Destruction Of Hazardous Or Toxic Waste Patents (Class 435/262.5)
  • Patent number: 10626060
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for treating a mixture of wastes (4) comprising biodegradable wastes, the method being characterized in that it includes the following successive steps: Step A: the mixture of wastes (4) is subjected to a first composting cycle so as to obtain a mixture of pre-composted wastes (4), Step B: the mixture of pre-composted wastes (4) is subjected to a drying so as to obtain a mixture of dried wastes (4), Step C: the mixture of dried wastes (4) is separated into at least a portion of heavy wastes (14) and a portion of light wastes (13), Step D: the portion of light wastes (13) is subjected to a second composting cycle to so as to obtain a mixture (4) of refined wastes (20). Treatment of biodegradable wastes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FINANCE DEVELOPPEMENT ENVIRONNEMENT CHARREYRE—FIDEC
    Inventor: Fabien Michel Alain Charreyre
  • Patent number: 10577266
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an anaerobic process with filtration procedure for wastewater treatment at room temperature, that comprises: continuously feeding at least one anaerobic reactor, with previously sieved wastewater and feeding biodegradable organic waste—BOW—also previously sieved, said reactor being coupled to at least one gasified filtration membrane, with recirculation of biogas from the reactor, carrying out the anaerobic digestion of the organic fraction contained in the mixture of wastewater and the BOW, in the reactor, obtaining a treated mixture and filtering the mixture treated in the reactor, in at least one filtration tank through the gasified membrane under conditions such that the relationship between the biogas recirculated per square meter of membrane, and time unit, and the wastewater filtered—SGDp—is the minimum value allowed by the solid concentration in a treatment plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: FCC AQUALIA, S.A., UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALÈNCIA, UNIVERSITAT DE VALÈNCIA ESTUDI GENERAL
    Inventors: Frank Rogalla, Jose Ramón Vázquez Padín, Emérita Jiménez Douglas, Freddy Durán Pinzón, Aurora Seco Torrecillas, Alberto Bouzas Blanco, Josep Ribes Bertomeu, María Victoria Ruano García, Joaquín Serralta Sevilla, Ángel Robles Martínez, Juan Bautista Giménez García, José Ferrer Polo
  • Patent number: 10508290
    Abstract: A solid state fermentation process for producing methane, and a bioreactor and solid support for use in the process are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: QVIDJA KRAFT AB
    Inventors: Anni Alitalo, Erkki Aura
  • Patent number: 10456744
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing and storing carbon dioxide are disclosed. In some embodiments, the methods include the following: mixing materials including magnesium or calcium with one or more acids and chelating agents to form a magnesium or calcium-rich solvent; using the organic acids derived from biogenic wastes as acids or chelating agents; generating carbonate ions by reacting a gas including carbon dioxide with a carbonic anhydrase biocatalyst; reacting the solvent with the carbonate ions to form magnesium or calcium carbonates; recycling a solution containing the biocatalyst after forming magnesium or calcium carbonates for re-use in the generating step; using the magnesium and calcium carbonates as carbon neutral filler materials and using the silica product as green filler materials or inexpensive absorbents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Ah-Hyung Alissa Park, Edward J. Swanson, Huangjing Zhao, Greeshma Gadikota, Patrick V. Brady, Tushar Patel, Scott Banta
  • Patent number: 10435317
    Abstract: Metal-free materials, manufacturing thereof, method using thereof for (in-situ or ex-situ) catalytically treating contaminated soil or waters, including remediation of groundwater contaminated by haloalkenes, haloalkanes, nitro-compounds, and nitrophenol using sulfide as a reductant. Metal-free materials are manufactured with industrial scrap syrup or biomass. Method using the metal-free materials for in-situ treatment consists with the processes of adding materials into the contaminated medium, introducing sulfide into the contaminated medium, and reductive reacting contaminants with sulfide catalyzed by the metal-free materials. Specially, the formation of in-situ reaction zone is the key point of in situ treatment by retaining the catalyst in the contaminated medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jilin University
    Inventors: Na Liu, Longzhen Ding, Pengpeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10101312
    Abstract: A soil-emulating device and a system for evaluation of soil-related properties are provided. The soil-emulating apparatus includes one or more soil micromodels comprising packed emulated soil particles. The packed soil particles comprise a particle size distribution, and a soil structure of a desired soil type. The soil micromodel is cast from a two-dimensional representation of a region to provide visualization of air infiltration into pores of the micromodel. The soil micromodel is located within an environmental control chamber to control humidity and, optionally, the soil micromodel is saturated with a bacteria strain. Images are captured of the soil micromodel over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Leslie M. Shor, Jessica Furrer Chau, Daniel J. Gage
  • Patent number: 9895661
    Abstract: The invention discloses a process and device for desulfurization-denitration of a flue gas. A desulfurization-denitration solution is used in an absorption tower to absorb sulfur dioxide and/or nitrogen oxides from the flue gas or various combustion tail (waste) gases. The desulfurization-denitration solution with absorbed sulfur dioxide and/or nitrogen oxides releases the sulfur dioxide and/or nitrogen oxides by heating and/or gas stripping and/or vacuum regeneration in a regeneration tower. The released sulfur dioxide and/or nitrogen oxides are further concentrated into a sulfur dioxide and/or nitrogen oxide product with a higher purity in a concentration tower. The regenerated desulfurization-denitration solution is recycled for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Xionghui Wei, Meihua Zou
  • Patent number: 9809481
    Abstract: A waste stream is treated by anaerobic digestion. A process is described involves a step of separating solids from digestate, and returning separated solids to a digester. Optionally, there may be a step of solids separation in which larger solids are removed from the digester. A process and apparatus are described for treating waste sludge from a wastewater treatment plant in an anaerobic digester. Feed sludge is thickened or solids are separated from digestate and returned to the digester. Additional co-digestion waste may be added to the digester. The process and apparatus may be used in a retrofit of an existing wastewater treatment plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Anaergia Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Josse
  • Patent number: 9745895
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing energy by recycling materials during a fuel combustion process, wherein the fuel combustion process comprises combusting fuel introduced into the fuel combustion process. Further, the invention relates to an apparatus for producing energy by recycling materials during a fuel combustion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Fortum Oyj
    Inventors: Esa Suoninen, Martti Surakka
  • Patent number: 9518974
    Abstract: A sensor system detects organophosphorus pesticide residue by inducing the aggregation of gold nanoparticles. A method comprises aggregating gold nanoparticles by a reaction between an organophosphorus pesticide and imidazole or a green fluorescent protein (GFP), and detecting the organophosphorus pesticide based on a absorption spectral change resulting from the aggregation. The system for detecting pesticide residue is useful as a biosensor for analyzing pesticide residue in situ, because the optical change of the reagent by the presence of an organophosphorus pesticide is distinct, the detection speed is fast, and the range of detection limits is broad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CHUNG ANG UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMIC COOPERATION
    Inventors: Tae Jung Park, Myung-Sun Kim, Gi Wook Kim, Min Su Han
  • Patent number: 9469838
    Abstract: The process provides a biofilm including and not limited to cellulose produced by bacteria that can be used as a bio-resin and as a surface application for myceliated and non-myceliated biomaterials. In one embodiment, the process comprises the steps of obtaining an agricultural substrate; and cohabitating a selected bacteria with a selected fungus in the agricultural substrate for a period of time to allow the bacteria to grow alongside the fungus and to excrete a biofilm from the bacteria into the substrate to provide bio-resin like strengthening compounds to the agricultural substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Ecovative Design, LLC
    Inventors: Damen Donald Schaak, Matthew James Lucht
  • Patent number: 9428426
    Abstract: System for the bio-treatment of organic waste by means of insect larvae comprising a tank provided with removable cover and means for ventilation and temperature control able to induce migration of the larvae outside the waste mass when in a desired larval development stadium, means for distributing in many times the various waste layers and for removing the same at the end of the treatment and means for distributing the larvae inside the tank and for collecting and storing the larvae at the end of the treatment. Method for the bio-treatment of organic waste by means of larval stadium insects provided with the step of placing a first waste layer inside a tank (1), placing insect larvae or eggs on said layer and adding other waste layers at prefixed and shorter time intervals than the larvae development time, inducing the spontaneous migration of the larvae towards suitable collecting areas by means of temperature and humidity control and removing the treated waste from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bioconversion, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Francesco Caprio, Daniele De Gennaro, Giovanni Gorgone, Massimiliano Roncone
  • Patent number: 9354235
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to a system and process for fluorometrically quantifying potentially mineralizable nitrogen for agricultural crop production. The soil analysis process measures potentially mineralizable nitrogen and calibrates the application of soil-based nitrogen for site or field specific management of nitrogen fertilizers for crops grown on a wide variety of soil textures including sandy loam, silt loam and clay soils. The spectrofluorometric system and process may be utilized for routine soil testing with a lower sample to sample variability, and the automation of the spectrofluorometric system and process allows for simultaneous determination of potentially mineralizable soil organic nitrogen, ammonium and nitrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of The University of Arkansas
    Inventors: Trenton L. Roberts, Richard J. Norman, Nathan A. Slayton, Charles E. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9333382
    Abstract: A plant-microorganism combined method for phhytoremediation of organic contaminated soil; i.e., an ornamental plant (Impatiens balsamina L.)—microorganisms (petroleum hydrocarbon degrading mixed microbes) combined method for enhanced phytoremediation of petroleum contaminated soil is disclosed. The inoculated petroleum degrading mixed microbes can not only degrade contaminants in soil directly but also secretes chemical substances which are helpful to relieve the toxic effects on the Impatiens balsamina L. In return, the Impatiens balsamina L. releases photosynthesis products into the soil, so as to enhance microbial activity and quantity, and assist the microorganisms in degrading target contaminates more effectively and efficiently. Repeating the processes mentioned above is able to continuously reduce petroleum hydrocarbon contaminants in the soil until the residual content of contaminants meets the environmental safety standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: ZHEJIANG ZEHAN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD, Nankai University
    Inventors: Zhang Cai, Qixing Zhou, Lijuan Cheng, Ruiren Zhou, Xin Wang, Jingchun Tang, Qingmin Zhang, Jie Liu, Weitao Liu, Junjie Yang
  • Patent number: 9307770
    Abstract: The invention related to the use of Bacillus licheniformis strain OBT618 (ATCC PTA-122188) for inhibiting Clostridium pathogens in a material contaminated with the pathogens. The strain can be added to animal feed, animal waste or food processing facility waste that is contained with Clostridium to inhibit the pathogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Osprey Biotechnics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Reuter, Steven J. MacKenzie, Lauren G. Danielson, Vincent Scuilla
  • Patent number: 9253988
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of Bacillus licheniformis strain OBT618 (ATCC PTA-122188) for inhibiting Clostridium pathogens in a material such as water or manure contaminated with the pathogen. The strain can be added to drinking water, animal feed or animal litter to reduce disease caused by the presence of Clostridium in an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Osprey Biotechnics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Reuter, Steven J. MacKenzie, Lauren G. Danielson, Vincent Scuilla
  • Patent number: 9227233
    Abstract: Described herein is a mineral-releasing compost prepared by combining a prebiotic material, a probiotic material, and one or more mineral gluconate salts to form a composting mixture, controlling composting conditions to allow for the composting mixture to decompose, and allowing the composting mixture to fully stabilize and mature, wherein the compost includes one or more minerals as digested products of the respective mineral gluconate salts. The mineral-releasing compost is particularly suitable for remediation of soil contaminated with heavy metals and for amendment of soil deficient of certain minerals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Jane A. Hoxsey
  • Patent number: 9175252
    Abstract: A photobioreactor (100) for use in treating polluted air and producing biomass may comprise, at least in part, a generally vertical tube or fluidic pathway (102), a generally vertical helical tube or fluidic pathway (104) having a light source (106) partially positioned within the helical fluidic pathway (104), a head cap assembly (108), and a base assembly (110). In one illustrative example, the light source (106) may be a light emitting diode (LED) or a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs). By one approach, a gas diffusion apparatus (112) is located at the base assembly (110) adjacent the generally vertical fluidic pathway (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: PHYCO2, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Morgan
  • Patent number: 9126244
    Abstract: Anaerobic reductive dechlorination processes remove chlorinated solvents from contaminated subsurface soil and ground water. The presence of organic hydrogen donors enables anaerobic microorganisms present in the subsurface soil and groundwater to accelerate the reductive dechlorination process. The present invention provides an alternative method to control the release rate of organic hydrogen donors during dechlorination. The invention utilizes encapsulated substrates to control the release rate of organic hydrogen donors, therefore accelerating the biotic process of anaerobic reductive dechlorination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Environmental TEchnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scalzi, Antonis Karachalios
  • Patent number: 9040012
    Abstract: System and method for sustainable economic development which includes hydrogen extracted from substances, for example, sea water, industrial waste water, agricultural waste water, sewage, and landfill waste water. The hydrogen extraction is accomplished by thermal dissociation, electrical dissociation, optical dissociation, and magnetic dissociation. The hydrogen extraction further includes operation in conjunction with energy addition from renewable resources, for example, solar, wind, moving water, geothermal, or biomass resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: McAlister Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Edward McAlister
  • Patent number: 9029127
    Abstract: The invention relates to: a method of treating liquid waste (liquid agricultural or industrial effluents or aquatic sites) which is loaded or polluted with tributyl phosphate (TBP), modified bacterial strains which can be used in the aforementioned treatment method, a method for monitoring changes in TBP pollution, and the device which is used to perform said treatment method. According to the invention, the liquid waste-treatment or -purification method essentially comprises: steps (1) consisting in bringing said liquid waste into contact with at least one non-sulphur purple photosynthetic bacterial strain which is resistant to TBP and which is selected from the group containing Rhodopseudomonas palustris (Rp. palustris), Rhodospirillum rubrum (Rs. rubrum), Rhodobacter capsulatus (Rb. capsulatus) or Rhodobacter sphaeroides (Rb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Daniel Garcia, Cécile Berne
  • Publication number: 20150125923
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to compositions and methods of delivering substances in a dry mode, wherein the compositions include a surface layer disposed on the outer surface of the composition that is permeable to carbon dioxide and oxygen. The compositions may be used to deliver microorganisms to remove contaminates, such as oil, chemical, waste, or sewage, from soil, water, or air. In other embodiments, the compositions can also be used for delivering liquid food, liquid food additives, liquid biotech agricultural ingredients, conventional liquid agricultural ingredients, liquid human wellness and dietary supplements, and liquid fragrances and beauty products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: DryLet LLC
    Inventors: Ramiro Trevino, Steven R. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20150107319
    Abstract: A method for sterilization of pathogenic waste includes steps of introducing animal tissues, carcasses or parts, pathogenic waste, or by-products of slaughter or processing into an unpressurized vessel, adding NaOH and KOH in a ratio of about 2.2 to 2.3:1, adding water sufficient to create a 1.5 to 1.6 Molar solution, such that the tissue to water ratio is about 1:1.5, heating the vessel indirectly to near but below the boiling point of the solution, holding the temperature for about 16-20 hours, while continuously agitating the contents of the vessel, displacing the solution volume in the reaction vessel about every 2-3 minutes. Optimally, the tissue is introduced into the vessel first, then dry NaOH and KOH, and finally water. The end product is a homogenous, aqueous solution that is sterile, pathogen-free and suitable for land application or mixing directly into manure retention vessels, prior to land application of the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: BARNYARD TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Richard Vonderwell, Eric Fritz, Nathan Metz
  • Publication number: 20150104855
    Abstract: A plant-microorganism combined method for phhytoremediation of organic contaminated soil; i.e., an ornamental plant (Impatiens balsamina L.)—microorganisms (petroleum hydrocarbon degrading mixed microbes) combined method for enhanced phytoremediation of petroleum contaminated soil is disclosed. The inoculated petroleum degrading mixed microbes can not only degrade contaminants in soil directly but also secretes chemical substances which are helpful to relieve the toxic effects on the Impatiens balsamina L. In return, the Impatiens balsamina L. releases photosynthesis products into the soil, so as to enhance microbial activity and quantity, and assist the microorganisms in degrading target contaminates more effectively and efficiently. Repeating the processes mentioned above is able to continuously reduce petroleum hydrocarbon contaminants in the soil until the residual content of contaminants meets the environmental safety standard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Nankai University
    Inventors: Zhang Cai, Qixing Zhou, Lijuan Cheng, Ruiren Zhou, Xin Wang, Jingchun Tang, Qingmin Zhang, Jie Liu, Weitao Liu, Junjie Yang
  • Patent number: 9005956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of selectively obtaining phosphorus from solids containing heavy metals and phosphate. In this method, the solid is treated under acidic aerobic conditions using microorganisms comprising leaching microorganisms and polyphosphate-accumulating microorganisms, so that the heavy metals and the phosphates are released from the solid and the released phosphates may be taken up by the polyphosphate-accumulating microorganisms. The phosphorus-enriched biomass that is obtained in this manner is separated and may be utilized, e.g., as organic fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Georg Fritzmeier GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jennifer Zimmermann, Wolfgang Dott
  • Publication number: 20150093807
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for controlling degradation of biodegradable polyester. To be specific, biodegradation caused by a depolymerase is suppressed by capping a carboxyl terminal in biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) having the carboxyl group at one terminal or its copolymer, and, thus, it is possible to easily suppress or control degradation depending on a capping ratio of the carboxyl group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Sung-Chul YOON, Mun-Hwan Choi
  • Publication number: 20150079662
    Abstract: Methods for bioremediation of environmental media contaminated with at least one perchlorate compound. A Pseudomonas consortium of P. putida strain B, P. putida strain E, and P. fluorescens strain G was provided to contaminated water, soil, etc. under conditions to result in bioremediated water, soil, etc. In embodiments, the method is used ex-situ, e.g., in a reactor vessel, or is used in-situ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael T. Saul, Jonathan Andrew Irwin
  • Patent number: 8980619
    Abstract: Provided is a method of treating a hydrocarbon-contaminated soil/gravel with a blend of microbes by adding a first microbe selected from the group consisting of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IOCX, Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IOC DHT and mixtures thereof to a hydrocarbon-contaminated soil/gravel to release the hydrocarbon; and adding a second microbe selected from the group consisting of Pseudomonas putida strain IOC5al, Pseudomonas putida strain IOCRl, Bacillus subtlis and a mixture thereof to degrade the released hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Indian Oil Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Upreti, Harinder Kaur Dua, Mahendra Pratap Singh, Arvind Pratap Singh, Ravinder Kumar Malhotra, Ram Prakash Verma
  • Patent number: 8956854
    Abstract: A zero-discharge landfill process is disclosed herein. The process described in the present invention recycles the exhaust gases from a combustion engine which reheats the landfill and provides moisture. Additionally, the CO2 from the exhaust gases releases additional methane. Methane production in landfills can thus be enhanced by the method of the present invention. Furthermore, a portion of the exhaust gas can be used to cultivate algae in a cultivation tank. The cultivation of the algal species is enhanced in the presence of water, CO2, CO, and the elevated temperatures. Optionally, a first portion of the cultivated algae can be passed through the landfill to increase methane production in the landfill and a second portion of the cultivated algae can be transferred to a biodiesel production tank, for the conversion of the one or more algal oils and lipids to a biodiesel or a biofuel by a transesterification reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Russell R. Chianelli, Xiomara Carolina Chianelli
  • Patent number: 8956853
    Abstract: A method for degumming an oil composition comprises the steps of (a) providing an oil composition containing a quantity of phospholipids, (b) contacting said oil composition simultaneously with one or more phospholipase A enzymes and one or more phospholipase C enzymes, under conditions sufficient for the enzymes to react with the phospholipids to create phospholipid reaction products, and (c) separating the phospholipids reaction products from the oil composition, the remaining oil composition after the separation being a degummed oil composition, whereby during step (b) the reaction of said one or more phospholipase A enzymes proceeds at a faster rate than it would in the absence of said one or more phospholipase C enzymes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Bunge Oils, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. G. Dayton, Flavio Galhardo
  • Publication number: 20150010676
    Abstract: Provided are self-cloning Aspergillus oryzae that expresses amidase without induction culture exhibiting high amidase degradation activity, and a method for reducing acrylamide in which this self-cloning Aspergillus oryzae is used. Self-cloning Aspergillus oryzae, which has a gene which codes a polypeptide with a specific amino acid sequence indicated in SEQ ID NO:1, or has a base sequence hybridizable to a complementary sequence of the gene encoding SEQ ID No:1 under stringent conditions, has a protein with amidase activity which the gene is expressed without induction culture, the process of reducing acrylamide by contact treatment with the above described self-cloning Aspergillus oryzae and acrylamide-containing matter, and a method of producing reduced acrylamide food or beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji Ozeki, Motoaki Sano, Kazuya Iwai, Taiji Fukunaga, Yusaku Narita, Hirokazu Tsuboi, Takayuki Bogaki
  • Publication number: 20150004674
    Abstract: Provided is a method for removing radionuclides using microalgae and A composition for removing radionuclides. The method includes bring the radionuclides into contact with microalgae, and thus a method for easily removing radionuclides in eco-friendly manner is provided, and also a method for removing radionuclides with high efficiency is provided. A composition for removing radionuclides includes microalgae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: SOGANG UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Seung-Yop LEE, Kwang-Hwan JUNG, Sang-Hyo LEE, Keon Ah LEE, Ju Eun LEE, Seung Yeop LEE
  • Patent number: 8920824
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a treatment by pulmonary delivery of a bioscavenger to animals as an effective antidote to prevent toxicity produced by exposure of an animal to nerve agents and other toxic substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Yvonne Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8921091
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the degradation of pollutants in water and/or soil. More specific, the present invention relates to a method for the on-site decontamination or re-mediation of water and/or soil which are contaminated with organic compounds. Moreover, the invention relates to a method for forming a barrier against the spreading of a contamination with pollutants within the water and/or soil, especially within groundwater (aquifer). Further, the invention relates to means for use in these methods, and to the production of such means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen Deutsches Forschungszentrum fur Gesundheit und Unwelt GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Meckenstock, Julian Bosch
  • Publication number: 20140377815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing carbamoyl phosphate, the method comprising reacting ammonia, ATP, bicarbonate and CO2, or a hydrated form thereof, in a composition in the presence of a carbamate kinase, wherein the ammonia and CO2, or hydrated form thereof, are converted to carbamate in a chemical reaction and the carbamate and ATP are converted to carbamoyl phosphate in an enzyme-catalysed reaction by the carbamate kinase, and wherein the pH of the composition is about 8 to about 12. The invention also relates to methods of producing urea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: James Edward Hennessy, Amy Philbrook, Daniel Miles Bartkus, Christopher John Easton, Colin Scott, John G. Oakeshott, Hye-Kyung Kim, Melissa Jane Latter
  • Publication number: 20140377844
    Abstract: A method of deactivating an explosive composition being used in a blasting operation, which method comprises exposing the explosive composition to a micro-organism that is indigenous to the environment in which the explosive composition is being used and that is capable of producing an enzyme that degrades the explosive composition, wherein the explosive composition has associated with it a chemical inducing agent that promotes production of the enzyme by the micro-organism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Clint Brearley, Steven Kotsonis, Kaiyan Liu, Thomas Smylie, Richard Goodridge
  • Publication number: 20140378396
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides aromatic-cationic peptide compositions and methods of using the same. The methods comprise use of the peptides in electron transport, inhibition of cardiolipin peroxidation, apoptosis inhibition and electrical conductance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: D. Travis Wilson, Hazel Szeto, Alex Birk
  • Patent number: 8906688
    Abstract: Cell expansion systems are provided. The cell expansion systems generally include a hollow fiber cell growth chamber, and first and second fluid flow paths associated with the interior of the hollow fibers and exterior of the hollow fibers, respectively. The hollow fibers have a hydrophilic interior surface and a hydrophobic exterior surface. Detachable flow circuits are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Terumo BCT, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen Delbert Antwiler
  • Publication number: 20140342440
    Abstract: Methods and products for spill response management also providing bioremediation of specific substrates such as protein, starch, carbohydrates, hydrocarbons, fats and greases through superior enzymatic activity in both aerobic and anaerobic environments with one product. In one illustrative embodiment, a product may include coir in a proportion of from about 85% to about 99% and a suitable microbe for initiating bioremediation in an appropriate form in a proportion of from about 20% to about 1%, by weight. Methods of using a product may include absorbing spilled fluid with the product then disposing of the product with the absorbed fluid where the microbe will perform bioremediation. This may allow the absorption (cleanup) of commonly used hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals in residential, commercial and industrial applications and the peace of mind of using a safe, sustainable, environmentally friendly, landfill safe product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Toby Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140335601
    Abstract: A method for the removal of semi-volatile organic compounds in soils, sludges, groundwater, process water, and wastewater is presented. Oxidation and biological attenuation processes utilize persulfates and other oxidants with trivalent metals, such as ferrous iron or Mn3+, as activators. The resulting chemical oxidation process yields degradation compounds which facilitate further attenuation via biological processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Innovative Environmental Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scalzi, Antonis Karachalios
  • Publication number: 20140335602
    Abstract: A method for the removal of semi-volatile organic compounds in soils, sludges, groundwater, process water, and wastewater is presented. Oxidation and biological attenuation processes utilize peroxide, persulfates, percarbonates, and/or other oxidants with trivalent metals, such as ferric iron (Fe3+) or manganic ion (Mn3+) as activators. The resulting chemical oxidation process yields degradation compounds which facilitate further attenuation via biological processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Innovative Environmental Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scalzi, Antonis Karachalios
  • Patent number: 8883485
    Abstract: Described are compositions and methods for the decolorization of dye molecules in an aqueous medium using enzymatically-generated peracid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Danisco US Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Barnett, Rafael F. Sala
  • Patent number: 8883484
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for processing organic matter that is produced in a poultry farm. The organic matter produced by the plurality of birds is removed from one or more containers that house the plurality of birds. The method further includes treating a first amount of organic matter of the organic matter in a thermal processor to produce inorganic matter. Thereafter, the inorganic matter and a second amount of organic matter of the organic matter are consumed in one or more photo bioreactors for growing one or more photosynthesis organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
    Inventor: Mazen A. Ba-Abbad
  • Publication number: 20140329677
    Abstract: A biological product for the purification of water, soil, industrial wastewater from chemicals that are resistant to degradation, such as pesticides and oil, contains a composition of strains of bacteria Pseudomonas putida VKPM B-10997, Bacillus subtilis VKPM B-10999, and Rhodococcus erythropolis VKPM Ac-1882 in a weight ratio of (1-2):(1-2):1. The biological product can further contain sorbent, organic and mineral supplements, and stimulating agents. The biological product can be used for the decomposition of degradation-resistant pesticides and oil and has plant growth stimulating and fungicidal activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Liliya Anisimova, Tatyana Markusheva, Aleksandr Kurakov, Andrey Zakutayev
  • Patent number: 8877088
    Abstract: The invention relates to formulations with anti-graffiti-scrawling, self-cleaning, anti-incrustation and/or nonstick properties. The formulations are made from synthetic and natural polymers and in a system that may be either mono- or bi-component. In addition, the invention also relates to the application of said formulations to objects, monuments, constructions and means of transport, imparting protection thereto. Further, the present invention relates to processes for preparing said formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Roma Comercial Quimica Ltda.
    Inventors: Francisco Rodrigues de Lira, Hildebrando Lucas Santos
  • Publication number: 20140325700
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of applied and environmental microorganism and agriculture. Disclosed are a thifensulfuron hydrolase gene tsmE and uses thereof. The thifensulfuron hydrolase gene tsmE has a nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO.1, full length of 1194 bp, and G+C content of 51.09%, and encodes 398 amino acids with an amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO.2. The thifensulfuron hydrolase TsmE provided by the present invention can degrade completely 100 mg/L thifensulfuron within 1 hour into the herbicidally inactive product thiophenesulfonic acid; in addition, the TsmE also degrade completely 100 mg/L haloxyfop-R-methyl within 1 hour. Therefore, the thifensulfuron hydrolase gene tsmE is useful in construction of thifensulfuron-resistant transgenic crops and bioremediation of thifensulfuron or haloxyfop-R-methyl-contaminated environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shunpeng Li, Jian He, Baojian Hang
  • Publication number: 20140315716
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates to novel Bacillus strains ENV 734 (NRRL B-50800), ENV 735 (NRRL B-50801), ENV 736 (NRRL B-50802), and ENV 737 (NRRL B-50803). These strains possess a high degree of homology with both Bacillus simplex and Bacillus butanolivorans, but unexpectedly exhibit desirable high salt tolerance as well as low temperature growth and urease production. In another aspect, the present invention relates to compositions comprising at least one of such strains and an acceptable carrier, and methods of preparing the compositions. Such compositions are suitable for use in industrial, agricultural, aquacultural, environmental, wastewater treatment and/or probiotic applications. Methods for enhancing the growth of a plant propagative material and methods for treating wastewater are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Envera, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Matheny, Zivile Panaviene
  • Patent number: 8865453
    Abstract: Biochemical decomposition of undesirable gaseous contaminants, including nitrogen oxides, VOC's, carbon monoxide and sulfur oxides, and malodorous contaminants, is achieved by passing a gas stream through a managed landfill providing microbiological activity capable of degrading the contaminants. Gases suitable for treatment include fuel combustor exhaust, landfill gases, putrescent gases and the like. The landfill functions as a biological reactor (bioreactor), where water is added if or as necessary to achieve concentrations between about 20% and about 65% by weight, and desired microbial contaminant abatement action. By a permeation of the polluted gas through the landfill, there is a consumption of polluting gases by microorganisms present in the landfill. The process enables increased combustion of fuels, such as landfill gases, whose energy values are currently wasted or are not available due to emissions problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Intititute For Environmental Management
    Inventor: Don C. Augenstein
  • Patent number: 8852157
    Abstract: Disposable items made from bioplastic resins include a biodegradable resin; and a plasticizer; wherein the resin and plasticizer are intermixed to provide a generally homogenous bioplastic that is formed to provide the device. A disposable device includes a multidose syringe, a specimen tube, a scalpel, a lancet, a sharps container, or a suction canister. A method of disposing of an item includes providing an item made from a biodegradable resin and a plasticizer that are intermixed to provide a generally homogenous bioplastic; sterilizing the item utilizing radiation or ethylene oxide gas; shredding the item; and composting the item into a compost end product, thereby disposing of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Bottles, LLC
    Inventor: Shantu Patel
  • Patent number: 8852312
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Method and system for completion of Ecological cycle of Biomass, applying Nature to Nature (N2N) theory, by biological treatment of any biodegradable waste or organic waste, including biodegradable part of MSW, to produce rich biological fertilizer as end product, methane and many useful byproducts using natural processes and natural/organic materials within a very short time span. Thus, whatever is taken from nature is returned back to the nature in natural time span called as N2N Theory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Maithilee Dinesh Chandratre