Patents Examined by R. Rabago
  • Patent number: 6844404
    Abstract: The present invention includes novel ligands which may be utilized as part of a catalyst system. A catalyst system of the present invention is a transition metal-ligand complex. In particular, the catalyst system includes a transition metal component and a ligand component comprising a Nitrogen atom and/or functional groups comprising a Nitrogen atom, generally in the form of an imine functional group. In certain embodiments, the ligand component may further comprise a phosphorous atom. Preferred ligand components are bidentate (bind to the transition metal at two or more sites) and include a nitrogen-transition metal bond. The transition metal-ligand complex is generally cationic and associated with a weakly coordinating anion. A catalyst system of the present invention may further comprise a Lewis or Bronsted acid. The Lewis or Bronsted acid may be complexed with the ligand component of the transition metal-ligand complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: James Allen Ponasik, Jr., Jason Patrick McDevitt, Christopher Moore Killian, Peter Borden Mackenzie, Leslie Shane Moody
  • Patent number: 6750302
    Abstract: A polymerization catalyst is disclosed, wherein the catalyst comprises: (a) a metallocene of Ti, Zr or Hf, (b) an organoaluminum compound, and (c) a treated solid oxide support which comprises fluorine and chromium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Max P. McDaniel, Kathy S. Collins, Elizabeth A. Benham, Anthony P. Eaton, Michael D. Jensen, Joel L. Martin, Gil R. Hawley, Eric T. Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6730753
    Abstract: Catalyst systems of the Ziegler-Natta type, which are suitable for the polymerization of olefins are prepared by: A) bringing an inorganic metal oxide on which a magnesium compound has been deposited into contact with a tetravalent titanium compound, B) if desired, bringing the intermediate obtained in this way into contact with an electron donor compound and C) bringing the intermediate obtained in step A) or B) into contact with a polysiloxane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Basell Polyolefine GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Föttinger, Stephan Hüffer, Rainer Karer
  • Patent number: 6720396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catalyst composition of an activator, a catalyst compound and a support in a liquid. The catalyst composition of the invention is utilized as prepared, in the liquid, in a process for polymerizing olefin(s), preferably a slurry polymerization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Univation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Susan L. Bell, Abdul Gaffar Vadagama
  • Patent number: 6664350
    Abstract: The invention relates to supported ligands and catalysts for use in the polymerization of olefinically unsaturated monomers such as vinylic monomers, comprising the use of a compound attached to support, the compound being capable of complexing with a transitional metal. Preferably the compound capable of complexing with a transition metal is a diimine such as a 1,4-diaza-1,3-butadiene, a 2-pyridinecarbaldehyde imine, an oxazolidone or a quinoline carbaldeyde. Preferably the catalysts are used in conjunction with an initiator comprising a homolytically cleavable bond with a halogen atom. The application also discloses processes for attaching ligands to supports, and processes for using the catalysts disclosed in the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: University of Warwick
    Inventors: David M. Haddleton, Arnaud Radigue, Dax Kukulj, David Duncalf
  • Patent number: 6646069
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an ethylene polymer, comprising performing polymerization of ethylene in co-presence of hydrogen using a trialkylaluminum compound-carried chromium catalyst, wherein the chromium catalyst is obtained by calcination-activating a chromium compound that is carried on an inorganic oxide carrier in a non-reducing atmosphere to convert chromium atoms in the chromium compound into hexavalent chromium atoms for at least a portion thereof, and treating with a trialkylaluminum compound in an inert hydrocarbon solvent to carry thereon and removing to dry the solvent so that the chromium atoms are not over-reduced by the trialkylaluminum compound, and to an ethylene polymer suitable for blow molded articles obtained by the production method. The ethylene polymer of the invention have improved environment stress crack resistance (ESCR) and impact resistance in a good balance and are suitable for molded blow articles, in particular large size blow molded articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Japan Polyolefins Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Monoi, Hidenobu Torigoe
  • Patent number: 6646071
    Abstract: Metal complexes comprising an oxygen, sulfur, or nitrogen containing bridging group which are useful as catalyst components for the polymerization of olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventors: Jerzy Klosin, Peter N. Nickias
  • Patent number: 6635727
    Abstract: The ethylenic copolymer rubber according to the present invention is a novel and useful ethylenic copolymer rubber which can be cross-linked at a high velocity and is superior in scorching stability, in workability and in moldability, of which cross-linked product is superior in the mechanical properties, such as the cross-linked rubber strength etc., and in the form-preservability. A cross-linkable rubber composition containing this ethylenic copolymer rubber is utilized for producing, for example, cross-linked molded rubber product for use as sealing element and automobile weather strip sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Taku Koda, Kotaro Ichino, Masaaki Kawasaki, Keiji Okada
  • Patent number: 6635597
    Abstract: A catalyst activator particularly adapted for use in the activation of metal complexes of metals of Group 3-10 for polymerization of ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable monomers, especially olefins, comprising a neutral (Lewis acid) or charge separated (cation/anion pair) comprising a boron ligand containing a fluorinated organic group containing from 10 to 1000 non-hydrogen atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Tobin J. Marks, Liting Li, You-Xian Chen, Mark H. McAdon, Peter N. Nickias
  • Patent number: 6632898
    Abstract: The invention is a catalyst system including a monocyclopentadienyl titanium compound and an alumoxane component which is highly productive for polymerizing ethylene and &agr;-olefins to produce a high molecular weight ethylene-&agr;-olefin copolymer having a high content of &agr;-olefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventor: Jo Ann Marie Canich
  • Patent number: 6630559
    Abstract: Disclosed are a propylene polymer having a high crystallinity of a boiled heptane-insoluble component contained therein, a high stereoregularity and an extremely long mesochain (continuous propylene units wherein directions of {acute over (&agr;)}-methyl carbons are the same as each other), and a process for preparing said polymer. Further disclosed is a propylene polymer composition comprising the above propylene polymer and at least one stabilizer selected from a phenol type stabilizer, an organophosphite type stabilizer, a thioether type stabilizer, a hindered amine type stabilizer a metallic salt of higher aliphatic acid. The propylene block polymer of the invention is well-balanced between rigidity, heat resistance and moisture resistance, and can be favorably used for sheet, filament, injection molded product, blow molded product, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsui Chismicans, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsunori Shinozaki, Kazumitsu Kawakita, Mamoru Kioka
  • Patent number: 6627711
    Abstract: A process for polymerization of addition polymerizable monomers with a catalyst composition comprising a Group 4 or 5 metal bis(silane)amido complex corresponding to the formula: where the various substituents are as defined in claim 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Mullins, Phillip S. Athey, Peter N. Nickias, Jorge Soto, Harold W. Boone, R. Vernon Snelgrove
  • Patent number: 6627720
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing hyperbranched polymers comprising heating a polymerizable reaction charge comprising (a) a monomer mixture comprising 50-99.1% by weight of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated monomer and 0.1-50% by weight of one or more multiethylenically unsaturated monomers and (b) if at least one ethylenically unsaturated monomer of the monomer mixture is not a thermally initiating monomer, a free radical polymerization initiator, to a temperature in the range from about 250° C. to about 400° C. in a continuous reactor which allows mixing of the reactor contents for a residence time of from about 2 minutes to about 60 minutes, provided that if the total amount of multiethylenically unsaturated monomer is less than 3% by weight of the monomer mixture than at least one of said one or more multiethylenically unsaturated monomers must be tri- or greater ethylenically unsaturated. The hyperbranched polymers prepared by this process are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Johnson Polymer, LLC
    Inventors: J. David Campbell, Fouad Teymour
  • Patent number: 6624262
    Abstract: The present invention describes preparation of nanocomposite particles and structures by polymerizing monomers onto a functional inorganic colloid comprising a polymerization initiation site. The polymerization process is preferably a controlled/living polymerization process, including but not limited to, atom transfer radical polymerization and stable free radical polymerization. The nanocomposite particles can self-organize in solution, on surfaces or in films forming nanocomposite structures. Tethered AB block nanocomposite particles bring size control, solubility control and control over micro- and macro-functionality to the particles. The process may be catalyzed by a transition metal complex which participates in a reversible redox cycle with at least one of the group and a compound having a radically transferable atom or group, to form a nanocomposite particle with a tethered polymer chain. The process may be continued to form tethered copolymer chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Carnegie Melon University
    Inventors: Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Nicolay Tsarevsky
  • Patent number: 6624266
    Abstract: Preactivated unsupported catalyst compositions methods of using them are disclosed whereby the compositions have a concentration of preactivated catalyst of at least about 0.04 mmol of preactivated catalyst per liter of solution when using aliphatic or alicyclic hydrocarbon solvents, and a concentration of less than about 0.80 mmol/liter when using aromatic or halogen-substituted solvents. In the method, an unsupported catalyst precursor first is contacted with an activator, or co-catalyst, in a suitable reaction medium, and then the resulting mixture is contacted with additional solvent to form a preactivated unsupported olefin polymerization catalyst composition that can be fed to a gas phase polymerization reactor without plugging the catalyst injection nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kersten Anne Terry, Jody Michael Moffett, William George Sheard
  • Patent number: 6620759
    Abstract: Mixtures of different polyolefins may be made by direct, preferably simultaneous, polymerization of one or more polymerizable olefins using two or more transition metal containing active polymerization catalyst systems, one of which contains nickel complexed to selected ligands. The polyolefin products may have polymers that vary in molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, crystallinity, or other factors, and are useful as molding resins and for films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Lynda Kaye Johnson, Joel David Citron
  • Patent number: 6620896
    Abstract: Mixed olefin polymerization catalysts, methods for preparing olefin polymers using the catalysts, and polymers obtained therefrom are disclosed. The mixed catalyst system comprises the combination of (a) a Group 8-10 transition metal complex of a bidentate or tridentate ligand comprising at least one nitrogen donor selected from Set 1, (b) either a Group 8-10 transition metal complex of a bidentate or tridentate ligand comprising at least one nitrogen donor selected from Set 1 or a bidentate ligand comprising a nitrogen-nitrogen donor selected from Set 2, or a Group 4 transition metal complex of a multidnentate ligand comprising at least 1 cyclopentadienyl or indenyl ring selected from Set 3 or a titanium or chromium Ziegler-Natta catalyst selected from Set 4, and optionally (c) a compound Y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Christopher Moore Killian, Peter Borden Mackenzie, Gino Georges Lavoie, James Allen Ponasik, Jr., Leslie Shane Moody
  • Patent number: 6620895
    Abstract: Polyethylenes made from ethylene and a series of &agr;-olefins using a catalyst that copolymerizes ethylene and &agr;-olefins usually have excellent melt processing characteristics, especially in uses where high zero shear viscosity and low high shear viscosity are desirable. These polyethylenes are preferably made by forming the &agr;-olefins in situ from ethylene during the polymerization process. The polyethylenes are especially useful in blow molding, extrusion or extruded blown film processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Patricia Metzger Cotts, William Howard Tuminello, Lin Wang, Joel David Citron
  • Patent number: 6613851
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of cyclic carbene-&eegr;-ligand complexes for catalysis of olefin polymerization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Klaus-Joachim Jens, Mats Tilset, Mark H Voges, Richard Blom, Morten Frøseth
  • Patent number: 6610799
    Abstract: A process for olefin polymerization in a reaction vessel, said process comprising polymerizing at least one &agr;-olefin in a polymerization stage employing a catalyst feed comprising 1) a first catalyst composition having at least two active catalytic sites capable of producing a first set of polymer components; 2) a second catalyst composition having at least two active catalytic sites capable of giving essentially the same set of polymer components as produced by the catalyst in feed (1) under the same polymerization conditions but these components in a different ratio to those produced by the catalyst composition of feed (1); wherein the amounts of catalyst compositions (1 and 2) fed into the reaction vessel are independently controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Arild Follestad, Vidar Almqvist, Ketil Strand Andersen, Richard Blom, Ivar Martin Dahl, Arild Geir Andersen