Chemical Reactor Patents (Class 422/129)
  • Patent number: 11130110
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for injecting and mixing a reactive fluid in a flow of a process fluid for the preparation of polyolefins, comprising: •an annular part (101) having an outer wall and an inner wall (102), wherein the annular part (101) is arranged for having a flow of the process fluid in a transport direction (F); •a support structure (103) connected to the inner wall (102) of the annular part (101); •an injector part (104) mounted on the support structure (103), wherein the injector part (104) is cylindrically shaped and wherein the cylindrical axis A-A? of the injector part is parallel with a central axis of the annular part and is in the central part of the annular part (101); wherein the injector part (104) comprises a nozzle (105) for injecting the reactive fluid, disposed at a downstream side of the injector part relative to the transport direction (F); •a supply channel (106) extending from the outer wall of the annular part (101) through the support structure (103) to the nozzl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Carolina De Los Angeles Toloza Porras, Diego Mauricio Castaneda Zuniga, Hua Bai, Robert Cornelis Van Bodegom, Mohsen Nikkhoo, Bas Eugene Hans Megens
  • Patent number: 11126165
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling a vehicle computing system are provided. A computing system can include a first cooling baseplate including a first planar cooling surface and a second cooling baseplate including a second planar cooling surface. The computing system can further include one or more computing devices including a processor blade positioned on the first planar cooling surface, a coprocessor blade positioned on the second planar cooling surface, and a flexible connector coupled between the processor blade and the coprocessor blade. The flexible connector can be configured to transfer at least one of data or electric power between the processor blade and the coprocessor blade. The first planar cooling surface can be configured to transfer heat from the processor blade to a cooling fluid via conduction. The second planar cooling surface can be configured to transfer heat from the coprocessor blade to the cooling fluid via conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Jeffery Watson, Jr., Scott Klaus Boehmke
  • Patent number: 11059134
    Abstract: The present invention provides an alloy for overlay welding with which an alumina barrier layer containing an Al oxide can be formed on a projection that is overlay welded on an inner surface of a reaction tube, and a reaction tube having a projection that is overlay welded on the inner surface as a stirring member. An alloy for overlay welding according to the present invention is an alloy for overlay welding that is to be used in overlay welding, and the alloy contains C in an amount of 0.2 mass % to 0.6 mass %, Si in an amount of more than 0 mass % to 1.0 mass %, Mn in an amount of more than 0 mass % to 0.6 mass % or less, Cr in an amount of 25 mass % to 35 mass %, Ni in an amount of 35 mass % to 50 mass %, Nb in an amount of 0.5 mass % to 2.0 mass %, Al in an amount of 3.0 mass % to 6.0 mass %, Y in an amount of 0.005 mass % to 0.05 mass %, and Fe and inevitable impurities as a remaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoyuki Matsubara, Kunihide Hashimoto, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Masayuki Tomita
  • Patent number: 11015227
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to the field of the identification of DNA sequences, genes or chromosomes. Methods and composition to obtain Unique Sequence DNA probes are provided. Compositions comprised of and double stranded DNA containing Unique Sequences from which the repetitive sequences are eliminated according to the method described in this invention. The invention also relates to the preservation of cells that have been identified after immunomagnetic selection and fluorescent labeling in order to further interrogate the cells of interest. Furthermore the invention relates to genetic analysis of cells that have been identified after immunomagnetic selection and fluorescent labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MENARINI SILICON BIOSYSTEMS S.P.A.
    Inventors: John Verrant, Mark Carle Connelly, Brad Foulk, Michael T. Kagan, Joost F. Swennenhuis, Leon W. M. M. Terstappen, Arjan G. J. Tibbe
  • Patent number: 10988724
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the design, fabrication, and applications of a three-dimensional (3D) bioreactor for cell expansion and cell secreted substance production. The bioreactor is composed of non-random interconnected voids providing a continuous three-dimensional surface area for cell adherence and growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Jian Ling, Jeffrey N. Harris, Michael J. Rubal
  • Patent number: 10981133
    Abstract: A chemical synthesis device includes a reaction vessel, a waste liquid tank and an intermediate container. A chemical is supplied to the reaction vessel. The waste liquid tank is configured to hold waste liquid discharged from the reaction vessel. The intermediate container has a smaller capacity than the waste liquid tank. The intermediate container is provided between the reaction vessel and the waste liquid tank, via a waste liquid pipe. The pressure of the intermediate container is adjusted to adjust the flow supplied to the reaction vessel and the flow discharged from the reaction vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TORAY ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Niwa, Chisa Inaka
  • Patent number: 10947136
    Abstract: A water purification apparatus includes a water inlet; a medicine mixing device in fluid communication with the water inlet; and a water outlet interconnected to the medicine mixing device and a dental treatment center. The medicine mixing device includes a medicine storage for storing antiseptic solution, a mixing unit interconnected to the water inlet, the water outlet, and the medicine storage, and a controller interconnected to the water inlet and the medicine storage. The controller includes a sensor and a microprocessor. The controller sends the antiseptic solution from the medicine storage to the mixing unit and controls a volume of water flowing from the water inlet to the mixing unit. The microprocessor instructs the controller to control a volume of the antiseptic solution supplied from the medicine storage to the mixing unit based on a signal sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lian Medical Protection Equipment Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Li Lin Wei
  • Patent number: 10927336
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the design, fabrication, and applications of a three-dimensional (3D) bioreactor for cell expansion and cell secreted substance production. The bioreactor is composed of non-random interconnected voids providing a continuous three-dimensional surface area for cell adherence and growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Jian Ling, Jeffrey N. Harris, Michael J. Rubal
  • Patent number: 10906021
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a stainless steel member and a production method thereof, said stainless steel member having a passivation layer formed on a surface of a base material formed from stainless steel, wherein the film thickness of the passivation layer is 2-20 nm, and the concentration of chromium atoms in the outermost surface of the passivation layer is 0.1-2.3 by atomic percentage. Also provided are a device or container, the liquid-contact part of which in contact with a semiconductor treatment liquid is formed from the stainless steel member, a semiconductor treatment liquid production method for producing the semiconductor treatment liquid by using the device, and a semiconductor treatment liquid storage method for storing the semiconductor treatment liquid in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOKUYAMA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Sera, Michihito Nakatani, Yumiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10835860
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, machine, device, manufacture, and/or composition of matter adapted for and/or resulting from, and/or a method for, activities that can comprise and/or relate to contacting an aerobic contaminated gas stream with a solution comprising approximately Ferric MGDA, the aerobic contaminated gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BioSystems Consulting, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Wilmore Cox, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10751685
    Abstract: The invention generally provides systems and methods for producing a chemical product. In certain embodiments, the invention provides systems that include a chemical product production unit. The chemical production unit includes a plurality of microfluidic modules configured to be fluidically coupled to each other in an arrangement that produces a chemical product from an input of a plurality of starting reagents that react with each other due to conditions within the plurality of microfluidic modules through which the starting reagents flow. The system also includes a droplet dispenser fluidically coupled to the chemical product production unit that forms and dispenses droplets of the chemical product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Andy Koswara, Zoltan Kalman Nagy, Conor Douglas Parks
  • Patent number: 10722886
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for separating microparticles and a method of separating the microparticles from a fluid containing the microparticles to separately provide the microparticles and the fluid from which the microparticles are removed using the same. The microparticles are capable of being separated even via a manual operation including a pipette or a syringe, regardless of a flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CURIOSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sungyoung Choi
  • Patent number: 10710042
    Abstract: A gas delivery system and method for delivering reactants such as a first gas through a first conduit and a second gas through at least one second conduit, for example, through a plurality of second conduits. The plurality of second conduits may each have a length, wherein at least a portion of the length is entirely disposed within the first conduit. In an implementation, the first conduit may deliver carbon monoxide and the one or more second conduits may deliver carbon monoxide doped with a catalyst such as iron pentacarbonyl. The first and second gases may be introduced into a reaction vessel such as a reactor chamber and used to form carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matthew J. Roode
  • Patent number: 10710947
    Abstract: A method for improving the manufacture of an existing ethylene glycol manufacturing that includes inserting a catalytic hydration reaction section with multiple adiabatic reactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Scientific Design Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eunice Yamada, Shaun McGovern, Barry Jay Billig
  • Patent number: 10683209
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing polysilicon, according to the present invention, is capable of manufacturing polysilicon with high purity more efficiently in such a manner that a high-temperature and high-speed air stream is formed at the center of a reaction tube, and a high-temperature region may be formed by a vortex formed by the high-temperature and high-speed air stream, so that a raw gas supplied from the side wall of the reaction tube flows by the guiding of the vortex, thereby increasing a stay time and a reaction time of the raw gas within the reaction tube. Furthermore, since the inner wall of the reaction tube is provided with a heat release means, the rapid cooling of a silicon crystal deposited on the inner wall of the reaction tube can induce a columnar crystal in which the silicon crystal is solidified in a direction perpendicular to a crystal face, and it is easy to desorb the silicon crystal produced by rapid heat release via the inner wall of the reaction tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Eunsu Jang, Yoo Seok Kim, Jaesung Kim, Jeong Kyu Kim, Jin Hyoung Yoo, Jung Woo Lee, Ye Hoon Im, Jun Won Choi
  • Patent number: 10648743
    Abstract: A system comprising a first plurality of microchannels, a second plurality of microchannels in thermal communication with the first plurality of microchannels such that the first plurality of microchannels and second plurality of microchannels form a heat exchanger, and a phase change composite in thermal communication with the heat exchanger and methods of operating are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Kozubal, Jason David Woods, Eric Jason Bonnema, Ramin Teimouri Faramarzi
  • Patent number: 10639585
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, machine, device, manufacture, and/or composition of matter adapted for and/or resulting from, and/or a method for, activities that can comprise and/or relate to contacting an aerobic contaminated gas stream with a solution comprising approximately Ferric MGDA, the aerobic contaminated gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BioSystems Consulting Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Wilmore Cox, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10588991
    Abstract: A disinfectant device including a pouch, the pouch including a first layer of material coupled to a second layer of material and defining a compartment therebetween. At least one dry reactant is retained within the compartment, the at least one dry reactant producing chlorine dioxide gas when exposed to water. A wick is at least partially disposed within the compartment. At least one from the group consisting of the first layer of material and the second layer of material define an array of ports along a periphery of the pouch and an array of fluid conduits, the array of fluid conduits being proximal to the array of ports, offset from the array of ports, in fluid communication with the wick, the compartment, and the array of ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Odorstar Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Dornau
  • Patent number: 10577241
    Abstract: Provided is a hydrogen generating apparatus adaptable to fluctuating hydrogen demand, particularly by enabling large-scale hydrogen production, generating pure hydrogen at a high yield. The hydrogen generating apparatus 1 includes a tabular dielectric body 2 having a first surface 11 with a source gas flow channel 13 formed as a recess and a second surface 12 approximately parallel to the first surface 11, a grounding electrode 3, a hydrogen flow channel plate 4 with a hydrogen flow channel 18 and a hydrogen outlet 19, being arranged on a first surface 11 side of dielectric body 2, a hydrogen separation membrane 5 between source gas flow channel 13 and hydrogen flow channel 18, and a high-voltage power supply 6 that causes electric discharge in source gas flow channel 13 between hydrogen separation membrane 5 and grounding electrode 3. Hydrogen separation membrane 5 transmits hydrogen generated by electric discharge in source gas flow channel 13 into hydrogen flow channel 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: Gifu University, Sawafuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Kambara, Tomonori Miura
  • Patent number: 10563656
    Abstract: A fluidics module rotatable about a rotational center includes first and second chambers and a compression chamber. First and second fluid channels are provided between the first and second chambers and the compression chamber, respectively. The flow resistance of the second fluid channel is smaller, for a flow of liquid from the compression chamber to the second chamber, than a flow resistance of the first fluid channel for a flow of liquid from the compression chamber to the first chamber. Upon rotation at a high rotational frequency, liquid is initially introduced from the first chamber into the compression chamber via the first fluid channel, so that a compressible medium is compressed within the compression chamber. Subsequently, the rotational frequency is reduced, so that the compressible medium within the compression chamber will expand and so that, thereby, liquid is driven into the second chamber via the second fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HAHN-SCHICKARD-GESELLSCHAFT FÜR ANGEWANDTE FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Nils Paust, Steffen Zehnle, Felix Von Stetten
  • Patent number: 10518242
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reactor for cracking hydrocarbons wherein the reactor has inner wall; characterized in that the inner wall comprises a plurality of concave dimples embedded in a surface of said inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: BASF SE, Universiteit Gent, BASF Antwerpen N.V.
    Inventors: David J. Van Cauwenberge, Kevin M. Van Geem, Jens Floré, Guy B. Marin, Heinrich Laib
  • Patent number: 10460964
    Abstract: Disclosed a substrate liquid processing apparatus including: a liquid processing section configured to process a substrate with a processing liquid; a processing liquid supply section configured to supply the processing liquid; a diluent supply section configured to supply a diluent for diluting the processing liquid; a controller configured to control the diluent supply section; a concentration detection unit configured to detect a concentration of the processing liquid; and an atmospheric pressure detection unit configured to detect an atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hideaki Sato, Hiromi Hara, Jin Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10427123
    Abstract: A hydrogen generator includes a container having a gas outlet that is configured to contain a soluble chemical fuel that reacts with a catalyst to generate hydrogen. A control cylinder is attached to the container and comprises a piston configured to travel axially within the control cylinder, a pole attached to the piston and extending into the container, a catalyst holder provided within the container and connected to the pole, resilient means biasing the catalyst holder towards a bottom of the container, and a gas inlet port. A gas flow line is in fluid communication with the gas outlet and has a first end in fluid communication with the gas inlet port, a second end configured to feed hydrogen to a hydrogen-consuming device, and a two-way valve provided to allow fluid communication between the first and second ends of the gas flow line to be selectably established or cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hongquan He, Siew Hwa Chan, Ovi Lian Ding, Caizhi Zhang, Lan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10427125
    Abstract: Provided are methods for performing patterned chemistry and arrays prepared thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Neal Woodbury, Nidhi Gupta
  • Patent number: 10400759
    Abstract: Modular microfluidic channel structures for conducting liquid from a reservoir include a sensor for monitoring a parameter (such as flow rate or pressure) relating to liquid flowing therethrough. The microfluidic channel generally comprises a thermally insulating substrate made of one or more materials such as, e.g., glass, fused silica, parylene, and/or silicone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MINIPUMPS, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Shih, Jiangang Du, Blake W. Axelrod, Changlin Pang
  • Patent number: 10398648
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of pharmaceutical sciences. More specifically, the present invention includes apparatus and devices for the preparation of pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles, such as multivesicular liposomes, methods for preparing such formulations, and the use of specific formulations for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof. Formation and use of the pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles produced by using the apparatus and devices for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest George Schutt, Ronald Warren McGuire, Peter Andrew Walters, Kathleen D. A. Los
  • Patent number: 10363556
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automated experiment apparatus and an automated experiment method using the same for putting a sample into a pressure vessel and automatically performing a chemical and/or physical reaction of the sample under a predetermined temperature and pressure. According to the embodiments of the present disclosure, it is possible to automatically perform an experiment from the beginning to the end without intervention of an user. As a result, it is possible to prevent a risk of gas leakage and human exposure to a harmful gas due to a manual operation. The apparatus comprises a controller which is configured to automatically perform a reaction process under a predetermined temperature and pressure in a state in which a sample holding member is air-tightly fixed to a pressure vessel and the sample is accommodated in a sample receiving chamber of the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Do Won Kang
  • Patent number: 10293322
    Abstract: A compact desktop continuous stirred tank reactor easily used on a magnetic stirrer is provided. A desktop continuous stirred tank reactor used on a magnetic stirrer includes a plurality of containers, each of the plurality of containers having a bottom and a shape capable of containing a stir bar, the plurality of containers being configured as a single unit member. The plurality of containers is arranged on the circumference of a circle of rotation of a pair of magnets of the magnetic stirrer or inside the circumference, and adjacent containers communicate through communication holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: MAK ENGINEERING CORPORATION, RIGAKU KOBO, LLC
    Inventors: Isao Kotani, Nobuyuki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10293326
    Abstract: Provided is a polysilicon manufacturing apparatus including a reactor disposed on a base plate to form a reaction chamber, a pair of electrical feedthroughs installed on the base plate to be extended to the inside of the reaction chamber, rod filaments installed on the electrical feedthroughs in the reaction chamber and connected to each other by a rod bridge at the upper end to form a silicon rod by chemical vapor deposition of source gas introduced to a gas inlet, and a cooling jacket inserted to a through-hole provided at the upper side of the reactor to be supported to the base plate, connected to a gas outlet formed on the base plate by forming a gas passage discharging the gas after reaction, and introducing and circulating a low-temperature coolant to a coolant passage from the outside of the reactor by forming the coolant passage at the outside of the gas passage to discharge a high-temperature coolant to the outside of the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HANWHA CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sung Eun Park, Jiwoong Kim, Hee Dong Lee
  • Patent number: 10258954
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for using a flow cell array are provided herein. An apparatus includes an array comprising one or more pixels, wherein each of the one or more pixels comprises multiple reaction sites openings; a first set of one or more sub-surface channels, wherein each of the multiple reaction site openings is connected to a sub-surface channel from the first set of one or more sub-surface channels; a second set of two or more sub-surface channels; and multiple vias connecting each channel from the first set of one or more sub-surface channels to (i) a first sub-surface channel from the second set of two or more sub-surface channels and (ii) a second sub-surface channel from the second set of two or more sub-surface channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evan G. Colgan, Alexey Y. Lvov, Stanislav Polonsky
  • Patent number: 10254165
    Abstract: Disclosed are a time division spread spectrum code-based optical spectroscopy system capable of controlling irradiation power and a method for controlling the optical spectroscopy system. The optical spectroscopy system may comprise: a light transmission unit for irradiating light to a particular region of a subject by means of a light source, wherein the light is irradiated so that the overall energy is consistently maintained by reducing the light irradiation time and increasing the strength of the light; and a light receiving unit for collecting emergent light which has passed through the particular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hyeon Min Bae, Jong Kwan Choi, Min Gyu Choi, Jae Myoung Kim, Gun Pil Hwang
  • Patent number: 10239763
    Abstract: A process for recovering sulfur from a tail gas stream comprising the steps of providing a tail gas stream to a chemical looping combustion (CLC) unit, the tail gas stream comprising a sulfide component, providing an oxygen carrier to the CLC unit, the oxygen carrier comprising a calcium carbonate, providing an air stream to the CLC unit, the air stream comprising oxygen, and reacting the sulfide component in the CLC unit with the calcium compound and the air to produce a product effluent, the product effluent comprising calcium sulfate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Aadesh Harale, Mourad Younes, Maytham Musawi
  • Patent number: 10115612
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a vertical cavity surface emitting laser includes steps of forming, on a substrate, a multilayer body including first and second Distributed Bragg Reflector layers, an active layer, and a to-be-oxidized layer becoming a current constriction structure, processing the multilayer body such that a lateral surface of at least the to-be-oxidized layer is exposed, and forming a current constriction structure by oxidizing the to-be-oxidized layer from the lateral surface thereof after the multilayer body has been processed. The step of forming the current constriction structure includes steps of holding the substrate to be positioned along a uniformly-heated plate that is placed on a heat conduction member, and to be spaced from the uniformly-heated plate, and heating the substrate by radiant heat from the uniformly-heated plate by heating the heat conduction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Okubo
  • Patent number: 10108184
    Abstract: A production installation having at least two process modules (P1, . . . , Pn) that can be connected to one another for production engineering purposes and a communication network (2), wherein each process module (P1, . . . , Pn) has an electronic device by means of which the respective process module (P1, . . . , Pn) can be connected to the communication network (2) for communications engineering purposes and is set up to control and/or regulate the respective process module (P1, . . . , Pn) to independently carry out a particular process section of the production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Stefan Ochs, Stefan Schmitz, Gerd Jagusch, Carsten Meyer, Malik Busse
  • Patent number: 10072103
    Abstract: A system and method for startup of a polyolefin reactor temperature control system having a first reactor temperature control path, a second reactor temperature control path, and a shared temperature control path. In some embodiments, during startup the second reactor temperature control path is configured to allow the temperature of a second reactor to rise due to the heat of the exothermic polymerization reaction occurring within the reactor until reaching a predetermined setpoint temperature. In other embodiments, during startup a first reactor temperature control path is configured to include a heat exchanger used as a cooler, and a second reactor temperature control path is configured to include a heat exchanger used as a heater, to raise the temperature of the second reactor until reaching a predetermined setpoint temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
    Inventors: Timothy O. Odi, Ralph Romig, Joseph Curren, Anurag Gupta
  • Patent number: 9915593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of positioning an organic, biological and/or medical specimen in a desired partial region of a specimen carrier, comprising the steps arrangement of a gel in a partial region of the specimen carrier, polymerization or gelification of the gel, by means of which a polymerized gel is obtained, whereby the polymerized gel at least partially, in particular horizontally, delimits the desired partial region and introduction of the specimen into the specimen carrier, in particular into the desired partial region of the specimen carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: IBIDI GMBH
    Inventors: Roman Zantl, Elias Horn
  • Patent number: 9908117
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a microfluidic separation device, a separation method using the same and a kit for separating circulating rare cells from blood using the same, and more particularly, to a microfluidic-based separation technology for fixing target particles of a sample, which have a specific affinity for magnetic nanoparticles, to a device by use of a magnetic material, and for isolating the sample from which the target particles have been removed. The present invention may be effectively applied to remove leukocytes from a blood sample in order to isolate circulating rare cells (CRCs), particularly circulating tumor cells (CTCs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION YONSEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hyo Il Jung, Kyung-A Hyun, Tae Yoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9863267
    Abstract: A system includes plurality of combustors and a distributed flow measurement system coupled to the plurality of combustors. Each combustor of the plurality of combustors includes one or more oxidant passages and one or more fuel passages. The distributed flow measurement system is configured to measure an oxidant flow rate for a respective oxidant passage of the one or more oxidant passages of the respective combustor based at least in part on an oxidant pressure drop along the respective oxidant passage, and the distributed flow measurement system is configured to measure a fuel flow rate for a respective fuel passage of the one or more fuel passages of the respective combustor based at least in part on a fuel pressure drop along the respective fuel passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Dennis M. O'Dea, Karl Dean Minto, Richard A. Huntington, Sulabh K. Dhanuka, Franklin F. Mittricker
  • Patent number: 9797011
    Abstract: A method of sequencing a nucleic acid strand includes receiving particles having nucleic acid strands coupled to a polymer matrix, exposing the particles to a solution including a condensing agent, and applying the particles to a surface, the particles depositing on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Guobin Luo, Marina Sedova, David Light, Ryan Jones, Mohammad Alanjary
  • Patent number: 9765389
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing simultaneous nucleic acid amplification and detection. The systems and methods comprise methods for managing a plurality of protocols in conjunction with directing a sensor array across each of a plurality of reaction chambers. In certain embodiments, the protocols comprise thermocycling profiles and the methods may introduce offsets and duration extensions into the thermocycling profiles to achieve more efficient detection behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Thomas Catalino Gubatayao, Kalyan Handique, Karthik Ganesan, Daniel M. Drummond
  • Patent number: 9764255
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for recovering flash gas from an oil storage tank. In one example of the invention, the system may include a flexible storage tank that receives the flash gas and temporarily stores the flash gas; a compressor having an input receiving the flash gas from the flexible storage tank, the compressor compressing the flash gas to form compressed gas; and an oxygen reduction subsystem receiving the compressed gas, the oxygen reduction subsystem reducing an amount of oxygen from the compressed gas. In this manner, the resulting compressed oxygen-reduced gas that has been recovered can be injected into a sales gas line for use, under certain conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EcoVapor Recovery Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Hans Peter Mueller
  • Patent number: 9765376
    Abstract: The present invention provides a nucleic acid sequence amplification method and apparatuses thereof that are simple in the design and easy to miniaturize and integrate into complex apparatuses, with capability of using DNA polymerases that are not thermostable. In the present invention, a plurality of heat sources are combined to supply or remove heat from specific regions of the sample such that a specific spatial temperature distribution is maintained inside the sample by locating a relatively high temperature region lower in height than a relatively low temperature region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AHRAM BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Hwang, Jeong Hee Kim, Kyunghoon Jeong
  • Patent number: 9751073
    Abstract: A reactor for carrying out catalytic reactions. The reactor includes a reactor component optionally arranged on a central rod in a reactor tube. The reactor component can have fluid ducts for directing fluid flow through the reactor. The fluid ducts are effective for increasing heat transfer in the reactor. The reactor component can further have a washer attached to a top or bottom surface for directing fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: William A. Whittenberger, Gordon W. Brunson, Brian L. Davis, Todd A. Romesberg, Randall J. Bartos, Joseph W. Whittenberger
  • Patent number: 9744544
    Abstract: A plural component mixing system includes an automatic balance feature to balance the pressure of two or more components as they are mixed. The pressures or flow rates of the two components are monitored. If there is a difference in pressure or flow rate greater than a specified amount, a bleed valve is opened for a short period of time to balance the flows. A computer with a touch screen is used to set the pressure and flow rate differences that trigger the bleed, and to set the time period for the bleed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: L D J Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve C. Showman, Loren D. Van Wyk
  • Patent number: 9730892
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of pharmaceutical sciences. More specifically, the present invention includes apparatus and devices for the preparation of pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles, such as multivesicular liposomes, methods for preparing such formulations, and the use of specific formulations for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof. Formation and use of the pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles produced by using the apparatus and devices for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest George Schutt, Ronald Warren McGuire, Peter Andrew Walters, Kathleen D. A. Los
  • Patent number: 9724302
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of pharmaceutical sciences. More specifically, the present invention includes apparatus and devices for the preparation of pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles, such as multivesicular liposomes, methods for preparing such formulations, and the use of specific formulations for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof. Formation and use of the pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles produced by using the apparatus and devices for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest George Schutt, Ronald Warren McGuire, Peter Andrew Walters, Kathleen D. A. Los
  • Patent number: 9630177
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides microfluidic devices, systems and methods for sample preparation and/or analysis. A microfluidic device can include a first channel having a sequence of (n) chambers each having a first volume (v). The first channel can include one or more valves at opposing ends of the first channel that fluidically isolate the first channel. The microfluidic device can further include a second channel in fluid communication with the first channel. The second channel can include at least one second chamber having a total second volume that is at least equal to the total volume of the first channel (n*v). The second channel can include one or more valves at opposing ends of the second channel that fluidically isolate the second channel from the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GenapSys, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Stern, Hesaam Esfandyarpour, David Eberhart
  • Patent number: 9590178
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel polymers containing one or more 4,8-dioxycarbonylalkyl-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b?]dithiophene repeating units or their thioester derivatives, methods for their preparation and monomers used therein, blends, mixtures and formulations containing them, the use of the polymers, blends, mixtures and formulations as semiconductor in organic electronic (OE) devices, especially in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, and to OE and OPV devices comprising these polymers, blends, mixtures or formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventors: William Mitchell, Nicolas Blouin, Amy Phillips, Steven Tierney, Miguel Carrasco-Orozco, Toby Cull
  • Patent number: 9567216
    Abstract: Methods of producing chlorine dioxide including providing an acid, a chlorate salt and an organic water treatment additive that can form a reducing agent in situ, mixing the acid, the chlorate salt and the organic water treatment additive, and reacting the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: CHEMTREAT, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas McIlwaine, John Richardson
  • Patent number: 9567467
    Abstract: A thermal spray coating according to the present invention contains mainly magnesium, aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen and has, as a main phase, a crystal phase of a MgO—AlN solid solution in which aluminum nitride is dissolved with magnesium oxide. The thermal spray coating is obtained by thermal spray of powder of a ceramic material containing mainly magnesium, aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen and having, as a main phase, a crystal phase of a MgO—AlN solid solution in which aluminum nitride is dissolved with magnesium oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Sato, Katsuhiro Inoue, Yuji Katsuda