Patents by Inventor Sean W. Ewart

Sean W. Ewart 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: 20210002393
    Abstract: A solution polymerization process for producing ethylene-based polymer includes introducing ethylene monomer, hydrocarbon solvent, and Ziegler-Natta catalyst into an entrance of a solution polymerization reactor. An ethylene-based polymer is produced by solution polymerizing the ethylene monomer in hydrocarbon solvent. Subsequently, a catalyst deactivator is introduced into the exit of the solution polymerization reactor, thereby producing hydrochloric acid byproduct. The catalyst deactivator includes long chain carboxylate and at least one cation selected from Groups 1, 2, and 12 of the IUPAC periodic table, with the exception of calcium. The catalyst deactivator reduces the effectiveness of the Ziegler-Natta catalyst and neutralizes the hydrochloric acid by forming a chloride salt other than calcium chloride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Evelyn Auyeung, Sean W. Ewart, Daniela Ferrari, Thomas Davidian, Rony Vanspeybroeck
  • Publication number: 20200277544
    Abstract: A process to prepare an ethylene-based polymer, said process comprising polymerizing a mixture comprising ethylene, at a pressure greater than, or equal to, 100 MPa, in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator; and in a reactor system comprising at least one reactor and at least one Hyper-compressor, and wherein at least one oil formulation, optionally comprising one or more lubrication agents, is added to the Hyper-compressor; and wherein at least one of the following steps takes place: A) thermally treating the one or more lubrication agents, in an oxygen-free atmosphere, to achieve a peroxide level?10 ppm, based on the weight of the lubrication agent(s), and then adding said agent(s) to the oil formulation, prior to adding the oil formulation to the Hyper-compressor; or B) thermally treating the oil formulation, in an oxygen-free atmosphere, to achieve a peroxide level?10 ppm, based on the weight of the oil formulation, prior to adding the oil formulation to the Hyper-compressor; C) a combinatio
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sean W. Ewart, Sarat Munjal, Kefu Sun
  • Patent number: 10730977
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer comprises polymerizing a reaction mixture comprising ethylene, at least one symmetrical polyene and at least one chain transfer agent system comprising at least one chain transfer agent (CTA) in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator and in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i?2), wherein reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1. The ratio of “the activity of the CTA system of the feed to the first reaction zone” to the “activity of the CTA system of the cumulative feed to the reaction zone i,” (Z1/Zi), is less than or equal to (0.8?0.2*log(Cs)), wherein Cs is from 0.0001 to 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Sean W. Ewart, John O. Osby
  • Patent number: 10465024
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer comprises polymerizing a reaction mixture comprising ethylene, at least one monomeric chain transfer agent, and at least one chain transfer agent system comprising at least one chain transfer agent (CTA) in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator and in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i?2), wherein the reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1. The ratio of “the activity of the CTA system of the feed to the first reaction zone” to the “activity of the CTA system of the cumulative feed to the reaction zone i,” (Z1/Zi), is less than or equal to (0.8?0.2*log(Cs)), wherein Cs is from 0.0001 to 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Sean W. Ewart, John O. Osby
  • Patent number: 10336846
    Abstract: The invention provides a process to form an ethylene/a-olefin interpolymer, comprising at least the following steps A) through C): A) polymerizing, in at least one reactor, at least one reaction mixture comprising ethylene and the a-olefin, in a solution polymerization, and in the presence of at least the following components I), II) and III): I) at least one compound of Structure 1, as described herein; II) at least one co-catalyst, as described herein; III) at least one compound of Structure 2, as described herein; B) separating the final polymer solution into at least a polymer-rich solution and a polymer-free solution; and optionally, at least a portion of the polymer-free solution is recycled back to the reactor; C) maintaining the level of the at least one compound of Structure 2 in the at least one reactor, from 100 ppm to 10,000 ppm, as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sean W. Ewart, Susan G. Brown, Daniela Ferrari, Edward O. Madenjian, Gregory J. Brennan
  • Patent number: 10316115
    Abstract: The invention provides a process to prepare a second propylene-based polymer from a first propylene-based polymer, each propylene-based polymer having a melt flow rate (MFR; 2.16 kg/230° C.) with the MFR of the second propylene-based polymer greater than the MFR of the first propylene-based polymer, the process comprising the step of contacting under visbreaking conditions the first propylene-based polymer with at least one carbon-carbon (C—C) free-radical initiator of Structure (I): (Structure (I)) wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6 are each, independently, a hydrocarbyl group or a substituted hydrocarbyl group, and wherein, optionally, two or more R groups (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6) form a ring structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Teresa P. Karjala, Sean W. Ewart, Mehmet Demirors, Michael W. Tilston
  • Patent number: 10160817
    Abstract: A first ethylene-based interpolymer comprising, in polymerized form, monomer units derived from ethylene and from a benzocyclobutene (VBCB) structure of Structure 1; wherein n is from 3 to 10; and wherein the ethylene-based polymer comprises, in polymerized form, from 0.02 to 0.70 wt % of the Structure 1, based on the weight of the first ethylene-based interpolymer, as determined by 1H NMR is provided. Further provided is a composition which comprises a second ethylene-based inter-polymer formed by thermally treating a first ethylene-based interpolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Liam P. Spencer, Sean W. Ewart, David M. Pearson, Lixin Sun
  • Patent number: 10144898
    Abstract: The invention provides a composition comprising at least the following: an oil, and at least one compound selected from Compounds 1 through 3, or a combination thereof, as described herein. The composition can be used to improve the high pressure, free-radical polymerizations of ethylene-based interpolymers, and to reduce polymer build-up in reciprocation devices throughout the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Gutermuth, Sean W. Ewart, Jeffery S. Bradley, Otto J. Berbee
  • Patent number: 10005863
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer including polymerizing ethylene and at least one asymmetrical polyene comprising an “alpha, beta unsaturated-carbonyl end” (“?,? unsaturated-carbonyl end”) and a “C—C double bond end,” wherein the polymerization takes place in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator; and wherein the polymerization takes place in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i?2), wherein reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Christopher R. Eddy, Sarat Munjal, John O. Osby, Sean W. Ewart
  • Publication number: 20180171047
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer comprises polymerizing a reaction mixture comprising ethylene, at least one symmetrical polyene and at least one chain transfer agent system comprising at least one chain transfer agent (CTA) in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator and in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i?2), wherein reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1. The ratio of “the activity of the CTA system of the feed to the first reaction zone” to the “activity of the CTA system of the cumulative feed to the reaction zone i,” (Z1/Zi), is less than or equal to (0.8-0.2*log(Cs)), wherein Cs is from 0.0001 to 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Sean W. Ewart, John O. Osby
  • Publication number: 20180171046
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer comprises polymerizing a reaction mixture comprising ethylene, at least one monomeric chain transfer agent, and at least one chain transfer agent system comprising at least one chain transfer agent (CTA) in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator and in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i?2), wherein the reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1. The ratio of “the activity of the CTA system of the feed to the first reaction zone” to the “activity of the CTA system of the cumulative feed to the reaction zone i,” (Z1/Zi), is less than or equal to (0.8?0.2*log(Cs)), wherein Cs is from 0.0001 to 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Sean W. Ewart, John O. Osby
  • Publication number: 20180148526
    Abstract: The invention provides a process to form an ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer, comprising at least the following steps A) through C): A) polymerizing, in at least one reactor, at least one reaction mixture comprising ethylene and the ?-olefin, in a solution polymerization, and in the presence of at least the following components I), II) and III): I) at least one compound of Structure 1, as described herein; II) at least one co-catalyst, as described herein; III) at least one compound of Structure 2, as described herein; B) separating the final polymer solution into at least a polymer-rich solution and a polymer-free solution; and optionally, at least a portion of the polymer-free solution is recycled back to the reactor; C) maintaining the level of the at least one compound of Structure 2 in the at least one reactor, from 100 ppm to 10,000 ppm, as described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Sean W. Ewart, Susan G. Brown, Daniela Ferrari, Edward O. Madenjian, Gregory J. Brennan
  • Patent number: 9975975
    Abstract: The invention provides a process, and transition metal complex, to form an ethylene-based polymer, said process comprising polymerizing ethylene, and optionally at least one comonomer, in the presence of at least one molecular transition metal complex selected from Formula 1, as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sean W. Ewart, Richard J. Keaton, Jerzy Klosin, Ruth Figueroa
  • Patent number: 9932425
    Abstract: Improved reaction processes comprise reacting a mixture to form a product comprising a metal alkyl, metal oxide, or mixture thereof and then passing said product to a post-reactor heat exchanger. The improvement comprises one or more of the following: (1) reacting said metal alkyl compound with an acid to produce a soluble metal ester; or (2) adding an ionic surfactant; or (3) adding a mixture comprising an antioxidant to the product under conditions sufficient to avoid formation of significant amounts of insoluble metal or metal compounds derived from said metal alkyl compound; or (4) purging said post-reactor heat exchanger with an inert gas under conditions to remove metal oxide from the post-reactor heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Castelluccio, Jeffrey J. Dean, Alec Y. Wang, Lindsey A. Clark, Pradeep Jain, Roger L. Kuhlman, Angela N. Taha, Larry S. Green, Gary R. Marchand, Sean W. Ewart, Jeffrey A. Sims, Chris E. Blaschke, Brandon Fails
  • Publication number: 20170369609
    Abstract: A first ethylene-based interpolymer comprising, in polymerized form, monomer units derived from ethylene and from a benzocyclobutene (VBCB) structure of Structure 1; wherein n is from 3 to 10; and wherein the ethylene-based polymer comprises, in polymerized form, from 0.02 to 0.70 wt % of the Structure 1, based on the weight of the first ethylene-based interpolymer, as determined by 1H NMR is provided. Further provided is a composition which comprises a second ethylene-based inter-polymer formed by thermally treating a first ethylene-based interpolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Liam P. Spencer, Sean W. Ewart, David M. Pearson, Lixin Sun
  • Publication number: 20170335034
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer including polymerizing ethylene and at least one asymmetrical polyene comprising an “alpha, beta unsaturated-carbonyl end” (“?,? unsaturated-carbonyl end”) and a “C—C double bond end,” wherein the polymerization takes place in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator; and wherein the polymerization takes place in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i?2), wherein reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Christopher R. Eddy, Sarat Munjal, John O. Osby, Sean W. Ewart
  • Patent number: 9777083
    Abstract: An ethylene-based polymer, e.g., LDPE, with a low dissipation factor is made by a process comprising the step of contacting at polymerization conditions ethylene and, optionally, one or more comonomers, e.g., an alpha-olefin, with at least one carbon-carbon (C—C) hydrocarbyl, free-radical initiator of Structure 1: wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6, are each, independently, hydrogen or a hydrocarbyl group and wherein, optionally, two or more R groups (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6) form a ring structure, with the provisos that at least one of R2 and R5, and at least one of R3 and R6 is a hydrocarbyl group of at least two carbon atoms, e.g., an alkaryl of at least seven carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Sean W. Ewart, Teresa P. Karjala, Mehmet Demirors, Christopher R. Eddy
  • Publication number: 20170260474
    Abstract: The invention provides a composition comprising at least the following: an oil, and at least one compound selected from Compounds 1 through 3, or a combination thereof, as described herein. The composition can be used to improve the high pressure, free-radical polymerizations of ethylene-based interpolymers, and to reduce polymer build-up in reciprocation devices throughout the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan Gutermuth, Sean W. Ewart, Jeffery S. Bradley, Otto J. Berbee
  • Patent number: 9751964
    Abstract: The invention provides a process to form an ethylene-based polymer, said process comprising polymerizing ethylene and at least one asymmetrical polyene, comprising an “alpha, beta unsaturated—carbonyl end” and a “C—C double bond end,” and wherein the polymerization takes place in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator, and wherein the polymerization takes place in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone I and reaction zone i (i>2), wherein reaction zone I is downstream from reaction zone I; and wherein at least one chain transfer agent (CTA) is added to the polymerization, and wherein the CTA is a saturated hydrocarbon or an unsaturated hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Christopher R. Eddy, John O. Osby, Sean W. Ewart, Sarat Munjal, Stefan Hinrichs, Otto J. Berbee
  • Patent number: 9718906
    Abstract: A process to form an ethylene-based polymer including polymerizing ethylene and at least one asymmetrical polyene comprising an “alpha, beta unsaturated-carbonyl end” (“?,?-unsaturated-carbonyl end”) and a “C—C double bond end,” wherein the polymerization takes place in the presence of at least one free-radical initiator; and wherein the polymerization takes place in a reactor configuration comprising at least two reaction zones, reaction zone 1 and reaction zone i (i>2), wherein reaction zone i is downstream from reaction zone 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Otto J. Berbee, Stefan Hinrichs, Christopher R. Eddy, Sarat Munjal, John O. Osby, Sean W. Ewart