Patents by Inventor Robert Q. Kluttz

Robert Q. Kluttz 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: 10647805
    Abstract: A styrenic triblock copolymer composition with a combination of excellent tensile strength and high melt index, excellent for manufacturing, finishing and handling, forming stable pellets, for use in applications including but not limited to adhesive, coating, and flexographic printing. The composition comprises a first block which is a polymer of a monoalkenyl arene; a second block which is polymer of a conjugated diene and a third block which is a polymer of a monoalkenyl arene wherein a peak molecular weight of the third block is from about 0.06 to about 0.4 times that of the first block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers LLC
    Inventors: Donn Dubois, Martine Dupont, Carl Willis, Robert Q. Kluttz
  • Publication number: 20180355090
    Abstract: A styrenic triblock copolymer composition with a combination of excellent tensile strength and high melt index, excellent for manufacturing, finishing and handling, forming stable pellets, for use in applications including but not limited to adhesive, coating, and flexographic printing. The composition comprises a first block which is a polymer of a monoalkenyl arene; a second block which is polymer of a conjugated diene and a third block which is a polymer of a monoalkenyl arene wherein a peak molecular weight of the third block is from about 0.06 to about 0.4 times that of the first block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Kraton Polymers LLC
    Inventors: Donn DUBOIS, Martine DUPONT, Carl WILLIS, Robert Q. KLUTTZ
  • Publication number: 20180334554
    Abstract: A coupled block copolymer composition with a combination of high viscosity at manufacturing, finishing and handling conditions, low viscosity at asphalt blending conditions and suitable viscosity stability is provided for use in asphalt compositions. The composition comprises: (i) a diblock copolymer, (ii) at least a linear triblock copolymer having a peak molecular weight that is 1.5 to 3.0 times the peak molecular weight of the diblock copolymer, and (iii) at least a multiarm coupled block copolymer having a peak molecular weight that is 1.5 to 9.0 times the peak molecular weight of the diblock copolymer, and mixtures thereof. The block copolymer composition is characterized as having a melt viscosity at 110° C. or less of greater than 2.0E7 Poise and a coupling efficiency after 24 hours at 180° C. is less than 25%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Kraton Polymers LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Erica Jellema, Donn A. Dubois, Sebastian Puchalski, Carl L. Willis, Christopher M. Lubbers
  • Publication number: 20180265704
    Abstract: A method of forming a paving composition using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and/or reclaimed asphalt shingle (RAS) is provided. The method comprises: a) providing a rejuvenated asphalt binder consisting essentially of bitumen, a block copolymer and a bio-oil, wherein the rejuvenated asphalt binder has a rotational viscosity at 135° C. equal to or less than 1000 centipoise, an original G*/sin ? at 64° C. equal to or greater than 1 kPa where G* is the complex shear modulus and ? is the phase angle; a G*/sin ? at 64° C. equal to or greater than 2.2 kPa after aging in a Rolling Thin Film Oven (RTFO); b) providing a virgin asphalt; c) heating the virgin asphalt to 160-200° C.; d) providing a RAP and/or RAS; and e) mixing the heated virgin asphalt, RAP/RAS, and the rejuvenated asphalt binder under conditions suitable to form the paving composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: KRATON POLYMERS U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian PUCHALSKI, Robert Q. KLUTTZ, Christopher Matthew LUBBERS
  • Patent number: 9790360
    Abstract: The present invention is an asphalt rejuvenator made from a specific styrenic block copolymer, bio-based oil or a bio-based oil blend, and an antioxidant system. The bio-based oil or a bio-based oil blend has a flash point of >230° C., and the asphalt rejuvenator has a maximum viscosity of <2000 cP at 180° C. when measured at 6.8/seconds shear rate. An alternate embodiment of the present invention is a pavement composition of RAP and/or RAS, asphalt rejuvenator, and virgin asphalt with and without a crosslinker. Lastly, the invention includes a method of making an asphalt rejuvenator composition referred to above, and blending it with RAP and fresh asphalt. An emulsion is also described and claimed comprising asphalt rejuvenator, water and an emulsifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Puchalski, Robert Q. Kluttz, Christopher M. Lubbers
  • Publication number: 20170190898
    Abstract: The present invention is an asphalt rejuvenator made from a specific styrenic block copolymer, bio-based oil or a bio-based oil blend, and an antioxidant system. The bio-based oil or a bio-based oil blend has a flash point of >230 ° C., and the asphalt rejuvenator has a maximum viscosity of <2000 cP at 180° C. when measured at 6.8/seconds shear rate. An alternate embodiment of the present invention is a pavement composition of RAP and/or RAS, asphalt rejuvenator, and virgin asphalt with and without a crosslinker. Lastly, the invention includes a method of making an asphalt rejuvenator composition referred to above, and blending it with RAP and fresh asphalt. An emulsion is also described and claimed comprising asphalt rejuvenator, water and an emulsifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: KRATON POLYMERS U.S. LLC
    Inventors: SEBASTIAN PUCHALSKI, ROBERT Q. KLUTTZ, CHRISTOPHER M. LUBBERS
  • Patent number: 9115296
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to bituminous emulsions comprising bitumen, water, one or more emulsifiers systems and a diblock copolymer including one block of a monovinylaromatic hydrocarbon and one block of a conjugated diene, wherein the conjugated diene has a peak molecular weight from 30,000 to 78,000 and a vinyl content from 35 to 80 mol percent based on the number of repeat monomer units in the conjugated diene block. A block copolymer comprising at least two blocks of monovinylaromatic hydrocarbon and at least one block of conjugated diene, the block copolymer selected from linear triblock copolymers having a peak molecular weight that is 1.5 to 3.0 times the peak molecular weight of the diblock copolymer, multiarm coupled block copolymers having a peak molecular weight that is 1.5 to 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens, Willem C. Vonk, Jan Korenstra
  • Publication number: 20130225020
    Abstract: The invention relates to unique applications for the novel high melt flow, low viscosity, selectively hydrogenated styrene-butadiene-styrene (hSBS) or selectively hydrogenated controlled distribution styrene-butadiene/styrene-styrene (hSBSS) block copolymers, wherein the melt flow rate of said block copolymer is at least 100 g/10 min at 230° C. under 2.16 kg mass according to ASTM D1238. These block copolymers are novel and have the highest melt flow rate of any styrenic block copolymer also possessing high strength and elasticity. It has applications that prior to the present invention were not normally possible due to the normal low melt flow rate of styrenic block copolymers. The present invention also encompasses various fields of use such as a fiberglass hSBS or hSBSS reinforced mat, low viscosity hSBS or hSBSS coatings for industrial uses, hot melt adhesives prepared from hSBS or hSBSS blended with polyalpha-olefins, and elastic film, fiber, and nonwoven constructions using hSBS or hSBSS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: KRATON POLYMERS US LLC
    Inventors: John Flood, Kathryn Wright, Lydia Salazar, Robert Q. Kluttz, Donn Dubois, Troy Wiegand, Norio Masuko
  • Patent number: 7728074
    Abstract: A block copolymer composition including a diblock copolymer (I) having one block of a monovinylaromatic hydrocarbon and one block of a conjugated diene having a peak molecular weight from 30,000 to 78,000 and one or more block copolymers (ii) comprising at least two blocks of monovinylaromatic hydrocarbon and at least one block of conjugated diene, the block copolymer selected from linear triblock copolymers having a peak molecular weight that is 1.5 to 9.0 times the peak molecular weight of the diblock copolymer, and mixtures thereof, wherein the ratio of (i) to (ii) is greater than 1:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens
  • Publication number: 20090299010
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a polymer modified bituminous binder composition in the substantial absence of crosslinking agents by heating a bitumen component in a stirred tank to a temperature from 185° C. to 221° C.; adding a block copolymer composition to the bitumen component while the bitumen component is being stirred to form a homogeneous mixture of the bitumen component and the block copolymer composition; and continuing to stir the homogeneous mixture while maintaining the temperature from 185° C. to 221° C. for a period of time from 4 hours to 30 hours thereby forming a cured polymer modified bituminous binder composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: KRATON POLYMERS US LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens
  • Patent number: 7622519
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a polymer modified bituminous binder composition in the substantial absence of crosslinking agents by heating a bitumen component in a stirred tank to a temperature from 160° C. to 221° C.; adding a block copolymer composition to the bitumen component while the bitumen component is being stirred to form a homogeneous mixture of the bitumen component and the block copolymer composition; and continuing to stir the homogeneous mixture while maintaining the temperature from 180° C. to 221° C. for a total period of time from 4 hours to 30 hours thereby forming a cured polymer modified bituminous binder composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens
  • Patent number: 7592381
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a polymer modified bituminous binder composition in the substantial absence of crosslinking agents by heating a bitumen component in a stirred tank to a temperature from 185° C. to 221° C.; adding a block copolymer composition to the bitumen component while the bitumen component is being stirred to form a homogeneous mixture of the bitumen component and the block copolymer composition; and continuing to stir the homogeneous mixture while maintaining the temperature from 185° C. to 221° C. for a period of time from 4 hours to 30 hours thereby forming a cured polymer modified bituminous binder composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens
  • Patent number: 7576148
    Abstract: A process for preparing compatible, selectively hydrogenated block copolymer-modified bituminous compositions comprising blowing a mixture of the block copolymer and bitumen with an oxidizing gas at temperatures of at least 375° C. for at least 75 minutes. The modifying polymer is a selectively hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer and no blowing catalyst is required. Stable bituminous compositions comprising 6 to 25 parts by weight of block copolymer per 100 parts of asphalt are also provided as well as their application as roofing shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Harriet J. S. Kendrick, Keith E. Stephens
  • Publication number: 20080275183
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a polymer modified bituminous binder composition in the substantial absence of crosslinking agents by heating a bitumen component in a stirred tank to a temperature from 160° C. to 221° C.; adding a block copolymer composition to the bitumen component while the bitumen component is being stirred to form a homogeneous mixture of the bitumen component and the block copolymer composition; and continuing to stir the homogeneous mixture while maintaining the temperature from 180° C. to 221° C. for a total period of time from 4 hours to 30 hours thereby forming a cured polymer modified bituminous binder composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicant: Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens
  • Publication number: 20080114099
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to bituminous emulsions comprising bitumen, water, one or more emulsifiers and a block copolymer composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: KRATON POLYMERS US LLC
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, Keith E. Stephens, Willem C. Vonk, Jan Korenstra
  • Patent number: 6759454
    Abstract: The present invention is a polymer modified bituminous composition having improved phase stability, heat aging and viscosity characteristics. The bituminous compositions are blends comprising bitumen and from about 0.5 to about 25% of a novel anionic block copolymer where one of the blocks is a controlled distribution copolymer of a conjugated diene and a mono-alkenyl arene having a specific arrangement of the monomers in the copolymer block. The composition of the invention is useful for paving, roofing felts, water-proof membrane, adhesive, mopping asphalt, carpet backing and pipe coating applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: KRATON Polymers U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Keith E. Stephens, Robert Q. Kluttz, Dale L. Handlin, Jr., Carl L. Willis
  • Publication number: 20030149140
    Abstract: The present invention is a polymer modified bituminous composition having improved phase stability, heat aging and viscosity characteristics. The bituminous compositions are blends comprising bitumen and from about 0.5 to about 25% of a novel anionic block copolymer where one of the blocks is a controlled distribution copolymer of a conjugated diene and a mono-alkenyl arene having a specific arrangement of the monomers in the copolymer block. The composition of the invention is useful for paving, roofing felts, water-proof membrane, adhesive, mopping asphalt, carpet backing and pipe coating applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventors: Keith E. Stephens, Robert Q. Kluttz, Dale L. Handlin, Carl L. Willis
  • Patent number: 5451619
    Abstract: A bituminous composition comprising a bituminous component and an epoxidized polymer of a conjugated diolefin and, optionally, a vinyl aromatic hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Robert Q. Kluttz, James R. Erickson
  • Patent number: H1346
    Abstract: The invention discloses a novel method of functionalizing polyketone polymers by reacting with primary aromatic amines to form substituted pyrroles. The advantages of this method include but are not limited to permissible addition of small molecules to produce a wide variety of products, grafting of the polymer side chains to synthesize branched or comb polymers, and coupling reactions for controlling molecular weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventor: Robert Q. Kluttz
  • Patent number: H1580
    Abstract: A bituminous composition comprising a compatible bituminous component and a completely non-tapered radial block copolymer of a conjugated diolefin and a vinyl aromatic hydrocarbon wherein the polymer has from 3 to 6 arms, a molecular weight of from 150,000 to 400,000, a coupling efficiency of at least 95 percent, and a polyvinyl aromatic hydrocarbon blockiness of at least 98.5%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventor: Robert Q. Kluttz