Patents by Inventor Eric W. COCHRAN

Eric W. COCHRAN has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10844166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer comprising plural acrylated polyol monomeric units having different degrees of acrylation of hydroxyl groups. The acrylated polyol monomeric units have an average degree of acrylation greater than 1 and less than the number of the hydroxyl groups of the polyol. The present invention also relates to a method of making the thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer, and using them in various applications, such as asphalt rubber modifiers, adhesives, or an additive in a fracking fluid for oil fracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, R. Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Elvira Joana Ferreira Peralta, Michael John Forrester
  • Patent number: 10793673
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer comprising a repeating group having the structure of formula (I) wherein R, R1, R2, R3, R4, X, and s are as described herein and salt thereof. Also disclosed is a process of synthesizing such polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Nacu Hernandez, Mengguo Yan, Eric W. Cochran, John Edward Matthiesen, Jean-Philippe Tessonnier
  • Patent number: 10752711
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic block copolymer comprising at least one PA block and at least one PB block. The PA block represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer A, and the PB block represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer B. Monomer A is a vinyl, acrylic, diolefin, nitrile, dinitrile, acrylonitrile monomer, a monomer with reactive functionality, or a crosslinking monomer. Monomer B is a radically polymerizable triglyceride or mixtures thereof, typically in the form of a plant or animal oil. The present invention also relates to a method of preparing a thermoplastic block copolymer or novel thermoplastic statistical copolymers by polymerizing a radically polymerizable monomer with a radically polymerizable triglyceride or mixtures thereof via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization (RAFT), in the presence of an free radical initiator and a chain transfer agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Ronald Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Andrew Cascione
  • Publication number: 20200255572
    Abstract: One aspect of the present application relates to a method of synthesizing a thermoplastic polymer. This method includes providing a depolymerized lignin product comprising monomers and oligomers and producing lignin (meth)acrylate monomers and oligomers from the depolymerized lignin product. A thermoplastic lignin (meth)acrylate polymer is then formed by free radical polymerization of the lignin (meth)acrylate monomers and oligomers. The present application also relates to a branched chain thermoplastic lignin (meth)acrylate polymer which includes a chain transfer agent. The thermoplastic lignin based polymers of the present application can be used to prepare carbon fibers, and engineering thermoplastics. Mixtures of lignin (meth)acrylate monomers and oligomers are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Xianglan Bai, Wangda Qu, Yuerui Huang, Yixin Luo
  • Patent number: 10730975
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic block copolymer comprising at least one PA block and at least one PB block. The PA block represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer A, and the PB block represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer B. Monomer A is a vinyl, acrylic, diolefin, nitrile, dinitrile, acrylonitrile monomer, a monomer with reactive functionality, or a crosslinking monomer. Monomer B is a radically polymerizable triglyceride or mixtures thereof, typically in the form of a plant or animal oil. The present invention also relates to a method of preparing a thermoplastic block copolymer or novel thermoplastic statistical copolymers by polymerizing a radically polymerizable monomer with a radically polymerizable triglyceride or mixtures thereof via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization (RAFT), in the presence of an free radical initiator and a chain transfer agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Ronald Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Andrew Cascione
  • Publication number: 20200165459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to relates to a method of producing an improved asphalt. This method includes providing an asphalt binder and providing a compound of formula (I): as described herein. The asphalt binder is mixed with the compound of formula (I) under conditions effective to produce an improved asphalt. Also disclosed are an asphalt product and a method of making asphalt material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Christopher Williams, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran, Austin Hohmann, Mohamed Elkashef
  • Patent number: 10633485
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer comprising plural acrylated polyol monomeric units having different degrees of acrylation of hydroxyl groups. The acrylated polyol monomeric units have an average degree of acrylation greater than 1 and less than the number of the hydroxyl groups of the polyol. The present invention also relates to a method of making the thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer, and using them in various applications, such as asphalt rubber modifiers, adhesives, or an additive in a fracking fluid for oil fracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, R. Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Elvira Joana Ferreira Peralta, Michael John Forrester
  • Patent number: 10633750
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed relate to electrocatalytic hydrogenation of muconic acid and polymers formed from the reaction products thereof. In various embodiments, the present invention provides an electrocatalytic method to prepare 3-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, 2-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, adipic acid, or a combination thereof, from muconic acid. The method includes passing current through a catalytic cathode in a reactor including an aqueous acidic solution including muconic acid, a supporting electrolyte, and an anode, so as to generate atomic hydrogen on the cathode surface in an amount effective to hydrogenate the muconic acid to yield a product including 3-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, 2-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, adipic acid, or a mixture thereof. Also disclosed is the polymerization of 3-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, 2-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, or a combination thereof with another compound, such as a diamine or a dialcohol, to form a polymer, such as a polyamide or a polyester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa States University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, John Edward Matthiesen, Nacu B. Hernandez-Cantu, Eric W. Cochran
  • Patent number: 10604655
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing an improved asphalt. The method involves providing an asphalt and providing a compound of formula (I), as described herein. The asphalt is mixed with the compound of formula (I) under conditions effective to produce an improved asphalt. Also disclosed are an asphalt product and a method of making asphalt material. The invention further discloses a method of producing an improved asphalt comprising providing a polymer modified asphalt and providing a compound of formula (IIa) or formula (II). The polymer modified asphalt is mixed with the compound of formula (IIa) or formula (IIb) under conditions effective to produce an improved asphalt, which is yet another aspect of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Christopher Williams, Joseph Herbert Podolsky, Eric W. Cochran
  • Publication number: 20200071469
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a nanocomposite organo gel having a continuous polymeric network structure, wherein polymer chains are held together by ionic interaction between polymer chain ends, interparticle chain entanglements, layered silicate surface modifier, ionic salt, and layered silicate. The present application is also directed to methods of making and using the nanocomposite organo gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Sri Harsha Kalluru
  • Patent number: 10570286
    Abstract: The present invention relates to relates to a method of producing an improved asphalt. This method includes providing an asphalt binder and providing a compound of formula (I): as described herein. The asphalt binder is mixed with the compound of formula (I) under conditions effective to produce an improved asphalt. Also disclosed are an asphalt product and a method of making asphalt material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Christopher Williams, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran, Austin Hohmann, Mohamed Elkashef
  • Patent number: 10532964
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is an economical standalone system that replaces conventional monomer purification methods needed to perform chemical reactions that require reactants with a high degree of purity. Chemical reactions, such as anionic polymerization, can produce highly monodisperse homopolymers and block copolymers, however to do so they require very high purity reactants along with a moisture and oxygen free atmosphere. The system and method uses traditional column purification methods, but incorporates them into an economical, standalone, compact, and hazard free system. This method is different in view of safety, cost of cleaning procedure, time commitment, space availability, design and operational ease; helping researchers save time by cutting down the operating commitment by 90% and most importantly making it safer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Sri Harsha Kalluru, Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran
  • Publication number: 20190390059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an asphalt product that comprises an asphalt component and a plurality of pellets comprising a mixture of a ground tire rubber and an elastomeric polymer, where the density difference between the asphalt component and the plurality of pellets is less than 10%. The present invention further relates to a pellet comprising a ground tire rubber (“GTR”) and an elastomeric polymer mixed with the GTR, where the GTR has a density of less than 1.12 g/cm3. Also disclosed are methods of producing improved asphalt and paving a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20190345369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adhesive comprising a thermoplastic polyacrylated glycerol polymer, water, and a cross linker that is reactive with the polyacrylated glycerol polymer. This adhesive is useful in the formation of cellulosic products including oriented strand board (OSB), particle board, oriented structural straw board, chipboard, plywood, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), pressed wood, glued laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), and other wood products. Methods of producing the adhesive and cellulosic products are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu B. HERNANDEZ, R. Chris WILLIAMS, Michael FORRESTER, David GREWELL, Andrew BECKER, Joseph J. Marcinko
  • Publication number: 20190300637
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparing a multiblock copolymer. This method comprises i) providing a block copolymer comprising at least one PA block and at least one PB block, where PA represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer A and PB represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer B, with monomers A and B being the same or different, where the block copolymer contains a chain transfer agent moiety (CTA); ii) providing a radically polymerizable monomer C; and iii) polymerizing the block copolymer with monomer C under conditions effective to achieve a number average degree of polymerization (Nn) for the multiblock copolymer of up to 100,000 without gelation. The present invention relates to a multiblock copolymer comprising at least one PA block, at least one PB block, and at least one PC block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Nacu HERNANDEZ, Eric W. COCHRAN, Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS, Austin HOHMANN
  • Publication number: 20190241512
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compound having the structure of formula (I), wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7 are as described herein. The present invention also relates to a process for the preparation of a compound of formula (I) and to a process for the synthesis of a polymer using the compound of formula (I) through controlled free radical polymerization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Michael FORRESTER, Austin HOHMANN
  • Publication number: 20190177454
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a homopolymer, copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer comprising plural polyol monomeric units. The polyol monomeric units being acrylated and acylated or acetalized. The acrylated and acylated or acetalized polyol monomeric units have an average degree of acrylation which is 1 or more, but less than the number of the hydroxyl groups of the polyol and have an average degree of acylation or acetalization which is 1 or more, but less than the number of the hydroxyl groups of the polyol. The present invention also relates to a method of making the homopolymers, copolymers, block copolymers, and statistical copolymers, and using them in various applications, such as asphalt rubber modifiers, adhesives, or an additive in a fracking fluid for oil fracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Michael FORRESTER, Shailja GOYAL, Austin HOHMANN
  • Publication number: 20190153156
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer comprising a repeating group having the structure of formula (I) wherein R, R1, R2, X, i, j, m, n, o, and s are as described herein. The present invention also relates to a process for preparation of such polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: JOHN EDWARD MATTHIESEN, JAKE WILLIAM NELSON, JEAN-PHILIPPE TESSONNIER, ERIC W. COCHRAN, SANAZ ABDOLMOHAMMADI, NACU HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20190135972
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer comprising plural acrylated polyol monomeric units having different degrees of acrylation of hydroxyl groups. The acrylated polyol monomeric units have an average degree of acrylation greater than 1 and less than the number of the hydroxyl groups of the polyol. The present invention also relates to a method of making the thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer, and using them in various applications, such as asphalt rubber modifiers, adhesives, or an additive in a fracking fluid for oil fracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, R. Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Elvira Joana Ferreira Peralta, Michael John Forrester
  • Publication number: 20190135971
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer comprising plural acrylated polyol monomeric units having different degrees of acrylation of hydroxyl groups. The acrylated polyol monomeric units have an average degree of acrylation greater than 1 and less than the number of the hydroxyl groups of the polyol. The present invention also relates to a method of making the thermoplastic copolymer, block copolymer, and statistical copolymer, and using them in various applications, such as asphalt rubber modifiers, adhesives, or an additive in a fracking fluid for oil fracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, R. Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Elvira Joana Ferreira Peralta, Michael John Forrester