Miscellaneous Process Patents (Class 423/659)
  • Patent number: 10017485
    Abstract: A method efficiently and safely manufactures, on an industrial scale, a compound having an N,N-bis(2-hydroxy-3-chloropropyl)amino group. (1) an amine compound or a solution thereof, (2) epichlorohydrin or a solution thereof, and (3) an acidic compound or a solution thereof are continuously supplied to a flow reactor and reacted at a reaction temperature of 40 to 130° C. and a liquid space velocity of 0.2 to 10 h?1 so that a compound having an N,N-bis(2-hydroxy-3-chloropropyl)amino group is manufactured. The obtained compound having an N,N-bis(2-hydroxy-3-chloropropyl)amino group is dehydrochlorinated by reaction with an alkali so that a polyfunctional glycidylamine type epoxy compound is manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiro Nakatani, Ryota Takezawa
  • Patent number: 9932238
    Abstract: Methods of ex situ synthesis of graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, other graphene derivative structures and nanoparticles useful as polishing agents are disclosed. Compositions and methods for polishing, hardening, protecting, adding longevity to, and lubricating moving and stationary parts in devices and systems, including, but not limited to, engines, turbos, turbines, tracks, races, wheels, bearings, gear systems, armor, heat shields, and other physical and mechanical systems employing machined interacting hard surfaces through the use of nano-polishing agents formed in situ from lubricating compositions and, in some cases, ex situ and their various uses are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Peerless Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Richard S. Shankman
  • Patent number: 9902616
    Abstract: An ozone generator includes one or more electrode pairs each containing two electrodes arranged at a distance of a predetermined gap length and a power source for applying an alternating-current voltage between the two electrodes. In the ozone generator, ozone is produced when a source gas flows at least between the two electrodes and a discharge is generated between the two electrodes. The ozone generator has a discharge space formed between the two electrodes, and the ozone generator satisfies the condition of 0.5<V/f/L wherein V (m/s) represents a flow velocity of the source gas flowing through the discharge space, f (Hz) represents a frequency of the alternating-current voltage, and L (m) represents a length of the discharge space in the main flow direction of the source gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kondo, Shoji Yokoi, Tatsuya Terazawa, Naoya Takase
  • Patent number: 9127372
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to manufacture single crystals of high quality on an industrial production scale by preventing impurities from being mixed in single crystals when the single crystals are produced by the solvothermal method. A pressure vessel body 1, in which a supercritical state is maintained, is made of heat resistant alloy, a portion of the pressure vessel body is open, a corrosion-resistant mechanical lining 5 is provided on an inner face of the pressure vessel and on an entire outer circumferential edge of the opening, and the opening is sealed by an airtight mating face formed out of a corrosion-resistant mechanical lining, which is formed on the outer circumferential edge of the opening, and by an airtight mating face of the corrosion-resistant mechanical lining cover 6 on an inner face of the cover 3 through a corrosion-resistant gasket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD., MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION, FURUYA METAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Sasagawa, Osamu Wakao, Yoshihiko Yamamura, Shigeharu Akatsuka, Keiichiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9028782
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of separating nickel bearing sulphides from mined ores or concentrates of mined ores that contain talc particles is disclosed. The method comprises adjusting the Eh of a slurry of mined ores or concentrates of mined ores and making particles of nickel bearing sulphides less hydrophobic than talc particles and floating the nickel bearing sulphide particles from the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: BHP Billiton SSM Development Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoffery David Senior, Brendan Pyke, Brian Judd
  • Patent number: 8999746
    Abstract: A method of producing a metal chalcogenide dispersion usable in forming a light absorbing layer of a solar cell, the method including: a metal chalcogenide nano particle formation step in which at least one metal or metal compound selected from the group consisting of a group 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 metal or metal compound, a water-containing solvent and a group 16 element-containing compound are mixed together to obtain metal chalcogenide nano particles; and an addition step in which a compound (1) represented by general formula (1) is added to the metal chalcogenide nano particles, thereby obtaining a metal chalcogenide dispersion (wherein R1 to R4 each independently represents an alkyl group, an aryl group or a hydrogen atom; provided that at least one of R1 to R4 represents a hydrocarbon group).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamanouchi, Koichi Misumi, Akimasa Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20150044132
    Abstract: Disclosed is provided a method of injecting and reacting super-critical phase CO2 without pressure loss. The method includes preparing gas phase CO2, producing liquid phase CO2 by pressurizing the prepared gas phase CO2, producing super-critical phase CO2 by adjusting a temperature of the produced liquid phase CO2, filling incompressible fluid in a reactor and an injection line from an injection unit and pressurizing the incompressible fluid, injecting the produced super-critical phase CO2 into the reactor, and controlling a pressure of the injected super-critical phase CO2 by a pressure regulating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jun-Ho OH, Kue-Young KIM, Tae-Hee KIM, Kwon-Gyu PARK
  • Publication number: 20150030531
    Abstract: A method of operating a microchannel reactor, in which a reaction channel is formed, includes generating a reaction product by causing a chemical reaction in a raw material fluid while causing the same to flow through a reaction channel. If the flow rate of the raw material fluid and/or the reaction product fluid flowing through a reaction channel decreases, a fluid which is inert to the raw material fluid and the reaction product is mixed into the fluid flowing through the reaction channel, in a flow rate corresponding to the decreased flow rate and at a position downstream of the introduction position of the raw material fluid into the reaction channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Akira Matsuoka, Koji Noishiki
  • Publication number: 20150023858
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming a reinforcing material by: (1) depositing a first material onto a catalyst surface; and (2) forming a second material on the catalyst surface, where the second material is derived from and associated with the first material. In some embodiments, the first material includes, without limitation, carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoribbons, boron nitride nanotubes, chalcogenide nanotubes, carbon onions, and combinations thereof. In some embodiments, the formed second material includes, without limitation, graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, chalcogenides, and combinations thereof. In additional embodiments, the methods of the present disclosure also include a step of separating the formed reinforcing material from the catalyst surface, and transferring the separated reinforcing material onto a substrate without the use of polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: William Marsh Rice University
    Inventors: James M. Tour, Zheng Yan, Zhiwei Peng, Robert H. Hauge, Yilun Li
  • Publication number: 20140364518
    Abstract: A method of starting up one or more units, the method comprising the steps of: (a) starting up a first unit including a microchannel reactor housing a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst by initially feeding a carbon monoxide source and a hydrogen source to the first unit and through the microchannel reactor; (b) processing, within the microchannel reactor, at least a portion of the carbon monoxide source and the hydrogen source; (c) monitoring at least one of internal pressure, temperature, and concentration at least one of within the microchannel reactor and downstream from the microchannel reactor; (d) at least partially containing the microchannel reactor using a wall of a containment device, the wall cooperating with the microchannel reactor to delineate at least one of a first inlet cavity and a first outlet cavity of the microchannel reactor, where at least one of the first inlet cavity and the first outlet cavity is not in fluid communication with at least one of a second inlet cavity and a second outlet cavity;
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: William Allen Rogers, JR., Christopher Paul Weil, Robert Dwayne Litt, Ronald Chester Pasadyn, George Bradley Smith, Charles Robert Miele, Thomas Peter Forte, Jimmy Glen Pelham
  • Publication number: 20140342966
    Abstract: Disclosed are compounds of formulae (I) and (II) and salts, hydrates, or solvates thereof, where R1, R2, R3, R5, and R6 are defined herein, compositions containing these compounds, methods of preparing these compounds, and methods of using these compounds in a variety of applications, such as a surfactant or additive in personal care products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel R. Henton, Cynthia L. Rand, Sze-Sze Ng
  • Publication number: 20140314660
    Abstract: The invention relates to the production of water cluster ions (“hydronium clusters”) at atmospheric pressure for the chemical ionization of analyte molecules. It is proposed that a corona discharge at the Taylor cone of an aqueous liquid, preferably pure or slightly acidified pure water, is used instead of corona discharges on metal tips, which have been the usual method up to now. The hydronium clusters of the form [H(H2O)n]+ can be produced in a discharge chamber, which is separate from the ionization chamber, and introduced into the ionization chamber through a capillary. In the ionization chamber, the hydronium clusters can be heated and reduced in size by means of electrical acceleration and gas collisions, and thus made more reactive in order that analyte molecules of low proton affinity can also be ionized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Thorsten BENTER, Sonja KLEE
  • Patent number: 8865119
    Abstract: Provided is a method for separating and recovering iodine ingredients from acid solution containing iodide ions and iron (II) ions and for efficiently producing iron (III) ions. Said method is for treating acid solution containing the iodide ions and the iron (II) ions. Said method comprises a step of oxidizing the iron (II) ions in said solution into iron (III) ions with iron-oxidizing microorganisms, the step being performed in the presence of activated carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Kuwano, Atsuko Abe, Manabu Manabe, Akira Miura
  • Patent number: 8859931
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for preparing a nanopowder are presented. The process comprises feeding a reactant material into a plasma reactor in which is generated a plasma flow having a temperature sufficiently high to vaporize the material; transporting the vapor with the plasma flow into a quenching zone; injecting a preheated quench gas into the plasma flow in the quenching zone to form a renewable gaseous condensation front; and forming a nanopowder at the interface between the renewable controlled temperature gaseous condensation front and the plasma flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Tekna Plasma Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Maher I. Boulos, Jerzy Jurewicz, Jiayin Guo, Xiaobao Fan, Nicolas Dignard
  • Patent number: 8753593
    Abstract: A method of separating nickel bearing sulphides from mined ores or concentrates of mined ores that contain talc is disclosed. The method comprises treating a slurry of mined ores or concentrates of mined ores in at least one flotation stage and in at least one cleaner circuit. The method further comprises sequenced re-grinding, as described herein, of particles in the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: BHP Billiton SSM Development Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoffery David Senior, Brendan Pyke, Brian Judd
  • Patent number: 8753594
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for preparing a lithium aluminate intercalate (LAI) matrix solid and methods for the selective extraction and recovery of lithium from lithium containing solutions, including brines. The method for preparing the LAI matrix solid includes reacting aluminum hydroxide and a lithium salt for form the lithium aluminate intercalate, which can then be mixed with up to about 20% by weight of a polymer to form the LAI matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Simbol, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Burba, III, Ray F. Stewart, Brian E. Viani, Stephen Harrison, Christine Ellen Vogdes, John Galil Salim Lahlouh
  • Patent number: 8728418
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for producing a metal hydroxide fine particle, which can produce metal hydroxide fine particles with favorable crystallinity and small particle sizes. The present invention provides a method for producing a metal hydroxide fine particle by reacting a metal ion with a hydroxide ion in a solvent, which includes a mixing and reacting step of supplying the metal ion, the hydroxide ion, and a silane coupling agent to a reaction field to mix and react the ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Miyoshi, Makoto Koike, Yasunori Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8685365
    Abstract: Provided is a process and device for exchanging heat energy between three or more streams in a microchannel heat exchanger which can be integrated with a microchannel reactor to form an integrated microchannel processing unit. The combining of a plurality of integrated microchannel devices to provide the benefits of large-scale operation is enabled. In particular, the microchannel heat exchanger enables flexible heat transfer between multiple streams and total heat transfer rates of about 1 Watt or more per core unit volume expressed as W/cc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Mathias, G. Bradley Chadwell, Annalee Y. Tonkovich, Steven T. Perry, Matthew B. Schmidt, Sean P. Fitzgerald, David J. Hesse, Thomas D. Yuschak, Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 8679249
    Abstract: Provided is a process for preparation of a compound containing a group 6A element which includes reaction of at least one compound selected from a group consisting of group IB element containing compounds and group 3 A element containing compounds with a group 6A element containing compound carried out using a reductant in a desirable solvent to produce a compound containing group 1B-6A elements, a compound containing group 3 A-6A elements and/or a compound containing group 1B-3A-6A elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seokhee Yoon, Seokhyun Yoon, Taehun Yoon
  • Publication number: 20140065060
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compound of the general formula (I) wherein R1 represents a group selected from the list consisting of methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, isopropyl, n-butyl, sec-butyl, tert-butyl, linear or branched, saturated or mono- or polyunsaturated aliphatic carbon chain containing from two to ten carbon atoms, phenyl, and phenylacetylen, and wherein R2 and R3 independently of each other represent a group selected from the list consisting of Cl, I, methyl, phenyl, or phenylacetylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie (KIT), BASF SE
    Inventors: Wolfgang Gerlinger, Bernd Sachweh, Stefan Bräse, Mirja Enders, Thierry Müller, Gerhard Kasper, Martin Seipenbusch, Kun Gao, Matthias Faust, Linus Reichenbach
  • Publication number: 20140050658
    Abstract: A module for a solid/heat-transfer gas reactor, including a plurality of diffusers each including a top portion supporting the solid reagent, and a portion for diffusing reactive/heat-transfer gas, situated under the top portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux ene alt
    Inventors: Joel Wyttenbach, Philippe Papillon, Gwennyn Tanguy
  • Publication number: 20140037521
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to methods of selectively removing lithium from various liquids, methods of producing high purity lithium carbonate, methods of producing high purity lithium hydroxide, and methods of regenerating resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Simbol Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Harrison, Robert Blanchet
  • Patent number: 8642000
    Abstract: A storage and mixing device is illustrated and described. The device can include first and second separate containers each defining a distinct internal cavity. The first container can be movable (e.g., rotatable) relative to the second container between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the cavities can be substantially sealed from one another. In the second position, a first gas forming ingredient in one of the cavities can mix with a second gas forming ingredient in the other cavity to form a gas, such as chlorine dioxide gas. The device can have one or more filtered openings to allow gas generated by mixing the first and second gas forming ingredients to escape into the ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer & Loader Group, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Levine
  • Patent number: 8642006
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for making regular shaped particles of solid foam. A first mixture, comprising water, an acid, a surfactant and a hydrophobic material, is combined with a hydrolysable silicon species to form a second mixture. The second mixture is maintained under conditions and for a sufficient time to form regular shaped precursor particles. The second mixture is then aged at a temperature and for a time effective to produce the regular shaped particles of solid foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Jackie Y. Ying, Su Seong Lee, Yu Han, Sukandar Hidinoto
  • Publication number: 20140024525
    Abstract: A catalyst is provided, the catalyst comprising rods having mean length of 100 microns or less, the rods comprising a metal molybdate or tungstate, the metal being selected from the group consisting of iron, manganese, nickel, chromium, vanadium, aluminium, silver, titanium, copper, bismuth, and cobalt. A method of making such a catalyst is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Zhonjie Lin, Jonathan Keith Bartley, Stuart Hamilton Taylor, Graham John Hutchings, Nicholas Francois Dummer
  • Patent number: 8610024
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment providing one or more improvements includes a device and method for producing a lunar agglutinate simulant in which batch material is supported and moved through a plasma arc at a rate which partially reacts the batch material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignees: Zybek Advanced Products, Inc., U.S. Geological Survey
    Inventors: Michael Weinstein, Stephen A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8598059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for sulfurizing a hydrocarbon treatment catalyst, comprising: at least a first step of depositing, on the surface of the catalyst, one or more sulfurization auxiliaries of formula (I): and at least a second step, carried out after the first step, of placing the catalyst in contact with a sulfur-containing gaseous mixture containing hydrogen and a sulfur compound. This process does not comprise the deposit of any carbon sources other than the auxiliary of formula (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Eurecat S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Dufresne, Eric Nagy, Pauline Galliou
  • Patent number: 8562874
    Abstract: A method for preparing uniquely sized nanoparticles of CaF2 by simultaneously spray drying a first NH4F and a biocompatible salt solution and a second Ca(OH)2 and biocompatible salt solution to form CaF2 solid particles in a soluble salt matrix wherein the salt is more soluble than CaF2. The salt matrix may then be dissolved and the separate CaF2 nanosized particles collected for use as a dental therapeutic material. The technique is useful in the preparation of other discrete, nanoparticle sized compounds and combinations by carefully choosing the solvents and solutes of the two spray dried solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: ADA Foundation
    Inventors: Laurence C. Chow, Limin Sun
  • Patent number: 8562933
    Abstract: A hot solids process selectively operable for purposes of generating at least one predetermined output based on what the specific nature of the primary purpose of the hot solids process is for which the at least one predetermined output that is selected from a multiplicity of predetermined outputs, such as H2 and CO2, is being produced, and wherein such primary purpose of the hot solids process is designed to be pre-selected from a group of primary purposes of the hot solids process that includes at least two of the generation of H2 for electric power purposes, the generation of SynGas for electric power production as well as for other industrial uses, the production of steam for electric power generation as well as for other uses, the production of process heat, the production of CO2 for agricultural purposes, and the generation of a feedstock such as H2 for use for the production of liquid hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Herbert E. Andrus, Jr., John. H. Chiu, Gregory N. Liljedahl, Paul R. Thibeault, Carl R. Bozzuto, Corinne Beal, Michal T. Bialkowski, Andreas Brautsch, Laurent Maghdissian, Michel Vandycke
  • Patent number: 8558020
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an aqueous hydrogen peroxide solution having a hydrogen peroxide concentration [H2O2] expressed as % by weight of the solution and an apparent pH of from pHmin to pHmax, such that pHmin=3.45?0.0377×[H2O2], and pHmax=3.76?0.0379×[H2O2]. The present invention also relates to a process for the preparation of said hydrogen peroxide solution and the use of said solution in a process for the epoxidation of olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Solvay (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Armin T. Liebens, Jean-Pierre Ganhy, Jean-Pierre Catinat, Koen Vermeiren
  • Patent number: 8551906
    Abstract: The invention relates to a titanate photocatalyst of formula (I): HmAx-mTiyOzDn (I) wherein: A is a cation selected from the group consisting of lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, caesium and francium; D is a dopant selected from the group consisting of boron, carbon, nitrogen, fluorine, sulphur, phosphorus and iodine; x is a value between 0 and 8; y is a value greater than 0 and less than or equal to 8; n is a value greater than 0 and less than or equal to 8; z is a value greater than 0 and less than or equal to 8; and m is a value between 0 and 8. The invention also relates to method of production and uses of the titanate photocatalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Queensland
    Inventors: Gao Qing Lu, Lianzhou Wang
  • Patent number: 8530544
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing macromolecular species with a modified surface, comprising a step (e) in which macromolecular species (M), initially carrying —OH and/or —SH functions, are brought into contact with: a catalyst (C) carrying at least one conjugated guanidine function; and reactive species (E), comprising reactive groups including: (i) at least one group including an a,b-unsaturated carbonyl group C?C—C?O and/or an a,b-unsaturated thiocarbonyl group C?C—C?S; and/or (ii) at least one heterocyclic group comprising from 3 to 5 ring members, said group being selected from cyclic ethers, cyclic thioethers and aziridine rings; and/or (iii) at least one group selected from isocyanate —N?C?O or thioisocyanate —N?C?S groups, and trivalent groups of formula >C?CZ—, where Z is an electron-withdrawing group. The invention also relates to the macromolecular species with a modified surface that are obtained in this context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Polyrise
    Inventors: Vincent Gaud, Fabien Rouge
  • Patent number: 8460624
    Abstract: A process for producing metal oxide from a metal salt includes supplying a first part of the metal salt to a hydrate drier so as to indirectly heat the first part of the metal salt in the hydrate drier using a heat transfer medium from a first stage of a multi-stage indirect cooler so as to dry the first part of the metal salt in the hydrate drier and so as to control a waste gas temperature of the process. A second part of the metal salt is guided as a partial stream past the hydrate drier. The metal salt is preheated in a first preheating stage and precalcined in a second preheating stage. The metal salt and a fluidizing gas having a temperature of 150° C. or less are supplied to a fluidized bed reactor so as to calcine the metal salt to form a metal oxide product. The metal oxide product is cooled in at least one suspension heat exchanger and then in the multi-stage indirect cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Michael Missalla, Pekka Hiltunen, Roger Bligh, Erwin Schmidbauer, Cornelis Klett, Guenter Schneider
  • Patent number: 8409754
    Abstract: A positive electrode active material for use in a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary cell comprises a powdery metal oxide (LiCoO2, LiNiO2, LiMn2O4 or the like). When the positive electrode active material is classified with a classification precision index ? of 0.7 or greater so as to obtain a coarse powder having a classification ratio in a range of 0.1% to 5%, a ratio (B/A) of the content (B) of an impurity metal element in the coarse powder obtained by the classification to the content (A) of the impurity metal element in the powder before the classification is 1.5 or less. The contents of the impurity metal elements are compared with respect to Ca, Mn, Fe, Cr, Cu, Zn and the like (exclusive of the metal element constituting the powdery metal oxide). The positive electrode active material for a secondary cell serves to improve cell performance capabilities and production yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ryo Sakai, Yasuhiro Shirakawa, Hajime Takeuchi, Yasumasa Ooya, Koshin Tanaka, Kazuki Amemiya, Shouta Endou
  • Patent number: 8337807
    Abstract: A solid mixture of fullerene and titanium hydride, a method of its formation, and a method of its use to rapidly produce a gaseous mixture of molecular hydrogen and fullerene on demand. The solid mixture may be resistively heated by discharge of a high power electrical current from a capacitor bank through the mixture to produce the mixture of hydrogen and fullerene within a few tens of microseconds. The resulting gaseous mixture of hydrogen and fullerene may be ionized and accelerated for the purpose of mitigating electromagnetic disruptions in a magnetically confined plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: FAR-TECH, Inc.
    Inventor: Ioan-Niculae Bogatu
  • Patent number: 8313726
    Abstract: A gas generator includes a processing vessel defining a processing space and holding a support body therein, an evacuation system evacuating the processing space; a metal oxide film of a perovskite structure containing oxygen defects formed on the support body, a source gas supplying port supplying a source gas containing molecules of a source compound of carbon dioxide or water into the processing space, a gas outlet port for extracting a product gas containing molecules of a product compound in which oxygen atoms are removed from said source compound, and a heating part heating the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: John David Baniecki, Masatoshi Ishii, Kazuaki Kurihara, Kazunori Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8303766
    Abstract: A method and device for evaporating a predeterminable volume of fluid includes successive addition of partial volumes of the predeterminable volume to a supply line at different adding rates, at least partially evaporating the partial volumes forming vapor film between them and a supply line wall, conveying the partial volumes through the supply line to an evaporator surface, and applying the partial volumes to an evaporator surface region varying as a function of mass and/or volume adding rate of the partial volume, permitting effective evaporation of fluid, particularly urea/water solution. Utilization of the highest possible proportion of evaporator surfaces is achieved by mass and/or volume addition rate-dependent distribution of impingement surfaces on the evaporator surface. This heating strategy in the supply line region ensures the Leidenfrost effect when individual partial volumes are added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: EMITEC Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Peter Hirth, Rolf Brück
  • Patent number: 8298499
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a chemical reactor which includes elongate chambers defining an arrangement and including first, second, and third elongate chambers adapted to support respective distinct first, second, and third reactor functions associated with respective first, second, and third process feeds, and a distributor arranged in fluidic communication with each of the elongate chambers and for connecting the elongate chambers to at least one fluid source. The distributor is dimensioned to produce a two-dimensional radial distribution of fluidic flow through the first, second, and third elongate chambers with respect to the first, second, and third process feeds. The chemical reactor may further include a monolith catalyst support including an N×M array of channels including the elongated chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Wilhite, Angela M. Moreno, Daejin Kim
  • Patent number: 8293195
    Abstract: Systems and methods for contacting a liquid, gas, and/or a multi-phase mixture with particulate solids. The system can include a body having a first head and a second head disposed thereon. Two or more discrete fixed beds can be disposed across a cross-section of the body. One or more unobstructed fluid flow paths can bypass each fixed bed, and one or more baffles can be disposed between the fixed beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Blanchard, David P. Mann
  • Patent number: 8268270
    Abstract: A coating solution for forming a light-absorbing layer of a chalcopyrite solar cell, including a hydrazine-coordinated Cu chalcogenide complex, a hydrazine-coordinated In chalcogenide complex and hydrazine-coordinated Ga chalcogenide complex dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide, the hydrazine-coordinated Cu chalcogenide complex being obtained by dissolving Cu or Cu2Se and a chalcogen in dimethylsulfoxide having hydrazine added, and adding a poor solvent to the resulting solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Kuwahara, Koichi Misumi, Hidenori Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8211388
    Abstract: In preferred embodiments, metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal (alloy) nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal oxide nanoparticles are provided. According to embodiments, the nanoparticles may possess narrow size distributions and high purities. In certain preferred embodiments, methods of preparing metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal nanoparticles are provided. These methods may provide tight control of particle size, size distribution, and oxidation state. Other preferred embodiments relate to a precursor material that may be used to form nanoparticles. In addition, products prepared from such nanoparticles are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Brian F. Woodfield, Shengfeng Liu, Juliana Boerio-Goates, Qingyuan Liu, Stacey Janel Smith
  • Patent number: 8178075
    Abstract: A tubular reactor and method for producing a product mixture in a tubular reactor where the tubular reactor comprises an internal catalytic insert having orifices for forming fluid jets for impinging the fluid on the tube wall. Jet impingement is used to improve heat transfer between the fluid in the tube and the tube wall in a non-adiabatic reactor. The tubular reactor and method may be used for endothermic reactions such as steam methane reforming and for exothermic reactions such as methanation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyi He, Robert Roger Broekhuis, Diwakar Garg, Bo Jin, William Robert Licht, Stephen Clyde Tentarelli
  • Patent number: 8178477
    Abstract: Proppants which can be used to prop open subterranean formation fractions are described. Proppant formulations which use one or more proppants of the present invention are described, as well as methods to prop open subterranean formation fractions, and other uses for the proppants and methods of making the proppants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Oxane Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Skala, John R. Loscutova, Christopher E. Coker
  • Patent number: 8147797
    Abstract: A system for cooling and recuperative heating of a slurry in a metallurgical process which includes heat exchangers, pumps and autoclaves is described herein. The heat exchangers use a non-scaling common liquid heat transfer medium. Preferably, the heat exchangers are tube-in-tube heat exchangers with 3 to 7 slurry tubes in each heat exchanger. An advantage of this system is that it does not use flash tanks. To minimize abrasive wear on impinged surfaces, the velocity of the slurry is not more than 5 meters per second. The slurry comprises a solids concentration of 25% to 50%. Preferably, the pumps in the system are float-type pumps in which the driven liquid from the discharge pumps is also used as the drive liquid for the feed pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Donald J. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 8114189
    Abstract: A method of reducing or preventing the amount of iron sludge or precipitate that forms as a result of the recovery of silver from chemical solutions, such as a standard photographic solution. The method generally involves the introduction of a source of a conjugate organic base, such as a weak organic acid like citric acid or a salt of the conjugate organic base like a citrate salt, to the chemical fluid either before or during the silver recovery process. Preferably the source of conjugate organic base is introduced by combining it with a binder to form a time release cake or placing it in a container that has a semipermeable membrane that maintains the concentration of the conjugate organic base in the chemical fluid from about 0.2 to about 78 milimolar over a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: ARS Services, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis Rhodes, Christa Hockensmith, Deidre Hirschfeld
  • Patent number: 7892511
    Abstract: Systems and processes for producing one or more products from syngas are provided. A feedstock can be gasified in the presence of an oxidant to provide a syngas comprising carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen. At least a portion of the syngas can be combusted to provide an exhaust gas. At least a portion of the exhaust gas can be introduced to a channel having one or more reaction zones at least partially disposed therein, wherein the one or more reaction zones are in indirect heat exchange with the exhaust gas, wherein the one or more reaction zones comprises one or more catalyst-containing tubes. A reactant can be reacted in at least one of the one or more reaction zones to provide one or more reactor products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
    Inventor: Richard B. Strait
  • Patent number: 7846417
    Abstract: An ammonia converter and method are disclosed. The reactor can alter the conversion of ammonia by controlling the reaction temperature of the exothermic reaction along the length of the reactor to parallel the equilibrium curve for the desired product. The reactor 100 can comprise a shell 101 and internal catalyst tubes 109. The feed gas stream enters the reactor, flows through the shell 101, and is heated by indirect heat exchange with the catalyst tubes 109. The catalyst tubes 109 comprise reactive zones 122 having catalyst and reaction limited zones 124 that can comprise inert devices that function to both separate the reactive zones, increase heat transfer area, and reduce the temperature of the reaction mixture as the effluent passes through the catalyst tube 109.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
    Inventors: Shashi P. Singh, David P. Mann, Anant Pisut
  • Patent number: 7780946
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a supported catalyst system. The supported catalyst of the present invention comprises an inorganic support having attached to at least one surface thereof non-acidic, hydrophillic, hydroxyl-containing organic R10 groups having no or substantially no surface charge in solution, and at least one linker capable of binding a catalytic species, e.g. an enzyme or an organometallic molecule, wherein the linker is attached to a catalytic species. The R10 groups preferably are selected from the group consisting of —CH2OH, —CH(OH)2, —CH(OH)CH3, —CH2CH2OH, —CH(OH)2CH3, —CH2CH(OH)2, —CH(OH)CH2(OH) and mixtures thereof. The presence of the R10 groups on the support surface prevents or reduces non-specific binding of the catalytic species with the support surface by minimizing hydrophobic interactions and providing no or substantially no surface charge in the region of the support having catalytic species attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventor: Richard Franklin Wormsbecher
  • Patent number: 7780926
    Abstract: Process for carrying out heat exchange reactions comprising introducing a reactant stream into a bed of catalytic material placed outside at least one double walled heat transfer tube in a heat exchange reactor contacting the reactant stream with the catalytic material in indirect heat exchange with a heat transfer medium present in the annular volume of the at least one double walled heat transfer tube, the annular volume comprising one or more spacer elements creating a helical flow path of the heat transfer medium around the inner heat transfer tube of the at least one double walled heat transfer tube. The invention also includes a heat exchange reactor for carrying out the above reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Haldor Topsøe A/S
    Inventors: Michael Boe, Søren Gyde Thomsen
  • Patent number: 7754186
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for the extraction of acid or basic oxides contained in a vegetal matter, more specifically it concerns the extraction of silica from rice husks. The invention also concerns pure oxides extracted from vegetal matter. The invention also concerns the process for the extraction of carbon-rich oxide compositions from vegetal matter, and compositions obtained through said process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo
    Inventors: Milton F. De Souza, Paulo Dos Santos Batista, Jefferson B. L. Liborio