Patents by Inventor Mark N. Dedecker

Mark N. Dedecker 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: 10400089
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxy silane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. A stabilizing agent having the formula (R)4-nSi(OH)n wherein R is a C1 to C18 alkyl, C1 to C18 alkyl group containing a heteroatom such as nitrogen or oxygen, C4 to C8 cycloalkyl, or C6 to C18 aromatic group is then added to the polymer, optionally in the presence of hydrocarbon oil. The polymer is then desolvatizing, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Mark N. DeDecker, Joseph P. Padolewski, James H. Pawlow
  • Patent number: 10150869
    Abstract: A method for producing a functionalized polymer, the method comprising the steps of polymerizing conjugated diene monomer, optionally together with a copolymerizable monomer, within a solvent to produce a polymerization mixture including a polymer having a reactive terminus, coupling a portion of the polymer having a reactive terminus with a hydrocarbyloxysiloxane to produce a polymerization mixture including polymer coupled with the hydrocarbyloxysiloxane and residual polymer having a reactive terminues, reacting the residual polymer having a reactive terminus with a functionalizing agent having at least one hydrocarbyloxy functionality to produce a polymerization mixture including a functionalized polymer and the polymer coupled with the hydrocarbyloxysiloxane, and desolventizing the polymerization mixture including the functionalized polymer and the polymer coupled with the hydrocarbyloxysiloxane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Terrence E. Hogan, Mark N. Dedecker, Jessica C. Kurasch, Gabrielle L. Mcintyre, Karen Maglione, Christine M. Rademacher
  • Patent number: 9718931
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxy silane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. A dialkoxysilane stabilizing agent is then added to the polymer in combination with a base material. The polymer is then desolvatizing, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Kenji Nakatani, Mark N. DeDecker, Joseph P. Padolewski, James H. Pawlow
  • Patent number: 9611364
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxysilane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. An alkoxysilane stabilizing agent is then added to the polymer in the presence of hydrocarbon oil. The polymer is then desolvatized, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Mark N. DeDecker, James H. Pawlow, Joseph P. Padolewski, Kenji Nakatani
  • Publication number: 20160312028
    Abstract: A method for producing a functionalized polymer, the method comprising the steps of polymerizing conjugated diene monomer, optionally together with a copolymerizable monomer, within a solvent to produce a polymerization mixture including a polymer having a reactive terminus, coupling a portion of the polymer having a reactive terminus with a hydrocarbyloxysiloxane to produce a polymerization mixture including polymer coupled with the hydrocarbyloxysiloxane and residual polymer having a reactive terminues, reacting the residual polymer having a reactive terminus with a functionalizing agent having at least one hydrocarbyloxy functionality to produce a polymerization mixture including a functionalized polymer and the polymer coupled with the hydrocarbyloxysiloxane, and desolventizing the polymerization mixture including the functionalized polymer and the polymer coupled with the hydrocarbyloxysiloxane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Terrence E. Hogan, Mark N. Dedecker, Jessica C. Kurasch, Gabrielle L. Mcintyre, Karen Maglione, Christine M. Rademacher
  • Patent number: 9376508
    Abstract: Terminally functionalized polymers that are living or pseudo-living polymers reacted with certain allyl glycidyl ethers, or certain allylhalosilanes or combinations thereof, and a process for preparing the terminally functionalized polymers. Rubber-modified polymeric compositions comprising the terminally functionalized polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Zengquan Qin, Jason T. Poulton, Mark N. DeDecker, James E. Hall
  • Patent number: 9255167
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxy silane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. A mixture of at least one of a first stabilizing agent having the formula (R)4-nSi(OH)n wherein R is a C1 to C18 alkyl, C1 to C18 alkyl group containing a heteroatom such as nitrogen or oxygen, C4 to C8 cycloalkyl, or C6 to C18 aromatic group, and a at least one of a second stabilizing agents having the formula (R)2Si(OH)2 wherein R is an aryl group, is then added to the polymer, optionally in the presence of hydrocarbon oil. The polymer is then desolvatized, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pawlow, Mark N. DeDecker
  • Publication number: 20150240016
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxy silane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. A mixture of at least one of a first stabilizing agent having the formula (R)4-nSi(OH)n wherein R is a C1 to C18 alkyl, C1 to C18 alkyl group containing a heteroatom such as nitrogen or oxygen, C4 to C8 cycloalkyl, or C6 to C18 aromatic group, and a at least one of a second stabilizing agents having the formula (R)2Si(OH)2 wherein R is an aryl group, is then added to the polymer, optionally in the presence of hydrocarbon oil. The polymer is then desolvatized, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pawlow, Mark N. DeDecker
  • Publication number: 20150166737
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxy silane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. A dialkoxysilane stabilizing agent is then added to the polymer in combination with a base material. The polymer is then desolvatizing, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Kenji Nakatani, Mark N. DeDecker, Joseph P. Padolewski, James H. Pawlow
  • Publication number: 20150166738
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxy silane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. A stabilizing agent having the formula (R)4-nSi(OH)n wherein R is a C1 to C18 alkyl, C1 to C18 alkyl group containing a heteroatom such as nitrogen or oxygen, C4 to C8 cycloalkyl, or C6 to C18 aromatic group is then added to the polymer, optionally in the presence of hydrocarbon oil. The polymer is then desolvatizing, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity and molecular weight, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: Firestone Polymers LLC
    Inventors: Mark N. DeDecker, Joseph P. Padolewski, James H. Pawlow
  • Publication number: 20150133601
    Abstract: A method of making a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity is described. A conjugated diolefin is reacted in a hydrocarbon solvent in the presence of an initiator to form a polymer. After forming the polymer, alkoxysilane terminal functionalizing groups are bonded to the polymer. An alkoxysilane stabilizing agent is then added to the polymer in the presence of hydrocarbon oil. The polymer is then desolvatized, resulting in a polymer with stable Mooney viscosity, even over prolonged periods of time. Compositions and articles containing the polymer are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Mark N. DeDecker, James H. Pawlow, Joseph P. Padolewski, Kenji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8754169
    Abstract: A method for forming a rubber-modified polymeric composition includes polymerizing vinyl aromatic monomer within a mixture including the vinyl aromatic monomer and an interpolymer having at least one block of polyisoprene, at lest one block of polystyrene, and at lest one block of polybutadiene to thereby form the rubber-modified polymeric composition, where the interpolymer includes an internal block of polyisoprene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Mark N. Dedecker, James E. Hall, Daniel F. Graves
  • Patent number: 8716409
    Abstract: A composition includes a baleable polymer resulting from the polymerization of at least one conjugated diene in the presence of an anionic initiator. The baleable polymer has carboxylate termination resulting from the addition of carbon dioxide to terminate the polymerization reaction. The polymer has Mooney ML1+4 viscosity of >35 and a solution viscosity of X, where X is >75 cP. The addition of an lonolizer to a composition that includes the polymer reduces the solution viscosity of the polymer from X to Y where Y meets the following formula: 0.4X?Y?0.58X. The baleable polymer is blended with impact-modified plastics resulting in improved izod values and optical qualities. Processes for making and utilizing the polymer composition, and ionolizer are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventor: Mark N. DeDecker
  • Patent number: 8378034
    Abstract: Adducts of an unsaturated metathesis polymer or interpolymer and an unsaturated diacid anhydride. A process for producing adducts of an unsaturated metathesis polymer or interpolymer and unsaturated diacid anhydride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pawlow, William L. Hergenrother, Mark N. Dedecker, Daniel F. Graves
  • Publication number: 20130041105
    Abstract: A process for preparing a rubber comprising polymeric composition, and the resulting compositions, and certain isoprene comprising interpolymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Mark N. DEDECKER, James E. Hall, Daniel F. Graves
  • Publication number: 20110263794
    Abstract: Terminally functionalized polymers that are living or pseudo-living polymers reacted with certain allyl glycidyl ethers, or certain allylhalosilanes or combinations thereof, and a process for preparing the terminally functionalized polymers. Rubber-modified polymeric compositions comprising the terminally functionalized polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Zengquan Qin, Jason T. Poulton, Mark N. DeDecker, James E. Hall
  • Publication number: 20100113699
    Abstract: A process for preparing a rubber comprising polymeric composition, and the resulting compositions, and certain isoprene comprising interpolymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Mark N. Dedecker, James E. Hall, Daniel F. Graves
  • Publication number: 20100029850
    Abstract: Adducts of an unsaturated metathesis polymer or interpolymer and an unsaturated diacid anhydride. A process for producing adducts of an unsaturated metathesis polymer or interpolymer and unsaturated diacid anhydride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: James H. Pawlow, William L. Hergenrother, Mark N. Dedecker, Daniel F. Graves
  • Publication number: 20080161448
    Abstract: A composition includes a baleable polymer resulting from the polymerization of at least one conjugated diene in the presence of an anionic initiator. The baleable polymer has carboxylate termination resulting from the addition of carbon dioxide to terminate the polymerization reaction. The polymer has Mooney ML1+4 viscosity of >35 and a solution viscosity of X, where X is >75 cP. The addition of an lonolizer to a composition that includes the polymer reduces the solution viscosity of the polymer from X to Y where Y meets the following formula: 0.4X?Y?0.58X. The baleable polymer is blended with impact-modified plastics resulting in improved izod values and optical qualities. Processes for making and utilizing the polymer composition, and ionolizer are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Mark N. DeDecker
  • Patent number: 6967228
    Abstract: A functional polymer having at least one substituent capable of forming a stable free radical is formed by polymerizing a diene monomer, such as butadiene, to form a first polymer block of the functional polymer. The first polymer block has a weight average molecular weight of less than 150,000. A vinyl aromatic monomer, such as styrene, is polymerized to form at least a second polymer block of the functional polymer. The copolymer is contacted with a stable free radical providing compound to form the functional polymer. By adding sufficient vinyl aromatic monomer, a low molecular weight functional rubber polymer can be rendered processable at ambient temperatures, while maintaining a solution viscosity which is suited to subsequent free radical catalyzation of vinyl aromatic monomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Firestone Polymers, LLC
    Inventors: Mark N. DeDecker, Daniel F. Graves