Patents by Inventor Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS

Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS 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).

  • Publication number: 20230399514
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an asphalt binder composition comprising: an asphalt binder; a compound of formula (I): wherein R, A, n, and m are as described herein, a compound of formula (II): wherein R?, A?, n?, and m? are as described herein. The present application is also directed to further compositions, methods of producing an asphalt binder composition, and methods of paving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Nacu Hernandez, Austin Hohmann, Ronald Christopher Williams, Michael Forrester, Joseph H. Podolsky, Paul Ledtje, Conglin Chen
  • Publication number: 20230312928
    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: May 25, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 11773265
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an asphalt binder composition comprising: an asphalt binder; a compound of formula (I): wherein R, A, n, and m are as described herein, a compound of formula (II): wherein R?, A?, n?, and m? are as described herein. The present application is also directed to further compositions, methods of producing an asphalt binder composition, and methods of paving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Nacu Hernandez, Austin Hohmann, Ronald Christopher Williams, Michael Forrester, Joseph H. Podolsky, Paul Ledtje, Conglin Chen
  • Patent number: 11702544
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Nacu Hernandez, Ronald Christopher Williams
  • Patent number: 11685802
    Abstract: The present application relates to a multiblock copolymer comprising at least one PA block, at least one PB block, and at least one PC block. PC block is positioned between PA block and PB block, where PC block is a rubber block, and where PA represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer A, PB represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer B, and PC represents a polymer block comprising one or more units of monomer C, with monomers A and B being the same or different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran, Ronald Christopher Williams, Austin Hohmann
  • Patent number: 11370918
    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: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Christopher Williams, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran, Austin Hohmann, Mohamed Elkashef
  • Publication number: 20220186032
    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: December 27, 2021
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20220112130
    Abstract: Provided herein are an emulsified asphalt product and an emulsified coating product. Both emulsified products contain one or more rejuvenators of formula (I) or formula (X). The emulsified asphalt product is useful for improving the performance of aged or brittle resinous binders in paving applications while the emulsified coating product is similarly useful in roofing applications. Also provided herein is a treated bituminous pavement where the performance grade varies with depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS, Eric W. COCHRAN, Theodore HUISMAN, Ashley F. BUSS, Irvin PINTO, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Joseph PODOLSKY, Michael J. FORRESTER, Maxwell D. STAVER, Baker W. KUEHL, Austin D. HOHMANN
  • Patent number: 11242459
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Nacu Hernandez, Ronald Christopher Williams
  • Publication number: 20220033305
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a composition that includes a polymer comprising two or more units of monomer A, with monomer A being a radically polymerizable plant oil, animal oil, synthetic triglyceride, or mixture thereof and an epoxidized vegetable oil, an epoxidized fatty acid, or an epoxidized fatty ester. The present application is also directed to further compositions, methods of producing a liquid cement composition, and methods of paving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Eric W. COCHRAN, Nacu HERNANDEZ, Austin HOHMANN, Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS, Michael FORRESTER, Baker KUEHL, Conglin CHEN
  • Publication number: 20210324124
    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: June 22, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Nacu HERNANDEZ, Eric W. COCHRAN, Ronald Christopher WILLIAMS, Austin HOHMANN
  • Patent number: 11072674
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran, Ronald Christopher Williams, Austin Hohmann
  • Publication number: 20210130616
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an asphalt product. The asphalt product includes an asphalt binder and a bio-oil blend comprising a mixture of a non-hydrogenated bio-oil and a partially hydrogenated bio-oil, where the bio-oil blend is mixed with the asphalt binder to form an asphalt product having a shear stiffness of 0.20 kPa to 11,000 kPa at a temperature ranging from 25° C. to 85° C. and/or a viscosity of 0.15 Pa·s to 1.50 Pa·s at a temperature ranging from 120° C. to 165° C. The present invention further relates to methods of producing an asphalt product and methods of applying an asphalt product to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Ronald Christopher Williams, Joseph Herbert Podolsky, Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran
  • Patent number: 10961395
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an asphalt product. The asphalt product includes an asphalt binder and a bio-oil blend comprising a mixture of a non-hydrogenated bio-oil and a partially hydrogenated bio-oil, where the bio-oil blend is mixed with the asphalt binder to form an asphalt product having a shear stiffness of 0.20 kPa to 11,000 kPa at a temperature ranging from 25° C. to 85° C. and/or a viscosity of 0.15 Pa·s to 1.50 Pa·s at a temperature ranging from 120° C. to 165° C. The present invention further relates to methods of producing an asphalt product and methods of applying an asphalt product to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Christopher Williams, Joseph Herbert Podolsky, Nacu Hernandez, Eric W. Cochran
  • Publication number: 20210079224
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an asphalt binder composition comprising: an asphalt binder; a compound of formula (I): wherein R, A, n, and m are as described herein, a compound of formula (II): wherein R?, A?, n?, and m? are as described herein. The present application is also directed to further compositions, methods of producing an asphalt binder composition, and methods of paving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Eric W. Cochran, Nacu Hernandez, Austin Hohmann, Ronald Christopher Williams, Michael Forrester, Joseph H. Podolsky, Paul Ledtje, Conglin Chen
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 10570238
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a 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, or acrylonitrile monomer. Monomer B is a radically polymerizable plant oil monomer containing one or more triglycerides. The present invention also relates to a method of preparing a thermoplastic block copolymer by radical polymerizing a radically polymerizable monomer with a radically polymerizable plant oil monomer containing one or more triglycerides, in the presence of an initiator and a transition-metal catalyst system to form the thermoplastic block copolymer. The polymerized plant oil-based block copolymers are useful in a variety of applications, such as asphalt modifiers, rubber compositions, adhesives, tires, in the automobile industry, footwear, packaging, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric William Cochran, Ronald Christopher Williams, Nacu Hernandez, Andrew A. Cascione