Planar Membrane Patents (Class 210/321.75)
  • Patent number: 10525419
    Abstract: An oil-water separation membrane is described. The oil-water separation membrane comprises a porous metal sheet with a photocatalyst layer on one side and a layer of nanoparticles and a surfactant on the other side. The layer of nanoparticles and surfactant create a superoleophobic and superhydrophilic coating that allows passage of an aqueous phase and rejection of an oil phase. The photocatalyst layer, combined with UV irradiation, enables degradation of organic contaminants in the aqueous phase. The oil-water separation membrane may be used as part of an oil-water separation system, and a filtered water product may be recycled through the membrane to increase the removal of organic contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Talal F. Qahtan, Leonardo D. Banchik, Mohammed A. Gondal, Gibum Kwon, Divya Panchanathan, Umair Baig, Gareth McKinley, Mohamed A. Dastageer
  • Patent number: 10518222
    Abstract: A cycling ultra-thin channel filtration (cUTF) method, system and module are disclosed for concentration and purification of biomolecules. In one embodiment, a cUTF system includes a cUTF module and a cycle controller to load a feed aliquot of a feed stream into the cUTF module inducing permeation of the feed stream to build a boundary layer by pressurizing the feed stream, to stop permeation and to recover a retentate aliquot in a repeating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Gaston de los Reyes
  • Patent number: 10478587
    Abstract: A device and a method for preparing adipose tissue for transplantation from lobular fat extracted, for instance by liposuction, the fat including a fluid component that have an oily component, a blood component and/or sterile solutions, and a solid component including cell fragments, cells and one or more cell macroagglomerates of heterogeneous size, wherein the device includes at least one washing and separating container having a washing chamber, the container has an inlet and an outlet for the liposuctioned material to enter the washing chamber through the inlet and for at least part of the material to exit the washing chamber through the outlet, the washing chamber including stirring means for forming an emulsion of fluid components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Carlo Tremolada
  • Patent number: 10287952
    Abstract: An emissions control substrate. The emissions control substrate includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. A plurality of channels extend between the first end and the second end, and are configured to direct exhaust from an engine through the substrate. The emissions control substrate is three-dimensionally printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Powell
  • Patent number: 10281162
    Abstract: A dual air flow exchanger, allowing a heat transfer and humidity transfer between two air flows, and including a plurality of first and second air circulation networks separated by membranes permeable to water vapor and impermeable to air and to liquid water, each of the first and second networks including cells each defined by a wall including openings for passage of air, the cell wall including two opposing edges at which same is open in a direction of stacking. For at least one of the first networks, at least one of the two opposing edges of each cell wall defines a hollow open in a direction of the second directly consecutive air circulation network, the hollows receiving a part of the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Mathieu Mariotto
  • Patent number: 10231820
    Abstract: Methods and materials for making complex, living, vascularized tissues for organ and tissue replacement, especially complex and/or thick, structures, such as liver tissue is provided. Tissue lamina is made in a system comprising an apparatus having (a) a first mold or polymer scaffold, a semi-permeable membrane, and a second mold or polymer scaffold, wherein the semi-permeable membrane is disposed between the first and second molds or polymer scaffolds, wherein the first and second molds or polymer scaffolds have means defining microchannels positioned toward the semi-permeable membrane, wherein the first and second molds or polymer scaffolds are fastened together; and (b) animal cells. Methods for producing complex, three-dimensional tissues or organs from tissue lamina are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph P. Vacanti, Young-Moon M. Shin, Jennifer Ogilvie, Alexander Sevy, Tomoyuki Maemura, Osamu Ishii, Mohammad R. Kaazempur-Mofrad, Jeffrey T. Borenstein, Kevin R. King, Chiao-Chun Wang, Eli Weinberg
  • Patent number: 10195550
    Abstract: A method of filtering a liquid feed is described, comprising passing a liquid feed through a single pass tangential flow filtration (SPTFF) system and recovering the retentate and permeate from the system in separate containers. A method of filtering a liquid feed is also described comprising passing a liquid feed through a tangential flow filtration (TFF) system, recovering permeate and a portion of the retentate from the system in separate containers without recirculation through the TFF system, and recirculating the remainder of the retentate through the TFF system at least once. The methods of the invention can be performed using an SPTFF or a TFF system that comprises manifold segments to serialize the flow path of the feed and retentate without requiring diverter plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Steen, Mikhail Kozlov, Herbert Lutz, Joseph Parrella, Elizabeth M. Goodrich, Bala Raghunath
  • Patent number: 10188782
    Abstract: A blood processing filter comprises an inlet-side flexible container and an outlet-side flexible container that sandwich a filter element, an inlet port, and an outlet port, the filter further comprising: a flow path securing sheet; a first seal portion; and a second seal portion, wherein the flow path securing sheet includes a pair of ribs disposed opposite to each other with the outlet port interposed therebetween, and a slit formed inside of the pair of ribs, and diffusing openings that are disposed outside of the pair of ribs and continuously open from the ribs to the lateral portions of the first seal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Tomohisa Yokomizo, Tomoko Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10087502
    Abstract: A system and method for decoating a scrap coated metal in a leach solution uses direct measuring of the corrosion potential of the scrap metal in the system to determine the progress of the decoating process and end the process when the scrap is decoated. Corrosion potential measurements are made using a working electrode comprising more than one piece of scrap coated-metal within the system. The decoating system and method may include a system for recycling leach solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Grogan, Corby G. Anderson, Gerard P. Martins
  • Patent number: 9914080
    Abstract: A fuel filter for a vehicle may include an upper case with a fuel inlet at a first side; a main filter disposed in the upper case to filter fuel flowing between an inner surface of the upper case and an external diameter of the main filter; a lower case provided in a structure having a fuel outlet and joined with a second side of the upper case; a first auxiliary filter assembly installed between the upper case and the main filter to secondarily filter the fuel; and a second auxiliary filter assembly installed between the main filter and the lower case to secondarily filter the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Han Kim, Myeong Hwan Kim, Jae Min Lee, Jae Hwa Park, Jong Sup Choi
  • Patent number: 9814829
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an implantable bioartificial active secretion system for providing a physiological regulating secretion such as insulin necessary for functionality of a physiologic activity such as glucose metabolism of a living-being host. The system includes a housing implantable within the host, in fluidic communication with tissue fluid indicative of a physiological regulating secretion need. A chamber within the housing contains a plurality of physiologically active, autonomously functioning, live secretory cells for producing the physiological regulating secretion. A continually operating two pump apparatus moves tissue fluid into contact with the secretory cells for pick up of the physiological regulating secretion for subsequent physiologically-effective dispensing into the host, while avoiding immuno-rejection of the host body or of the host to the secretory cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory Zeltser, Michael Piliavin
  • Patent number: 9783750
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method for treatment of fats, oils and grease (FOG) for separation of target products and/or the efficient production of biodiesel while reducing disposal of solid or liquid waste matter into landfills or water treatment facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Vander Hoff, Todd Benson, Jason Bell, Marc Pugh
  • Patent number: 9701933
    Abstract: A modular device comprising one or more porous substrate subunits comprising a binding substrate that is capable of interacting with a target biological product, either during, or at the end of a manufacturing cycle; and methods of using the device to harvest or purify a biological product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. Niazi
  • Patent number: 9581577
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a diffusion cell for testing the permeation of a compound(s) across a membrane. Also, the present disclosure relates to a method of manufacturing a diffusion cell. Further, the present disclosure relates to a method of performing an assay using a diffusion cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Lifeng Kang, Jaspreet Singh Kochhar, Choon Siong Mah
  • Patent number: 9567224
    Abstract: Graphene sheets having a plurality of holes in their basal planes are described herein. Methods for making the graphene sheets can involve contacting graphene sheets with an activated gas that has contacted a helium or argon atmospheric pressure plasma. The size and/or number of holes introduced can be altered by changing the contact time, the stand-off distance, the activated gas concentration, and/or the plasma power. Polymer composites containing the perforated graphene sheets are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Peter V. Bedworth
  • Patent number: 9552545
    Abstract: A filter assembly is provided for collecting samples in a fluid environment, the assembly utilizing a laminar convective flow to cause the flow of a preservative/fixative and a filtrate through a filter. A substantially concave dead space around the filter is flushed free of the preservative and the differential in density of the preservative and filtrate causes the more dense fluid to collect in the reservoir and preserve the collected specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Craig D. Taylor, Kenneth W. Doherty, Susumu Honjo
  • Patent number: 9550151
    Abstract: There is provided a high-quality spiral-type acidic gas separation module which is obtained by winding a laminate including an acidic gas separation layer that has a facilitated transport film and which has no defects in the facilitated transport film, in which the average value of the fiber diameter of a supply gas channel member is in a range of 100 ?m to 900 ?m, and the area ratio of concave portions inscribed in a hemisphere having a diameter greater than or equal to three-quarters of the fiber diameter of the supply gas channel member is 50% or less with respect to a surface of an auxiliary support film of a porous support that is on the side opposite to the facilitated transport film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Sawada, Yoshihiro Aburaya
  • Patent number: 9513249
    Abstract: This sensor chip (11) comprises a substrate (15) in the form of a flat board, a sample inlet (20) that is provided in the thickness direction of the substrate (15) and into which flows the blood (3) used for measurement, a supply path (21) that communicates with this sample inlet (20), and detection electrodes (17, 18, 19) provided to this supply path (21), wherein the substrate (15) is provided with a surplus blood reservoir (25) that draws in surplus blood (3a) and holds this drawn surplus blood (3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Masaki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9482441
    Abstract: A composite molded body includes a main portion formed of resin, a ventilation channel configured within the main portion, a gas permeable membrane, and two inserted members embedded in the main portion. The ventilation channel has a first ventilation path P1 extending in a direction intersecting the gas permeable membrane and has an opening end leading to the external air, and a second ventilation path extending in a direction different from the direction in which the first ventilation path extends and having an opening end leading to the internal space of the casing. The inserted member forms a portion of the second ventilation path and has a membrane supporting portion formed with a through hole. The through hole constitutes a portion of the first ventilation path, and communicates with the internal space of the casing via the second ventilation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: TOKAI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Hara
  • Patent number: 9283114
    Abstract: An intraocular device for implantation in an eye of a patient is provided. The intraocular device includes an inlet tube, an outlet tube, and a microfluidic chamber. The microfluidic chamber includes a chamber inlet coupled to the inlet tube, a chamber outlet coupled to the outlet tube, and one or more fluidic barriers. Each fluidic barrier is configured such that, as a fluid is injected into the microfluidic chamber, a front of the fluid coincides with the fluidic barrier before any of the fluid passes beyond the fluidic barrier. Associated methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Andrew David Johnson, Nicholas Max Gunn
  • Patent number: 9199237
    Abstract: Disclosed in an embodiment herein is a well plate system including a well plate device, including three plates disposed above one another. The two top plates include wells disposed therein which are in fluid communication with one another, and which when the device is in a resting position, the second plate rests on top of the third plate to create a fluid sealed well. The third plate includes fluid drainage openings, such that when the system is in an activated position, the plates are moved such that the fluid within the wells exits through these openings. The system can be fully automated, and can include one or more motors to control movement of the plates. The system can also operate manually with a hinge connected to the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Baumgartner, Michael Nawrocki
  • Patent number: 9039899
    Abstract: Separation processes using osmotically driven membrane systems are disclosed generally involving the extraction of solvent from a first solution to concentrate solute by using a second concentrated solution to draw the solvent from the first solution across a semi-permeable membrane. Enhanced efficiency may result from using low grade waste heat from industrial or commercial sources. Pre-treatment and post-treatment may also enhance the osmotically driven membrane processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: OASYS WATER, INC.
    Inventor: Robert L. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 8980088
    Abstract: A fluid treatment arrangement may include a fluid treatment unit having a multilayer structure. The multilayer structure may include at least one feed layer, at least one permeate layer, and at least one layer of a permeable fluid treatment medium between the feed layer and the permeate layer. The fluid treatment unit may further include a thermoset which holds the layers together and forms at least a portion of a first end surface of the fluid treatment unit. The fluid treatment arrangement may also include a thermoplastic sheet which overlies the first end surface of the fluid treatment unit. The thermoset directly bonds to the thermoplastic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel Forman, Martin J. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 8956696
    Abstract: A method for forming an ultra-thin membrane for use in a chemical analyzer such as a mass spectrometer includes the step of applying a sacrificial blocking layer onto a porous substrate, applying a semi-permeable membrane layer onto the sacrificial blocking layer, and removing the sacrificial blocking layer following cure of the membrane layer. In a preferred version, at least one of the blocking layer and the membrane layer are applied to the porous support by means of spin coating, though other deposition techniques can be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: INFICON GmbH
    Inventors: Katherine A. Wolcott, Shawn M. Briglin
  • Patent number: 8945386
    Abstract: A membrane filtration apparatus includes a frame, in which a plurality of membrane members, an aeration device, a cleaning device, and a jet device are provided. The cleaning device includes a rail mounted on the frame; an up frame engaging the rail to be moved in the rail, a plurality of cleaning wires respectively having an end connected to the up frame and respectively passing through a space between each two of the neighboring membrane members; and a low frame connected to opposite ends of the cleaning wires. A motor is provided to move the up frame so that the cleaning wires are reciprocating in the space to scratch the sludge off the membrane members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Yung-Chuan Lee Wang
  • Patent number: 8940171
    Abstract: A system for treating wastewater including at least one water-treatment pathway having at least one wastewater inlet, at least one oxygen-permeable, water-impermeable wall, separating an interior of the pathway from outside air, and at least one treated wastewater outlet and arranged for at least aerobic treatment of the wastewater as it flows from the at least one wastewater inlet to the at least one treated wastewater outlet, at least one wastewater supply conduit, supplying the wastewater to the at least one wastewater inlet of the water-treatment pathway and at least one treated wastewater conduit, supplying treated wastewater from the at least one treated wastewater outlet of the at least one water-treatment pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Emefcy Limited
    Inventors: Ronen Itzhak Shechter, Lior Eshed, Eytan Baruch Levy, Tamar Ashlagi Amiri
  • Patent number: 8936724
    Abstract: A filtration cartridge is provided comprising one or a stack of filtration units sealed to each other at their outer periphery and to end caps thereby eliminating the need for a housing surrounding the stack. Fluid pathways are provided so that filtration of all incoming feed is assured prior to passing from the cartridge as filtrate. Two permeate pathways are provided to direct permeate to an outlet from the filtration cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen G. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150014232
    Abstract: The invention relates to membrane modules and applications therefor. In particular, the invention relates to the construction of membrane modules for use in forward osmosis, heat exchange, and distillation processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: OASYS WATER, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. McGinnis, Aaron Mandell, Richard Stover
  • Patent number: 8925738
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of manufacturing a water treatment membrane having high chlorine resistance and high permeability, the method including: forming an aqueous amine solution layer on a porous support, using an aqueous amine solution including a fluorine compound having an epoxy group in a terminal thereof and an amine compound; and forming a polyamide layer containing the fluorine compound by bringing an organic solution containing acyl halide into contact with the aqueous amine solution layer, and a water treatment membrane manufactured using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Hong Kim, Young-Hoon Ko, Chong-Kyu Shin
  • Patent number: 8925737
    Abstract: A crystalline polymer microporous membrane, which contains: a laminate of two or more layers including a layer containing a first crystalline polymer and a layer containing a second crystalline polymer, the laminate having a plurality of pores each piercing through the laminate in a thickness direction thereof, wherein the first crystalline polymer has higher crystallinity than crystallinity of the second crystalline polymer, and the layer containing the first crystalline polymer has the maximum thickness thicker than the maximum thickness of the layer containing the second crystalline polymer, and wherein at least one layer in the laminate has a plurality of pores whose average diameter continuously or discontinuously changes along with a thickness direction of the laminate at least at part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Ishizuka, Nobuhiro Nishita
  • Patent number: 8919385
    Abstract: A manifold plate and a filtration arrangement including a manifold plate which comprises a body having a mounting region on the exterior of the body and first and second fluid channels extending within the body. The mounting region has at least one first opening and at least one second opening. At least one first fluid passageway fluidly couples the first opening to the first fluid channel and at least one second passageway fluidly couples the second opening to the second fluid channel. One or more filtration units may be mounted to the mounting region in fluid communication with the first and second openings of the manifold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Sayer, Cristopher J. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8911624
    Abstract: A filtration cartridge (20) is provided comprising one or a stack of filtration units (26) sealed to each other at their inner periphery and to end caps (22, 24) eliminating the need for a housing surrounding the stack. Fluid pathways are provided so that filtration of all incoming feed is assured prior to passing from the cartridge as filtrate. The filtration cartridge can be provided with a single outlet (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Rautio
  • Patent number: 8906234
    Abstract: A filter device of the present disclosure includes a first port from which a solution containing a substance is to be input, and a first flow passage communicating with the first port. A filter portion made of a plurality of fibrous substances including inorganic oxide is formed in at least one part in the first flow passage. The plurality of fibrous substances has one peak in the diameter distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Yamamoto, Masaya Nakatani, Takuya Oka, Takahiro Nogami
  • Patent number: 8905960
    Abstract: A device for the filtration of a complex fluid composition such as blood, includes a base (12) with a bottom (18), a top (14) with a bottom (30), and a membrane (16) that is arranged between the base and the top so as to define a low chamber C1 and a high chamber C2, with an input tap (26) of the complex composition that is to be filtered emptying into the low chamber C1, an output tap (28) of the retentate with elements for adjusting the flow rate emptying into this same low chamber C1, and an output tap (36, 36-1) of the high chamber C2, whereby this output tap (36, 36-1) of the permeate is subjected to negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Direction et Priorites
    Inventors: Francis Gadrat, Bertrand Chastenet
  • Publication number: 20140251889
    Abstract: A filter including a ring of filter media circumscribing a central cavity, an exit passageway downstream of the central cavity and that has an inlet opening disposed within the central cavity, and a hydrophobic foraminous membrane disk that spans the inlet opening for separating water from fuel passing through the hydrophobic foraminous membrane disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. LaForge
  • Patent number: 8828227
    Abstract: The present invention provides a resin porous membrane with an adhesive layer that exhibits excellent bonding precision and can be bonded to an adherend while maintaining the gas permeability of the porous membrane even when the porous membrane is small, and a method for producing the resin porous membrane with the adhesive layer. The present invention also provides the filter member including the resin porous membrane with the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Yozo Nagai, Kouji Furuuchi, Miho Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8821726
    Abstract: A submerged membrane separator 31 includes: a casing 33 opened at the top; a plurality of flat membrane cartridges 34 arrayed at intervals in the casing 33; and an air diffuser 36 provided below the membrane cartridges 34. The membrane cartridges 34 are movably held in the up-down direction in the casing 33 while having a space ? in the up-down direction. Lifting suppressing members 63a and 63b for restricting a lifting amount of the membrane cartridges 34 during filtration operation to be smaller than the space ? in the up-down direction are provided in the casing 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Matsuzaki, Tatsuya Uejima, Tomohiko Sasaki, Kimihiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8764982
    Abstract: Disclosed is a membrane separation device comprising a plurality of flat membrane elements (52) arranged in parallel to one another so as to form channels for a solution to be treated therebetween, and a collecting case (59) having a collecting space that is formed internally and communicates with filtrate flow channels of the membrane elements (52). The collecting case (59) includes a membrane element holder (53) having a plurality of slits, into which the sides of respective membrane elements (52) are inserted, and a stopper (58) which abuts on the membrane element holder (53) in the collecting case (59), and a filler (55) is provided in the slits to attach and watertightly seal between the membrane elements (52) and the membrane element holder (53).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kitano, Hidetoshi Masutani, Yasunobu Okajima
  • Publication number: 20140175011
    Abstract: An example separation system includes a stack of membrane plate assemblies. An example membrane plate assembly may include membranes bonded to opposite sides of a spacer plate. The spacer plate may include a first opening in fluid communication with a region between the membranes, and a second opening in fluid communication with a region between membrane plate assemblies. Adjacent membrane plate assemblies in the stack may have alternating orientations such that bonding areas for adjacent membranes in the stack may be staggered. Accordingly, two isolated flows may be provided which may be orthogonal from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: PORIFERA, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Benton, Olgica Bakajin
  • Patent number: 8758706
    Abstract: A device is provided by means of which biomolecules in samples in a volume range from <1 ?l to 500 ?l can be received, treated and stored in a quick, reproducible and loss-free manner as easily, effortlessly and practically as possible, and without any risk of damaging the device. The device includes sample vessels that are configured, in terms of size and shape, as dimensionally and positionally stable capillaries that are open at both ends, the longitudinal walls of which are completely or partially made of a semi-permeable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: SCIENOVA GmbH
    Inventors: Heidrun Rhode, Stefan Kreusch, Helga Endmann, Michael Händel, Günther Sammler, Edith Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8747669
    Abstract: A separation module and method are disclosed for processing a liquid sample and providing high conversion by operating a single-pass tangential-flow process without a recirculation loop. In one embodiment, the separation module includes three reservoirs and has at least one long, thin channel with a large ratio of channel membrane area to: channel void volume; volume of a sample feed reservoir; and volume of the feed sample. In another embodiment, the separation module includes an external feed reservoir, an external retentate reservoir fluidly and a first vacuum source adapted to apply a first vacuum to the separation element disposed within the housing. The single-pass TFF separation element and single-pass process provides high conversion while operating with relatively low pressure sources. Certain embodiments disclosed herein can be used for the separation of blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: SPF Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Alex G. Bonner, Gaston de los Reyes
  • Patent number: 8741141
    Abstract: The wall member of a water collecting case forms a projecting portion projecting to the outer side and recessed portions recessed to the inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Masutani, Yasunobu Okajima, Tomokazu Kitano
  • Patent number: 8728314
    Abstract: A membrane element is provided between a pair of water collecting cases. Water collecting spaces in which permeate having penetrated through the membrane element is collected are formed in the water collecting cases. The water collecting case of one membrane module and the water collecting case of the other membrane module are coupled via coupling portions. The coupling portions have flow holes. The water collecting space of the water collecting case of the one membrane module and the water collecting space of the water collecting case of the other membrane module communicate with each other via the flow holes of the coupling portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Masutani, Yasunobu Okajima, Tomokazu Kitano
  • Patent number: 8728312
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for filtering plasma using magnetic force. The apparatus for filtering plasma using magnetic force includes: an inlet into which blood is injected; a filter unit filtering plasma in the blood passing through the inlet by capillary force; a magnetic force receiving part made of magnetizable materials and assisting plasma filtering by applying pressure to the filter unit by movement due to magnetic force generated from the outside; an outlet discharging plasma filtered from blood; and a filter outer body surrounding the inlet, the filter unit, the magnetic receiving part, and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Kwang Hyo Chung, Yo Han Choi, Chang-Geun Ahn, Gun Yong Sung
  • Patent number: 8709252
    Abstract: A filter unit for treating water includes at least two ceramic filter membranes; and a mount for the at least two ceramic filter membranes, wherein the ceramic filter membranes are formed in the shape of plates and each have a filter-active outer side and at least one internally lying discharge channel for filtered water, the mount has a collection space, via which water leaving the discharge channels can be drained, and the mount has at least two sockets that liquid-tight fix the at least two ceramic filter membranes in which they are fixed so that the internally lying discharge channels are in communicating connection with the collection space and at least the part of the mount having the sockets for the ceramic filter membranes is a shaped part formed in one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: ItN Nanovation AG
    Inventors: Kay Gabriel, Christof Gränitz
  • Patent number: 8679336
    Abstract: A microchannel device is provided, the microchannel device containing a microfluidic channel including a sub fluidic channel in which at least one filtration diaphragm is provided, wherein the microfluidic channel has at least a supply port, a first discharge port and a second discharge port, the supply port and the first discharge port are connected through the filtration diaphragm, the supply port and the second discharge port are connected without the filtration diaphragm, and the filtration diaphragm is provided parallel to a fluidic channel direction of the microfluidic channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Hongo, Takayuki Yamada, Seiichi Takagi, Hiroshi Kojima, Masaki Hirota, Kazuaki Tabata, Tetsuo Ohta
  • Publication number: 20140069861
    Abstract: The present invention is related to hemodialysis, and more particularly, to a dialyzer with improved efficiency of mass transfer across a dialysis membrane utilizing microchannel separation provided in accordance with embodiments of the present invention. In accordance with an embodiment, a dialyzer is provided comprising a plurality of semipermeable membrane sheets and a plurality of flow separators. The membrane sheets and flow separators are arranged in alternating configuration and coupled into a laminae stack defining a plurality of parallel microchannel layers. Each microchannel layer comprises a plurality of first microchannels and a plurality of second microchannels. The first and second microchannels of each microchannel layer are in fluid communication with each other via one of the plurality of membrane sheets therebetween. The dialyzer is characterized as having a high surface to volume ratio and a high mass transfer coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
  • Patent number: 8652835
    Abstract: A device for mechanically decollating cells from a cell composite, particularly a shear rotor, a cell isolation unit including such a shear rotor and a method for decollating cells from a cell composite. The aforementioned device includes a rotor having a rotor wall, which is concentrically arranged in a receptacle. A rotor seat is connected to a motor and to which the rotor can be fixed in a detachable manner. A rotational movement of the motor can be transmitted to the rotor by means of the rotor seat. The rotor tapers longitudinally towards the bottom of the receptacle so that different circumferential speeds of the rotor can be transmitted to a liquid sample in the receptacle via the rotor wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventors: Holger Link, Alexander Papra, Michael Blumentritt, Vinh Duong
  • Patent number: 8647507
    Abstract: Disclosed is a membrane cartridge used in a submerged membrane separator. A peripheral portion of a filtration membrane is joined to the surface of a filtration plate. A portion higher than the surface of the filtration plate corresponding to the peripheral edge of the filtration membrane is formed on the surface of the filtration plate further on the outer side than the peripheral edge of the filtration membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Uejima, Yoshio Matsuzaki, Tomohiko Sasaki, Kimihiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8623210
    Abstract: A pore diffusion type flat membrane separation apparatus X including a plurality of flat membranes 7 and a plurality of flat plate-like supports 1 arranged alternately with each other, each flat membrane 7 defining a plurality of pores and configured to separate a predetermined dispersed substance contained in a solution by a pore diffusion technique, each flat plate-like support 1 having a flow conduit 2 on one or both faces thereof. A ratio between a spatial volume of the flow conduit 2 and a membrane area of the flat membrane 7 is set from 0.04 to 0.4 cm. The flat plate-like support 1 includes, in at least two positions in a lateral face thereof water conduits 3 in communication with the flow conduit 2, so that flow directions of the solution in the flow conduits 2 of upper and lower flat plate-like supports 1 across the flat membrane 7 may be substantially same directions. The flat plate-like support 1 and the flat membrane 7 can be assembled with and disassembled from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Sei-ichi Manabe, Chieko Seki