Filter, Sponge, Or Foam Patents (Class 427/244)
  • Patent number: 11961971
    Abstract: Provided is a production method for an all-solid-state battery having a solid electrolyte layer between a positive electrode layer and a negative electrode layer, the production method including: coating or impregnating the positive electrode layer and/or the negative electrode layer with a solid electrolyte solution in which a boron hydride compound serving as the solid electrolyte has been dissolved in a solvent; and removing the solvent from the coated or impregnated solid electrolyte solution and causing the solid electrolyte to precipitate on the positive electrode layer and/or the negative electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Genki Nogami, Masahiro Shimada, Tomohiro Ito, Aki Katori, Keita Noguchi, Naoto Yamashita, Takashi Mukai, Masahiro Yanagida
  • Patent number: 11927921
    Abstract: The main element 2 is connected to the mechanism of the movement, having parts 4, 5, by an arbor about which it can turn. To this end, it comprises an attachment 6 for fixing to the movement, which is for example formed by a small ring arranged in the opening 9 of the ring of the main element 2. The attachment 6 is thus composed of the same material as the main element and is arranged in the same plane. By virtue of the attachment 6, the winding mass can make a circular movement about the arbor, when it oscillates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Loïc Oberson
  • Patent number: 11919072
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a preparation process of multi-component spherical alloy powder, which adopts a plasma rotation electrode process (PREP) method to prepare the multi-component spherical alloy powder. The multi-component alloy includes at least one of refractory metals and compounds thereof, specifically including tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, rhenium, tungsten carbide, tantalum carbide and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Zhihui Lu, Hongtao Yang, Xudong Si, Zhiyang Sun, Leile Zhang, Guangfei You, Yiyong Wu, Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 11911742
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon adsorbent having high hydrocarbon adsorbing properties even after exposed to a high temperature/high humidity reducing atmosphere, includes a FAU type zeolite having in ESR measurement a spin concentration of a least 1.0×10{circumflex over (?)}19 (spins/g) and a ratio of a peak intensity at a magnetic field of at least 260 mT and at most 270 mT to a peak intensity at a magnetic field of at least 300 mT and at most 320 mT of at least 0.25 and at most 0.50 ? and containing bivalent copper. The hydrocarbon adsorbent may be used for a method for adsorbing hydrocarbons to be exposed to a high temperature/high humidity environment, and may be used particularly for a method for adsorbing hydrocarbons in an exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine, such as an automobile exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Keita Nakao, Ryo Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 11904279
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved process for isolating 2,4-bis-(2,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-6-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1,3,5-triazine (DIOPAT) from an aqueous alkaline mixture M having a pH of 10 or more and comprising the 2,4-bis-(2,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-6-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1,3,5-triazine, 2,4-dihydroxybenzophenone, and aluminum salts, wherein the process comprises a nanofiltration step, a precipitation step, and a further filtration step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Jacek Malisz, Johannes Nagel, Michael Jacquier
  • Patent number: 11883786
    Abstract: Described are porous polymeric membranes that include two opposing sides and that have a variable pore structure through a thickness of the membrane; filter components and filters that include this type of porous polymeric membrane; methods of making the membranes, filter components, and filters; and methods of using the polymeric filter membrane, filter component, or filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventor: Sina Bonyadi
  • Patent number: 11833476
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to methods of marker based direct integrity testing of at least one membrane comprising: (a) dosing a feed fluid of a loop with at least one marker comprising at least one challenge particle, the loop comprising: the feed fluid; a pump comprising an outlet stream; a membrane module comprising the at least one membrane and a membrane module outlet stream, wherein the membrane module is in fluid communication with the outlet stream; a marker recycle stream in fluid communication with the membrane module outlet stream and the pump; and a means to measure particle concentrations; (b) circulating the feed fluid through the membrane module at least once to produce a filtrate comprising a filtered at least one marker; (c) measuring a filtrate particle concentration of the filtered at least one filtered marker in the filtrate to produce a filtrate concentration measurement; and (d) calculating a log removal value from the filtrate concentration measuremen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: 1934612 ONTARIO INC.
    Inventors: Anthony L Powell, Brian E. Butters
  • Patent number: 11834336
    Abstract: Proposed is a method of preparing an independent free-standing graphene film. The graphene film is obtained by means of suction filtration of graphene oxide into a film, solid phase transfer, chemical reduction and the like steps. The graphene film is formed by means of physical cross-linking of a single layer of oxidized/reduced graphene oxide. The graphene film has a thickness of 10-2000 atomic layers. The graphene oxide film has a small thickness and a large number of defects inside, so that it has good transparency and excellent flexibility. On the basis of the transfer film-forming method above, an independent free-standing wrinkled graphene film having a nanoscale thickness is prepared by using a poor solvent and a special high temperature annealing process, and an independent free-standing foamed graphene film having a nanoscale thickness is obtained by using a film-forming thickness and a special high temperature annealing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventors: Chao Gao, Li Peng, Lin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11819807
    Abstract: A porous membrane includes a polymer which includes one or more structural units selected from the group consisting of a structural unit represented by Formula (I) and a structural unit represented by Formula (II), in which a content of the structural unit represented by Formula (II) is 1% by mass or more and less than 10% by mass with respect to a total mass of the structural unit represented by Formula (I) and the structural unit represented by Formula (II)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishii, Takeshi Umehara
  • Patent number: 11795080
    Abstract: A microbial carrier and a device for treating wastewater are provided. The microbial carrier includes a bacteriophilic material and a plurality of foam cells, wherein the foam cells are disposed in the bacteriophilic material. The bactericidal material is a reaction product of a composite, wherein the composition includes a hydrophobic polyvinyl alcohol and a cross-linking agent, wherein the surface energy of the hydrophobic polyvinyl alcohol is 30 mJ/m2 to 58 mJ/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventors: Ting-Ting Chang, Kuan-Foo Chang, Cheng-Chin Chang, Yi-Chun Liu, Mei-Chih Peng
  • Patent number: 11796522
    Abstract: A gas sensor includes a support structure with a cavity, a sensing element sensitive to a gas and arranged in the cavity, and a filter spanning the cavity. The filter is a size selective filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: SENSIRION AG
    Inventors: Pernilla Andersson, Roman Pavelko, Aline Rotzetter
  • Patent number: 11660381
    Abstract: A fluid filtration system comprising a cross-flow filter is arranged to permit a first pump to recirculate part of the retentate of the filter to the inlet of the cross-flow filter and a second pump to return part of the permeate to the inlet of the cross-flow filter. A third pump is configured supply source fluid to the inlet of the filter. The flow path between the second pump and the cross-flow filter inlet may include an adsorption filter that may selectively remove contaminants, toxins, or pathogens in the permeate. A controller may control the first, second and third pumps to provide predetermined flow ratios among the fluid flow paths of the system in order to achieve a desired filtration level. This system may be applicable to the removal of harmful substances from blood, by first separating the plasma from the blood and then removing harmful substances from the plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Rodney S. Kenley, Ryan K. LaRocque, Andrew A. Schnellinger
  • Patent number: 11660556
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a filter having excellent filtration rate and excellent permeability and a method for producing the same. To achieve the above object, the present invention provides a filter comprising a porous metal support having the first pore size; and a metal coating layer formed on the support and having the second pore size smaller than the first pore size, wherein the coating layer has a three-dimensional pore structure by bonding flake-shaped metal powders. The present invention also provides a method for producing the filter. According to the present invention, as the flake-shaped second powders form a coating layer, the porosity increases and the permeability increases, and as the flow channel becomes more complicated, the filtration rate also increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: ASFLOW CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jung Yeul Yun, Man Ho Park, Keun Hak Lee, Doo Hong Kang
  • Patent number: 11632996
    Abstract: One variation of a method for fabricating a dermal heatsink includes: fabricating a substrate defining an interior surface, an exterior surface opposite the interior surface, and an open network of pores extending between the interior surface and the exterior surface; activating surfaces of the substrate and walls of the open network of pores; applying a coating over the substrate to form a heatsink, the coating comprising a porous, hydrophilic material and defining a void network; removing an excess of the coating from the substrate to clear blockages within the open network of pores by the coating; hydrating the heatsink during a curing period; heating the heatsink during the curing period to increase porosity of the coating applied over surfaces of the substrate; and rinsing the heatsink with an acid to decarbonate the coating along walls of the open network of pores in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Omius Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Cadena Schlam, Michel Romero Flores
  • Patent number: 11628405
    Abstract: A polyamide (PA) nanofiltration (NF) membrane and a preparation method thereof by regeneration from a scrapped microfiltration (MF) membrane are provided. The method adopts a cleaning-repairing-interfacial polymerization upgrading strategy, where, sodium hypochlorite and oxalic acid are used for deeply cleaning a scrapped MF membrane. PDA is used as a repairing agent to construct a reaction platform on the membrane surface, and finally a reaction system of piperazine and trimesoyl chloride (TMC) are used to form a PA NF membrane with a PA active layer. The repairing can construct a coating with a given thickness and prominent hydrophilicity on the membrane surface, which provides favorable base membrane conditions for upgrading and preparing an NF membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Zhiwei Wang, Hongyi Han, Ruobin Dai, Tianlin Wang, Chenxin Tian
  • Patent number: 11472213
    Abstract: A spray coating apparatus is provided, wherein a nozzle is arranged to traverse a fabric in one direction whilst simultaneously spraying and oscillating in another direction. The fabric is spray coated with a first pass having a spray zone having uneven distribution in the direction of oscillation, and particularly with a greater density of fluid coverage toward the centre of the spray zone than an edge. The nozzle forming a second and subsequent pass that is off-set from the first and each subsequent pass respectively. The second and each subsequent pass being arranged to overlap with a portion of the previous pass, thereby providing an improved distribution of the spray coating. Moreover, because the spray coating is incremental, the method is easily adaptable to integrate with an ink jet printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: DURST GROUP AG
    Inventor: David McFarlane
  • Patent number: 11465398
    Abstract: A method for synthesizing a water purification membrane is presented. The method includes stacking a plurality of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets to create the water purification membrane, the stacking involving layer-by-layer assembly of the plurality of GO nanosheets and forming a plurality of nanochannels between the plurality of GO nanosheets for allowing the flow of a fluid and for rejecting the flow of contaminants. The method further includes cross-linking the plurality of GO nanosheets by 1,3,5-benzenetricarbonyl trichloride on a polydopamine coated polysulfone support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: University of Maryland, College Park
    Inventors: Baoxia Mi, Meng Hu
  • Patent number: 11425508
    Abstract: A thin-film filter includes thin-film part having a film surface and a rear film surface arranged at the rear side of the film surface, a plurality of through holes, being formed to penetrate the thin-film part from the film surface to the rear film surface, the through holes are formed along by a slanting direction being made an acute angle or an obtuse angle with the film surface, and stripes-formed inner wall surfaces. The stripes-formed inner wall surfaces include stripe-like parts formed along by the slanting direction. The stripes-formed inner wall surfaces are formed inside the respective through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Take, Masashi Shiraishi, Toyotaka Kobayashi, Makoto Yoshida, Anthony Reymund Melad Binarao, Cheng Bu Heng
  • Patent number: 11414862
    Abstract: Foam wall structures and methods for making them are described. The wall structures include a frame, a mesh mechanically fastened to a front surface of the frame, a foam panel at least partially abutting and overlying the mesh, and a foam layer disposed in a cavity defined by the frame, the mesh, and the foam panel. Buildings that include such wall structures are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Covestro LLC
    Inventors: James L. Lambach, Michael F. Palmosina, II
  • Patent number: 11406941
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for fabricating thin film composite hollow fiber membranes. In some implementations, an apparatus is used to remove excess first solution from a hollow fiber that has been immersed in a first solution. In some implementations, the method and apparatuses include flowing a gas, for example, compressed gas or ambient air, past a surface of a hollow fiber that has been immersed in a first solution prior to immersion in a second solution. In some implementations, the gas is flowed past the surface under positive pressure, while in other implementations the gas is flowed under negative pressure, for example, vacuum. The apparatuses and devices can be used to produce thin film composite hollow fiber membranes without pressing or damaging the hollow fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Seung-Hak Choi, Melhan M. Ben Sultan, Halah A. Shaikh Sulaiman, Abdulrahman A. Alsuwailem
  • Patent number: 11406942
    Abstract: A hollow fiber membrane of the present invention is a hollow fiber membrane having an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface has a zebra stripe pattern in which dense portions and porous portions are alternately formed in the longitudinal direction, and the outer surface has a maximum pore size of about 1 ?m or less (?about 1 ?m), and wherein the hollow fiber membrane has a water permeability (flux) of ?about 1,300 LMH/bar to ?about 5,000 LMH/bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Bum Jin Park, Dong Jun Im, Chang Min Seo
  • Patent number: 11365515
    Abstract: A foaming formulation is provided herein. The foaming formulation includes at least one foaming agent in an amount of from about 0.001% to about 10% by weight based on a total weight of the foaming solution. The foaming formulation further includes a synthetic strength additive having a cationic functional group in an amount from about 0.01% to about 50% by weight based on a total weight of the foaming solution. The foaming formulation further includes water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Solenis Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Mingxiang Luo, John C. Gast, Terry Bliss, Zachary Hier, Matthew Nicholas
  • Patent number: 11326038
    Abstract: Provided is a process for producing a coating on a substrate comprising one or more steps of crushing a dried layer of a foamed aqueous coating composition, wherein the aqueous coating composition comprises a collection of multi-stage copolymer particles having a weight average diameter of 2-20 ?m, wherein said multi-stage copolymer particles comprise a core having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 20° C. or less. Also provided is a coated substrate made by that process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Nader N. Kamel, Debra A. Kline, Paul Nedwick
  • Patent number: 11306691
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for an air box with an integrated air filter to communicate air flow from an exterior of the air filter to an air intake of an automobile engine. The air filter comprises a filter material that surrounds at least a portion of an interior cavity of the air filter. An end cap is affixed to a distal end of the filter material, and a wire support extends along at least a portion of the exterior surface of the filter material. The air box comprises a housing portion and a mount portion. The housing portion is configured to direct air drawn through the filter material into the interior cavity of the air filter and then into the air intake of the automobile engine. The mount portion is configured to support the air box and the air filter once installed within an automobile engine bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin McClelland, Steve E. Williams, Colin Arthur Cranstone
  • Patent number: 11122538
    Abstract: Embodiments of protocol converters (PCs), and related techniques, are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a PC may include reception logic to receive Extensible Markup Language (XML) data transmitted by an Application Function (AF), conversion logic to convert the XML data into a Diameter Protocol (DP) message, and provision logic to provide the DP message for transmission to a Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF). Other embodiments may be disclosed and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Meghashree Kedalagudde, Chen-Ho Chin, Muthaiah Venkatachalam
  • Patent number: 11090683
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a method of forming a silicon-and-oxygen-containing layer having covalent Si—O—Si bonds by cross-linking terminal silanol groups. The method includes positioning a substrate in a chamber. The substrate has one or more trenches including a width of 10 nanometers (nm) or less, and an aspect ratio of 2:1 or greater. The aspect ratio is defined by a ratio of a depth to the width of the one or more trenches. A silicon-and-oxygen-containing layer is disposed over the one or more trenches. The silicon-and-oxygen-containing layer has terminal silanol groups. The substrate is heated, and the silicon-and-oxygen-containing layer is exposed to an ammonia or amine group-containing precursor distributed across a process volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Jay Seamons, Byung Kook Ahn, Jingmei Liang
  • Patent number: 11085133
    Abstract: A dyeing and welding process may be configured to convert a substrate into a welded substrate having at least some color imparted thereto via a dye and/or coloring agent by applying a process solvent having a dye and/or coloring agent therein to the substrate, wherein the process solvent interrupts one or more intermolecular force between one or more component in the substrate. The substrate may be configured as a natural fiber, such as cellulose, hemicelluloses, and silk. The process solvent may include a binder, such as dissolved biopolymer (e.g., cellulose). After application of a process solvent comprised of a dye and/or coloring agent, the substrate may be exposed to a second application of a process solvent comprised of a binder, which second application may occur before or after a process temperature/pressure zone, process solvent recovery zone, and/or drying zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Natural Fiber Welding, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Michael Haverhals, Aaron Kenneth Amstutz, Jonglak Choi, Xiling Tang, Michael Molter, Spencer Jacob Null
  • Patent number: 10947437
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a mortar slurry and a method for preparing a hardened mortar. The method includes the steps of: mixing an aramide capsule, a cement, a silica, and a water to form a mortar slurry; and allowing the mortar slurry to set to form the hardened mortar, where the aramide capsule is embedded in the hardened mortar. A continuous solvent and a surfactant are mixed to produce a continuous phase. A dispersed solvent and a dispersed monomer are mixed to produce a dispersed phase. The continuous solvent and a crosslinker are mixed to produce a crosslinker solution. The continuous phase and the dispersed phase are mixed to form a mixture having an emulsion such that the dispersed phase is dispersed as droplets in the continuous phase, where an interface defines the droplets of the dispersed phase dispersed in the continuous phase. The crosslinker solution is added to the mixture such that the crosslinker reacts with the dispersed monomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Elizabeth Q. Contreras, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Patent number: 10947438
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a method for monitoring structural integrity of a hardened cement. An aramide capsule, a cement, and a water to form a cement slurry. The cement slurry is set to form a hardened cement, where the aramide capsule is embedded in the hardened cement. Imperfections of the hardened cement are detected by measuring electrical resistivity of the hardened cement. The aramide capsule is formed by interfacial polymerization using a surfactant, a dispersed monomer, a crosslinker such that a semi-permeable membrane is formed surrounding a core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Elizabeth Q. Contreras
  • Patent number: 10940668
    Abstract: There is provided a functional layer including a layered double hydroxide. The functional layer further contains titania.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sho Yamamoto, Shohei Yokoyama, Naoko Inukai
  • Patent number: 10851497
    Abstract: Paper with increased strength and increased resistance against greases whose nature is that the paper contains 0.1%-40% of the weight share of biopolymeric starch whose primary particles have the sizes of 1 to 750 nanometres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Jaromir Kelarek
  • Patent number: 10724483
    Abstract: An integrated hydrocarbon trap and air filter in the soundtube of a vehicle for use in conjunction with the engine's air intake system is disclosed. The trap and air filter comprises a housing body having first and second ends. The housing includes hydrocarbon-adsorbing media and air filter media. The hydrocarbon-adsorbing and air filter trap are incorporated into a soundtube. A first soundtube portion connects the housing to the engine's air intake system while a second soundtube is open to ambient and connects the housing to a vehicle body structure such as a fender. Selection of the body diameter, thickness, and length, the dimensions and type of both air filter media and hydrocarbon-adsorbing media and position of the air filter media, NVH media, and space relative to the trap media and location of the integrated hydrocarbon trap and air filter along the soundtube provide superior tunability and adaptability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Labadie, David S. Moyer, John Emley, Jeffrey Morton, Scott M. Rollins, Robert Joseph Mohan, Roger Joseph Khami
  • 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: 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
    Inventors: Satoru Kusano, Junichiro Sato, Katsuya Seki, Youhei Takeda
  • 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: 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
    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
    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
    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