Patents Assigned to Stockhausen, Inc.
  • Patent number: 7910688
    Abstract: A process is described for recycling superabsorbent polymer fines into a process that includes treating the superabsorbent polymer fines with caustic and a polymerization step for making the superabsorbent polymer gel. The process requires treating the superabsorbent polymer fines with a caustic, followed by mixture with polymerizable monomer solution, and polymerizing the mixture of the superabsorbent polymer fines and monomer to form the aqueous fluid absorbent polymer. In the process, the fines are incorporated into the new polymer gel and become indistinguishable there from. The gel may then be comminuted into a particulate dried and then separated into a portion having a desired minimum particle size in a fines portion having less than the desired size. The particulate may then be coated with a surface crosslinking agent and surface additives and heated for surface conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Evonik Stockhausen Inc.
    Inventors: Gonglu Tian, Scott J. Smith, Janet Pate-Linton
  • Patent number: 7696401
    Abstract: An absorbent material formed at least in part of a cross-linked polymer. The absorbent material has a centrifuge retention capacity as determined by a Centrifuge Retention Capacity Test of at least about 20 g/g and a gel bed permeability under load as determined by a Gel Bed Permeability Under Load Test of at least about 300×10?9 cm2 or a free swell gel bed permeability as determined by a Free Swell Gel Bed Permeability Test of at least about 2,500×10?9 cm2. The cross-linked polymer may comprise either at least about 75 weight percent anionic polymer or at least about 75 weight percent cationic polymer. In one embodiment, the cross-linked polymer is surface treated with a water soluble non-cross-linked polymer having a potential for becoming charged opposite that of the cross-linked polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Evonik Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Qin, Xiaomin Zhang, Debra Ann Miller
  • Patent number: 7615579
    Abstract: The invention relates to a superabsorbent polymer wherein an increased rate of water absorption is obtained by the addition of an encapsulated blowing agent. The invention relates to a superabsorbent polymer including an encapsulating blowing agent and having a vortex time of 40 seconds or less. In particular, the superabsorbent polymer includes from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers; from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent; wherein the wherein the composition has a degree of neutralization of more than about 20%; and from about 0.05 to about 10.0 wt. % of an encapsulated blowing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Evonik Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Joy, Whei-Neen Hsu
  • Patent number: 7579402
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a coated superabsorbent polymer comprising a coated superabsorbent polymer having a delayed free water absorption property of absorbing about 13 grams or less of water per gram of superabsorbent polymer in about 15 seconds. The present invention is directed to a coated superabsorbent polymer having delayed water absorption comprising a) a composition comprising from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers; and from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent; wherein the composition has a degree of neutralization of more than about 20%; and b) a salt coated on the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Evonik Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Iqbal Ahmed, Angela Marie Jones, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7488541
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste comprising from about 1 to about 5 wt % of superabsorbent particles and from about 95 to about 99 wt % of an aqueous water-soluble solution having from about 0.5 to about 5%, preferably from about 1 to about 3% solid level. The present invention is also directed to a coated substrate comprising a substrate material and an aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste comprising a blend of i) from about 1 to about 5 wt % of superabsorbent particles and ii) from about 95 to about 99 wt % of an aqueous water-soluble solution. The present invention is also directed to a method for reducing the loss of circulation fluids into flow passages of a subterranean formation during well drilling, completion or work over operations, by using the aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Evonik Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Iqbal Ahmed, Angela M. Jones, Scott Tomlin, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7335713
    Abstract: A process of making the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition includes preparing a preneutralized monomer solution having at least about 40 mol % degree of neutralization, preparing a monomer solution including monoethylenically unsaturated monomers, one of which includes an alkyloxysilane functionality, preparing initiator system solutions and adding the solutions to the monomer solution, mixing the foregoing solutions into a polymerization solution, cooling the polymerization solution, and post neutralizing the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Jones Lang, Dave Allen Soerens, Iqbal Ahmed, Scott J. Smith, Michael Ralph Lostocco, W. Clayton Bunyard
  • Patent number: 7312286
    Abstract: A flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition including a monoethylenically unsaturated polymer, such as carboxylic acid, sulphonic acid, or phosphoric acid, or salts thereof, and an acrylate or methacrylate ester that contains an alkoxysilane functionality, or a monomer capable of co-polymerization with a compound containing a trialkoxysilane functional group and subsequent reaction with water to form a silanol group wherein the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition has a residual monoethylenically unsaturated monomer of less than about 1000 ppm. The flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition is particularly suitable for use in manufacturing absorbent articles. A method of making the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition includes preparing a monomer solution, adding the monomer solution to an initiator system, and activating a polymerization initiator within the initiator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Jones Lang, Dave Allen Soerens, Iqbal Ahmed, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7291674
    Abstract: The invention relates to a superabsorbent polymer comprising a composition comprising a polymeric resin composition comprising from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers, from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent and from 0 to 25 wt % of a preneutralizing agent; wherein the polymeric resin composition is preneutralized from 0 to about 50 mole %; and a water swellable, water-insoluble aminopolysaccaride polymer wherein when the superabsorbent polymer is contacted with an aqueous solution, the polymeric resin composition is neutralized by the aminopolysaccaride polymer so that the superabsorbent polymer has a degree of neutralization of about 20 mole % or more than the preneutralization degree of the polymeric resin composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Seungkoo Kang, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7285614
    Abstract: The invention relates to hydrophilic superabsorbent polymer comprising a) from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers; b) from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent; c) from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of surface crosslinking agent applied to the particle surface; and d) wherein the composition has a degree of neutralization of more than about 20%, and from about 20 mole % to about 75 mole % of the unsaturated acid group containing monomers are neutralized with a first neutralizing agent, and from about 5 mole % to about 40 mole % of the unsaturated acid group containing monomers are neutralized with a second neutralizing agent; at a temperature of about 75° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd Jonas, Klaus Pflueger, Rüdiger Gerlach
  • Patent number: 7198723
    Abstract: Water is separated from an emulsion of water and oil by passing the emulsion through a bed of superabsorbent polymer granules which break the emulsion and absorb water from the mixture of water and oil. An apparatus for separating water from an emulsion of water and oil has at least one separation cell containing a bed of super absorbent polymer granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. McGarvey, James A. Lilly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7173086
    Abstract: The invention relates to absorptive, crosslinked polymers which are based on partly neutralized, monoethylenically unsaturated monomers carrying acid groups wherein the absorptive crosslinked polymer may be coated with a thermoplastic polymer, and have improved properties, in particular in respect of their capacity for transportation of liquids in the swollen state, and which has a high gel bed permeability and high centrifuge retention capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Smith, Stan McIntosh, Heinz Bremus, Frank Loeker
  • Patent number: 7169843
    Abstract: The invention relates to absorptive, crosslinked polymers which are based on partly neutralized, monoethylenically unsaturated monomers carrying acid groups, and have improved properties, in particular in respect of their capacity for transportation of liquids in the swollen state, and which has a high gel bed permeability and high centrifuge retention capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Smith, Mark C. Joy, Whei-Neen Hsu, Markus Frank
  • Patent number: 7163969
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste comprising from about 1 to about 5 wt % of superabsorbent particles and from about 95 to about 99 wt % of an aqueous water-soluble solution having from about 0.5 to about 5%, preferably from about 1 to about 3% solid level. The present invention is also directed to a coated substrate comprising a substrate material and an aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste comprising a blend of i) from about 1 to about 5 wt % of superabsorbent particles and ii) from about 95 to about 99 wt % of an aqueous water-soluble solution. The present invention is also directed to a method for reducing the loss of circulation fluids into flow passages of a subterranean formation during well drilling, completion or work over operations, by using the aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Iqbal Ahmed, Angela M. Jones, Scott Tomlin, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7163966
    Abstract: The invention relates to a superabsorbent polymer wherein an increased rate of water absorption is obtained by the addition of an encapsulated blowing agent. The invention relates to a superabsorbent polymer including an encapsulating blowing agent and having a vortex time of 40 seconds or less. In particular, the superabsorbent polymer includes from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers; from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent; wherein the wherein the composition has a degree of neutralization of more than about 20%; and from about 0.05 to about 10.0 wt. % of an encapsulated blowing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Joy, Whei-Neen Hsu
  • Patent number: 7033493
    Abstract: Water is separated from an emulsion of water and oil by passing the emulsion through a bed of superabsorbent polymer granules which break the emulsion and absorb water from the mixture of water and oil. An apparatus for separating water from an emulsion of water and oil has at least one separation cell containing a bed of super absorbent polymer granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. McGarvey, James A. Lilly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5989446
    Abstract: In the prevention of the spread of fires and for directly fighting fires, a cross-linked, water-swellable additive polymer in water/oil emulsion produced by an inverse phase polymerization reaction to be added to the firefighting water is disclosed. The additive has the properties of absorbing large quantities of water, high viscosity for adherence to vertical and horizontal surfaces, and retention of sufficient fluidity to be educted in standard firefighting equipment. The method of adding this additive to the firefighting water by eduction or by a batch addition to the water source is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Hicks, Jane Elisabeth Mills, Whei-Neen Hsu
  • Patent number: 4780105
    Abstract: A composition for dyeing material of synthetic aromatic polyamide fibers, including a cationic dye and a dye assistant, which is a mixture of N-substituted phthalimide and an emulsifier. The N-substituted phthalimide is preferably a 2:1 mole ratio of N-butyl phthalimide and isopropyl phthalimide. The emulsifier is preferably propylene oxide and ethylene oxide block polymer, and an anionic surfactant blend and an anionic/cationic surfactant blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Edward White, Michael W. Ensley, Frank M. Dalton