Patents Represented by Attorney Frank E. Reid
  • Patent number: 8343613
    Abstract: Disclosed in one aspect is an anti-skid sheet comprising at least one contact layer selected from the group consisting of dynamically vulcanized alloys, propylene-?-olefin copolymers, and blends thereof; and at least one substrate layer comprising polyethylene having a density of from greater than 0.935 g/cm3. In one embodiment, the dynamically vulcanized alloy comprises a blend of one or more polyolefins and an at least partially vulcanized rubber. Disclosed in another aspect is a method of forming the anti-skid sheet comprising providing a melt-blending extruder for each of the sheet layers, at least one substrate layer as disclosed herein and at least one contact layer as disclosed herein, and co-extruding a melt of each component to form a co-extruded sheet. In a particular embodiment, the anti-skid sheet is thermoformed to form an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Poloso, Ernest R. Anderson, Felix Manuel Zacarias, M. Glenn Williams
  • Patent number: 8212047
    Abstract: Alternate methods for preparing functionalized pyridyl-amine products from pyridinyl starting materials are provided herein. In addition, these alternately-prepared functionalized pyridyl-amines can be used as ligands or ligand precursors in catalytic compositions, e.g. for use in alkene oligomerization reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Exxonmobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Hagadorn, Timothy Marlow Boller, Steven Douglas Brown, Gary Michael Diamond, Keith Anthony Hall, James Martin Longmire, Lily Joy Ackerman, Susan Jessica Schofer, Eric Lee Kuiokalani Dias, Andrew Cottone, III, Carl Edgar Whittle
  • Patent number: 8183328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to polymer compositions comprising a grafted and at least partially crosslinked mLLDPE that is the reaction product of: (i) a mLLDPE having a density from 0.910 g/cm3 to less than 0.940 g/cm3 and an I2 from 0.7 dg/min to 5.0 dg/min; (ii) a silicon-containing grafting component; and (iii) a crosslinking agent, wherein the composition exhibits a die shrinkage upon extrusion that is at least 10% lower than the composition, prior to grafting and crosslinking of the mLLDPE. These compositions can optionally be blended with HDPE. The compositions can also comprise at least one layer of a film, e.g., made via extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Simone ViganĂ², Gerd Artur Allermann, Achiel J. Van Loon
  • Patent number: 8124019
    Abstract: The pump assembly includes an impeller rotatably mounted in a pipe of the reactor having blades that generate a flow of fluid slurry through the pipe, a nosecone protruding in an upstream direction in front of the impeller blades that rotates along with the blades, and a plurality of stationary guide vanes connected to the housing upstream of the impeller blades and having free ends that are radially spaced apart from the nosecone. The leading edges of the stationary vanes are shaped to direct any stringy material into the radial gaps between the free ends of the stationary vanes and the rotating nose cone to be shredded and thus prevent fouling and clogging of the pump assembly when such stringy material is generated during the polymerization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. DePierri, Norman F. Cook
  • Patent number: 8076000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to new combinations of tie-layers and backing layers and/or substrates for making (1) new multilayer structures formed from one or more ionomers and one or more tie-layers, and optionally a backing layer to form laminates, (2) new composite articles made from these laminates in combination with optional substrate materials, and (3) new methods of making composite articles from these laminates by shaping and subsequently contacting them with a substrate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Dominic Domine
  • Patent number: 8076524
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing olefin comonomers from ethylene. The comonomer generated can be used in a subsequent process, such as a polyethylene polymerization reactor. The comonomer generated can be transported, optionally without isolation or storage, to a polyethylene polymerization reactor. One method includes the steps of: feeding ethylene and a catalyst in a solvent/diluent to one or more comonomer synthesis reactors; reacting the ethylene and the catalyst under reaction conditions sufficient to produce an effluent comprising a desired comonomer; forming a gas stream comprising unreacted ethylene, and a liquid/bottoms stream comprising the comonomer, optionally by passing the effluent to one or more downstream gas/liquid phase separators; and purifying at least a portion of said liquid/bottoms stream by removing at least one of solid polymer, catalyst, and undesirable olefins therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Lattner, John F. Walzer, Jr., Krishnan Sankaranarayanan, John Scott Buchanan, Milind Bholanath Ajinkya, Stephen M Wood, Anastasios I Skoulidas, Jay L Reimers, Timothy Daniel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8048971
    Abstract: The invention provides a process and an apparatus for the high pressure polymerization of ethylene in which a jet pump is used to pump a fluid into a polymer/monomer product mixture leaving a bumped tubular reactor. The fluid may be recycled monomer or another fluid such as a modifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Ivo T. Goossens, Philip H. Cornelissen, Jan J. Naets, Henri A. Lammens
  • Patent number: 8047228
    Abstract: This invention relates to a valve assembly comprising (a) a valve body defining a valve chamber, an inlet port and a discharge port, wherein the inlet port and discharge port communicate with the valve chamber; and (b) a valve member in the valve chamber, the valve member comprising a passage having (1) a first opening and (2) a second opening housing a filter having an inlet surface proximate to the inlet port and a discharge surface proximate to the discharge port, wherein the passage communicates with the inlet port and discharge port, and wherein the valve member is moveable to alternately juxtapose the inlet port and either the filter inlet surface or the filter discharge surface. The invention further relates to a particulate material metering and/or feed system comprising the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Gail Depierri, Ronald Francis Mire, John Louis Meng
  • Patent number: 7985804
    Abstract: This invention relates to a composition comprising (a) from about 5 to about 50 weight % mEPDM; and (b) from about 95 weight % to about 50 weight % of a first mPE, wherein the weight % is based on the total weight of the mEPDM and the mPE. This invention further relates to films and articles made from the compositions and methods of making the compositions, films and articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: David Michael Fiscus, Narayanaswami Raja Dharmarajan
  • Patent number: 7728084
    Abstract: This invention is directed to processes of making polymer in the presence of a hydrofluorocarbon or perfluorocarbon and recovering the polymer. The processes provided enable polymerization processes to be practiced with minimal fouling in the reaction system, and to the recovery of the hydrofluorocarbon and other hydrocarbons such as hydrocarbons for reuse in the process or hydrocarbon by-products from the polymerization process. The invention is particularly beneficial in the production of ethylene based polymers using Ziegler Natta catalyst systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Robert O. Hagerty, Chia S. Chee, Randall B. Laird, Michael A. Risch, Pradeep P. Shirodkar, Zerong Lin, Larry L. Iaccino
  • Patent number: 7691956
    Abstract: This invention is directed to processes of making polymer in the presence of a hydrofluorocarbon or perfluorocarbon and recovering the polymer. The processes provided enable polymerization processes to be practiced with minimal fouling in the reaction system, and to the recovery of the hydrofluorocarbon and other hydrocarbons such as hydrocarbons for reuse in the process or hydrocarbon by-products from the polymerization process. The invention is particularly beneficial in the production of ethylene based polymers using bulky ligand metallocene-type catalyst systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Robert O. Hagerty, Chia S. Chee, Randall B. Laird, Michael A. Risch, Pradeep P. Shirodkar, Zerong Lin, Larry L. Iaccino
  • Patent number: 7528201
    Abstract: In a method of synthesizing a silicoaluminophosphate molecular sieve comprising a CHA framework type material, an AEI framework type material, or a material comprising at least one intergrown phase of an AEI framework type and a CHA framework type, the amount of alkali metal present in said synthesis mixture is controlled so as to reduce the crystal size of the molecular sieve and/or to increase the AEI character of the intergrown phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Machteld M. Mertens, An Verberckmoes
  • Patent number: 7301065
    Abstract: The invention relates to a molecular sieve catalyst composition, to a method of making or forming the molecular sieve catalyst composition, and to a conversion process using the catalyst composition. In particular, the invention is directed to making a formulated molecular sieve catalyst composition from a slurry of formulation composition of a synthesized molecular sieve that has not been fully dried, a binder and an optional matrix material. In a more preferred embodiment, the weight ratio of the binder to the molecular sieve and/or the solid content of the slurry is controlled to provide an improved attrition resistant catalyst composition, particularly useful in a conversion process for producing olefin(s), preferably ethylene and/or propylene, from a feedstock, preferably an oxygenate containing feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Vaughn, Yun-feng Chang, Luc R. M. Martens, Kenneth R. Clem, Machteld M. Mertens, Albert E. Schweizer
  • Patent number: 7034090
    Abstract: A process/apparatus is disclosed for continuously separating a liquid medium comprising diluent and unreacted monomers from a polymerization effluent comprising diluent, unreacted monomers and polymer solids, comprising a continuous discharge of the polymerization effluent from a slurry reactor through a discharge valve and transfer conduit into a first intermediate pressure flash tank with a conical bottom defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to that of horizontal equal to or greater than the angle of slide of the slurry/polymer solids and an exit seal chamber of such diameter (d) and length (l) as to maintain a desired volume of concentrated polymer solids/slurry in the exit seal chamber such as to form a pressure seal while continuously discharging a plug flow of concentrated polymer solids/slurry bottom product of said first flash tank from the exit seal chamber through a seal chamber exit reducer with inclined sides defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventor: James Austin Kendrick
  • Patent number: 6926868
    Abstract: A process/apparatus is disclosed for continuously separating a liquid medium comprising diluent and unreacted monomers from a polymerization effluent of a slurry loop reactor containing a flow of slurry therein, comprising a discharge conduit extending a distance into the loop reactor; the conduit having a longitudinal axis and an opening inside the loop reactor; at least a portion of the conduit being curved along its longitudinal axis inside the loop reactor; and the opening substantially facing the flow of the slurry, wherein the discharge conduit is located within a lower leg of the loop reactor such that a continuous discharge of the polymerization effluent from a slurry reactor through a discharge valve and transfer conduit into a first intermediate pressure flash tank wherein volatile inert diluent and unreacted monomers are removed and the polymer solids which remain after removal of about 50 to 100% of the inert diluent therefrom to a second flash tank at a lower pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: James Austin Kendrick, Thomas W. Towles, Scott Thomas Roger, Robert G. DePierri
  • Patent number: 6858682
    Abstract: A process/apparatus is disclosed for continuously separating a liquid medium comprising diluent and unreacted monomers from a polymerization effluent comprising diluent, unreacted monomers and polymer solids, comprising a continuous discharge of the polymerization effluent from a slurry reactor through a discharge valve and transfer conduit into a first intermediate pressure flash tank with a conical bottom defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to that of horizontal equal to or greater than the angle of slide of the slurry/polymer solids and an exit seal chamber of such diameter (d) and length (l) as to maintain a desired volume of concentrated polymer solids/slurry in the exit seal chamber such as to form a pressure seal while continuously discharging a plug flow of concentrated polymer solids/slurry bottom product of said first flash tank from the exit seal chamber through a seal chamber exit reducer with inclined sides defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Kendrick, Thomas W. Towles, Scott Thomas Roger
  • Patent number: 6833415
    Abstract: A process/apparatus is disclosed for continuously separating a liquid medium comprising diluent and unreacted monomers from a polymerization effluent comprising diluent, unreacted monomers and polymer solids, comprising a continuous discharge of the polymerization effluent from a slurry reactor through a discharge valve and transfer conduit into a first intermediate pressure flash tank with a conical bottom defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to that of horizontal equal to or greater than the angle of slide of the slurry/polymer solids and an exit seal chamber of such diameter (d) and length (l) as to maintain a desired volume of concentrated polymer solids/slurry in the exit seal chamber such as to form a pressure seal while continuously discharging a plug flow of concentrated polymer solids/slurry bottom product of the first flash tank from the exit seal chamber through a seal chamber exit reducer with inclined sides defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Inc.
    Inventors: James Austin Kendrick, Thomas W. Towles, Scott Thomas Roger
  • Patent number: 6800698
    Abstract: A process/apparatus is disclosed for continuously separating a liquid medium comprising diluent and unreacted monomers from a polymerization effluent comprising diluent, unreacted monomers and polymer solids, comprising a continuous discharge of the polymerization effluent from a slurry reactor through a discharge valve and transfer conduit into a first intermediate pressure flash tank with a conical bottom defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to that of horizontal equal to or greater than the angle of slide of the slurry/polymer solids and an exit seal chamber of such diameter (d) and length (l) as to maintain a desired volume of concentrated polymer solids/slurry in the exit seal chamber such as to form a pressure seal while continuously discharging a plug flow of concentrated polymer solids/slurry bottom product of the first flash tank from the exit seal chamber through a seal chamber exit reducer with inclined sides defined by substantially straight sides inclined at an angle to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Inc.
    Inventors: James Austin Kendrick, Thomas W. Towles, Scott Thomas Roger
  • Patent number: 6559253
    Abstract: The invention is directed to olefin polymerization processes using bridged hafnocene catalyst complexes comprising highly substituted noncoordinating anions that are surprisingly stable under high temperature olefin polymerization processes such that olefin copolymers having significant amount of incorporated comonomer can be prepared with high molecular weights. More specifically, the invention is a polymerization process for ethylene copolymers having a melt index of about 0.87 to about 0.930 comprising contacting, under homogeneous polymerization conditions at a reaction temperature at or above 140° C. to 225° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Donna J. Crowther, Bernard J. Folie, John F. Walzer, Jr., Rinaldo S. Schiffino
  • Patent number: 6528670
    Abstract: The invention is directed to bridged metallocene catalyst complexes that are sufficiently soluble in aliphatic solvents to be particularly suitable for solution olefin polymerization processes such that olefin copolymers can be prepared with high molecular weights and catalyst activities particularly at high polymerization reaction temperatures. More specifically, the invention particularly relates to a polymerization process for ethylene copolymers having a density of about 0.850 to about 0.940 comprising contacting, under solution polymerization conditions at a reaction temperature at or above 60° C. to 250° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventor: Francis C. Rix