Patent for Sale:

Integrated Electrochemical Reactor and Process    

A small vacuum electrochemical reactor that can convert solution-phase materials to gas-phase materials.

Overview

The integrated electrochemical reactor is a compact, lightweight, vacuum electrochemical reactor with the following onboard stations: electrolysis chamber, mixing chamber, and gas transfer port. It was designed and successfully used to electrolytically convert liquid-phase or solution-phase materials [that were problematic to analyze] to gas-phase materials [that were readily analyzed]. This one-piece reactor may be easily connected to gas/vacuum manifolds through its available port. The nominal internal volume is about 15 milliliters and it can be generally used to [electrolytically or chemically] convert a solution-phase material to some different material [such as the conversion of oxalic acid to carbon dioxide plus hydrogen] for temporary storage.

Primary Application of the Technology

The key markets for the Integrated Electrochemical Reactor involve chemical conversion and storage:
1/ university research laboratories [physics, chemistry, engineering]
2/ university educational laboratories [physics, chemistry, biology, engineering]
3/ industrial sites [chemical, electrochemical, energy storage, analytical lab, quality control lab]
4/ secondary educational sites [science experiments, science fair projects]

The Problem Solved by the Technology

Based upon the capability to sustain an internal dynamic vacuum [by means of an external pump], the Reactor enables the electrolytic conversion of [potentially air reactive] solution-phase material to gas-phase materials that can stored for later analysis or use.

How the Technology Solves the Problem

A technological advantage of the Reactor is the structural consolidation of its critical components into a compact, lightweight unit that is easily manipulated by hand.

Competitive Advantage

Competitive advantages of the Integrated Electrochemical Reactor include:
1/ structural embodiment as a compact, single piece, mechanically rugged Reactor
2/ capability to accomplish a chemical pre-reaction in its Mixing compartment followed by an electrolytic reaction
3/ the design feature of one valve port, which enables a reliable internal [dynamic] vacuum to be sustained
4/ based upon its materials of construction, its general resistance to corrosive damage

Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Typical materials of construction: borosilicate glass, polymeric valve, Viton seal, polymeric bushing, noble metal wire, solder, and epoxy.

Additional Information

Integrated Electrochemical Reactors of this patent have been used hundreds of times to convert certain liquid-phase materials to gas-phase materials for subsequent gas analysis [using, for example, a mass spectrometer].

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 204: Chemistry: Electrical And Wave Energy

This class includes, where not provided for elsewhere: A. Processes (1) involving the use of electrolysis (as provided for in Class 205); (2) of preparing or purifying compounds or elements involving chemical reaction brought about by electrical or wave energy in a magnetic field; (3) of treating materials involving chemical reaction brought about by wave energy; (4) of preparing or purifying compounds or elements involving chemical reaction brought about by an electrostatic field or electrical discharge; (5) involving the use of electrophoresis or electro-osmosis; (6) of treating a liquid (a) to separate or purify the liquid using electric and magnetic fields simultaneously, (b) to separate or purify the liquid using an electric field, or (c) using a magnetic field to obtain some effect other than mere separation or purification of the liquid; (7) involving coating, forming, or etching by the use of sputtering; and (8) involving coating by the use of vacuum arc discharge.

Subclass 193: APPARATUS
Subclass 194: Electrolytic
Subclass 242: Cells
Subclass 271: Portable
Subclass 272: Concentrically arranged electrodes
Subclass 275.1: With feeding and/or withdrawal means

Class 205: Electrolysis: Processes, Compositions Used Therein, And Methods Of Preparing The Compositions

Processes (1) involving the use of electrolysis (2) of preparing or purifying compounds or elements involving chemical reaction brought about by electrical or wave energy in a magnetic field; (3) of treating materials involving chemical reaction brought about by wave energy; (4) of preparing or purifying compounds or elements involving chemical reaction brought about by an electrostatic field or electrical discharge; (5) involving the use of electrophoresis or electro-osmosis; (6) of treating a liquid (a) to separate or purify the liquid using electric and magnetic fields simultaneously, (b) to separate or purify the liquid using an electric field, or (c) using a magnetic field to obtain some effect other than mere separation or purification of the liquid; (7) involving coating, forming, or etching by the use of sputtering; and (8) involving coating by the use of vacuum arc discharge. Electrolyte compositions specialized for use in electrolytic processes or methods of preparing the compositions.

Subclass 334: ELECTROLYTIC SYNTHESIS (PROCESS, COMPOSITION, AND METHOD OF PREPARING COMPOSITION)