is provided and a graphite electrode is configured as a cathode of the plasma electrolytic apparatus; and providing a cathodic current so as to initiate a plasma electrolytic process at the graphite electrode to obtain graphite oxide and/or graphene. The graphite oxide and/or graphene can be synthesized through plasma electrolytic processing at relatively low temperature under atmospheric pressure within a very short period of time, without the need for concentrated acids or strong oxidizing agents. The present invention may prepare graphite oxide and/or graphene with plasma electrolytic process directly from graphite, without requiring any prior purification or pretreatment. This plasma electrolytic process of the present invention is quite promising and provided with advantages such as low cost, simple setup, high efficiency, and environmental friendliness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Kung-Hwa WEI, Van Thanh DANG
  • Publication number: 20150060296
    Abstract: A method for upgrading bio-mass material is provided. The method involves electrolytic reduction of the material in an electrochemical cell having a ceramic, oxygen-ion conducting membrane, where the membrane includes an electrolyte. One or more oxygenated or partially-oxygenated compounds are reduced by applying an electrical potential to the electrochemical cell. A system for upgrading bio-mass material is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Elangovan, Mukund Karanjikar
  • Publication number: 20150047989
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that utilize mixed conductive membranes in conjunction with solid oxide electrolysis in a single unit operation. The mixed conductive membranes of the systems are high-flux electrochemical separation membranes that can selectively and efficiently capture CO2 from a source gas, e.g., a flue gas or fuel gas, by transporting the CO2 across the membrane in the form of carbonate ions followed by oxidation of the carbonate-ions at the second side of the membrane to reform CO2 in a capture stream. The solid oxide electrolysis can be immediately downstream of the capture system to convert the CO2 into CO and H2O into H2, for example thereby forming syngas thereby capturing CO2 and converting it to a more useful form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Huang
  • Publication number: 20150038741
    Abstract: A device and a process for producing high purity CO by electrolysis of CO2 in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell stack and a gas separation unit, also the gas separation unit may be a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Haldor Topsøe A/S
    Inventors: Friis Claus Pedersen, Bøgild John Hansen, Thomas Rostrup-Nielsen, Jens Ulrik Nielsen, Henrik Olsson, Kim Hedegaard Andersen
  • Patent number: 8945368
    Abstract: Apparatus for separating CO2 from an electrolyte solution are provided. Example apparatus can include: a vessel defining an interior volume and configured to house an electrolyte solution; an input conduit in fluid communication with the interior volume; an output conduit in fluid communication with the interior volume; an exhaust conduit in fluid communication with the interior volume; and an anode located within the interior volume. Other example apparatus can include: an elongated vessel having two regions; an input conduit extending outwardly from the one region; an output conduit extending outwardly from the other region; an exhaust conduit in fluid communication with the one region; and an anode located within the one region. Methods for separating CO2 from an electrolyte solution are provided. Example methods can include: providing a CO2 rich electrolyte solution to a vessel containing an anode; and distributing hydrogen from the anode to acidify the electrolyte solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Peter C. Rieke, Silas A. Towne, Greg W. Coffey, Aaron M. Appel
  • Publication number: 20150027900
    Abstract: A method for the production of graphene and graphite nanoplatelet structures having a thickness of less than 100 nm in an electrochemical cell, wherein the cell comprises: (a) a negative electrode which is graphitic; (b) a positive electrode which may be graphitic or another material; and (c) an electrolyte which is ions in a solvent where the cations are organic ions and metal ions; and wherein the method comprises the step of passing a current through the cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Angus William Dryfe, Ian Anthony Kinloch, Amr M. Abdelkader
  • Patent number: 8916033
    Abstract: A gas decomposition apparatus having any one of the following structures: 1) a structure wherein an anode and a cathode on a solid electrolyte layer each have extended regions; the extended regions of the anode and those of the cathode are alternately extended to have a gap between the anode and the cathode; the cathode is higher in electric resistance than the anode; and a cathode electroconductive region connected electroconductively to a power source and made of an electroconductive material is extended in a direction crossing the direction in which the extended regions of the cathode are extended, thereby connecting the extended regions of the cathode electroconductively to each other; and (2) a structure which has an electroconductor layer through which the negative electrode of a power source is electroconductively connected to a cathode; and which is a structure wherein the cathode is laminated on the electroconductor layer to contact the layer, laminates each composed of a solid electrolyte layer and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chihiro Hiraiwa, Masatoshi Majima, Koji Nitta, Atsushi Fukunaga, Shigeki Egashira
  • Publication number: 20140367274
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a system and method for producing a first product from a first region of an electrochemical cell having a cathode and a second product from a second region of the electrochemical cell having an anode. The method may include the step of contacting the first region of the electrochemical cell with a catholyte comprising an alcohol and carbon dioxide. Another step of the method may include contacting the second region of the electrochemical cell with an anolyte comprising the alcohol. Further, the method may include a step of applying an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to produce a first product recoverable from the first region and a second product recoverable from the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry Kaczur, Emily Barton Cole, Paul Majsztrik, Narayanappa Sivasankar, Andrew B. Bocarsly
  • Publication number: 20140346055
    Abstract: Coaxial disk armatures, counter-rotating through an axial magnetic field, act as electrolysis electrodes and high shear centrifugal impellers for an axial feed. The feed can be carbon dioxide, water, methane, or other substances requiring electrolysis. Carbon dioxide and water can be processed into syngas and ozone continuously, enabling carbon and oxygen recycling at power plants. Within the space between the counter-rotating disk electrodes, a shear layer comprising a fractal tree network of radial vortices provides sink flow conduits for light fractions, such as syngas, radially inward while the heavy fractions, such as ozone and elemental carbon flow radially outward in boundary layers against the disks and beyond the disk periphery, where they are recovered as valuable products, such as carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Wilmot H. McCutchen, David J. McCutchen
  • Publication number: 20140339098
    Abstract: A process for the catalyzed electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide wherein a metal organic framework comprising metal ions and an organic ligand is used as a catalyst and novel metal organic frameworks based on bisphosphonic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Adam Wieslaw Mazur, Jean-Yves Nedelec, Christine Cachet-Vivier, Maniyan Padmanilayam, Armin T. Liebens
  • Publication number: 20140332401
    Abstract: An alkaline production system comprising an electrochemical unit comprising a hydrogen-oxidizing anode, a cathode compartment comprising a cathode and a hydrogen delivery system configured to deliver hydrogen gas to the anode, wherein the unit is operably connected to a carbon sequestration system configured to sequester carbon dioxide with the cathode electrolyte; and methods thereof. In another embodiment, a system comprising a hydrogen-oxidizing anode in communication with a cathode electrolyte comprising bicarbonate ion; and an hydrogen delivery system configured to deliver hydrogen gas to the anode; and methods thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan J. Gilliam, Valentin Decker, Bryan Boggs, Nikhil Jalani, Thomas A. Albrecht, Matt Smith
  • Patent number: 8858777
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to organic products including formate and formic acid are provided. A method may include, but is not limited to, steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may introduce an acidic anolyte to a first compartment of an electrochemical cell. The first compartment may include an anode. Step (B) may introduce a bicarbonate-based catholyte saturated with carbon dioxide to a second compartment of the electrochemical cell. The second compartment may include a high surface area cathode including indium and having a void volume of between about 30% to 98%. At least a portion of the bicarbonate-based catholyte is recycled. Step (C) may apply an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to reduce the carbon dioxide to at least one of a single-carbon based product or a multi-carbon based product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry J. Kaczur, Theodore J. Kramer, Kunttal Keyshar, Paul Majsztrik, Zbigniew Twardowski
  • Publication number: 20140291163
    Abstract: A method for electrochemically reducing CO2 is provided. A cathode is provided, wherein the cathode comprises a conductive substrate with a catalyst of a metal and a metal oxide based coating on a side of the cathode. An anode is spaced apart from the cathode. An ionic transport is provided between the anode and cathode. The cathode is exposed to CO2 and H2O. The anode is exposed to H2O. A voltage is provided between the cathode and anode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Matthew W. Kanan, Yihong Chen, Christina Li
  • Patent number: 8845878
    Abstract: A method reducing carbon dioxide to one or more products may include steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may bubble said carbon dioxide into a solution of an electrolyte and a catalyst in a divided electrochemical cell. The divided electrochemical cell may include an anode in a first cell compartment and a cathode in a second cell compartment. The cathode may reduce said carbon dioxide into said products. Step (B) may adjust one or more of (a) a cathode material, (b) a surface morphology of said cathode, (c) said electrolyte, (d) a manner in which said carbon dioxide is bubbled, (e), a pH level of said solution, and (f) an electrical potential of said divided electrochemical cell, to vary at least one of (i) which of said products is produced and (ii) a faradaic yield of said products. Step (C) may separate said products from said solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Barton Cole, Narayanappa Sivasankar, Rishi Parajuli, Kate A. Keets
  • Publication number: 20140262792
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and a process that allow for the selective electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide with high energy efficiency, using a cathode comprised of bismuth in combination with an anode such as an anode comprised of platinum. The electrolysis system may be comprised of a single or two compartment cell and may employ an organic electrolyte or an ionic liquid electrolyte. The invention permits the storage of solar, wind or conventional electric energy by converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide and liquid fuels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: University of Delaware
    Inventors: John L. DiMeglio, Jonnathan Medina-Ramos, Joel Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 8834701
    Abstract: A process for the transformation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to nanoribbons composed of a few layers of graphene by an electrochemical approach involving dispersing CNTs by sonication and depositing onto a conducting substrate, and oxidizing CNTs at controlled potential, followed by reduction to form graphene nanoribbons having smooth edges and fewer defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Dhanraj Bhagwanrao Shinde, Vijaymohanan Kunjikrishnan Pillai
  • Publication number: 20140251822
    Abstract: A NaSICON cell is used to convert carbon dioxide into a usable, valuable product. In general, this reaction occurs at the cathode where electrons are used to reduce the carbon dioxide, in the presence of water and/or hydrogen gas, to form formate, methane, ethylene, other hydrocarbons and/or other chemicals. The particular chemical that is formed depends upon the reaction conditions, the voltage applied, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Ceramatec, Inc.
    Inventors: Sai Bhavaraju, James Mosby
  • Patent number: 8821709
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electrochemically generating an oxidation product and a reduction product may include one or more operations including, but not limited to: receiving a feed of at least one organic compound into an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode; at least partially oxidizing the at least one organic compound at the anode to generate at least carbon dioxide; receiving a feed including carbon dioxide into a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode; and at least partially reducing carbon dioxide to generate a reduction product at the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry J. Kaczur, Narayanappa Sivasankar, Paul Majsztrik, Emily Barton Cole, Andrew B. Bocarsly
  • Publication number: 20140238871
    Abstract: A method for electrochemical production of synthesis gas from carbon dioxide is disclosed. The method generally includes steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may bubble the carbon dioxide into a solution of an electrolyte and a catalyst in a divided electrochemical cell. The divided electrochemical cell may include an anode in a first cell compartment and a cathode in a second cell compartment. The cathode generally reduces the carbon dioxide into a plurality of components. Step (B) may establish a molar ratio of the components in the synthesis gas by adjusting at least one of (i) a cathode material and (ii) a surface morphology of the cathode. Step (C) may separate the synthesis gas from the solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayanappa Sivasankar, Emily Barton Cole, Kyle Teamey
  • Patent number: 8815074
    Abstract: A method for reducing carbon dioxide with use of a device for reducing carbon dioxide includes steps of (a) preparing the device. The device includes a vessel, a cathode electrode and an anode electrode. An electrolytic solution is stored in the vessel, the cathode electrode contains a copper rubeanate metal organic framework, the copper rubeanate metal organic framework is in contact with the electrolytic solution, the anode electrode is in contact with the electrolytic solution, and the electrolytic solution contains carbon dioxide. The method further includes step of (b) applying a voltage difference between the cathode electrode and the anode electrode so as to reduce the carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Reiko Taniguchi, Satoshi Yotsuhashi
  • Publication number: 20140216944
    Abstract: A graphite oxide or graphene preparation method includes providing a plasma electrolytic apparatus, where an electrolytic solution is provided and a graphite electrode is configured as a cathode of the plasma electrolytic apparatus; and providing a cathodic current so as to initiate a plasma electrolytic process at the graphite cathode to obtain graphite oxide or graphene. The graphite oxide can be synthesized through plasma electrolytic processing at relatively low temperature under atmospheric pressure within a very short period of time, without the need for concentrated acids or strong oxidizing agents. The present invention may prepare graphite oxide with plasma electrolytic process directly from graphite, without requiring any prior purification. This plasma electrolytic process of the present invention is quite promising and provided with advantages such as low cost, simple setup, high efficiency, and environmental friendliness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: KUNG-HWA WEI, VAN THANH DANG
  • Publication number: 20140202874
    Abstract: The embodiments herein relate to methods and apparatus for forming graphitic material from a carbon oxide feedstock in an electroplating chamber containing molten inorganic carbonate as electrolyte. Carbon dioxide flows into a reaction chamber containing one or more cathodes, one or more anodes, and a molten carbonate electrolyte. The carbon dioxide and/or carbonate reduces at the cathode to form graphitic material, which may be removed from the surface of the cathode through various mechanisms. The graphitic material is then separated out from the electrolyte.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Saratoga Energy Research Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Ramez A. Elgammal, Franck Samuel Germain Falgairette, Drew L. Reid, Kenneth Reid
  • Patent number: 8721866
    Abstract: A method for electrochemical production of synthesis gas from carbon dioxide is disclosed. The method generally includes steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may bubble the carbon dioxide into a solution of an electrolyte and a catalyst in a divided electrochemical cell. The divided electrochemical cell may include an anode in a first cell compartment and a cathode in a second cell compartment. The cathode generally reduces the carbon dioxide into a plurality of components. Step (B) may establish a molar ratio of the components in the synthesis gas by adjusting at least one of (i) a cathode material and (ii) a surface morphology of the cathode. Step (C) may separate the synthesis gas from the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayanappa Sivasankar, Emily Barton Cole, Kyle Teamey
  • Publication number: 20140107326
    Abstract: Embodiments relating to the synthesis and processing of graphene molecules are provided. In some cases, methods for the electrochemical expansion and/or functionalization of graphene molecules are provided. In some embodiments, one or more species may be intercalated between adjacent graphene sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Patent number: 8691069
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a system and method for producing a first product from a first region of an electrochemical cell having a cathode and a second product from a second region of the electrochemical cell having an anode. The method may include a step of contacting the first region with a catholyte including carbon dioxide and contacting the second region with an anolyte including a recycled reactant. The method may further include applying an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to produce carbon monoxide recoverable from the first region and a halogen recoverable from the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry J. Kaczur, Robert Page Shirtum
  • Publication number: 20140093799
    Abstract: Electrochemical devices for converting carbon dioxide to useful reaction products include a solid or a liquid with a specific pH and/or water content. Chemical processes using the devices are also disclosed, including processes to produce CO, HCO?, H2CO, (HCO2), H2CO2, CH3OH, CH4, C2H4, CH3CH2OH, CH3COO?, CH3COOH, C2H6, (COOH)2, (COO?)2, acrylic acid, diphenyl carbonate, other carbonates, other organic acids and synthetic fuels. The electrochemical device can be a CO2 sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Richard I. Masel, Brian A. Rosen, Wei Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140061059
    Abstract: A method of producing graphene by the electrochemical insertion of alkylammonium cations in a solvent into graphite is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
    Inventors: Robert Angus William Dryfe, Ian Anthony Kinloch
  • Patent number: 8658016
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capture of carbon dioxide and electrochemical conversion of the captured carbon dioxide to organic products are disclosed. A method may include, but is not limited to, steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may introduce a solvent to a first compartment of an electrochemical cell. Step (B) may capture carbon dioxide with at least one of guanidine, a guanidine derivative, pyrimidine, or a pyrimidine derivative to form a carbamic zwitterion. Step (C) may apply an electrical potential between an anode and a cathode sufficient for the cathode to reduce the carbamic zwitterion to a product mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasad Lakkaraju, Kyle Teamey
  • Publication number: 20140048422
    Abstract: A personal protection arrangement in a vehicle includes a gas generator for fluid communication with a reservoir and a control unit. The control unit is arranged to activate the gas generator upon fulfillment of at least one predetermined criterion such that gas is released by the gas generator into the reservoir and the pressure in the reservoir is increased. The gas generator comprises at least one electrochemical cell which is arranged to generate gas when the electrical status of the electrochemical cell is changed from a first state to a second state by a state-changing action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Mats JOHANSON, David STURK
  • Patent number: 8647493
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a system and method for producing a first product from a first region of an electrochemical cell having a cathode and a second product from a second region of the electrochemical cell having an anode. The method may include a step of contacting the first region with a catholyte comprising carbon dioxide. The method may include another step of contacting the second region with an anolyte comprising a recycled reactant. The method may include a step of applying an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode sufficient to produce a first product recoverable from the first region and a second product recoverable from the second region. The second product may be removed from the second region and introduced to a secondary reactor. The method may include forming the recycled reactant in the secondary reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry J. Kaczur
  • Publication number: 20140034506
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electrochemically generating an oxidation product and a reduction product may include one or more operations including, but not limited to: receiving a feed of at least one organic compound into an anolyte region of an electrochemical cell including an anode; at least partially oxidizing the at least one organic compound at the anode to generate at least carbon dioxide; receiving a feed including carbon dioxide into a catholyte region of the electrochemical cell including a cathode; and at least partially reducing carbon dioxide to generate a reduction product at the cathode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Teamey, Jerry J. Kaczur, Narayanappa Sivasankar, Paul Majsztrik, Emily Barton Cole, Andrew B. Bocarsly
  • Patent number: 8641885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for reducing carbon dioxide into a carbon based product. The system includes an electrochemical cell having a cathode region which includes a cathode and a non-aqueous catholyte; an anode region having an anode and an aqueous or gaseous anolyte; and an ion permeable zone disposed between the anode region and the cathode region. The ion permeable zone is at least one of (i) the interface between the anolyte and the catholyte, (ii) an ion selective membrane; (iii) at least one liquid layer formed of an emulsion or (iv) a hydrophobic or glass fiber separator. The system and method includes a source of energy, whereby applying the source of energy across the anode and cathode reduces the carbon dioxide and produces an oxidation product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Liquid Light, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayanappa Sivasankar, Jerry J. Kaczur, Emily Barton Cole
  • Publication number: 20140027299
    Abstract: Processes for forming expanded hexagonal layered minerals (HLMs) and derivatives thereof using electrochemical charging are disclosed. The process includes employing HLM rocks (20) as electrodes (100) immersed in an electrolytic slurry (50) that includes an organic solvent, metal ions and expanded HLM (24). The electrolysis introduces organic solvent and ions from the metal salt from the slurry into the interlayer spacings that separate the atomic interlayers of the HLM rock, thereby forming 1st-stage charged HLM that exfoliates from the HLM rock. The process includes expanding the electrochemically 1st-stage charged HLM by applying an expanding force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Kian Ping Loh, Junzhong Wang, Gordon Chiu
  • Patent number: 8617375
    Abstract: The method for reducing carbon dioxide of the present invention includes a step (a) and a step (b) as follows. A step (a) of preparing an electrochemical cell. The electrochemical cell comprises a working electrode (21), a counter electrode (23) and a vessel (28). The vessel (28) stores an electrolytic solution (27). The working electrode (21) contains boron carbide. The electrolytic solution (27) contains carbon dioxide. The working electrode (21) and the counter electrode (23) are in contact with the electrolytic solution (27). A step (b) of applying a negative voltage and a positive voltage to the working electrode and the counter electrode, respectively, to reduce the carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Zenitani, Masahiro Deguchi, Satoshi Yotsuhashi, Reiko Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8596047
    Abstract: The vehicle electrocatalyzer for recycling carbon dioxide to fuel hydrocarbons includes a main tubular member having a plurality of tubular catalytic cells, electrically connected in series disposed inside and separated from one another by semipermeable membranes allowing the passage of fluids, but not solids. The electrocatalyzer can be attached in the exhaust system where hydrogen could be generated by the electrolysis of water. Metallic copper, iron, carbonaceous materials (such as activated carbon, carbon nanomaterials, or graphite), metal oxides, or metal-supported catalysts may be used in each catalytic cell. A DC current connected across the cells is used to initiate reaction of the carbon dioxide with hydrogen gas. The resulting hydrocarbons are recycled back to the vehicle engine and used as a makeup fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignees: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
    Inventors: Reyad Awwad Khalaf Shawabkeh, Abdalla Mahmoud Abulkibash, Muhammad A. Al-Saleh
  • Patent number: 8597488
    Abstract: The method for reducing carbon dioxide of the present disclosure includes a step (a) and a step (b) as follows. A step (a) of preparing an electrochemical cell. The electrochemical cell comprises a working electrode, a counter electrode and a vessel. The vessel stores an electrolytic solution. The working electrode contains at least one nitride selected from the group consisting of titanium nitride, zirconium nitride, hafnium nitride, tantalum nitride, molybdenum nitride and iron nitride. The electrolytic solution contains carbon dioxide. The working electrode and the counter electrode are in contact with the electrolytic solution. A step (b) of applying a negative voltage and a positive voltage to the working electrode and the counter electrode, respectively, to reduce the carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Deguchi, Yuji Zenitani, Reiko Taniguchi, Satoshi Yotsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8591718
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a carbon monoxide containing product in which cathode and anode sides of an electrically driven oxygen separation device are contacted with carbon dioxide and a reducing agent, respectively. The carbon dioxide is reduced to carbon monoxide through ionization of oxygen and the reducing agent lowers the partial pressure of oxygen at the anode side to partially drive oxygen ion transport within the device through the consumption of the oxygen and to supply heat. The lowering of oxygen partial pressure reduces voltage and therefore, electrical power required to be applied to the device and the heat is supplied to heat the device to an operational temperature and to the reduction of the carbon dioxide occurring at the cathode side. The device can be used as part of an integrated apparatus in which the carbon dioxide is supplied from a waste stream of a process plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Lane, Gervase Maxwell Christie, Dante Patrick Bonaquist