Patents Examined by Morton Foelak
  • Patent number: 7105587
    Abstract: A method and composition for polymer-reinforced composite cementitious construction materials is described. In one embodiment, a crosslinking component is mixed with a high molecular weight strengthening component and an inorganic cementitious material. The addition of the mixture to water causes a crosslinked molecular network to form within the hydrated, composite cementitious construction material. Both enhanced flexural strength and improved nail-pull resistance are shown, allowing a reduction in weight of the composite cementitious construction material compared to cementitious construction materials made according to other known methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Innovative Construction and Building Materials
    Inventors: Christopher D. Tagge, Jacob Freas Pollock, David S. Soane, Ken Saito, Lennard F. Torres
  • Patent number: 7053131
    Abstract: The present invention comprises compositions and methods of making high internal phase emulsion foam (HIPE) and inverse high internal phase emulsion foam (I-HIPE) using super critical fluids. Such foams may be used in a wide variety of articles such as absorbent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Young C. Ko, Jeffrey D. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 7049349
    Abstract: A thermosetting composition comprising: at least one epoxy resin modified by at least one aromatic polyamine, said resin being formed from at least one polyepoxide containing at least two primary amine groups in its molecule, the mole ratio of the polyamine to the epoxide being such that each amine group corresponds to 1.6 to 2.6 epoxy groups; and at least one pore-forming agent or the degradation product or products of said pore-forming agent; acts to form an alveolar material that can be used in thermal or sound insulation, for example in the building, home or transport fields, and more particularly in the oil exploitation, hydrocarbon transport and refining fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Institut Francais du Petrole
    Inventors: Valerie Sauvant-Moynot, Jacky Grenier
  • Patent number: 7045556
    Abstract: A blowing agent blend for making polyolefin foams comprising isopentane and at least one co-blowing agent. The co-blowing agent is either a physical co-blowing agent having a boiling point less than 28° C., or a chemical co-blowing agent, or combinations thereof. The blowing agent blend comprises less than about 99 mol % isopentane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Y. Paul Handa, Jiayan Gu
  • Patent number: 6979700
    Abstract: A method for preparing a highly porous, high surface area non-degradable material includes the steps of mixing a non-degradable polymer with a solvent or mixture of solvents; gelling the mixture; and treating the gel under conditions whereby a substantially solvent free porous structure is created having a porosity greater than about 80%. The resultant material is mechanically strong and has an architecture including at least one of nano fibrous, micro fibrous, non fibrous, complex porous structure with nano fibrous architecture, and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of Michigan
    Inventor: Peter X. Ma
  • Patent number: 6967221
    Abstract: A silicone rubber is produced by curing a silicone rubber composition which includes (A) a curable organopolysiloxane composition and (B) at least one hollow organic resin filler whereby the filler forms cells in an open-cell state. The open-cell state gives the silicone rubber good cushioning property and a low compression set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noriyuki Meguriya
  • Patent number: 6960619
    Abstract: Acrylic composition for use in variety of indoor or outdoor sealing applications, where it is required to seal, to fill or to repair cracks, joints, gaps etc. in concrete, masonry, stone, wood or other constructional materials. The composition comprises acrylic based reactionable oligomers and it can be foamed and then polymerized while producing foam with structure suitable for sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Acryfoam Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleg Figovsky, Leonid Shapovalov, Raisa Potashnikov, Yury Tzaid, J. Bordado, David Letnik, Aster De Schijuer
  • Patent number: 6958365
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for making an open celled microcellular foam comprising providing at least one foamable polymer and a crosslinking agent in an extruder, injecting at least one blowing agent into said at least one foamable polymer and said crosslinking agent in said extruder, blending said blowing agent injected into said at least one foamable polymer and said crosslinking agent in said extruder, feeding said blended blowing agent, at least one foamable polymer and said crosslinking agent in said extruder to a die, and depressurizing said blended blowing agent, said at least one foamable polymer and said crosslinking agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Narasimharao Dontula, Jehuda Greener, Cathy A. Fleischer, Chul B. Park, Patrick C. Lee, Jin Wang, Hani E. Naguib
  • Patent number: 6953587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing a water-soluble foam matrix which is capable of delivering an active ingredient and articles of manufacture comprising said foam matrix, said article comprising: i) a water-soluble polymeric component in the form of a foam matrix; and ii) an active ingredient component dispersed throughout said matrix; said process comprising the steps of: a) admixing a water-soluble polymer and an active ingredient to form a homogeneous admixture, said admixture having a viscosity of at least 150 Pa-sec; b) introducing a gas or a compound capable of releasing a gas into said admixture to form a foam matrix; and c) optionally, shaping said matrix to provide a matrix having a shape or a form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Proacter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Daniel James Dufton, Simon Howe
  • Patent number: 6946495
    Abstract: A polymeric composition to be used in producing foam in which the polymeric composition comprises conventional linear polypropylene, high melt strength polypropylene and a rheology modifier resin. The conventional linear polypropylene is in an amount of from about 1 to 25 weight percent of the polymeric composition. The high melt strength polypropylene is in the amount of from about 51 to 85 weight percent of the polymeric composition. The rheology modifier resin is in the amount of from 5 to about 30 weight percent of the polymeric composition. The conventional linear polypropylene may be offgrade virgin polypropylene or recycled polypropylene from post-industrial or post-consumer sources. The rheology modifier resin is a member of the group of styrene-olefin copolymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventors: James L. Zwynenburg, Gary R. Wilkes
  • Patent number: 6924322
    Abstract: An organic aerogel or xerogel formed by a sol-gel reaction using starting materials that exhibit similar reactivity to the most commonly used resorcinol starting material. The new starting materials, including thio-, amine- and nitro-containing molecules and functionalized macrocyclic molecules will produce organic xerogels and aerogels that have improved performance in the areas of detection and sensor technology, as well as water stream remediation. Also, further functionalization of these new organic aerogels or xerogels will yield material that can be extracted with greater facility than current organic aerogels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Glenn A. Fox, Thomas M. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 6908950
    Abstract: This invention relates to foam insulating products, particularly extruded polystyrene foam, containing asphalt as an infrared attuation and process additives for improving the insulating properties and for reducing the manufacturing cost of the foam products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Owens Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland R. Loh, Barbara A. Fabian, Sheree L. Bargabos, Mitchell Z. Weekley, Byron J. Hulls, J. Patrick Rynd
  • Patent number: 6908949
    Abstract: Interpolymer resin particles comprised of 20% to 80% by weight polyolefin, e.g. polyethylene and 80% to 20% by weight of an in situ polymerized vinyl aromatic resin, e.g. polystyrene or poly(styrene-butyl acrylate) and forming an interpenetrating network of polyolefin and vinyl aromatic resin particles. The interpolymer particles are impregnated with a volatile hydrocarbon blowing agent, and limonene, e.g. d-limonene, ranging from about 0.1 to about 5 parts, preferably 0.1 to 1 part by weight, based on 100 parts by weight of the interpolymer particles, for improved expandability and a pleasant fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Nova Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Edward Arch, Edwin H. Niemann
  • Patent number: 6902849
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sulfonated polymer membrane and to a process for the preparation thereof. According to the process, a polymer film is irradiated, and the irradiated polymer film is sulfonated in order to link sulfonic acid groups thereto. According to the invention, the sulfonation is continued until the total concentration of sulfonic acid groups in the membrane is 0.4-3.0 meq/g and they are homogeneously distributed in the membrane material in such a manner that their concentration in the middle of the membrane is at minimum 0.2 meq/g. With the help of the invention, it is possible by a rapid and simple process to prepare membranes the chemical and mechanical properties of which can be regulated by means of the selection of the initial film, by irradiation and by the sulfonation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Mikael Paronen
  • Patent number: 6900249
    Abstract: A durable, conformable, absorbent, hydrophilic, polymeric latex foam composition having a free absorbent capacity of at least 5 grams of a 0.9 weight percent aqueous saline solution per gram of foam and capable of vertically wicking said aqueous saline solution to a height of greater than about 5 cm. In a preferred embodiment, after compression, the latex foam composition remains thin until wet, whereupon it expands and exhibits a high free absorbent capacity and high vertical wicking height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Mork, Andrew T. Graham
  • Patent number: 6894082
    Abstract: This invention relates to latent foamable compositions for use in or as adhesives, sealants and/or coatings. The compositions include a curable component or a thermoplastic component, together with a latent foaming agent. In curable versions of the inventive compositions, a cure initiator or catalyst may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Henkel Corporation
    Inventors: Karen R. Brantl, Philp T. Klemarczyk
  • Patent number: 6894083
    Abstract: Single component compositions for making a moisture-cured polyurethane foam are disclosed. Foam produced from the compositions of the present invention produce very low foaming pressure due to their 60-95 percent open-cell content. After these compositions are applied and cure, they form a permanent seal around the perimeter of installed fenestration products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Braun, Jess M. Garcia, Deborah A. Schutter
  • Patent number: 6890641
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, compositions and methods are provided in which the mechanical strength and durability of a precursor material having a plurality of pores is increased by a) providing a precursor material; b) treating the precursor material to form a nanoporous aerogel, preferably by using a supercritical drying process; c) providing a blending material having a reinforcing component and a volatile component; d) combining the nanoporous aerogel and the blending material to form an amalgamation layer; and e) treating the amalgamation layer to increase the mechanical strength of the layer by a substantial amount and to ultimately form a low dielectric material that can be utilized in various applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Shyama Mukherjee, Roger Leung, Kreisler Lau
  • Patent number: 6890437
    Abstract: A waste disposal and recovery system for disposal of expanded polystyrene foam and recovery of a usable resin. The system includes a first tank and a second tank in flow communication. Within the second tank may be a plurality of settlement compartments with a filtration system. An organic solvent is used to dissolve the expanded polystyrene foam which forms a waste solution. The waste solution is directed to the second tank where it is separated into resin and the organic solvent. The solvent may be recycled for use in dissolving more expanded polystyrene foam while the resin may be removed for storage, shipment or sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Densified Solutions, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John W. Rickett, Kevin L. Lyons
  • Patent number: RE38773
    Abstract: The present invention involves the synthesis of a series of amylose (starch) derivatives with various degrees of substitution and amylose/amylopectin ratios. These chains are chemically crosslinked and then mechanically deformed (stretched) to produce a biodegradable and mechanically superior material. Specifically, the process consists of chemically modifying starch into starch derivatives such as starch ethers, starch esters and starch carbamates. The polymers have a percentage degree of substitution of from about 35% to about 95% (degree of substitution is from about 1.05 to about 2.85) and preferably have a percentage degree of substitution of from about 65% to about 90% (degree of substitution is from about 1.95 to about 2.70). The starch derivatives are crosslinked to obtain crosslinked chains and processed into sheets, films, fibers, threads or other articles as known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: The University of Cincinnati
    Inventors: James E. Mark, Brooke Zhao Peterson, Burak Eman, Ivet Bahar, Andrzej Kloczkowski