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1.

AUTOMATED INLINE NANOPARTICLE STANDARD MATERIAL ADDITION

      
Application Number US2023024266
Publication Number 2023/239604
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-06-02
Publication Date 2023-12-14
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schultz, Austin

Abstract

Systems and methods for automated handling and maintaining nanoparticle standard solutions in a substantially homogenous state with controlled introduction to a fluid sample are described. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, an agitator configured to mix a nanoparticle standard solution in a container to provide a mixed nanoparticle standard having a substantially homogenous distribution of nanoparticles; and a fluid preparation system fluidically coupled with the container to receive the mixed nanoparticle standard and direct the mixed nanoparticle standard to a fluid sample stream for inline mixing therewith.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 35/10 - Devices for transferring samples to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices
  • G01N 1/38 - Diluting, dispersing or mixing samples
  • G01N 21/73 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited using plasma burners or torches

2.

NANOPARTICLE DETECTION THRESHOLD DETERMINATION THROUGH LOCAL MINIMUM ANALYSIS

      
Application Number US2023019435
Publication Number 2023/211783
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-04-21
Publication Date 2023-11-02
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nardini, Cole, J.
  • Schultz, Austin
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for analyzing local minimum data from spectrometry data for the determination of nanoparticle detection thresholds are described. In aspects, a histogram of the spectrometry' data is used to search for potential local minimum values, which are subsequently validated to establish a nanoparticle detection threshold for the spectrometry' data, with ion intensity' values less than the nanoparticle detection threshold being attributable to signal background.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 15/10 - Investigating individual particles
  • H01J 49/00 - Particle spectrometers or separator tubes
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns
  • G01N 15/00 - Investigating characteristics of particles; Investigating permeability, pore-volume or surface-area of porous materials

3.

MULTI DATA PROCESS SWITCHING FOR NANOPARTICLE BASELINE AND DETECTION THRESHOLD DETERMINATION

      
Application Number US2023019441
Publication Number 2023/211786
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-04-21
Publication Date 2023-11-02
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nardini, Cole, J.
  • Schultz, Austin
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for automatically utilizing multiple data processing methods on a given spectrometry dataset for the determination of nanoparticle detection factors including nanoparticle baseline and detection threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 15/10 - Investigating individual particles
  • H01J 49/00 - Particle spectrometers or separator tubes
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns
  • G01N 15/00 - Investigating characteristics of particles; Investigating permeability, pore-volume or surface-area of porous materials

4.

NANOPARTICLE BASELINE AND PARTICLE DETECTION THRESHOLD DETERMINATION THROUGH ITERATIVE OUTLIER REMOVAL

      
Application Number US2023019427
Publication Number 2023/211782
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-04-21
Publication Date 2023-11-02
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nardini, Cole, J.
  • Schultz, Austin
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

Systems and methods for iterative removal of outlier data from spectrometry data to determine one or more of a. particle baseline and a detection threshold for nanoparticles are described. Ion signal intensity values that exceed an outlier threshold value associated with a sum of a first multiple of an average of the count distribution of ion signal intensity and a first multiple of a standard deviation of the count distribution of ion signal intensity are iteratively removed from the raw data set until no outliers remain, providing a background data set. A nanoparticle baseline intensity value is set as a sum of a second multiple of an average of the background data set and a second multiple of a standard deviation of the background data set to differentiate between signal intensity values that are associated with background interference and that are associated with the presence of nanoparticles in the sample.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns

5.

MEMBRANE-BASED PURGE GAS AND SAMPLE TRANSFER FOR LASER ABLATION SAMPLE PROCESSING

      
Application Number US2023015283
Publication Number 2023/177731
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-15
Publication Date 2023-09-21
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Casper, Mark
  • Coenen, Ross
  • Field, Michael, P.
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Sakowski, Jude

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for transferring gas from an ablation cell to an inductively coupled plasma, analysis system via. a gas exchange membrane transfer line to exchange gas introduced to the ablation cell with a sweep gas. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a laser ablation cell configured to generate a sample transfer stream through laser ablation of a sample and introduction of a carrier gas to flow the ablated sample from the laser ablation cell; an inductively-coupled plasma analysis device configured to measure one or more analytes in the sample transfer stream; and a gas exchange membrane transfer line fluidically coupled between the laser ablation cell and the inductively-coupled plasma analysis device, the gas exchange membrane transfer line configured, to replace gas in the sample transfer stream with sweep gas via gas exchange across a membrane of the gas exchange membrane transfer line.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns
  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/40 - Time-of-flight spectrometers

6.

ATMOSPHERIC PURGE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LASER ABLATION SAMPLE PROCESSING

      
Application Number US2023015291
Publication Number 2023/177736
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-15
Publication Date 2023-09-21
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Casper, Mark
  • Coenen, Ross
  • Field, Michael, P.
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for controlling flow of a purge gas introduced to an ablation cell between samples to remove atmospheric gas. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited, to, a. spray chamber including a spray chamber body, a. transfer gas inlet configured to receive gas from a laser ablation sample cell, a first outlet line configured to transfer gas from the spray chamber to an inductively-coupled plasma torch, and a second outlet line coupled, to the spray chamber body, the second gas outlet having a larger internal cross- sectional area, than an internal cross-sectional area of the first outlet line; and a valve fluidically coupled to the second outlet line, the valve configured to transition between at least an open configuration configured to permit transfer gas through the second outlet line and a closed configuration configured to prevent transfer of gas through the second outlet line.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns

7.

AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR REMOTE CHEMICAL SAMPLE COLLECTION WITH SAFE ISOLATION OF SAMPLE VESSEL

      
Application Number US2022047905
Publication Number 2023/081049
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-26
Publication Date 2023-05-11
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gilmore, Caleb
  • Yost, Tyler
  • Bhusal, Basanta
  • Ripudaman, Shekhawat
  • Conrad, Kevin

Abstract

Systems and methods for safe collection and transportation of fluid samples for analysis are described. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a housing defining an interior region to introduce a fluid sample to a sample vessel; a support platform to hold the sample vessel and laterally position the sample vessel to a plurality of locations within the interior region; an uncapper configured to automatically remove a cap of the sample vessel from a base of the sample vessel prior to introduction of the fluid sample to the base and to automatically replace the cap to the vessel base subsequent to introduction of the fluid sample to the base; and. a. fluid sample probe configured to fluidically couple with a. fluid sample source and to dispense fluid from the fluid sample source into the vessel base.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 35/10 - Devices for transferring samples to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices
  • G01N 35/00 - Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups ; Handling materials therefor

8.

MAGNETICALLY COUPLED VALVE

      
Application Number US2022044241
Publication Number 2023/049173
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-21
Publication Date 2023-03-30
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gilmore, Caleb
  • Yost, Tyler

Abstract

Valve assemblies are described that provide magnetic coupling between a valve actuator and a valve body housing the valve rotor and stator. A valve assembly embodiment, includes, but is not limited to, a valve body, the valve body including at least one magnet, and a rotor and a stator configured to define a plurality of fluid flow passageways; a valve actuator configured to drive the rotor via a drive shaft: and an actuator mount coupled to the valve actuator and configured, to magnetically couple with the at least one magnet of the valve body to magnetically couple the valve body and the valve actuator.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16K 31/06 - Operating means; Releasing devices magnetic using a magnet
  • F16K 27/02 - Construction of housings; Use of materials therefor of lift valves
  • F16K 1/50 - Preventing rotation of valve members

9.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING FLOW CHARACTERISTICS OF A FLUID SEGMENT FOR ANALYTIC DETERMINATIONS

      
Application Number US2022039559
Publication Number 2023/018615
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-05
Publication Date 2023-02-16
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Marth, Beau, A.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for determining whether liquid remains on a wafer surface following a scanning operation. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a first system configured for positioning adjacent a transfer line coupled with a scanning nozzle to dispense fluid onto a wafer surface and. to recover the fluid from the wafer surface, the first system configured to detect a gas/liquid transition of the fluid and determine a volume of liquid sample dispensed; a second system configured for positioning adjacent a second line downstream from the scanning nozzle, the second system configured to detect a gas/liquid transition of fluid flowing through the second line and determine a volume of liquid sample recovered from the wafer surface; and a controller configured to generate an alert if the volume of liquid sample recovered is not within a threshold amount compared to the volume of liquid sample dispensed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns

10.

AUTOSAMPLER SYSTEM WITH DUAL ROTATIONAL AXIS UNCAPPING

      
Application Number US2022032502
Publication Number 2022/261096
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-06-07
Publication Date 2022-12-15
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Anderson, Matthew, R.
  • Meints, Jeremiah
  • Yost, Tyler

Abstract

Systems and methods for automated cap removal with an autosampler system are described. In an aspect, an autosampler system includes, but is not limited to, a sample rack; a sample vessel stabilizer configured to transition the sample rack between a load/ unload state and a lock state: an uncapper supported by a first z-axis support: and a sample probe supported by a second z-axis support, wherein the uncapper is configured to remove a cap from a sample vessel held by the sample rack when the sample rack is in the lock state, and wherein the uncapper is configured to change the position of the removed cap to permit access to an interior of the sample vessel by the sample probe without removing the sample vessel from the sample rack.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 35/00 - Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups ; Handling materials therefor
  • G01N 35/10 - Devices for transferring samples to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices

11.

INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA TORCH STRUCTURE WITH PROTECTED INJECTOR

      
Application Number US2022025742
Publication Number 2022/231938
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-21
Publication Date 2022-11-03
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Barrett, Gary, J.
  • Wiederin, Kevin

Abstract

An inductively coupled plasma (TCP) torch is described that includes an injector protector to shield an injector end. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a tabular sample injector configured to receive an aerosolized sample in an interior defined by walls of the tubular sample injector; an injector protector surrounding at least a portion of the tabular sample injector; an inner tube surrounding at least a portion of the injector protector to form a first annular space between the inner tube and the injector protector, the inner tube defining at least one inlet port for introduction of an auxiliary gas into the first annular space; and an outer tube surrounding at least a portion of the inner tube to form a second annular space, the outer tube defining at least one inlet port for introduction of a cooling gas into the second annular space.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05H 1/30 - Plasma torches using applied electromagnetic fields, e.g. high-frequency or microwave energy
  • H05H 1/34 - Plasma torches using an arc - Details, e.g. electrodes, nozzles
  • H05H 1/28 - Cooling arrangements

12.

INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA TORCH STRUCTURE WITH FLARED OUTLET

      
Application Number US2022025745
Publication Number 2022/231939
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-21
Publication Date 2022-11-03
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Barrett, Gary, J.
  • Wiederin, Kevin

Abstract

An inductively coupled plasma (ICP) torch is described that includes a tapered outer end. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a tubular sample injector configured to receive an aerosolized sample in an interior defined by walls of the tubular sample injector; an inner tube surrounding at least a portion of the tubular sample injector to form a first annular space between the inner tube and the walls of the tubular sample injector, the inner tube defining at least one inlet port for introduction of an auxiliary gas into the first annular space; and an outer tube surrounding at least a. portion of the inner tube to form a. second annular space, the outer tube defining at least one inlet port for introduction of a cooling gas into the second, annular space, the outer tube having a flared region at an outlet of the outer tube.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05H 1/30 - Plasma torches using applied electromagnetic fields, e.g. high-frequency or microwave energy
  • H05H 1/28 - Cooling arrangements
  • H05H 1/34 - Plasma torches using an arc - Details, e.g. electrodes, nozzles

13.

SHAPED-CHANNEL SCANNING NOZZLE FOR SCANNING OF A MATERIAL SURFACE

      
Application Number US2022011425
Publication Number 2022/155044
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-01-06
Publication Date 2022-07-21
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Marth, Beau A.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for introducing one or more fluid streams from a nozzle having one or more shaped channels to one or more material surfaces and removing the fluid streams for scanning for chemical species of interest. A nozzle embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a nozzle body configured to couple to a positionable nozzle arm support for positioning the nozzle with respect to a material surface, the nozzle body defining at least one fluid port to receive a fluid; and a nozzle hood coupled to the nozzle body, the nozzle hood defining an elongated shaped channel having a first fluid channel and a second fluid channel extending from the at least one fluid port, the first fluid channel and the second fluid channel configured to direct fluid along the material surface within at least a portion of each of the fluid channels.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/06 - Electron- or ion-optical arrangements
  • H01J 49/00 - Particle spectrometers or separator tubes

14.

AUTOSAMPLER SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATED SAMPLE CONTAINER COVER REMOVAL AND SAMPLE PROBE POSITIONING

      
Application Number US2021042540
Publication Number 2022/026265
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-21
Publication Date 2022-02-03
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel R.
  • Kaser, Jared
  • Marth, Beau A.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for integrated sample container cover removal and sample probe positioning. In an example implementation, an autosampler system includes, but is not limited to, a z-axis support rotatable about a z-axis of an autosampler deck; a sample probe support structure coupled to the z-axis support, the sample probe support structure configured to hold a sample probe to withdraw a fluid-containing sample held within a sample container supported by the autosampler deck; and a sample cap remover coupled to the z-axis support in an orientation that is rotationally offset from the z-axis support with respect to the sample probe support structure, the sample cap remover configured to lift a cap from the sample container to provide access to an interior of the sample container by the sample probe supported by the sample probe support structure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 35/10 - Devices for transferring samples to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices
  • G01N 35/00 - Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups ; Handling materials therefor

15.

ABRASIVE SAMPLING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REPRESENTATIVE HOMOGENEOUS, AND PLANARIZED PREPARATION OF SOLID SAMPLES FOR LASER ABLATION

      
Application Number US2021042588
Publication Number 2022/020480
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-21
Publication Date 2022-01-27
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Coenen, Ross
  • Casper, Mark

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for providing a representative, homogeneous, and planarized target for solid sample laser ablation, A method embodiment includes, but is not limited to, removing portions of a solid sample with an abrasive sampling system, the abrasive sampling system including at least one of a plurality of abrasive particles configured to hold tire portions of the solid sample on an abrasive substrate between the abrasive particles or a texturized surface configured to hold the portions of the solid sample on the texturized surface; transferring the abrasive sampling system holding the portions of the solid sample to a laser ablation system; and ablating the portions of the solid sample held by the abrasive sampling system with the laser ablation system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/28 - Preparing specimens for investigation
  • G01N 1/32 - Polishing; Etching
  • G01N 21/71 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited
  • G01N 21/31 - Investigating relative effect of material at wavelengths characteristic of specific elements or molecules, e.g. atomic absorption spectrometry
  • G01N 27/68 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of electric, electrochemical, or magnetic means by investigating electric discharges, e.g. emission of cathode using electric discharge to ionise a gas
  • H01J 49/26 - Mass spectrometers or separator tubes

16.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURING FABRIC, PAPER, AND FILM SAMPLES FOR ANALYSIS BY LASER ABLATION

      
Application Number US2021042590
Publication Number 2022/020481
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-21
Publication Date 2022-01-27
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Coenen, Ross
  • Casper, Mark

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for securing fabric, paper, and film samples for analysis by laser ablation, A method embodiment includes, but is not limited to, securing a thin, solid sample with a sample holder system, the sample holder system configured to hold the thin, solid sample in a taut configuration between a piston and a sample holder base; transferring the sample holder system to a laser ablation system; and ablating at least a portion of the thin, solid sample in the taut configuration with the laser ablation system to provide an ablated sample.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/36 - Embedding or analogous mounting of samples
  • G01N 1/28 - Preparing specimens for investigation
  • G01N 21/71 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited
  • G01N 21/31 - Investigating relative effect of material at wavelengths characteristic of specific elements or molecules, e.g. atomic absorption spectrometry
  • G01N 27/68 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of electric, electrochemical, or magnetic means by investigating electric discharges, e.g. emission of cathode using electric discharge to ionise a gas
  • H01J 49/26 - Mass spectrometers or separator tubes

17.

SYSTEMS FOR INTEGRATED DECOMPOSITION AND SCANNING OF A SEMICONDUCTING WAFER

      
Application Number US2021026839
Publication Number 2021/211429
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-12
Publication Date 2021-10-21
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Marth, Beau, A.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for integrated decomposition and scanning of a material, such as a semiconducting wafer, a scanning nozzle includes, but is not limited to, a nozzle body defining one or more nozzle ports to receive fluid for introduction to the surface of the material and to recover fluid from the surface of the material, and a nozzle hood extending from the nozzle body, the nozzle hood defining an inner channel longitudinally disposed along the nozzle body, the nozzle hood further defining one or more outer channels longitudinally disposed along the nozzle body, the inner channel fluidically coupled with the one or more outer channels via one or more gaps defined by the nozzle hood.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01L 21/67 - Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components
  • H01L 21/66 - Testing or measuring during manufacture or treatment
  • H01J 49/00 - Particle spectrometers or separator tubes
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups

18.

AUTOSAMPLER RAIL SYSTEM WITH MAGNETIC COUPLING FOR LINEAR MOTION

      
Application Number US2021023426
Publication Number 2021/189037
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-22
Publication Date 2021-09-23
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Marth, Beau A.

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for preventing the release of metal particles from an autosampler that could otherwise be detected within a sample during sample analysis. In an example implementation, an autosampler systems includes, but is not limited to, a sample probe support structure; a z-axis support; an outer shuttle coupled with an outer surface of the z-axis support; and an inner shuttle linearly moveable within an interior volume of the z-axis support, the inner shuttle magnetically coupled with the outer shuttle to translate linear motion of the inner shuttle to the outer shuttle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 35/10 - Devices for transferring samples to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices
  • G01N 1/10 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state

19.

INLINE CHEMICAL AGENT ADDITION FOR INLINE REACTION WITH FLUID SAMPLE FOR ANALYTIC DETERMINATIONS

      
Application Number US2021016433
Publication Number 2021/158674
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-02-03
Publication Date 2021-08-12
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Quarles, Jr., Charles, D.

Abstract

System s and methods for controlled, inline introduction of chemical agents to an inline fluid sample are described. A method embodiment includes, but is not limited to, receiving a fluid sample with a valve; receiving a chemical agent with the valve; introducing the fluid sample and the chemical agent inline via a mixing port of the valve to produce a mixed sample; transferring the mixed sample to a second valve; directing the mixed sample to a sample holding loop fluidically coupled with the second valve; holding the mixed sample within the sample holding loop for a holding period of time to permit a reaction between the fluid sample and the chemical agent; and directing the mixed sample from the sample holding loop to an analytic Instrument following expiration of the holding period of tune.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 27/62 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of electric, electrochemical, or magnetic means by investigating electric discharges, e.g. emission of cathode
  • G01N 27/623 - Ion mobility spectrometry combined with mass spectrometry
  • G01N 1/10 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state
  • G01N 1/14 - Suction devices, e.g. pumps; Ejector devices
  • G01N 1/00 - Sampling; Preparing specimens for investigation

20.

AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR ONLINE DETECTION OF ORGANIC MOLECULAR IMPURITIES IN SEMICONDUCTOR GRADE CHEMICALS

      
Application Number US2020065598
Publication Number 2021/127169
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-17
Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lang, Alexander
  • Dufek, Brianna
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

An embodiment of an analysis system can include an initial multi-port valve, at least one intermediate multi -port valve, a further multi -port valve, and a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS). The initial multi-port valve can be configured to receive a sample. The at least one intermediate multi -port valve can be fluidly connected to the initial multi-port valve and configured to receive the sample from the initial multi-port valve. A given intermediate multi-port valve can have an ion -exchange column associated therewith. The given intermediate multi-port valve can be configured selectably to one of direct the sample through the ion-exchange column associated therewith (in a speciation mode) or bypass the ion-exchange column (in an infusion mode). The further multi-port valve can be fluidly connected with the at least one intermediate multi-port valve and configured to receive the sample from therefrom. The time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS) can be fluidly connected to the further multi-port valve.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/40 - Time-of-flight spectrometers
  • H01J 49/02 - Particle spectrometers or separator tubes - Details

21.

TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED SAMPLE INTRODUCTION SYSTEM FOR ANALYSIS OF VISCOUS SAMPLES

      
Application Number US2020066074
Publication Number 2021/127481
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-18
Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Meints, Jeremiah
  • Reijnen, Maurice

Abstract

A sample introduction system is described that provides temperature-controlled handling and transfer of a sample from an autosampler, through a transfer line, to a heated environment proximate an analytical device. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, an autosampler including a temperature-controlled deck to support one or more sample containers; a heating unit including one or more heating elements to one or more fluids to be introduced to a sample removed from the one or more sample containers; a transfer line fluidically coupled with the autosampler and including a heating element configured to transfer heat to fluid flowing through the transfer line; and a sample handling system fluidically coupled with the transfer line and configured to fluidically couple with an analysis device, the sample handling system including a housing and a heating element configured to control a temperature of an environment defined by the housing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 23/2209 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of wave or particle radiation, e.g. X-rays or neutrons, not covered by groups , or by measuring secondary emission from the material using wavelength dispersive spectroscopy [WDS]
  • G01N 23/2273 - Measuring photoelectron spectra, e.g. electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis [ESCA] or X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy [XPS]
  • G01N 33/26 - Oils; Viscous liquids; Paints; Inks
  • G01N 1/44 - Sample treatment involving radiation, e.g. heat

22.

REMOTE AUTOMATED CHEMICAL CROSSOVER SYSTEM FOR USE WITH AN AUTOMATED SAMPLING DEVICE

      
Application Number US2020053282
Publication Number 2021/067273
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-09-29
Publication Date 2021-04-08
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Yost, Tyler
  • Hein, Jonathan
  • Lee, Jae, Seok
  • Park, Dong, Cherl

Abstract

A sample analysis system is available that can include a remote sampling system, at least one analyzer, and a controller. The remote sampling system can include a plurality of sample sources for providing a corresponding sample therefrom; and a plurality of sample collection devices selectively coupled to any of the plurality of sample sources for receiving at least one of the samples therefrom. The at least one analyzer can be coupled to the plurality of the sample collection devices for receiving at least one of the samples therefrom. The controller can be coupled with the remote sampling system and the at least one analyzer, the controller configured to control which of the sample sources is actively coupled to a given sample collection device at given time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns
  • H01J 49/26 - Mass spectrometers or separator tubes

23.

AUTOMATED INLINE PREPARATION AND DEGASSING OF VOLATILE SAMPLES FOR INLINE ANALYSIS

      
Application Number US2020051953
Publication Number 2021/067066
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-09-22
Publication Date 2021-04-08
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schultz, Austin
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

An analysis system includes a degassing cell, at least one first valve, and at least one second valve. The at least one first valve is fluidly coupled with a top of the degassing cell, the at least one first valve configured selectably connect the degassing cell to a displacement gas flow and to a vacuum source. The at least one second valve is fluidly connected with a lateral side of the degassing cell and separately fluidly connected with a bottom of the degassing cell. The at least one second valve is selectably coupled with any of a source of a sample-carrying fluid, a transfer line configured to deliver a sample to an analysis device, or a waste output.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B01L 3/00 - Containers or dishes for laboratory use, e.g. laboratory glassware; Droppers

24.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRAPPING FLUID AT A VALVE

      
Application Number US2020049465
Publication Number 2021/046393
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-09-04
Publication Date 2021-03-11
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Yost, Tyler

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for isolating a sample at a valve prior to introduction to an analysis system, such as sample analysis via ICP-MS. A system embodiment can include, but is not limited to, a valve system including a first valve in fluid communication with a sample reservoir and a second valve configured to permit and block access of a vacuum source to the first valve; a sensor system configured to detect presence or absence of a fluid at the first valve: and a controller configured to control operation of the second valve to block access of the vacuum source to the first valve upon detection of the fluid at the first valve to isolate the fluid within the sample reservoir.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/06 - Electron- or ion-optical arrangements
  • H01J 49/16 - Ion sources; Ion guns using surface ionisation, e.g. field-, thermionic- or photo-emission

25.

HUMIDIFICATION OF LASER ABLATED SAMPLE FOR ANALYSIS

      
Application Number US2020046975
Publication Number 2021/034919
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-19
Publication Date 2021-02-25
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Field, Michael P.
  • Sakowski, Jude
  • Krahn, Jordan
  • O'Connor, Ciaran J.

Abstract

Humidification systems and methods to introduce water vapor to a laser-ablated sample prior to introduction to an ICP torch are described. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a water vapor generator configured to control production of a water vapor stream and to transfer the water vapor stream to at least one of a sample chamber of a laser ablation device or a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the laser ablation device, wherein the mixing chamber is configured to receive a laser-ablated sample from the laser ablation device and direct the laser-ablated sample to an inductively coupled plasma torch.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/40 - Concentrating samples
  • G01N 21/71 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited
  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components

26.

SAMPLE TRANSFER LINE HEATING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF SAMPLE TRANSFER

      
Application Number US2020046385
Publication Number 2021/030691
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-14
Publication Date 2021-02-18
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Uhlmeyer, Kyle, W.
  • Yost, Tyler
  • Unnerstall, Jacob
  • Williams, Aaron

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for heating sample transfer lines between a source of a sample and a detection system to detect analytes of interest in the sample, where the sample is maintained in a heated state to maintain dissolved analytes of interest in solution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 21/31 - Investigating relative effect of material at wavelengths characteristic of specific elements or molecules, e.g. atomic absorption spectrometry
  • G01N 21/71 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited
  • G01N 35/00 - Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups ; Handling materials therefor
  • G01N 21/74 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited using flameless atomising, e.g. graphite furnaces

27.

INTERCHANGEABLE, VISUALLY MARKED SAMPLE INTRODUCTION SYSTEM MOUNTING STRUCTURE AND COMPONENTS FOR INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2016041146
Publication Number 2017/007824
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-07-06
Publication Date 2017-01-12
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Wiederin, Daniel R.

Abstract

A system can include an exchangeable mounting structure having a visual marking or coloring and at least one physically associated sample introduction system component having an indicating mark or color matching the visual marking or coloring of the exchangeable mounting structure. The visual marking or colored corresponds to a sample analysis configuration for analyzing a particular sample type at an analytical instrument.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 21/71 - Systems in which the material investigated is excited whereby it emits light or causes a change in wavelength of the incident light thermally excited
  • H01J 49/10 - Ion sources; Ion guns

28.

SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING LIQUID SAMPLES

      
Application Number US2016039327
Publication Number 2016/210307
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-24
Publication Date 2016-12-29
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Diaz, David
  • Hein, Jonathan
  • Uhlmeyeer, Kyle, W.
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Yost, Tyler
  • Wiederin, Kevin

Abstract

Systems and methods are described to determine whether a sample transmitted through a transfer line from a remote sampling system contains a suitable sample to analyze by an analysis system. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a sample receiving line configured to receive a liquid segment a first detector configured to detect the liquid segment at a first location in the sample receiving line; a second detector configured to detect the liquid segment at a second location in the sample receiving line downstream from the first location; and a controller configured to register a continuous liquid segment in the sample receiving line when the first detector and the second detector match detection states prior to the controller registering a change of state of the first detector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/10 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state
  • H05H 1/30 - Plasma torches using applied electromagnetic fields, e.g. high-frequency or microwave energy
  • H01J 49/00 - Particle spectrometers or separator tubes

29.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAMPLING HALOSILANES

      
Application Number US2016017026
Publication Number 2016/127180
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-02-08
Publication Date 2016-08-11
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor Wiederin, Daniel, R.

Abstract

This disclosure is directed to a system and method relevant to sampling halosilanes or other water-reactive samples. In embodiments, a system for hydrolyzing samples includes a container with a receiving liquid (e.g., an HF solution) contained therein and an actuator coupled with the container. The actuator can be configured to rotate the container, thereby inducing a vortex in the receiving liquid. The system further includes a sample tube configured to direct a halosilane sample into the vortexed receiving liquid. The sample tube can be oriented to release the sample in a flow direction of the vortexed receiving liquid.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/10 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state
  • G01N 1/20 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state for flowing or falling materials
  • G01N 1/22 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the gaseous state

30.

ULTRACLEAN AUTOSAMPLER WITH SYRINGE DELIVERY FOR MASS SPECTROMETRY

      
Application Number US2015045851
Publication Number 2016/028868
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-19
Publication Date 2016-02-25
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Schultz, Austin

Abstract

A system can include a valve assembly including a first valve and a second valve in fluid communication with the first valve. The valve assembly can be configured to deliver one or more of a sample, a chemical (e.g., an acid, a base, an organic chemical, etc.), and a standard via flow of a working fluid facilitated by one or more syringe pumps. Further, the one or more of the sample, the chemical, and the standard can maintain a physical separation from the one or more syringe pumps during delivery of the one or more of the sample, the chemical, and the standard.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/38 - Diluting, dispersing or mixing samples
  • G01N 27/64 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of electric, electrochemical, or magnetic means by investigating electric discharges, e.g. emission of cathode using wave or particle radiation to ionise a gas, e.g. in an ionisation chamber
  • H01J 49/04 - Arrangements for introducing or extracting samples to be analysed, e.g. vacuum locks; Arrangements for external adjustment of electron- or ion-optical components
  • H01J 49/26 - Mass spectrometers or separator tubes

31.

SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING LIQUID SAMPLES FROM A DISTANCE

      
Application Number US2015018177
Publication Number 2015/131148
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-02-27
Publication Date 2015-09-03
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Diaz, David
  • Hein, Jonathan
  • Uhlmeyer, Kyle, W.
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Yost, Tyler
  • Wiederin, Kevin

Abstract

A system includes an analysis system at a first location and one or more remote sampling systems at a second location remote from the first location. A sampling system can be configured to receive a remote liquid sample. The system also includes a sample transfer line configured to transport gas from the second location to the first location. The sample transfer line is configured to selectively couple with a remote sampling system for supplying a continuous liquid sample segment to the sample transfer line. The system can further include a sample receiving line at the first location. The sample receiving line is configured to selectively couple with the sample transfer line and the analysis system to receive the continuous liquid sample segment and supply the sample to an analysis device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/10 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state
  • G01N 21/31 - Investigating relative effect of material at wavelengths characteristic of specific elements or molecules, e.g. atomic absorption spectrometry

32.

TORCH ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number US2011031809
Publication Number 2011/127417
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-04-08
Publication Date 2011-10-13
Owner ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wiederin, Daniel, R.
  • Barrett, Gary, J.

Abstract

A demountable plasma torch assembly suitable for use in ICP spectrometry comprises a first tube having an inner diameter and a second tube disposed concentrically within the first tube, wherein the second tube has an outer diameter that is less than the inner diameter of the first tube. The first and second tubes are supported by a torch body. The torch body includes a first bore configured to receive an end of the first tube, a second bore configured to receive an end of the second tube, and a manifold disposed between the first bore and the second bore to receive a gas for injection between the first tube and the second tube. The manifold has an outer diameter at least substantially equal to the inner diameter of the first tube and an inner diameter at least substantially equal to the outer diameter of the second tube.

IPC Classes  ?