Filter, Sponge, Or Foam Patents (Class 427/244)
  • Patent number: 10588749
    Abstract: Porous biocompatible structures suitable for use as medical implants and methods for fabricating such structures are disclosed. The disclosed structures may be fabricated using rapid manufacturing techniques. The disclosed porous structures have a plurality of struts and nodes where no more than two struts intersect one another to form a node. Further, the nodes can be straight, curved, portions that are curved and/or portions that are straight. The struts and nodes can form cells which can be fused or sintered to at least one other cell to form a continuous reticulated structure for improved strength while providing the porosity needed for tissue and cell in-growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sharp, Shilesh C. Jani, Laura J. Gilmour, Ryan L. Landon
  • Patent number: 10487516
    Abstract: A method of forming a visible flexible facing layer for creating a visible appearance of a facing wall-surface of a walled structure, comprises the steps of: a] providing a flexible porous support substrate on a support; and b] creating a wet mixture using a powdered aggregate. A further step c] applies the wet mixture to the flexible support substrate using a control template to form a plurality of spaced-apart wall-tile slips which at least in part permeate the flexible porous support substrate; and step d] cures the wall-tile slips to the flexible porous support substrate to form a tile sheet of the visible flexible facing layer. A step e] folds the visible flexible facing layer for storage and/or transportation. A method of matching existing brick-or stone-work of a wall of a building to a visible flexible facing layer, and a visible flexible facing layer are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Paul James Bishop IP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Paul James Bishop
  • Patent number: 10220381
    Abstract: The present inventions is concerned with an apparatus and a method of improving the accuracy of coating a ceramic or metallic honeycomb body, which can usually be used as a catalyst in automotive exhaust mitigation. The invention achieves to directly test whether the coating slurry in the coating chamber is ready to be submitted to the monolith or needs to be replaced before coating the monolith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: UMICORE AG & CO KG.
    Inventor: Stéphane Masson
  • Patent number: 10222721
    Abstract: Provided are urethane foam: which heightens toner charge amount (Q/M); by which toner is sufficiently absorbed in the surface layer of a toner-conveying roller to give a sufficient toner conveying ability; and by which a good image can be obtained with a low cost, and a toner-conveying roller using the same. Also provided are urethane foam in which substrate urethane foam is impregnated with one or more powders selected from the group consisting of silicone powder and silica powder, and a toner-conveying roller using the same. Preferred are urethane foam wherein said powder is bound with said substrate urethane foam via a binder, and a toner-conveying roller using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Kusano, Junichiro Sato, Katsuya Seki, Youhei Takeda
  • Patent number: 9908640
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for space surveillance are disclosed herein. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves scanning, by at least one sensor on at least one satellite in inclined super-geostationary earth orbit (super-GEO), a raster scan over a field of regard (FOR). In one or more embodiments, the scanning is at a variable rate, which is dependent upon a target dwell time for detecting a target of interest. In at least one embodiment, the target dwell time is a function of a range from at least one sensor to the target of interest and a function of a solar phase angle. In some embodiments, the axis of inclination of the inclined super-GEO is a function of the solar phase angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David R. Gerwe, Keith R. Williams, John Lambert, Paul D. Tarbuck, Edward A. Estrada
  • Patent number: 9890497
    Abstract: A method of making garment material, the method having the steps: applying coagulant (34) to a substrate (32); applying a foam (38) of the polymeric material to the substrate (32); allowing the coagulant (34) to coagulate some of the foam (38); and removing uncoagulated foam (38) from the substrate (32) to leave a layer of coagulated polymeric material on the substrate (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: A T G CEYLON (PRIVATE) LIMITED
    Inventors: John Arthur Taylor, Agampodi Sunil Shantha Mendis, Mohamed Fazal Abdeen, Howard William Thomas Goth
  • Patent number: 9713792
    Abstract: A process for making a composite membrane comprising the steps: (i) providing a moving poriferous support (1) impregnated with a curable composition, wherein the composition is present in the pores of the support and on a surface of the support; (ii) scraping or squeezing the poriferous support and thereby removing at least some of the curable composition (2) from the surface of the support; and (iii) after performing step (ii), irradiating the support, thereby curing the composition present therein. Composite membranes are also claimed having a surface layer thickness of below 0,5 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe BV
    Inventor: Johannes Adrianus Wilhelmus Van Engelen
  • Patent number: 9657126
    Abstract: A polymeric membrane for separating oil from water has a pore size of 0.005 ?m to 5 ?m, a thickness of 50 ?m to 1,000 ?m, a water contact angle of 0° to 60°, an oil contact angle of 40° to 100°. The membrane contains a hydrophobic matrix polymer and a functional polymer that contains a hydrophobic backbone and side chains. The side chains each have an oleophobic terminal segment and a hydrophilic internal segment. The weight ratio of the matrix polymer to the functional polymer is 99:1 to 1:9. Also disclosed is a method of making the above described membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Renbi Bai, Xiaoying Zhu
  • Patent number: 9446382
    Abstract: The present invention provides a porous cellulose gel having a high mechanical strength capable of being operated at a higher flow rate, and a method for producing the same. To a suspension liquid of cellulose particles, a crosslinking agent in an amount of from 4 to 12 times the amount of the cellulose monomer in terms of moles and an alkali in an amount of from 0.1 to 1.5 times the amount of the crosslinking agent in terms of moles are added continuously dropwise or added dividedly over a prescribed period of time, whereby flow rate characteristics of a resulting porous cellulose gel can be enhanced. According to the invention, the production efficiency of a polymer substance, such as a nucleic acid and a protein can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: JNC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuto Umeda, Yasuo Matsumoto, Masami Shiina, Masami Todokoro, Yoshihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9375901
    Abstract: A conductive elastic member includes a polymer foamed body having elasticity and including an open cell structure having a sheet shape including a plurality of pores vertically connecting upper and lower sides without skin layers, conductive elastic rubber coating layers formed by adhering liquid elastic rubber including conductive particles mixed therein to the upper and lower sides of the polymer foamed body and inner surfaces of the pores by hardening, a conductive polymer cover layer formed by adhering liquid elastic polymers including conductive particles mixed therein to an upper side of the conductive elastic rubber coating layer formed on the upper side of the polymer foamed body by hardening the polymers, and a conductive base material adhered to a lower side of the conductive elastic rubber coating layer formed on the lower side of the polymer foamed body by hardening the elastic rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: Joinset Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-Jin Lee, Hyun-Ill Lee, Eung-Won Kim, Sun-Ki Kim, Byung-Sun Jung
  • Patent number: 9301589
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cosmetic applicator formed of a substrate and an application element comprising one or more application areas that are cohesively maintained on the substrate in a gapless, side-by-side formation in the presence of wet and/or dry binders. The substrate is subjected to a wetting agent that provides a better bind for the cosmetic slurries as they are printed onto their respective application area. The cosmetic compositions of each cosmetic application area may be different. Various cosmetic effects may be provided to end-users in a portable application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Aon Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Catholyn T. Griffiths, Leonard V. Lange, Thomas R. Burtzlaff, Raheel Khan
  • Patent number: 9108159
    Abstract: A membrane having a refined surface as well as to a process and an apparatus for producing such a membrane, and which is useful, in particular, for rapid diagnostic tests for identifying specific analytes in liquid media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Beer, Klaus Froese, Lothar Knoechelmann, Duane B. Piechocki
  • Patent number: 9103843
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for detecting drugs of abuse or other compounds in saliva. The invention thus provides a device for detecting the presence of one or more analytes in a saliva sample, comprising: (a) One or more pre-treatment regions for specifically or non-specifically removing at least a part of the fraction of the saliva sample interfering with detection of the one or more analytes; and (b) A detection region comprising a biosensor surface, the surface comprising: molecules capable of specifically binding the one or more analytes; or the one or more analytes and/or analyte analogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Hans Nieuwenhuis, Ahmed Mohammed Taki Jehanli, Femke Karina De Theije, Eduard Gerard Marie Pelssers
  • Patent number: 9051417
    Abstract: A method for increasing the solubility of a hydrocarbon compound comprising an aliphatic or arene moiety substituted with at least one acyl halide and at least one carboxylic acid functional group within a hydrocarbon solvent, wherein the method includes the step of preparing a solution comprising: at least 80 v/v % of the hydrocarbon solvent, the hydrocarbon compound, and a tri-hydrocarbyl phosphate compound, wherein the concentration of the hydrocarbon compound is greater than its solubility limit within the solvent but less than its solubility limit in the solution and the hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: XiaoHua Sam Qiu, Steven D. Jons, Joseph D. Koob, Martin H. Peery, Steven Rosenberg, Abhishek Roy, Ian A. Tomlinson
  • Publication number: 20150147470
    Abstract: A method for making a composite polyamide membrane including a porous support and a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the method includes the step of applying a polyfunctional amine monomer and a tetraacyl acyl halide monomer represented by Formula (I) to a surface of the porous support and interfacially polymerizing the monomers to form a thin film polyamide layer; wherein A is selected from: oxygen (—O—); carbon (—C—); silicon (—Si—); each of which may be unsubstituted or substituted, e.g. with alkyl groups of 1-4 carbon atoms; or a carbonyl group (—C(O)—), X is the same or different and is selected from a halogen, and Y is selected from halogen and hydroxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tina L. Arrowood, Aman A. Desai, Steven D. Jons, Mou Paul, Abhishek Roy
  • Publication number: 20150136690
    Abstract: A method of making a membrane and a membrane made from the method are provided. The method comprises coupling a vesicle to a support substrate, the vesicle comprising a plurality of water channels; and partially embedding the vesicle coupled to the support substrate in a layer of material that is substantially impermeable to water to form the membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: National Unibersity of Singapore
    Inventors: Wenyuan Xie, Yen-Wah Tong, Honglei Wang, Bingfang Wang, Fang He, Kandiah Jeyaseelan, Arunmozhiarasi Armugam
  • Publication number: 20150129485
    Abstract: A thin film composite membrane including a porous support and a thin film polyamide layer characterized by having a dissociated carboxylate content of at least 0.45 moles/kg at pH 9.5 and a method for making a composite polyamide applying a polar solution comprising a polyfunctional amine monomer and a non-polar solution comprising a polyfunctional amine-reactive monomer to a surface of the porous support and interfacially polymerizing the monomers to form a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the method is characterized by the non-polar solution comprising at least 0.025 wt % of an acid compound including at least one carboxylic acid moiety and at least one amine-reactive moiety selected from acyl halide and anhydride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicants: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC, DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC, THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Abhishek Roy, Tina L. Arrowood, Robert C. Cieslinski, David D. Hawn, Steven D. Jons, Mou Paul, Martin H. Peery, XiaoHua Qiu, Steven Rosenberg, Ian A. Tomlinson, Chengli Zu
  • Publication number: 20150114906
    Abstract: Described is a liquid separation device comprising a porous support structure further comprising polymeric hollow fibers; an inorganic mesoporous silica membrane disposed on the porous support structure, wherein the inorganic mesoporous silica membrane is free of defects; and wherein the inorganic mesoporous silica membrane has a network of interconnected three-dimensional pores that interconnect with the porous support structure; and wherein the inorganic mesoporous silica membrane is a silylated mesoporous membrane. Also described are methods for making and using the liquid separation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: Phillips 66 Company, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Sankar Nair, Hyung-Ju Kim, William J. Koros, Kwang-Suk Jang, Justin R. Johnson, Christopher W. Jones, Joe D. Allison, Jeffrey H. Drese
  • Publication number: 20150108061
    Abstract: A forward osmosis membrane for seawater desalination and a method for preparing the same. The forward osmosis membrane has a composite membrane structure including a nonwoven fabric layer; a hydrophilic polymer layer; and a polyamide layer. The hydrophilic polymer layer formed on the nonwoven fabric layer facilitates an inflow of water from the feed water to the draw solution to enhance flux and realize high water permeability in the direction of osmosis. The polyamide layer not only secures contamination resistance and chemical resistance but also minimizes the back diffusion of salts of the draw solution in the direction of reverse osmosis. Hence, the forward osmosis membrane of the present invention is greatly useful for desalination of high-concentration seawater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Woongjin Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Dae Chi, Bong Jun Cha, Jong Hwa Lee, Doo Ri Kim, Su Jeong Lim
  • Publication number: 20150110957
    Abstract: A filtration material comprising a blend of polypropylene and acrylic fibers of round, flat, dog bone, oval or kidney bean shape in any size from 0.08 to 3.3 Dtex. A preferred blend contains about 50 weight percent polypropylene fibers and about 50 weight percent acrylic fibers. The fibers can be blended ranging from 90:10 to 10:90 polypropylene to acrylic. The shape contains 25 weight percent round, flat, oval, dog bone and kidney bean shapes. The fiber blend contains 25 weight percent of at least one size between 0.08 and 3.3 Dtex. Electret fibers incorporated within these blends have 0.02 to 33 weight percent of a charge control agent. These fibers can be used in producing electret material by corona or triboelectric charging methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Rick L. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9010546
    Abstract: The present invention is an integral multilayered composite membrane having at least one ultrafiltration layer made by cocasting or sequentially casting a plurality of polymer solutions onto a support to form a multilayered liquid sheet and immersing the sheet into a liquid coagulation bath to effect phase separation and form a multilayered composite membrane having at least one ultrafiltration layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel Tkacik, Philip Goddard, Willem Kools, Nitin Satav
  • Patent number: 9010545
    Abstract: The present invention is an integral multilayered composite membrane having at least one ultrafiltration layer made by cocasting or sequentially casting a plurality of polymer solutions onto a support to form a multilayered liquid sheet and immersing the sheet into a liquid coagulation bath to effect phase separation and form a multilayered composite membrane having at least one ultrafiltration layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel Tkacik, Philip Goddard, Willem Kools, Nitin Satav
  • Patent number: 9004293
    Abstract: A semi-permeable film includes a nanoporous material and a polymer matrix. The nanoporous material includes a nanoporous core and a coating layer that is disposed on a surface of the nanoporous core. The coating layer may include a particle selected from a metal hydroxide particle, a metal oxide particle, and a combination thereof. A separation membrane may include the semi-permeable film. Example embodiments also relate to a method of manufacturing the semi-permeable film and the separation membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: You Hwan Son, Hye Young Kong, Sung Soo Han
  • Publication number: 20150096934
    Abstract: A preparation method of a homogeneous-reinforced PVDF hollow fiber membrane includes steps of: a) preparing a reinforced matrix membrane, wherein a PVDF hollow fiber membrane is utilized as the reinforced matrix membrane; b) preparing a PVDF casting solution, wherein mass fractions of the PVDF casting solution are: PVDF 6˜20 wt %; hydrophilic polymers or hydrophilic inorganic particles 0.6˜2 wt %; pore-forming agent 6˜10 wt %; and solvent 68˜87.4 wt %; mixing the above solutes in a water bath with a temperature of 70˜90° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Changfa Xiao, Xuliang Zhang, Xiaoyu Hu, Shulin An, Qinglin Huang, Guolan Huan
  • Publication number: 20150090125
    Abstract: Embodiments for a tubular ceramic-carbonate dual-phase membrane and methods for manufacturing the tubular ceramic-carbonate dual-phase membrane are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry Y.S. Lin, Jose Ortiz-Landeros, Xue-Liang Dong
  • Publication number: 20150093310
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter material which is used, in particular in filters or as a filter for treating and/or purifying gas, in particular for clean room environments. The filter material comprises at least one activated carbon, in particular with reactive and/or catalytic finishing and the activated carbon is present in the form of discrete activated carbon particles, preferably in a spherical and/or grain form. The activated carbon comprises and/or is provided with at least one metal component which contains at least one metal-containing ionic liquid (IL), containing in particular metal ions, preferably based on a metal compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAT ERLANGEN-NUMBERG, BLUCHER GMBH
    Inventors: Bertram Böhringer, Ilsebill Eckle, Peter Wasserscheid, Daniel Roth
  • Publication number: 20150089747
    Abstract: An adjustable body support system for accommodating the needed or desired support of multiple users. The system comprises an enclosure for housing a first support member and a second support member in respective first and second chambers. The first support member has a first foam layer secured to a second foam layer, wherein the first and second foam layers have different support characteristics. The second support member has a third foam layer secured to a fourth foam layer, wherein the third and fourth foam layers have different support characteristics. The first and second support members are removable from and securable in the first and second chambers, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Guozhong NI, Feng CHEN, Steven James Romero
  • Patent number: 8993053
    Abstract: There are provided a method of manufacturing a reverse osmosis membrane and a reverse osmosis membrane manufactured thereby. The method includes forming a polysulfone layer by applying a solution including a mixed solvent containing two or more solvents having different solubility parameter values to a surface of a porous support; and forming an active layer on the polysulfone layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Pyo Jeong, Seung-Yup Lee, Phill Lee, Hye-Jin Kwon, Chong-Kyu Shin
  • Publication number: 20150083660
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reverse osmosis membrane including a porous support including a polysulfone layer; and a polyamide active layer formed on the porous support, wherein a concentration of sulfur (S) detected on a surface of the polyamide active layer is 1.8×10?3 units or less on average or a concentration of sulfur dioxide (SO2) detected on the surface of the polyamide active layer is 7×10?3 units or less on average, and a method of manufacturing a reverse osmosis membrane, the method including forming a porous support; and forming a polyamide active layer on the porous support by interfacially polymerizing a polyfunctional amine solution including a carbodiimide compound, and a polyfunctional acid halide compound solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Hong Kim, Young-Ju Lee, Chong-Kyu Shin
  • Publication number: 20150083657
    Abstract: A membrane comprises: a porous base membrane; a polyol layer comprising polyols and a metalorganic compound; and a polyamide film layer sandwiched between the porous base membrane and the polyol layer. A method of making the membrane is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Eletric Company
    Inventors: Su Lu, Zhen Liu, Wenqing Peng, Bing Zhang, Hua Li, Chen Wang, Yun Peng, Qingshan Jason Niu
  • Patent number: 8986781
    Abstract: With the subject invention, a method is provided for preparing a filter membrane including the steps of dispersing a liquid which is generally hydrophobic into the pores of a porous membrane, and applying a solution containing lipids onto at least a first surface of the porous membrane containing the liquid. Advantageously, the subject invention allows for filter membranes to be prepared which can be stored for periods of time without degradation in performance. The subject invention may have applicability in various contexts, but is well-suited for preparing filter membranes for permeability screening, particularly Parallel Artificial Membrane Permeability Assay (PAMPA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Xiaoxi (Kevin) Chen, Charles L. Crespi
  • Publication number: 20150068963
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reverse osmosis membrane including: a porous support; a polysulfone layer formed on the porous support; and a polyamide active layer formed on the polysulfone layer, wherein the polyamide active layer is formed through interfacial polymerization between an amine compound and an acyl halide compound, and the acyl halide compound includes a monofunctional acyl halide and a polyfunctional acyl halide, and a method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Joung-Eun Yoo, Chong-Kyu Shin, Young-Hoon Ko
  • Publication number: 20150068978
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an intermediate filtering membrane comprising: a filtering membrane having a charged or polar surface; and a transiently coupled charged compound, wherein the charged compound has an opposite charge to the membrane charge. Likewise, provided herein are methods and kits utilizing the intermediate membrane for various filtering membranes operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Gilad Lando, Dikla Zadaka-Amir, Andrew Norman Shipway, Steve Daren
  • Patent number: 8974577
    Abstract: Articles for capturing or separating a target gas from a gas stream may include a porous substrate such as a flexible sheet or mat, or a rigid ceramic monolith impregnated or coated with a sorbent composition. The sorbent composition may include a polyamine and a coexistent polymer chemically bonded to the polyamine. The polyamine may include a polyethylenimine. The coexistent polymer may include a polyurethane, a polyolefin-acrylic acid copolymer, or a combination thereof. The sorbent composition may be substantially less water-insoluble than compositions containing only a polyamine and may have high durability and good adsorption capacity for acidic target gases such as carbon dioxide. Methods for preparing the articles using aqueous polymer solutions are provided. Methods for capturing or separating target gases using the articles are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Dayue David Jiang, Steven Bolaji Ogunwumi
  • Publication number: 20150060364
    Abstract: Provided are thin film composite membrane structures comprising: a selective membrane layer for ion rejection attached to a support layer, the support layer comprising a multi-zone microfiltration membrane comprising: a porous support material; and at least two microfiltration zones, where a first zone comprises a first membrane and a second zone that is attached to the first zone and that coats at least a portion of the porous support material. Thin film composite membrane structures may be provided in reverse osmosis systems or nanofiltration systems. Also, thin film composite membrane structures may be provided in direct osmotic concentration systems, forward osmosis systems, or pressure retarded osmosis systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. McCutcheon, Thomas J. Hamlin, Mark T. Meyering, Liwei Huang
  • Patent number: 8968828
    Abstract: A method for making a composite polyamide membrane comprising the steps of applying a polyfunctional amine monomer and polyfunctional acyl halide monomer to a surface of the porous support and interfacially polymerizing the monomers to form a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the method is includes at least one of the following steps: i) conducting the interfacial polymerization in the presence of a C2-C20 aliphatic monomer comprising at least one carboxylic acid functional group or salt thereof, and a single amine-reactive functional group; and ii) applying a C2-C20 aliphatic monomer comprising at least one carboxylic acid functional group or salt thereof, and a single amine-reactive functional group to the thin film polyamide layer. Many additional embodiments are described including applications for such membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Abhishek Roy, Steven D. Jons, Joseph D. Koob, Mou Paul, XiaoHua Sam Qiu, Steven Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20150053605
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a silica membrane filter includes performing, at least once, a fired membrane forming operation having a membrane forming step of applying, to a porous substrate, a precursor sol which is a sol of a silicon alcoxide including a p-tolyl group to form a precursor sol membrane, a drying step of drying the precursor sol membrane formed in the porous substrate to form a dried membrane, and a firing step of firing the dried membrane formed in the porous substrate to form a fired membrane, thereby preparing the silica membrane filter including the porous substrate and a silica membrane which is the fired membrane formed in the porous substrate, and a ratio of a total mass of the silica membrane to a total mass of the dried membrane is 38 mass % or more and 85 mass % or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Masaaki KAWAI, Aya MIURA, Nobuhiko MORI
  • Patent number: 8960449
    Abstract: In manufacturing a composite semipermeable membrane useful for separating a liquid mixture selectively, it is rendered possible to provide a composite semipermeable membrane that exhibits reduced deterioration of water permeability and solute removing property as a result of drying and that demonstrates reduced economic burden and load for waste liquid treatment without impairing the water permeability or solute removal ratio of the composite semipermeable membrane through change of the membrane manufacturing method, by making a saccharide exist in an aqueous polyfunctional amine solution in performing interfacial polycondensation by bringing the aqueous solution of the polyfunctional amine into contact with an organic solvent solution containing a polyfunctional acid halide on a microporous support membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroki Tomioka, Aki Katsuno, Masahiro Henmi
  • Patent number: 8960448
    Abstract: A two-layered osmosis membrane contains a support layer and a rejection layer. The support layer, in which a mesh is embedded, is made of a phase separation polymer and has a thickness of 50 to 200 ?m. The rejection layer, which adheres to the support layer, is made of a thin film composite polymer and has a thickness of 0.05 to 3 ?m. The mesh, which is embedded in the support layer, has an open area of 30 to 70%, a mesh size of 60-300 mesh, and a thickness of 45-150 ?m. Also disclosed is a method of making the above described membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: How Yong Ng, Wei Duan
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150044366
    Abstract: A method for making a resilient ion exchange membrane comprising polymerizing a composition containing at least an ionic surfactant monomer having an ethylenic group and a long hydrophobic alkyl group filling the pores of and covering the surfaces of a porous substrate. The hydrophobic long alkyl group in the ionic surfactant monomer provides ion exchange membranes with improved mechanical properties, and good chemical stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Xiangchun Yin
  • Publication number: 20150031908
    Abstract: Porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and metallated porous MOFs are provided. Also provided are methods of metallating porous MOFs using atomic layer deposition and methods of using the metallated MOFs as catalysts and in remediation applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Wojciech Bury, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp, Joseph E. Mondloch
  • Publication number: 20150017075
    Abstract: A honeycomb filter includes a ceramic honeycomb substrate, an auxiliary filter layer, an SCR catalyst, and a portion. The ceramic honeycomb substrate has cell walls provided along a longitudinal direction of the ceramic honeycomb substrate to define cells through which fluid is to pass and which have a fluid inlet end and a fluid outlet end opposite to the fluid inlet end along the longitudinal direction. The cells include first cells and second cells. The auxiliary filter layer is provided on first surfaces of first cell walls of the first cells. The SCR catalyst is supported on second surfaces of second cell walls of the second cells. The second surfaces substantially correspond to the first surfaces. The portion satisfies a<b. “a” (?m) represents an average pore diameter of pores of the auxiliary filter layer, and “b” (?m) represents an average particle diameter of particles constituting the SCR catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: IBIDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki JINBO, Takafumi KASUGA, Misako MAKINO, Saiduzzaman MD
  • Publication number: 20150008177
    Abstract: A separation membrane structure 1 has partition walls 3 including a honeycomb shaped porous ceramic body 9 provided with a large number of pores, and cells 4 to become through channels of a fluid are formed by the partition walls 3. The cells 4 include separation cells 4a and slit cells 4b. In the separation cells 4a, the intermediate layer is disposed on the surface of a substrate 30, and a separation layer is further formed. The intermediate layer has a structure where aggregate particles are bonded to one another by an inorganic bonding material having a thermal expansion coefficient equal to or higher than that of the aggregate particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji YAJIMA, Makoto MIYAHARA, Tetsuya UCHIKAWA, Makoto TERANISHI, Makiko ICHIKAWA, Hideyuki SUZUKI
  • 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: 8920654
    Abstract: Forward osmosis membranes having a hydrophilic support layer and a polyamide rejection layer in a thin film composite membrane are considered. Preferred support layer materials include aramid polymers and PVDF. A woven or non-woven mesh can be incorporated into the support layer to improve handling properties of the membrane. Flat sheet and hollow fiber configurations are possible. Antifouling techniques are provided. The polyamide layer can be formed on the hydrophilic support layer by interfacial polymerization. Applications include forward osmosis and pressure retarded osmosis applications, such as industrial product and/or waste concentration, hydration bags, energy/pressure generation, and controlled delivery of chemicals (e.g., for pharmaceutical applications).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Porifera, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravindra Revanur, Iljuhn Roh, Jennifer E. Klare, Aleksandr Noy, Olgica Bakajin
  • Publication number: 20140374341
    Abstract: There is disclosed a process for producing a separation membrane The process for producing the separation membrane includes a membrane forming step of passing a precursor solution of the separation membrane through cells of a monolith substrate to form a separation membrane precursor made of the precursor solution 31 on the surfaces of the cells; and then a cell suction step of sucking the insides of the cells from open ends of the cells in a first end face of the monolith substrate, to suck and remove an excess portion of the precursor solution which is present in the cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ichiro WADA, Tetsuya SAKAI, Akimasa ICHIKAWA, Hideyuki SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20140377460
    Abstract: In order to obtain a composite separation membrane which has excellent chemical resistance, separation performance and water permeability at the same time, the present invention provides a composite separation membrane comprising a separation function layer on a porous supporting membrane, characterized in that the separation function layer contains at least a polymer of a polyhedral silsesquioxane represented by the following general formula (a) and a hydrophilic monomer. (R1SiO1.5)n(R2SiO1.5)m ??General Formula (a) (In the formula, R1 includes a polymerizable reactive moiety; R2 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, which may be substituted; and n and m each represent an integer satisfying n>2 or m>0, with n+m being 8, 10 or 12.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jun OKABE, Hiroki TOMIOKA, Masahiro HENMI
  • Publication number: 20140370191
    Abstract: A method for making a composite polyamide membrane including the steps of applying a polyfunctional amine monomer and polyfunctional acyl halide monomer to a surface of the porous support and interfacially polymerizing the monomers to form a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the method is includes at least one of the following steps: i) conducting the interfacial polymerization in the presence of a subject monomer comprising at least one carboxylic acid group linked to an aromatic moiety and wherein the aromatic moiety is further substituted with at least one of an acyl halide or anhydride functional group and ii) applying the subject monomer to the thin film polyamide layer. The invention includes many additional embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rosenberg, Steven D. Jons, Joseph D. Koob, Mou Paul, XiaoHua Qiu, Abhishek Roy, Chunming Zhang, Aman A. Desai
  • Publication number: 20140360146
    Abstract: A wet-laid dual-layer air filtration media having a thin, lightweight top layer and a bottom layer is provided. The novel media includes a large diameter synthetic polymeric fiber in the top layer that deforms plastically and retains cohesion as a single object, while minimizing use of frangible components that become airborne upon handling. The novel media provides improved high dust holding capacity, while typically maintaining an overall lower basis weight than heretofore available media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Lydall, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Cambo, Stephen Edward Gross