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Braskem America Inc. | Date: 2016-11-02

A propylene-based polymer resin is characterized by a low volatile emission signature. For example, the propylene-based polymer resin may have a volatile organic compound content no greater than 125 ppm, a semi-volatile organic compound content no greater than 500 ppm, and a C36 oligomeric content no greater than 250 ppm.


Patent
Braskem America Inc. | Date: 2017-02-07

This invention relates to a process for forming a long-chain branched polymer and a long-chain branched polymer resulting from the process. The process comprises reacting (a) a polyolefin base polymer with (b) a coupling agent comprising a polymeric coupling agent, optionally blended with a molecular coupling agent, the polymeric coupling agent being a modified polyolefin having a reactive coupling group at one or more terminal ends of the modified polyolefin chain, to couple the polyolefin base polymer (a) with the coupling agent (b) to form a long-chain branched polymer having a long-chain branching and/or higher surface energy relative to the polyolefin base polymer.


A composition includes (a) a polypropylene or a polypropylene copolymer, (b) a polycarbonate polyol, and (c) optionally an organic peroxide. The polyol (b) is in the range of from about 0.01 wt. % to about 25 wt.% of the total weight of (a), (b) and (c). The method of making such a polymer composition, the method of using such a polymer composition, and a sheet or a fabricated article comprising such a polypropylene composition, are also provided.


The present invention relates to a class of impact copolymer polypropylene (ICP) compositions exhibiting the advantageous combination of excellent tiger (flow) marking performance in large/long molded parts, very low gels count and exceptional mold flowability (high MFR) despite the high viscosity ratio (e.g., >4) between rubber and propylene based matrix phases. Furthermore, it has been surprisingly found that the inventive compositions are associated with a low gels count even when using a quite coarse mesh wire screen, e.g., 60 mesh wire screen, independent of screw type e.g., twin or single screw. Finally, the inventive compositions exhibit significantly reduced the levels of volatiles, and excellent stiffness-impact balance used as standalone materials or in filled compounds. The significantly reduced number of large gels leads to excellent surface appearance and paintability of the molded parts. The composition of the present invention is made with a bulk/gas reactor process (i.e., non-slurry/non-solvent process) that has the advantage of process simplicity, process efficiency and simplicity of compositional structure relative to the complexity in structure and process of making of compositions in the prior art.


Patent
Braskem America Inc. | Date: 2013-01-09

Propylene impact copolymers (ICPs) are provided which comprise: (a) a matrix phase which comprises from 60 to 95 weight % of a polypropylene polymer containing from 0 to 6 mole % of units derived from one or more alpha-olefins other than propylene, and (b) a dispersed phase which comprises from 5 to 40 weight % of a copolymer derived from a first comonomer which can be either propylene or ethylene together with a second alpha-olefin comonomer. The ICP is further characterized by having a beta/alpha ratio less than or equal to 1.1. The ICPs of the present invention are particularly well suited for applications requiring clear, tough polymers such as thin walled injection molded articles for frozen food packaging applications.


A polymer sheet includes a core layer containing a propylene impact copolymer (ICP), and a first additional layer comprising a first polymer composition. The propylene impact copolymer (ICP) in the core layer includes a matrix and a dispersed phase. The matrix comprises a polypropylene homopolymer or a propylene/alpha-olefin random copolymer which includes greater than 50 wt. % of units derived from propylene monomer. The dispersed phase includes a copolymer of ethylene and a C_(3)-C_(8 )-olefin. The ICP has a first melting point being greater than 100 C. (e.g., in the range of from 100 C. to 130 C.) and a second melting point. The polymer sheet can also include a second additional layer containing a second polymer composition.


A foamable composition includes a semi-crystalline polyolefin having a crystallinity of at least 50% and a poly(sulfonyl azide) of at least 500 ppm based on the total weight of the foamable composition. The foamable composition has a melt strength of at least 20 cN, a melt drawability of at least 100 mm/s, flexural modulus is greater than about 240,000 psi. Such a composition can be used to make a low density foam having a density in the range from 0.005 g/cm^(3 )to 0.6 g/cm^(3). A resulting foam or a fabricated article, the methods of the composition and the foam are also provided.


Patent
Braskem America Inc. | Date: 2014-03-14

Propylene-based polymer resins and related compositions and processes are disclosed. The propylene polymer resins have high isotacticity and moderately high xylene soluble content. The polymer resins provide extruded sheets suitable for thermo-forming that exhibit both sag resistance and ease of draw.


Patent
Braskem America Inc. | Date: 2016-06-15

This invention relates to a process for forming a long-chain branched polymer and a long-chain branched polymer resulting from the process. The process comprises reacting (a) a polyolefin base polymer with (b) a coupling agent comprising a polymeric coupling agent, optionally blended with a molecular coupling agent, the polymeric coupling agent being a modified polyolefin having a reactive coupling group at one or more terminal ends of the modified polyolefin chain, to couple the polyolefin base polymer (a) with the coupling agent (b) to form a long-chain branched polymer having a long-chain branching and/or higher surface energy relative to the polyolefin base polymer.


Patent
Braskem America Inc. | Date: 2014-03-13

The present invention provides an in-reactor solution that avoids costly blending and the use of metallocene elastomers. The inventive Ziegler-Natta polypropylene composition also includes additional components that may improve properties relative to a metallocene catalyzed elastomers. The invention is a clear impact polypropylene composition that is made in-reactor with Ziegler-Natta catalyst, and is suitable for a wide range of processes. Unlike other clear impact copolymers, it does not rely on high-shear processes or compounding with elastomers. The invention uses conventional polypropylene reactor technology to produce these compositions.

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