US Pat. No. 9,206,300

HIGH STRENGTH THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer composition that comprises a melt-polymerized, wholly aromatic liquid crystalline
polymer and a fibrous filler, wherein the total amount of repeating units in the liquid crystalline polymer derived from naphthenic
acids is no more than about 5 mol. %, wherein the liquid crystalline polymer comprises repeating units derived from isophthalic
acid, hydroquinone, and at least one hydroxycarboxylic acid and wherein the polymer composition has a flexural modulus of
greater than about 10,000 megaPascals as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 178 at 23° C.

US Pat. No. 9,353,893

PIPE SECTION HAVING BONDED COMPOSITE BARRIER LAYER

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A pipe section, comprising:
a hollow body formed from a metal material, the hollow body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface
defining an interior;

a barrier layer surrounding and bonded to the hollow body, the barrier layer having an inner surface and an outer surface,
the barrier layer formed from a continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic material, wherein the thermoplastic material is
a polyarylene sulfide composition comprising a polyarylene sulfide and a crosslinked impact modifier.

US Pat. No. 9,522,483

METHODS FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS WITH POLYMER RESIN

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the method comprising:
traversing at least one fiber roving over a surface, the surface defining a channel upstream of an impregnation zone and through
which the at least one fiber roving is traversed, and wherein a width of the channel at a point-of-contact for the surface
with the roving is less than any other width of the channel;

flowing a polymer resin through a gap, the gap being in the range between approximately 0.1 millimeters and approximately
4 millimeters;

coating the roving with the resin; and
traversing the coated roving through the impregnation zone to impregnate the roving with the resin.
US Pat. No. 9,512,312

POLYARYLETHERKETONE COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising a polyaryletherketone and a liquid crystalline polymer that comprises repeating units
derived from naphthenic hydroxycarboxylic acids, naphthenic dicarboxylic acids, or a combination thereof in an amount of more
than about 15 mol. % of the polymer.
US Pat. No. 9,051,476

POWDER CONTAINING A POLYOXYMETHYLENE POLYMER FOR COATING METALLIC SUBSTRATES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A powder well suited for powder coating metallic substrates comprising:
polymeric particles having a particle size distribution such that at least about 80% of the particles have a particle size
of from about 25 microns to about 300 microns, the polymeric particles comprising:

(a) a polyoxymethylene polymer in which at least 50% of the terminal groups are hydroxyl groups;
(b) a functional additive for decreasing stiffness, the functional additive being present in the polymeric particles in the
amount of from about 5% by weight to about 50% by weight, the functional additive comprising, a polyamide 11 polymer obtained
by condensation of 11-aminoundecanoic acid or lactam-11, a polyamide 12 polymer obtained by condensation of 12-aminododecanoic
acid or lactam-12, a polyamide terpolymer, a polyamide copolymer comprising a polycondensation product of a polymeric fatty
acid with an aliphatic diamine, or mixtures thereof; and

optionally a coupling agent for coupling the polyoxymethylene polymer to the functional additive.

US Pat. No. 9,145,469

AROMATIC POLYESTER CONTAINING A BIPHENYL CHAIN DISRUPTOR

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An aromatic polyester comprising:
i) from about 5 mol. % to about 50 mol. % of aromatic biphenyl repeating units having the following general Formula I:

wherein,
R5 and R6 are independently halo, haloalkyl, alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

m and n are independently from 0 to 4;
X1 and X2 are independently O, C(O), NH, C(O)HN, or NHC(O); and

Z is O or SO2;

ii) from about 1 mol. % to about 70 mol. % of aromatic hydroxycarboxylic repeating units having the following general Formula
II:


wherein, ring A is aryl; and
iii) from about 5 mol. % to about 60 mol. % of aromatic dicarboxylic acid repeating units having the following general Formula
III:


wherein, ring B is aryl;
wherein the total amount of repeating units in the aromatic polyester derived from naphthenic hydroxycarboxylic acids and/or
naphthenic dicarboxylic acids is no more than about 60 mol. %.

US Pat. No. 9,119,307

HOUSING FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An injection molded housing for a portable electronic device, wherein the housing comprises a thermoplastic composition,
the thermoplastic composition containing a polyarylene sulfide that is melt processed in the presence of a disulfide compound,
a filler, and an organosilane coupling agent, wherein the thermoplastic composition has a melt viscosity of about 2500 poise
or less as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 11443 at a shear rate of 1200 s?1 and at a temperature of 310° C., wherein the melt viscosity of the thermoplastic composition is lower than the melt viscosity
of the polyarylene sulfide, and wherein the composition has a chlorine content of about 1200 parts per million or less.

US Pat. No. 9,233,486

DIE AND METHOD FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A die for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the die comprising:
an impregnation section comprising an impregnation zone configured to impregnate the at least one fiber roving with the resin,
the impregnation zone comprising a plurality of stationary contact surfaces;

a plurality of perturbations positioned on at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces, each of the plurality of perturbations
configured to disturb a run direction of the at least one fiber roving;

a manifold assembly comprising a channel for flowing the resin therethrough; and
a gate passage positioned between the manifold assembly and the impregnation section, the gate passage configured to flow
the resin from the manifold assembly to the impregnation section,

wherein the impregnation section is configured such that the at least one fiber roving is traversed therethrough in the run
direction generally transverse to a flow direction of the resin as the resin exits the gate passage; and

wherein each of the plurality of perturbations is spaced apart from others of the plurality of perturbations along a direction
perpendicular to both the run direction of the at least one fiber roving and the flow direction of the resin as the resin
exits the gate passage.

US Pat. No. 9,346,933

REFLECTORS FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ASSEMBLIES CONTAINING A WHITE PIGMENT

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A composition for producing a molded part having improved light reflective properties, the composition comprising:
a poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate) and
a white pigment comprising a titanium dioxide having a Type II chalk resistance according to ASTM D476,
wherein the composition has a whiteness index after aging at 200° C. after 4 hours of greater than 60.
US Pat. No. 9,228,080

REINFORCED PCT COMPOSITIONS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded article, the molded article being made from a polymer composition comprising a poly(cyclohexylene-dimethylene)terephthalate
thermoplastic polymer in an amount of about 30 to about 95 wt. % of the polymer composition, and a fibrous glass filler having
a non-circular cross-sectional aspect ratio of greater than at or about 4, wherein the fibrous glass filler has a rectangular
box cross geometry with dimensions of:
i) width range of at or about 2 millimeters to 3 millimeters,
ii) length range of at or about 3 millimeters to 4 millimeters
iii) thickness of at or about 0.5 millimeters to about 1 millimeters, and wherein the molded article is a component of an
engine.

US Pat. No. 9,353,263

FINE PITCH ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND A THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION FOR USE THEREIN

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An electrical connector that comprises at least two opposing walls between which a passageway is defined for receiving
a contact pin, wherein the walls have a width of about 500 micrometers or less, the walls being formed from a thermoplastic
composition that comprises from about 20 wt. % to about 90 wt. % of at least one melt-processed thermotropic liquid crystalline
polymer and from about 2 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of fibers, wherein the ratio of the width of at least one of the walls to
the volume average length of the fibers is from about 0.8 to about 3.2, and wherein the fibers have a volume average length
of from about 80 to about 250 micrometers and wherein at least about 70% by volume of the fibers have a length of from about
80 to about 250 micrometers,
wherein the at least one melt-processed thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer is formed by melt processing a first thermotropic
liquid crystalline polymer in the presence of a flow modifier comprising a functional compound that includes an aromatic diol,
hydrate, aromatic dicarboxylic acid, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,328,229

POLYMER COMPOSITION AND ARTICLES FOR USE IN LOW TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS THAT ARE WEAR RESISTANT

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A cold weather and wear-resistant polymer composition comprising:
a non-elastomeric polyester polymer present in the composition in an amount sufficient to form a continuous phase in an article
molded from the polymer composition;

ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene blended with the polyester polymer, the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene
comprising hydrophilized particles, and wherein the particles have been plasma treated;

at least one impact modifier;
at least one thermoplastic elastomer; and
wherein the polymer composition is formulated so as to have a rigidity factor of about 2 or less and in order to have an abrasion
resistance according to Test DIN 53516 of less than about 95 mm3.

US Pat. No. 9,284,448

MOLDED REFLECTORS FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ASSEMBLIES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A composition for producing molded parts comprising:
from about 20% to less than 60% by weight of a poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate);
from about 1% to about 40% by weight of an inorganic filler;
from about 15% to about 50% by weight of a white pigment;
from about 0.5% to about 8% by weight of one or more reactive viscosity stabilizers, wherein at least one of the reactive
viscosity stabilizers comprises a phenoxy resin or a non-aromatic epoxy resin;

and wherein the composition is free of aromatic epoxy resins and wherein the composition has a spiral flow of greater than
5 inches and wherein the composition has a whiteness index after aging at 200° C. for four hours of greater than 60.

US Pat. No. 9,051,514

HIGH FLOW LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer composition comprising a liquid crystalline polymer and an aromatic amide oligomer
having the following general formula (I):

wherein,
X1 and X2 are independently C(O)HN or NHC(O);

R8 and R9 are independently selected from halo, haloalkyl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, and cycloalkyl, and

q and r are 0.

US Pat. No. 9,403,948

SALT BYPRODUCT SEPARATION DURING FORMATION OF POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a polyarylene sulfide comprising:
performing a first polymerization in which a dihaloaromatic compound is reacted with an alkali metal sulfide or hydrosulfide
in an organic amide solvent to form a mixture that includes a polyarylene sulfide and a salt;

contacting the mixture with a filter that separates the mixture into a filter cake and a filtrate, wherein the filtrate contains
at least a portion of the polyarylene sulfide and the filter cake contains at least a portion of the salt, wherein the filter
is maintained at a pressure that is elevated above atmospheric pressure and at a temperature of from about 220° C. to about
300° C.; and

performing a second polymerization in which the polyarylene sulfide from the filtrate is reacted with an alkali metal sulfide
or hydrosulfide.

US Pat. No. 9,346,222

DIE AND METHOD FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A die for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the die comprising:
a manifold assembly for flowing the resin therethrough, the manifold assembly comprising a plurality of branched runners;
an impregnation zone in fluid communication with the manifold assembly, the impregnation zone configured to impregnate the
roving with the resin; and

a gate passage between the manifold assembly and the impregnation zone for flowing the resin from the manifold assembly such
that the resin coats the roving, the entire gate passage extending vertically between the manifold assembly and the impregnation
zone, the entire gate passage having a constantly decreasing cross-sectional profile in a flow direction of the resin.

US Pat. No. 9,238,347

STRUCTURAL MEMBER FORMED FROM A SOLID LINEAL PROFILE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A structural member comprising a solid lineal profile, wherein the solid lineal profile contains a first component formed
from a consolidated laminate of individual ribbons, wherein each ribbon of the laminate contains a plurality of continuous
fibers that are substantially oriented in a longitudinal direction and a resinous matrix that contains one or more thermoplastic
polymers and within which the continuous fibers are embedded, the continuous fibers constituting from about 40 wt. % to about
90 wt. % of the ribbon and the thermoplastic polymers constituting from about 10 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of the ribbon, each
ribbon of the laminate formed from a consolidated plurality of resinous matrix impregnated fiber rovings, wherein the flexural
modulus of the profile is about 10 Gigapascals or more.

US Pat. No. 9,127,142

LOW TEMPERATURE INJECTION MOLDING OF POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITIONS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for injection molding a thermoplastic composition, the method comprising:
injecting a thermoplastic composition into a mold cavity, wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises a polyarylene sulfide,
boron nitride, aromatic amide oligomer, glass fibers, and a filler that includes a mineral filler, alksoxysilane coupling
agent, or a combination thereof, wherein the weight ratio of aromatic amide oligomers to boron nitride in the composition
is from about 1 to about 10, and further wherein boron nitride constitutes from about 0.05 wt. % to about 3 wt. % of the composition;

cooling the thermoplastic composition within the mold cavity at a mold temperature of from about 50° C. to about 120° C.;
and

ejecting the molded part from the mold cavity wherein the composition has a crystallization potential of about 55% or more,
as determined by differential scanning calorimetry in accordance with ISO 10350.

US Pat. No. 9,096,000

THERMOPLASTIC PREPREG CONTAINING CONTINUOUS AND LONG FIBERS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermoplastic prepreg comprising:
a plurality of continuous fibers that are substantially oriented in a longitudinal direction, the continuous fibers constituting
from about 10 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the prepreg;

a plurality of randomly distributed long fibers, at least a portion of which are oriented at an angle relative to the longitudinal
direction, the long fibers constituting from about 2 wt. % to about 35 wt. % of the prepreg; and

a resinous matrix that contains one or more thermoplastic polymers and within which the continuous fibers and long fibers
are embedded, wherein the thermoplastic polymers constitute from about 10 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the prepreg;

wherein the ratio of the maximum tensile stress of the prepreg in the longitudinal direction to the maximum tensile stress
of the prepreg in the transverse direction is from about 1 to about 40; and

wherein the long fibers are present within the first layer of the prepreg, the continous fibers are present within a second
layer of the prepreg, and at least a portion of the long fibers extend into the second layer.

US Pat. No. 9,494,260

DYNAMICALLY VULCANIZED POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polyarylene sulfide composition that is formed by melt processing (i) a linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than
about 1 mol. % of cross-linking units based on the total monomer units of the polyarylene sulfide, (ii) from 20 wt. % to 35
wt. % of an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier, and (iii) from 1.0 wt % to 1.75 wt. % of a polyfunctional crosslinking agent
that includes a dicarboxylic acid, wherein the crosslinking agent is supplied following distribution of the impact modifier
with the polyarylene sulfide, and wherein the melt processing forms a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier that
is a reaction product of epoxy-functionalized monomer units and a polyfunctional crosslinking agent, and further wherein the
polyarylene sulfide composition has a notched Charpy impact strength of greater than about 3 kJ/m2 as measured according to ISO Test No. 179-1 at a temperature of 23° C. and a notched Charpy impact strength of greater than
about 8 kJ/m2 as measured according to ISO Test No. 179-1 at a temperature of ?30° C., wherein the composition also exhibits a tensile elongation
at break of about 70% or more as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 527 at a temperature of 23° C. and at a speed
of 50 mm/min.

US Pat. No. 9,409,347

METHOD FOR FORMING REINFORCED PULTRUDED PROFILES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a pultruded profile having a cross-sectional shape, the method comprising:
pulling a continuous fiber ribbon through a pultrusion die in a longitudinal direction, wherein the continuous fiber ribbon
contains continuous fibers that are substantially oriented in the longitudinal direction and embedded within a first thermoplastic
polymer matrix;

introducing a discontinuous fiber material into the pultrusion die, wherein the discontinuous fiber material contains discontinuous
fibers embedded within a second thermoplastic matrix, and wherein the discontinuous fiber material is introduced into the
pultrusion die by providing the discontinuous fiber material at an input angle relative to the longitudinal direction, wherein
the input angle is about 45° or more, and flowing the provided discontinuous fiber material through a curved inlet from the
input angle to the longitudinal direction such that the discontinuous fiber material flows in the longitudinal direction before
combining the discontinuous fiber material and the continuous fiber ribbon; and

within the pultrusion die, combining the discontinuous fiber material and the continuous fiber ribbon to form first and second
layers of the profile, wherein the first layer is positioned adjacent to the second layer and includes the discontinuous fiber
material, and wherein the second layer includes the continuous fiber ribbon.

US Pat. No. 9,388,283

METHOD OF POLYARYLENE SULFIDE CRYSTALLIZATION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a polyarylene sulfide comprising:
polymerizing a first sulfur-containing monomer and a first dihaloaromatic monomer in an organic amide solvent to form a polyarylene
sulfide prepolymer;

polymerizing the polyarylene sulfide prepolymer with a second dihaloaromatic monomer and a second sulfur-containing monomer
in the presence of a crystallization solution to form a polyarylene sulfide, wherein the crystallization solution contains
water and is supplied at a temperature of from about 50° C. to 200° C.

US Pat. No. 9,365,718

LOW CHLORINE FIBER FILLED MELT PROCESSED POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a melt processed polyarylene sulfide composition comprising:
melt processing a mixture to form the melt processed polyarylene sulfide composition, the mixture comprising a starting polyarylene
sulfide, a filler, an organosilane coupling agent, and a disulfide compound;

wherein the melt processed polyarylene sulfide composition has a melt viscosity of less than about 2000 poise as determined
in accordance with ISO Test No. 11443 at a shear rate of 1200 s?1 and at a temperature of 310° C., wherein the ratio of the melt viscosity of the starting polyarylene sulfide to the melt viscosity
of the melt processed polyarylene sulfide composition is greater than about 1.25, and wherein the melt processed polyarylene
sulfide composition has a chlorine content of less than about 1000 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,102,792

HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYMER COMPOSITION WITH IMPROVED FLOW PROPERTIES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising a high performance polymer having a glass transition temperature of about 100° C. or more
and an aromatic amide oligomer having the following general formula (I):

wherein,
ring B is a 6-membered aromatic ring wherein 1 to 3 ring carbon atoms are optionally replaced by nitrogen or oxygen, wherein
each nitrogen is optionally oxidized, and wherein ring B may be optionally fused or linked to a 5- or 6-membered aryl, heteroaryl,
cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

R5 is halo, haloalkyl, alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

m is from 0 to 4;
X1 and X2 are independently C(O)HN or NHC(O); and

R1 and R2 are independently selected from aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, and heterocyclyl,

wherein the high performance polymer is a polyetherimide.
US Pat. No. 9,074,133

THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER WITH IMPROVED LOW SHEAR VISCOSITY

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer composition that comprises a liquid crystalline polymer melt polymerized in the
presence of an aromatic amide oligomer, wherein the polymer composition exhibits a certain complex viscosity determined by
a parallel plate rheometer at an angular frequency of 0.15 radians per second, temperature of 350° C., and constant strain
amplitude of 1%, and a certain melt viscosity determined by a capillary rheometer at a shear rate of 1000 seconds?1 and temperature of 350° C., wherein the ratio of the complex viscosity to the melt viscosity is from about 50 to about 1000.

US Pat. No. 9,057,016

MELT POLYMERIZATION OF LOW MELT VISCOSITY LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMERS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a liquid crystalline polymer composition comprising a liquid crystalline polymer, the method comprising
forming a liquid crystalline polymer by melt polymerizing at least two monomers in the presence of an aromatic amide oligomer,
wherein the monomers are precursors for the liquid crystalline polymer, and further wherein the aromatic amide oligomer has
the following formula (I):

wherein,
ring B is a 6-membered aromatic ring wherein 1 to 2 ring positions are optionally a nitrogen and wherein ring B may be optionally
fused or linked to a 5- or 6-membered aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

R5 is halo, haloalkyl, alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

m is from 0 to 4;
X1 and X2 are independently C(O)HN or NHC(O); and

R1 and R2 are independently aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl, and wherein the liquid crystalline polymer composition has
a melting temperature of from about 270° C. to about 400° C.

US Pat. No. 9,453,119

POLYMER COMPOSITION FOR PRODUCING ARTICLES WITH LIGHT REFLECTIVE PROPERTIES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising:
a thermoplastic polymer having a melting point greater than about 260° C., the thermoplastic polymer comprising a polyester
polymer, the thermoplastic polymer being combined with a pigment and optionally with at least one reactive modifier, the polymer
composition having an initial reflectance of greater than about 90% at 460 nm and having a whiteness index retention after
aging at 200° C. for four hours of greater than about 60%, the polymer composition also having a melt viscosity at a shear
rate of 1,000/sec and at 305° C. of less than about 200 Pa.s.

US Pat. No. 9,096,794

HIGH FLOW LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer composition comprising a liquid crystalline polymer and an aromatic amide oligomer
having the following general formula (II):
wherein,
X1, X2, and X3 are independently C(O)HN or NHC(O);

R5, R7, R8, and R9 independently selected from halo, haloalkyl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, and heterocyclyl;

m is from 0 to 3; and
p, q, and r are independently from 0 to 5.
US Pat. No. 9,422,428

ELASTOMERIC COMPOSITION HAVING OIL RESISTANCE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising a blend of:
a thermoplastic copolyester elastomer;
a second polymer comprising an olefin and vinyl acetate copolymer, and wherein the weight ratio between the thermoplastic
copolyester elastomer and the olefin and vinyl acetate copolymer is from about 20:80 to about 80:20; and

an oleophobic agent comprising an ultrahigh molecular weight silicone.

US Pat. No. 9,289,936

IMPREGNATION SECTION OF DIE FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A die for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the die comprising:
an impregnation section comprising an impregnation zone configured to impregnate the roving with the resin, the impregnation
section further comprising an inner surface defining the impregnation zone and have a waveform cross-sectional profile comprising
a plurality of peaks and a plurality of valleys;

a passage at least partially defined in the impregnation section and in fluid communication with the impregnation zone, the
passage free from the resin, the passage comprising at least one outlet defined in the impregnation zone, the at least one
outlet defined in the inner surface with the waveform cross-sectional profile; and

a pump in fluid communication with the passage.

US Pat. No. 9,151,416

FIBER REINFORCED SHAPED ARTICLES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A shaped polymer article comprising:
a blow molded hollow member including an interior surface and an exterior surface and having a wall thickness between the
interior surface and the exterior surface, the hollow member being made from a fiber reinforced polymeric composition comprising
on a weight percent basis:

a) a linear polyphenylene sulfide having a melt viscosity of from about 20 Pa.s to about 500 Pa.s;
b) a branched polyphenylene sulfide, the weight ratio of the branched polyphenylene sulfide to the linear polyphenylene sulfide
being from about 1:5 to about 1:60, the linear polyphenylene sulfide and the branched polyphenylene sulfide being present
in the composition in an amount of at least about 35% by weight;

c) reinforcing fibers present in the composition in an amount from about 10% to about 50% by weight;
d) a compatibilizer present in the composition in an amount from about 0.1% to 5% by weight;
e) a polytetrafluoroethylene present in the composition in an amount from about 0.01% to about 3% by weight; and
f) a reactive impact modifier present in the composition in an amount from about 0.5% to about 10% by weight;
wherein the composition has a melt viscosity of at least about 3500 poise measured at 316° C. and at 400 s?1, has a low shear rate storage modulus of at least about 1500 Pa measured at 310° C. and at 0.1 rad/s, and has an engineering
stress of at least about 350 kPa at a percent strain of about 100%.

US Pat. No. 9,493,646

BLOW MOLDED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An automotive component comprising a blow molded thermoplastic composition, the thermoplastic composition being formed
by melt processing (i) a linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 mol. % of cross-linking units based on the
total monomer units of the polyarylene sulfide, (ii) from 20 wt. % to 35 wt. % of an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier,
and (iii) from 1.0 wt. % to 1.75 wt. % of a polyfunctional crosslinking agent that includes a dicarboxylic acid, wherein the
crosslinking agent is supplied following distribution of the impact modifier with the polyarylene sulfide, and wherein the
melt processing forms a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier that is a reaction product of epoxy-functionalized
monomer units and a polyfunctional crosslinking agent, wherein the composition exhibits a tensile elongation at break of about
70% or more as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 527 at a temperature of 23° C. and at a speed of 50 mm/min.

US Pat. No. 9,394,430

CONTINUOUS FIBER REINFORCED POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A continuous fiber tape extending in a longitudinal direction, wherein the tape comprises rovings formed from continuous
fibers oriented in the longitudinal direction, wherein the rovings are embedded within a polyarylene sulfide matrix, wherein
the matrix includes a functionalized linear polyphenylene sulfide comprising a carboxyl functionality, wherein the functionalized
linear polyphenylene sulfide has cross-linking units in an amount of no more than about 1 mol.% and is formed by melt processing
a linear polyphenylene sulfide with a carboxyl functionalized disulfide compound, wherein the reactively functionalized polyphenylene
polyarylene sulfide has a melt viscosity of less than about 1,500 poise as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 11443
at a shear rate of 1200 s?1 and at a temperature of 310°C., and further wherein the continuous fiber tape.

US Pat. No. 9,321,073

IMPREGNATION SECTION OF DIE FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An impregnation plate for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the impregnation plate comprising:
a base surface;
an impregnation zone configured to impregnate the roving with the resin, the impregnation zone comprising an inner surface,
the inner surface comprising a plurality of contact surfaces; and

a sidewall bordering the impregnation zone, the sidewall comprising an inner surface, an inner side surface, and an outer
side surface, the outer side surface extending between and connecting the inner surface of the sidewall and the base surface,
the inner surface of the sidewall comprising a plurality of peaks and a plurality of valleys, all of the plurality of valleys
defining a maximum height that is less than a height of the inner surface of the impregnation zone at all locations along
a run direction of the roving.

US Pat. No. 9,278,472

IMPREGNATION SECTION WITH UPSTREAM SURFACE FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An impregnation section of a die for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the impregnation section
comprising:
an impregnation zone configured to impregnate the roving with the resin;
a gate passage in fluid communication with the impregnation zone for flowing the resin therethrough such that the resin coats
the roving; and

a channel defined upstream of the impregnation zone and through which the roving is traversed in a run direction;
a first surface at least partially defining the channel and disposed upstream of the impregnation zone in the run direction
of the roving for contacting the roving; and

a second opposing surface further at least partially defining the channel and disposed upstream of the impregnation zone in
the run direction of the roving, the opposing surface spaced from the roving,

wherein a gap defined between an outlet of the gate passage and an upper surface of the roving is less than any gap defined
between the second opposing surface and the upper surface of the roving, and wherein a width of the channel at a point-of-contact
for the first surface with the roving is less than any other width of the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,410,644

SUBSEA PIPE SECTION WITH REINFORCEMENT LAYER

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A subsea pipe section, comprising:
a hollow body formed from a polymer material, the hollow body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface
defining an interior;

a reinforcement layer surrounding and bonded to the hollow body, the reinforcement layer having an inner surface and an outer
surface, the reinforcement layer formed from a fiber reinforced thermoplastic material and having a resin rich portion and
a fiber rich portion, the resin rich portion comprising the inner surface of the reinforcement layer and in contact with the
hollow body, the fiber rich portion spaced from the inner surface of the reinforcement layer, wherein the resin rich comprises
at least 75% resin by volume.

US Pat. No. 9,283,708

IMPREGNATION SECTION FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An impregnation section of a die for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the impregnation section
comprising:
an impregnation zone configured to impregnate the roving with the resin, the impregnation zone comprising a plurality of contact
surfaces, at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces defining a cut-away portion downstream in a run direction of the
roving of a point-of-contact for the at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces, the at least one of the plurality
of contact surfaces further comprising an edge and a face defined by the cut-away portion, the face having a linear cross-sectional
profile that is oriented perpendicular to the run direction of the roving,

wherein excess material build up is reduced by the cut-away portion.
US Pat. No. 9,332,802

MOLDED POLYMER ARTICLES FOR USE IN LOW TEMPERATURES HAVING A LOW RIGIDITY FACTOR

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A boot comprising:
a rigid outer shell having an exterior surface and an interior surface;
a lining adjacent to the interior surface of the outer shell, the outer shell and lining defining an opening for receiving
a foot of a wearer; and

wherein the rigid outer shell is formed from a molded polymer composition, the polymer composition comprising a thermoplastic
polymer, a thermoplastic elastomer, and an impact modifier, the polymer composition having a rigidity factor of about 2 or
less, wherein the thermoplastic polymer comprises a first non-elastomeric polyester polymer and, wherein the polyester polymer
is contained in the polymer composition in an amount from about 15% to about 50% by weight, the impact modifier being present
in the polymer composition in an amount from about 15% to about 40% by weight, and the thermoplastic elastomer being present
in the polymer composition in an amount from about 20% to about 40% by weight, and wherein the polymer composition further
comprises a polycarbonate polymer, a non-elastic copolyester, or a second non-elastomeric polyester polymer and is present
in the polymer composition in an amount from about 5% to about 15% by weight, the second non-elastomeric polyester polymer
comprising a polybutylene terephthalate.

US Pat. No. 9,090,751

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITIONS AND RELATED APPLICATIONS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A composition comprising liquid crystalline polymer, in an amount between about 15 and about 75 weight percent of the composition;
thermally conductive filler having a thermal conductivity of at least 5 W/mK, in an amount between about 25 and about 85 weight
percent of the composition, wherein said thermally conductive filler is at least one selected from the group consisting of
calcium fluoride, magnesium oxide, magnesium carbonate, boehmite and zinc sulfide, wherein the thermally conductive filler
has an average particle size between 1 micron and 100 microns; and at least one fibrous filler having a thermal conductivity
of at most 5 W/mK, in an amount between about 5 and about 30 weight percent of the composition, wherein the fibrous filler
comprises wollastonite, glass fibers, glass flakes, aluminum borate fibers, calcium carbonate fibers, or potassium titanate
fibers, further wherein said composition has a volume resistivity that is larger than 1×1010 ohm·cm.

US Pat. No. 9,080,036

NUCLEATING SYSTEM FOR POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITIONS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermoplastic composition that comprises:
a polyarylene sulfide;
glass fibers in an amount of from about 5 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of the composition;
a filler that includes a mineral filler, alkoxysilane coupling agent, or a combination thereof; and
a nucleating system that comprises boron nitride and an aromatic amide oligomer having the following general formula (I):
wherein,
ring B is a 6-membered aromatic ring wherein 1 to 3 ring carbon atoms are optionally replaced by nitrogen or oxygen, wherein
each nitrogen is optionally oxidized, and wherein ring B may be optionally fused or linked to a 5- or 6-membered aryl, heteroaryl,
cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

R5 is halo, haloalkyl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

m is from 0 to 4;
X1 and X2 are independently C(O)HN or NHC(O); and

R1 and R2 are independently selected from aryl, hetero aryl, cycloalkyl, and heterocyclyl,

wherein the weight ratio of aromatic amide oligomers to boron nitride in the composition is from about 1 to about 10, and
further wherein boron nitride constitutes from about 0.05 wt. % to about 3 wt. % of the composition, and wherein the composition
has a crystallization potential of about 55% or more, as determined by differential scanning calorimetry in accordance with
ISO 10350.

US Pat. No. 9,045,685

CAST MOLDED PARTS FORMED FROM A LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER

Ticona LLC, Florence, NY...

1. A molded part that is formed by casting a polymer composition into a mold cavity, wherein the polymer composition comprises
a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer and an aromatic amide oligomer, and wherein the polymer composition of the molded
part has a melt viscosity of from about 0.1 to about 80 Pa-s, as determined at a shear rate of 1000 seconds?1 and temperature of 350° C. in accordance with ISO Test No. 11443.

US Pat. No. 9,190,184

COMPOSITE CORE FOR ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION CABLES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An electrical transmission cable core, wherein the core extends in a longitudinal direction and comprises:
at least one rod that contains a continuous fiber component comprising a plurality of consolidated thermoplastic impregnated
rovings, the rovings containing continuous fibers oriented in the longitudinal direction and a thermoplastic matrix that embeds
the fibers, said thermoplastic matrix including a polyarylene sulfide, said fibers having a ratio of ultimate tensile strength
to mass per unit length of greater than about 1,000 Megapascals per gram per meter, wherein the continuous fibers constitute
from about 25 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the rod and the thermoplastic matrix constitutes from about 20 wt. % to about 75
wt. % of the rod; and

a capping layer surrounding the continuous fiber component, wherein the capping layer is free of continuous fibers;
wherein the rod has a minimum flexural modulus of about 10 Gigapascals.

US Pat. No. 9,145,519

CROSSLINKABLE AROMATIC POLYESTER

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A crosslinkable aromatic polyester formed by polymerizing aromatic ester precursor monomers in the presence of a biaromatic
alkynyl crosslinking agent having the following general formula (I):

wherein,
ring A and B are independently a 6-membered aryl or heteroaryl optionally fused to a 6-membered aryl or heteroaryl;
X1 is Y1R1;
Y1 is O, C(O), OC(O), C(O)O, S, NR3, C(O)NR3, or NR3C(O);

R1 and R3 are independently hydrogen, hydroxyl, alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

R5 and R6 are independently alkynyl, alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, halo, or haloalkyl;

a is 1;
m is from 0 to 4; and
n is from 0 to 5;
wherein the crosslinkable aromatic polyester has a melting temperature of from about 200° C. to about 370° C.
US Pat. No. 9,090,769

MOLDED ARTICLES HAVING A SWIRL-LIKE OR MARBLE-LIKE APPEARANCE AND COMPOSITIONS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded polymer article comprising:
a multi-phase polymer composition comprising a first phase that is immiscible with a second phase, the first phase remaining
distinct from the second phase in the molded article, the first phase comprising a polyoxymethylene polymer having a melting
point, the second phase comprising a thermoplastic, semi-crystalline polymer having a melting point of from about 170° C.
to about 210° C. wherein the melting point of the thermoplastic, semi-crystalline polymer is at least 5° C. higher or lower
than the melting point of the polyoxymethylene polymer and wherein the second phase contains at least one colorant comprising
an inorganic pigment in an amount greater than 30% by weight, based upon the weight of the second phase.

US Pat. No. 9,409,355

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A system for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the system comprising:
a die, the die comprising:
an impregnation section, the impregnation section comprising an impregnation zone configured to impregnate the roving with
the resin, the impregnation zone comprising a plurality of contact surfaces; and

a gate passage for flowing the resin to the impregnation section such that the resin coats the roving, the entire gate passage
extending vertically to the impregnation zone, the entire gate passage having a constantly decreasing cross-sectional profile
in a flow direction of the resin;

a roving being traversed through the impregnation section in a run direction; and
a resin being flowed into the impregnation section, the resin contacting the roving within the impregnation section,
wherein resin is disposed between at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces and the roving at an impregnation location
of the contact surface, and the at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces has a height, the roving has a speed and
a tension, and the resin has a viscosity such that a normal force of the roving is less than or equal to a lift force of the
resin at an impregnation location on the contact surface during impregnation of the roving with the resin by the contact surface.

US Pat. No. 9,296,874

POLYACETAL COMPOSITIONS AND MOLDED PRODUCTS MADE THEREFROM

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded product comprising:
a molded polymeric article having an outer surface, the outer surface having a gloss of less than about 10 gloss units when
measured at a 60° angle, the polymeric article being formed from a polymer composition comprising a polyacetal resin combined
with a metal salt of a fatty acid, a metal salt of a polycarboxylic acid and a low gloss additive, wherein the metal salt
of the fatty acid is different from the metal salt of the polycarboxylic acid, the metal salt of the fatty acid and the metal
salt of the polycarboxylic acid being present in the polymer composition in an amount sufficient for the composition to exhibit
a formaldehyde emission pursuant to VDA 275 of less than about 15 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,284,664

POLYOXYMETHYLENE FIBERS IN CONCRETE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A monofilament fiber made from a polymer composition comprising a polyoxymethylene polymer, a thermoplastic elastomer,
and a coupling agent, the coupling agent forming an attachment between the polyoxymethylene polymer and the thermoplastic
elastomer, the monofilament fiber having a size of from about 500 denier to about 4,000 denier.

US Pat. No. 9,187,621

REFLECTOR FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A composition for producing molded parts comprising:
from about 20% to about 60% by weight of a poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate);
from about 0.01% to about 3% by weight of an stabilizer, the antioxidant stabilizer comprising an organophosphorus compound
having a phosphorus group as follows:


Wherein
R1 is H, C1-C20 alkyl, unsubstituted or C1-C4 alkyl-substituted phenyl or naphthyl;

R2 is H, C1-C20 alkyl, unsubstituted or C1-C4 alkyl-substituted phenyl or naphthyl, or Mr+r wherein Mr+ is an r-valent metal cation or ammonium ion; and

wherein the composition has an initial reflectance at 460 nm of greater than about 90% and has an initial whiteness index
of greater than about 86.

US Pat. No. 9,355,753

CONDUCTIVE LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded part that comprises a polymer composition, the polymer composition comprising carbon fibers distributed within
a liquid crystalline polymer matrix that constitutes from about 25 wt. % to about 95 wt. % of the composition, wherein carbon
fibers constitute from about 0.5 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of the composition, and wherein the molded part exhibits a surface
resistivity of about 1×1014 ohms or less as determined in accordance with IEC 60093, dielectric constant of about 5 or more as determined at a frequency
of 10 MHz, and dissipation factor of about 1 or less as determined at a frequency of 10 MHz.
US Pat. No. 9,234,091

LIQUID CRYSTALLINE COMPOSITION HAVING A PEARLY LUSTER

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A liquid crystalline polymer composition that has a pearly luster, wherein the polymer composition comprises a liquid crystalline
polymer in an amount of from about 50 wt. % to about 95 wt. % and a pearlescent filler, wherein the pearlescent filler includes
flake-shaped silicate mineral particles coated with a metal oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 9,284,435

ANTISTATIC LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition that comprises an ionic liquid that is distributed within a liquid crystalline polymer matrix, wherein
the ionic liquid has a melting temperature of about 400° C. or less and is a salt that contains a cationic species and counterion,
wherein the liquid crystalline polymer matrix is formed from a polymer that contains aromatic dicarboxylic acid repeating
units, aromatic hydroxycarboxylic acid repeating units, aromatic diol repeating units, aromatic amide units, aromatic amine
units, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,182,056

PIPE SECTION HAVING POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITION BARRIER LAYER

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

31. A pipe section, comprising:
a hollow body, the hollow body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining an interior;
a barrier layer surrounding the hollow body, the barrier layer having an inner surface and an outer surface, the barrier layer
comprising a continuous fiber reinforced polyarylene sulfide composition, the polyarylene sulfide composition comprising a
polyarylene sulfide and a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier.

US Pat. No. 9,494,262

AUTOMOTIVE FUEL LINES INCLUDING A POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A fuel line comprising a thermoplastic composition, the thermoplastic composition being formed by melt processing (i) a
linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 mol. % of cross-linking units based on the total monomer units of
the polyarylene sulfide, ii) from 20 wt. % to 35 wt. % of an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier, and (iii) from 1.0 wt %
to 1.75 wt. % of a polyfunctional crosslinking agent that includes a dicarboxylic acid, wherein the crosslinking agent is
supplied following distribution of the impact modifier with the polyarylene sulfide, and wherein the melt processing forms
a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier that is a reaction product of epoxy-functionalized monomer units and a
polyfunctional crosslinking agent, the fuel line being a tubular member and including a hollow passage therethrough in the
axial direction of the tubular member for passage of a fluid, wherein the composition exhibits a tensile elongation at break
of about 70% or more as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 527 at a temperature of 23° C. and at a speed of 50 mm/min.

US Pat. No. 9,512,293

ANTISTATIC LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition that comprises an electrically conductive filler and plurality of mineral fibers distributed within
a liquid crystalline polymer matrix, wherein the mineral fibers have a median width of from about 1 to about 35 micrometers,
and wherein conductive fillers constitute from about 0.1 wt. % to about 25 wt. % of the composition and mineral fibers constitute
from about 5 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of the polymer composition, wherein the conductive filler includes metal particles metal
fibers, carbon particles, carbon nanotubes, carbon fibers, an ionic liquid, or a combination thereof, wherein the composition
has a melt viscosity of from about 0.1 to about 80 Pa-s, as determined in accordance with ISO Test No 11443 at a shear rate
of 1000 seconds?1 and temperature that is 15° C. above the melting temperature of the composition.

US Pat. No. 9,587,074

MULTI-STAGE PROCESS FOR FORMING POLYARYLENE SULFIDES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A multi-stage method for forming a polyarylene sulfide comprising:
providing a complex that includes an alkali metal organic amine carboxylic acid salt and an alkali metal hydrogen sulfide;
carrying out a first polymerization reaction in a first reactor during which the complex is reacted with a dihaloaromatic
monomer in the presence of an organic amide solvent to form a polyarylene sulfide prepolymer, wherein the first reactor is
maintained at a pressure of from about 500 to about 1,600 kilopascals for at least a portion of the first polymerization reaction;

thereafter, carrying out a second polymerization reaction in a second reactor during which the polyarylene sulfide prepolymer
is reacted with a dihaloaromatic monomer and a sulfur-containing monomer to form the polyarylene sulfide; and

removing vapor from the second reactor to maintain a pressure of less than about 1,500 kilopascals for at least a portion
of the second polymerization reaction.

US Pat. No. 9,562,139

PROCESS FOR FORMING LOW HALOGEN CONTENT POLYARYLENE SULFIDES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A multi-stage method for forming a polyarylene sulfide comprising:
providing a complex that includes an alkali metal organic amine carboxylic acid salt and an alkali metal hydrogen sulfide;
carrying out a first polymerization reaction in a first reactor during which a first amount of the complex is supplied to
the first reactor and reacted with a first dihaloaromatic monomer in the presence of a first organic amide solvent to form
a polyarylene sulfide prepolymer;

thereafter, carrying out a second polymerization reaction in a second reactor during which a second amount of the complex
is supplied to the reactor and reacted with the polyarylene sulfide prepolymer and a second dihaloaromatic monomer to form
the polyarylene sulfide.

US Pat. No. 9,340,656

LIQUID CRYSTALLINE COMPOSITION HAVING A DARK BLACK COLOR

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A shaped part comprising a liquid crystalline polymer composition, the liquid crystalline polymer composition comprises
a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer and a black pigment that includes a plurality of carbon black particles in an amount
of from about 1.5 wt. % to about 6 wt. % of the polymer composition, wherein the carbon black particles have an average size
ranging from about 10 to about 100 nanometers and contain polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in an amount of about 1 part per
million or less, wherein the composition defines a black surface of the part that is characterized according to the CIELAB
test by a L* value of from 0 to 28, wherein L*=is a luminosity value ranging from 0 to 100, where 0=black and 100=white.

US Pat. No. 9,074,070

THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION FOR USE IN FORMING A LASER DIRECT STRUCTURED SUBSTRATE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermoplastic composition that comprises:
from about 20 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of at least one thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer;
from about 0.1 wt. % to about 30 wt. % of at least one laser activatable additive, wherein the laser activatable additive
includes spinel crystals;

from about 1 wt. % to about 50 wt. % of at least one dielectric material; and
from about 5 wt. % to about 50 wt. % of at least one fibrous filler, wherein the weight ratio of the fibrous filler to the
combined amount of the laser activatable additive and the dielectric material is from about 0.4 to about 2.0;

wherein the thermoplastic composition exhibits a dielectric constant of greater than about 4.4, as determined at a frequency
of 2 GHz, and further wherein the melting temperature of the thermoplastic composition is from about 250° C. to about 440°
C., and wherein the composition exhibits a deflection temperature under load such that the ratio of the deflection temperature
under load to the melting temperature is from about 0.67 to about 1.00, the deflection temperature under load being determined
in accordance ISO Test No. 75-2 at a load of 1.8 Megapascals.

US Pat. No. 9,803,050

DISPERSANT FOR USE IN SYNTHESIS OF POLYARYLETHERKETONES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a polyaryletherketone, the method comprising:
supplying one or more monomers to a reactor vessel to form a reaction mixture, wherein the one or more monomers are precursors
for the polyaryletherketone, and at least one of the one or more monomers is a halide-containing monomer;

introducing a heteroaryl compound into the reactor vessel, wherein the heteroaryl compound has the following Formula (I):

or a salt, derivative or adduct thereof, wherein,
the ring is a 6-membered aromatic ring wherein A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, and A6 are each independently carbon, nitrogen or oxygen, with the proviso that at least 3 of A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, and A6 are carbon atoms, wherein each nitrogen is optionally oxidized, and wherein the ring may be optionally fused or linked to
a 5- or 6-membered aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;

R1 is acyl, acyloxy, acylamino, alkoxy, alkenyl, alkyl, amino, aryl, aryloxy, carboxyl, carboxyl ester, cycloalkyl, cycloalkyloxy,
hydroxyl, halo, haloalkyl, heteroaryl, heteroaryloxy, heterocyclyl, or heterocycyloxy;

m is from 0 to 4; and
the one or more monomers reacting with one another in the presence of the heteroaryl compound to form the polyaryletherketone.
US Pat. No. 9,062,198

REFLECTORS FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ASSEMBLIES CONTAINING A WHITE PIGMENT

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded reflector surrounding a light emitting source, the reflector being molded from a polymeric material, the polymeric
material being comprised of a poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate), and a white pigment, the polymeric material having
an initial reflectance at 460 nm of greater than 90%, having an initial whiteness index of greater than 80, and having a whiteness
index after aging at 200° C. for 4 hours of greater than 60, and wherein the white pigment comprises titanium dioxide particles
that include a surface treatment, the titanium dioxide particles comprising a rutile titanium dioxide, the titanium dioxide
particles comprising Type H chalk resistance particles according to ASTM D476 classifications.

US Pat. No. 9,604,156

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEPARATION OF A POLYMER FROM MULTIPLE COMPOUNDS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for washing a polyarylene sulfide, the method comprising:
introducing a first slurry into a first sedimentor, wherein the first slurry contains a solid polyarylene sulfide and a liquid;
flowing a first solvent that contains an organic amide through the first sedimentor in a direction countercurrent to the first
slurry, wherein the first slurry contacts the first solvent to form a second slurry;

introducing the second slurry into a second sedimentor; and
flowing a second solvent that contains water through the second sedimentor in a direction countercurrent to the second slurry,
wherein the second slurry contacts the third solvent to form a third slurry, wherein at least one of the first sedimentor
and the second sedimentor contain a fluidized bed that includes the solid polymer, the method further comprising monitoring
and controlling the height of the fluidized bed.

US Pat. No. 9,745,469

MOLDED ARTICLES HAVING A SWIRL-LIKE OR MARBLE-LIKE APPEARANCE AND COMPOSITIONS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising:
a first phase comprising a polyoxymethylene polymer having a melting point; and
a second phase that is immiscible with the first phase,
wherein the second phase comprises a colorant and a thermoplastic, semi-crystalline polymer having a melting point that is
at least 5° C. higher than the melting point of the polyoxymethylene polymer, and

wherein the colorant is present in an amount greater than 30% by weight based upon the weight of the second phase.
US Pat. No. 9,562,666

MOLDED REFLECTORS FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ASSEMBLIES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded reflector surrounding a light-emitting source, the reflector being molded from a polymeric material, the polymeric
material being comprised of a poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate), a white pigment, and at least one reactive viscosity
stabilizer, the reactive viscosity stabilizer comprising a phenoxy resin or a non-aromatic epoxy resin, the polymeric material
being free of epoxy novolac resins, the polymeric material having an initial reflectance at 460 nm of greater than about 90%,
having an initial whiteness index of greater than about 86, and having a whiteness index after aging at 200° C. for four hours
of greater than about 50.

US Pat. No. 9,624,350

ASYMMETRIC FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER TAPE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An asymmetric tape, comprising:
a polymer resin; and
a plurality of unidirectional continuous fibers of at least one fiber roving embedded and distributed within the polymer resin
to form a single layer of fiber reinforced polymer material, the single layer of fiber reinforced polymer material comprising
a first surface and an opposing second surface, the first surface and opposing second surface being formed together during
formation of the asymmetric tape in a die and exiting the die as the single layer of fiber reinforced polymer material,

wherein the continuous fibers are disposed in the single layer of fiber reinforced polymer material to form a resin rich portion
and a fiber rich portion, the resin rich portion including the first surface, the fiber rich portion including the second
surface, the resin rich portion and the fiber rich portion each including the identical polymer resin, and wherein the asymmetrical
tape having the fiber reinforced polymer material has avoid fraction of approximately 2% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,623,437

DIE WITH FLOW DIFFUSING GATE PASSAGE AND METHOD FOR IMPREGNATING SAME FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A die for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the die comprising:
a manifold assembly for flowing the resin therethrough, the manifold assembly comprising a channel;
an impregnation zone in fluid communication with the manifold assembly, the impregnation zone configured to impregnate the
roving with the resin; and

a gate passage between the manifold assembly and the impregnation zone for flowing the resin from the manifold assembly such
that the resin coats the roving, the gate passage comprising a plurality of projections configured to diffuse resin flowing
through the gate passage, each of the plurality of projections extending from an inner surface of the gate passage, the plurality
of projections positioned side-by-side across a width of the gate passage and spaced apart to define passages therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,938,379

SALT BYPRODUCT SEPARATION DURING FORMATION OF POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A system for forming a polyarylene sulfide comprising:a first polymerization reactor in which a dihaloaromatic compound is capable of being reacted with an alkali metal sulfide or an alkali metal hydrosulfide in an organic amide solvent to form a mixture that includes a polyarylene sulfide and a salt;
a filter unit that is located downstream from the first polymerization reactor and configured to separate the mixture into a filter cake and a filtrate, wherein the filtrate contains at least a portion of the polyarylene sulfide and the filter cake contains at least a portion of the salt; and
a second polymerization reactor located downstream from the filter unit and in which the polyarylene sulfide from the filtrate is capable of being reacted with an alkali metal sulfide or hydrosulfide.

US Pat. No. 9,765,219

POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPONENTS FOR HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A heavy duty truck component comprising a polyarylene sulfide composition, the polyarylene sulfide composition of the heavy
duty truck component being formed by melt processing (i) a linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 mol. %
of cross-linking units based on the total monomer units of the polyarylene sulfide, (ii) from 20 wt. % to 35 wt. % of an epoxy-functionalized
impact modifier, and (iii) from 1.0 wt. % to 1.75 wt. % of a polyfunctional crosslinking agent that includes a dicarboxylic
acid, wherein the crosslinking agent is supplied following distribution of the impact modifier with the polyarylene sulfide,
and wherein the melt processing forms a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier that is a reaction product of epoxy-functionalized
monomer units and a polyfunctional crosslinking agent, wherein the polyarylene sulfide composition exhibits an elongation
at break of 70% or more as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 527 at a temperature of 23° C. and at a speed of 50
mm/min.

US Pat. No. 9,617,387

SCRUBBING PROCESS FOR POLYARYLENE SULFIDE FORMATION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a polyarylene sulfide comprising:
reacting an organic amide solvent, alkali metal sulfide, and water to form a reaction mixture that includes a hydrogen sulfide-byproduct
and a complex of an alkali metal organic amine carboxylic acid salt and an alkali metal hydrosulfide;

separating a fluid stream from the reaction mixture that includes the hydrogen sulfide by-product and contacting the fluid
stream with a scrubbing mixture to form a sulfur-containing mixture, the scrubbing mixture including an organic amide solvent
and an alkali metal hydroxide;

charging the sulfur-containing mixture to the reactor;
carrying out a first polymerization reaction during which the complex is reacted with a dihaloaromatic monomer to form a polyarylene
sulfide prepolymer; and

carrying out a second polymerization reaction during which the polyarylene sulfide prepolymer is reacted with a dihaloaromatic
monomer and a sulfur-containing monomer to form the polyarylene sulfide.

US Pat. No. 9,567,460

MOLDED REFLECTORS FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ASSEMBLIES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A composition for producing molded parts comprising:
a) from about 40% to about 80% by weight of a poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate);
b) from about 1% to about 40% by weight of an inorganic filler;
c) from about 2% to about 40% by weight of a titanium dioxide;
d) from about 0.1% to about 5% by weight of a silicone compound; and
e) from about 0.1% to about 5% by weight of a nucleating agent,
wherein the composition has a Charpy impact strength of from 9 to 22 kJ/m2.

US Pat. No. 9,659,680

COMPOSITE CORE FOR ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION CABLES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An electrical transmission cable core, wherein the core extends in a longitudinal direction and comprises:
at least one rod that contains a continuous fiber component comprising a plurality of consolidated thermoplastic impregnated
rovings, the rovings containing continuous carbon fibers oriented in the longitudinal direction and a thermoplastic matrix
that embeds the fibers, wherein the continuous carbon fibers constitute from about 25 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the rod and
the thermoplastic matrix constitutes from about 20 wt. % to about 75 wt. % of the rod; and

a capping layer surrounding the continuous fiber component, wherein the capping layer has about 1 wt. % or less of continuous
carbon fibers;

wherein the rod has a minimum flexural modulus of about 10 Gigapascals, and wherein the rod has a tensile modulus of elasticity
of about 50 Gigapascals or more.

US Pat. No. 9,757,892

THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION WITH LOW HYDROCARBON UPTAKE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermoplastic composition including
a polyarylene sulfide,
a first impact modifier in an amount of less than 20% by weight based on the weight of the thermoplastic composition, and
a second impact modifier,
wherein the first impact modifier is a crosslinked impact modifier.

US Pat. No. 9,758,674

POLYARYLENE SULFIDE FOR OIL AND GAS FLOWLINES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A flowline for an oil and/or gas production application, the flowline having a tubular shape and defining a bore for carrying
a fluid, wherein the flowline contains a layer that comprises a polyarylene sulfide composition, the polyarylene sulfide composition
of the flowline being formed by melt processing (i) a linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 mol. % of cross-linking
units based on the total monomer units of the polyarylene sulfide, (ii) from 20 wt. % to 35 wt. % of an epoxy-functionalized
impact modifier, and (iii) from 1.0 wt. % to 1.75 wt. % of a polyfunctional crosslinking agent that includes a dicarboxylic
acid, wherein the crosslinking agent is supplied following distribution of the impact modifier with the polyarylene sulfide,
and wherein the melt processing forms a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier that is a reaction product of epoxy-functionalized
monomer units and a polyfunctional crosslinking agent, wherein the composition exhibits a tensile elongation at break of 70%
or more as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 527 at a temperature of 23° C. and at a speed of 50 mm/min.

US Pat. No. 9,757,874

DIE AND METHOD FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the method comprising:
coating a fiber roving with a polymer resin exiting a gate passage;
traversing the coated roving through an impregnation zone to impregnate the roving with the resin, the impregnation zone comprising
a plurality of stationary contact surfaces; and,

interacting the coated roving with one of a plurality of perturbations positioned on at least one of the plurality of contact
surfaces, the one of the plurality of perturbations configured to disturb a run direction of the roving, wherein each of the
plurality of perturbations is spaced apart from others of the plurality of perturbations along a direction perpendicular to
both a run direction of the fiber roving and a flow direction of the resin exiting the gate passage.

US Pat. No. 9,718,225

HEAT RESISTANT TOUGHENED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION FOR INJECTION MOLDING

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A fastener that is a cable tie, clip, band, harness, tape, clamp, cable tie saddle, or a combination thereof, wherein the
fastener includes an injection molded part having a thickness of about 100 millimeters or less, the fastener containing
a thermoplastic composition formed by melt processing
(i) linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 mol. % of cross-linking units based on the total monomer units
of the polyarylene sulfide,

(ii) from 10 wt. % to 35 wt. % of an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier, and
(iii) from 0.5 wt. % to 2 wt. % of a polyfunctional crosslinking agent that includes a dicarboxylic acid,
wherein melt processing forms a crosslinked epoxy-functionalized impact modifier that is a reaction product of epoxy-functionalized
monomer units and the polyfunctional crosslinking agent, and

wherein the thermoplastic composition exhibits a tensile elongation at break of about 50% or more as determined in accordance
with ISO Test No. 527 at a temperature of 23° C. and at a speed of 50 mm/min,

wherein the injection molded part exhibits a notched Charpy impact strength of about 3 kJ/m2 or greater as measured according to ISO Test No. 179-1 at a temperature of 23° C., and

wherein the injection molded part exhibits about 60% or more strength retention following heat aging at 165° C. for 1000 hours.

US Pat. No. 9,862,809

CAMERA MODULE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A camera module that comprises a molded part, wherein the molded part includes a polymer composition having an in-plane
thermal conductivity of about 2.0 W/m-K or more, wherein the polymer composition includes an aromatic polymer and a thermally
conductive particulate material, wherein the camera module comprises a carrier assembly that overlies a base, wherein the
base, carrier assembly, or both contain the molded part.

US Pat. No. 9,809,681

METHOD FOR FORMING A LOW VISCOSITY POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a washed polyarylene sulfide, the method comprising contacting a slurry of a polyarylene sulfide with
a washing solution within a vessel in which the slurry of the polyarylene sulfide enters the vessel at a slurry inlet that
is located such that solids of the slurry flow via a gravity flow from the slurry inlet to a solids outlet and in which the
washing solution enters the vessel at a liquid inlet and flows counter current to the gravity flow of the solids to a liquid
outlet that is above the slurry inlet, wherein the washing solution contains from about 30 wt. % to about 70 wt % of water
and from about 30 wt. % to about 70 wt. % of an aprotic organic solvent, wherein the washed polyarylene sulfide has an oligomer
content of from about 0.5 wt. % to about 2 wt. % and a melt viscosity of about 2,350 poise or less, as determined in accordance
with ISO Test No. 11443:2005 at a shear rate of 1200 s?1 and at a temperature of 310° C.

US Pat. No. 10,022,919

METHOD FOR IMPREGNATING FIBER ROVINGS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for impregnating at least one fiber roving with a polymer resin, the method comprising:flowing a polymer resin through a manifold assembly of a die, the manifold assembly comprising a plurality of branched runners;
coating at least one fiber roving with the resin; and
traversing the coated roving through an impregnation zone of the die to impregnate the roving with the resin, the impregnation zone comprising a plurality of contact surfaces,
wherein a normal force of the roving is less than or equal to a lift force of the resin at an impregnation location on at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces during impregnation of the roving with the resin by the at least one of the plurality of contact surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,822,254

CAMERA MODULE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A camera module that comprises a molded part, wherein the molded part is formed from a polymer composition that comprises
a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer and inorganic particles having a hardness value of 2.5 to 4.5 based on the Mohs
hardness scale, wherein the inorganic particles have a median width of from 2 to 20 micrometers, wherein the molded part has
a Rockwell hardness value of 50 or more as determined in accordance with ASTM D785-08 (Scale M).

US Pat. No. 9,919,481

STRUCTURAL MEMBER FORMED FROM A SOLID LINEAL PROFILE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a solid lineal profile, the method comprising:
supplying a plurality of individual ribbons, wherein each ribbon contains a plurality of continuous fibers that are substantially
oriented in a longitudinal direction and a resinous matrix that contains one or more thermoplastic polymers and within which
the continuous fibers are embedded, the continuous fibers constituting from about 40 wt. % to about 90 wt. % of the ribbon
and the thermoplastic polymers constituting from about 10 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of the ribbon, each ribbon formed from a
consolidated plurality of resinous matrix impregnated fiber rovings;

heating the ribbons to a temperature at or above the softening temperature of the resinous matrix;
after heating of the ribbons, pulling the heated ribbons through a first die to consolidate the ribbons together and form
a laminate and through a second die to shape the laminate; and

after pulling the heating ribbons through the first die and the second die, cooling the shaped laminate to form the solid
profile.

US Pat. No. 9,878,476

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR MOLDING POLYMERIC ARTICLES WHILE REDUCING GATE BLUSH

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. An injection molded product comprising:
an article having an exterior surface, wherein the article comprises a thermoplastic polymer, the thermoplastic polymer comprising
a homopolymer or a copolymer wherein the homopolymer or copolymer further comprises a polyacetal polymer, a polyarylene sulfide
polymer, a polyolefin polymer, a polycarbonate polymer, a polyester polymer, or a combination thereof, at least a portion
of the exterior surface comprising an appearance surface that is intended to be viewable when the product is in use, the appearance
surface being free of paint and being gate blush-free, including being free of any helical patterns of melt fracture when
examined through a scanning electron microscope at a magnification of ×100 and at an angle of 45°, and wherein when a shift
in color index is measured according to the BORG spectrophotometric technique, the difference in color index between the gate
area and the remainder of the appearance surface does not vary by more than 20%, and wherein the thermoplastic polymer is
combined with at least one colorant the article further includes an extension formed from the thermoplastic polymer, the extension
including at least a first overflow passage and a second overflow passage wherein the first overflow passage and the second
overflow passage each have a volume of from about 50% to about 500% of the volume of the flow path between the first and second
overflow passages and the appearance surface.

US Pat. No. 9,868,824

METHOD OF POLYARYLENE SULFIDE CRYSTALLIZATION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a semi-crystalline polyarylene sulfide comprising:
polymerizing a first sulfur-containing monomer and a first dihaloaromatic monomer in an organic amide solvent to form a polyarylene
sulfide prepolymer;

polymerizing the polyarylene sulfide prepolymer with a second dihaloaromatic monomer and a second sulfur-containing monomer;
combining the polyarylene sulfide with a crystallization solution to form a polymer mixture, the mixture including the crystallization
solution in an amount of about 5 wt.% or greater by weight of the mixture, wherein the crystallization solution is pre-heated
prior to combination with the polyarylene sulfide, the polymer mixture being at a temperature of about 230° C. or greater
upon formation; and

cooling the polymer mixture at a rate of about 0.5° C. per minute or less until the polymer mixture reaches a temperature
of about 190° C. or less, the polyarylene sulfide crystallizing during the cooling to form the semi-crystalline polyarylene
sulfide.

US Pat. No. 9,815,942

TECHNIQUE FOR FORMING A HIGH MELT VISCOSITY POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a polyarylene sulfide, the method comprising:
reacting a sulfur source with a dihaloaromatic compound during a first stage to form an arylene sulfide prepolymer having
halogen end groups; and

thereafter, reacting the arylene sulfide prepolymer with a secondary sulfur source during a second stage to form the polyarylene
sulfide, wherein the normalized sulfur ratio is from about 1.0 to about 5.0, wherein the prepolymer is further reacted with
a dihaloaromatic compound during the second stage, and wherein the dihaloaromatic compound employed during the second stage
is present in an amount of about 1 wt. % or more, based on the weight of the polyarylene sulfide;

wherein the polyarylene sulfide has a melt viscosity of about 250 poise or more, as determined in accordance with ISO Test
No. 11443:2005 at a temperature of 310° C. and shear rate of 1,200 s?1.

US Pat. No. 9,896,566

LASER ACTIVATABLE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising from about 40 wt % to about 80 wt. % of an aromatic polyester, from about 1 wt. % to about
10 wt. % of a laser activatable additive that includes spinel crystals, and from about 20 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of a mineral
filler that includes talc particles, wherein the talc particles have a median size of about 35 micrometers or less and the
spinel crystals have a mean size of from about 100 to about 800 nanometers.
US Pat. No. 10,023,716

LIQUID CRYSTALLINE COMPOSITION HAVING A DARK BLACK COLOR

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A liquid crystalline polymer composition that comprises a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer and a black pigment that includes a plurality of carbon black particles in an amount of from about 1.5 wt. % to about 6 wt. % of the polymer composition, wherein the carbon black particles have an average size ranging from about 10 to about 100 nanometers, wherein the composition defines a black surface when shaped into a plaque having a size of 60 millimeters×80 millimeters by 3 millimeters, and wherein the black surface is characterized according to the CIELAB test by a L* value of from 0 to 30, wherein L*=is a luminosity value ranging from 0 to 100, where 0=black and 100=white.

US Pat. No. 9,988,519

ANTISTATIC LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A molded part that comprises a polymer composition, wherein the polymer composition comprises an ionic liquid distributed within a liquid crystalline polymer matrix that constitutes from 25 wt. % to 95 wt. % of the polymer composition and includes a polymer that contains aromatic dicarboxylic acid repeating units, aromatic hydroxycarboxylic acid repeating units, aromatic diol repeating units, aromatic amide units, aromatic amine units, or a combination thereof, and wherein the part exhibits a surface resistivity of 1×1015 ohms or less as determined in accordance with IEC 60093.
US Pat. No. 9,988,529

HIGH FLOW POLYARYLETHERKETONE COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition that comprises at least one polyaryletherketone and from about 1 to about 100 parts of at least one liquid crystalline polymer per 100 parts of the polyaryletherketone, wherein the composition is formed by melt processing the polyaryletherketone and the liquid crystalline polymer in the presence of a flow modifier, wherein the flow modifier includes a functional compound that includes a metal hydroxide, metal alkoxide, metal salt hydrate, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,988,494

METHOD FOR FORMING A HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a polyarylene sulfide, the method comprising:supplying a waste composition that contains arylene sulfide byproducts to a vessel;
supplying a sulfur reactant to the vessel;
separately supplying an alkali metal hydroxide; and
heating the arylene sulfide byproducts to a temperature of from about 260° C. to about 285° C. such that the molar ratio of alkali metal hydroxide to sulfur repeating units of the polyarylene sulfide is about 1 or less, thereby forming a high molecular weight polyarylene sulfide having a number average molecular weight of about 2,000 Daltons or more.

US Pat. No. 9,991,021

LASER-WELDABLE ELECTROSTATICALLY DISSIPATIVE POLYOXYMETHYLENE BASED ON STAINLESS STEEL FIBERS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A shaped article comprising a first part and a second part, the first part containing a first polymer composition, wherein the first polymer composition comprises:a first polyoxymethylene, wherein the first polyoxymethylene has a melt flow rate of from about 3 grams per 10 minutes to about 55 grams per 10 minutes at 190° C. and a 2.16 kilogram load;
a conductive filler, wherein the conductive filler comprises a metal powder, metal flakes, metal fibers, or a combination thereof; and
a black pigment concentrate comprising pigment carbon black, wherein the pigment carbon black excludes electroconductive carbon black, wherein the first polymer composition is electrostatically dissipative, wherein the pigment carbon black has a dibutyl phthalate absorption of from about 40 milliliters per 100 grams to about 95 milliliters per 100 grams, as determined according to ASTM 2414, wherein the pigment carbon black is present in an amount ranging from about 0.25% by weight to about 0.75% by weight based on the total weight of the first polymer composition,and the second part containing a natural polyoxymethylene that is transparent to laser radiation, wherein the first part and the second part are laser welded together.

US Pat. No. 10,106,682

LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER COMPOSITION FOR CAMERA MODULES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising:100 parts by weight of at least one liquid crystalline polymer;
from about 50 to about 90 parts by weight of an inorganic particulate material having a hardness value of about 2.5 or more based on the Mohs hardness scale and a median particle size of from about 0.1 to about 35 micrometers; and
from about 1 to about 15 parts by weight of an epoxy-functionalized olefin copolymer; wherein
the polymer composition exhibits a tensile elongation at break of about 3.5% or more, as determined in accordance with ISO Test No. 527:2012 at 23° C.

US Pat. No. 10,106,654

METHOD OF POLYARYLENE SULFIDE PRECIPITATION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A method for forming a particle including a polyarylene sulfide comprising:polymerizing a first sulfur-containing monomer and a first dihaloaromatic monomer in an organic amide solvent to form a polyarylene sulfide prepolymer;
polymerizing the polyarylene sulfide prepolymer with a second dihaloaromatic monomer and a second sulfur-containing monomer to form a polyarylene sulfide in a polymerization solution;
cooling a precipitation solution comprising the polyarylene sulfide, water and an organic solvent at a first cooling rate to a first temperature in a first cooling step;
following the first cooling step, cooling the precipitation solution at a second cooling rate to a second temperature in a second cooling step, wherein the second cooling rate is slower than the first cooling rate; and
following the second cooling step, cooling the precipitation solution at a third cooling rate to a third temperature in a third cooling step, wherein the third cooling rate is faster than the second cooling rate; wherein
the polyarylene sulfide particle precipitates out of the precipitation solution over at least a portion of one or more of the first cooling step, the second cooling step, and the third cooling step.

US Pat. No. 10,330,223

AUTOMOTIVE FUEL LINES INCLUDING A POLYARYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A fuel line comprising a thermoplastic composition, the thermoplastic composition including a linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 wt. % of cross-linking units based on the total monomer units of the polyarylene sulfide, the thermoplastic composition further including a crosslinked impact modifier comprising the reaction product of a terephthalic acid crosslinking agent and an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier, the thermoplastic composition exhibiting a permeation to methanol at 40° C. of about 1 g-mm/m2-day or less as determined according to SAE Testing Method No. J2665, the fuel line being a tubular member and including a hollow passage therethrough in the axial direction of the tubular member for passage of a fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,287,421

ANTISTATIC POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A camera module that comprises a molded part and a lens assembly, wherein the molded part comprises a polymer composition comprising a fibrous filler that contains glass fibers, the polymer composition further comprising an ionic liquid distributed within a polymer matrix, the polymer matrix including an aromatic polymer having a glass transition temperature of about 100° C. or more, and wherein the aromatic polymer is a polyamide and is present in the composition in an amount of from about 30 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the composition, the ionic liquid is present in the composition in an amount of from about 0.3 wt. % to about 5 wt. % of the composition, and the glass fibers are present in the composition in an amount of from about 5 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of the composition, further wherein the composition exhibits a melt viscosity of from about 0.1 Pa·s to about 80 Pa·s as determined at a shear rate of 1000 seconds?1 in accordance with ISO Test No. 11443 at a temperature that is 15° C. higher than the melting temperature of the composition, and wherein the molded part exhibits a surface resistivity of about 1×1015 ohms or less as determined in accordance with IED 60093.
US Pat. No. 10,181,363

CONDUCTIVE POLYOXYMETHYLENE BASED ON STAINLESS STEEL FIBERS

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising:a base polyoxymethylene, wherein the base polyoxymethylene has a melt flow rate of from 12 grams per 10 minutes to about 30 grams per 10 minutes at 190° C. and a 2.16 kilogram load, wherein the base polyoxymethylene is linear, and wherein the base polyoxymethylene is present in an amount ranging from about 65% by weight to about 98% by weight based on the total weight of the polymer composition;
a high flow polyoxymethylene, wherein the high flow polyoxymethylene has a melt flow rate of from about 14 grams per 10 minutes to about 55 grams per 10 minutes at 190° C. and a 2.16 kilogram load, wherein the high flow polyoxymethylene is linear;
a conductive filler;
a polyalkylene glycol; and
a metal oxide, wherein the polymer composition has a volume resistivity of from about 1 Ohm-cm to about 200 Ohm-cm.
US Pat. No. 10,166,120

ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE AND POLYMER COMPOSITIONS FOR MAKING SAME

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising:a polyoxymethylene polymer, the polyoxymethylene polymer having a melt volume flow rate of less than 15 cm3/10 min when tested at 190° C. under a load of 2.16 kg, the polyoxymethylene polymer being present in the polymer composition in an amount of at least 70% by weight; and
a copolyamide and a dicyandiamide blended with the polyoxymethylene polymer, the copolyamide and the dicyandiamide being present in the composition at a weight ratio of greater than 2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,450,461

CROSSLINKABLE POLYARYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A crosslinkable polymer composition comprising:a polyarylene sulfide;
from about 0.5 to about 50 parts of an impact modifier per 100 parts of the polyarylene sulfide, wherein the impact modifier includes an epoxy-functional polymer; and
from about 0.1 to about 15 parts of a crosslinking system per 100 parts of the polyarylene sulfide, wherein the crosslinking system includes a metal carboxylate.

US Pat. No. 10,450,491

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYMER COMPOSITION FOR A HEAT SINK

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising a polyamide, a thermally conductive particulate material, an epoxy-functionalized olefin copolymer, and inorganic fibers, wherein the polymer composition exhibits a Charpy unnotched impact strength of about 5 kJ/m2 or more as measured at a temperature of 23° C. according to ISO Test No. 179-1:2010 and an in-plane thermal conductivity of about 15 W/m-K or more as determined in accordance with ASTM E 1461-13.

US Pat. No. 10,407,605

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYMER COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition having an in-plane thermal conductivity of about 2.0 W/m-K or more, wherein the composition comprises:100 parts by weight of at least one aromatic liquid crystalline polyester;
from about 10 to about 50 parts by weight of an inorganic material having a hardness value of about 2.5 or more based on the Mohs hardness scale; and
from about 20 to about 80 parts by weight of a thermally conductive particulate material having an average size of from about 1 to about 100 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,358,556

BLOW MOLDED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A component comprising a blow molded thermoplastic composition, the thermoplastic composition including a linear polyarylene sulfide containing less than about 1 wt. % of cross-raking units based on the total monomer units of the polyarylene sulfide, the thermoplastic composition further including a crosslinked impact modifier comprising the reaction product of a terephthalic acid crosslinking agent and an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier, the thermoplastic composition exhibiting a permeation to a fuel or a fuel source of lest than about 10 g-mm/m2-day or less as determined according to SAE Testing Method No. J2665.

US Pat. No. 10,233,304

BORON-CONTAINING NUCLEATING AGENT FOR POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A thermoplastic composition comprising:a linear polyphenylene polyarylene sulfide, that constitutes from about 30 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the thermoplastic composition;
glass fibers in an amount of from about 15 wt. % to about 50 wt. % of the thermoplastic composition;
a boron-containing nucleating agent in an amount from about 0.05 wt. % to about 2 wt. % of the thermoplastic composition, wherein the boron-containing nucleating agent comprises boron nitride particles having a graphitization index of greater than about 4, an average particle size of from about 1 to less than 9 micrometers, and a specific surface area, wherein the ratio of the average particle size to the specific surface area is between about 0.001 and about 1 micrometers per square meter per gram;
wherein the thermoplastic composition has a recrystallization temperature of greater than about 231° C. and a recrystallization energy of about 25 kilojoules per gram or more, as determined according to differential scanning calorimetry.

US Pat. No. 10,336,016

EXTRUDER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH FIBER DENSITY RESIN STRUCTURES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A tape comprising a thermoplastic resin and a plurality of generally unidirectional continuous fibers embedded in the thermoplastic resin to form a single layer of fiber reinforced thermoplastic material, wherein the fibers are disposed in the single layer of fiber reinforced thermoplastic material to form a first resin rich portion, a second resin rich portion, and a fiber rich portion disposed between the first resin rich portion and the second resin rich portion, the first resin rich portion defining a first outer surface of the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material and the second resin rich portion defining an opposing second outer surface of the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material, the first resin rich portion, the second resin rich portion, and the fiber rich portion each including the identical thermoplastic resin which defines and extends between the first outer surface and the opposing second outer surface, wherein the first resin rich portion and second resin rich portion are each between 5% and one-third of a height of the tape and each comprises at least 75% thermoplastic resin by volume, and wherein the tape having the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material has a void fraction of approximately 3% or less, the tape formed by a process comprising:flowing a thermoplastic resin through a manifold assembly of a die, the manifold assembly comprising a plurality of branched runners;
coating at least one fiber roving with the resin;
traversing the coated roving through an impregnation zone of the die to impregnate the roving with the resin; and
drawing the impregnated roving through a faceplate spaced apart from a downstream side of the die.

US Pat. No. 10,280,282

COMPACT CAMERA MODULE

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A compact camera module that comprises a generally planar base on which is mounted a lens barrel, wherein the base, barrel, or both have a thickness of about 500 micrometers or less and are molded from a polymer composition that comprises a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer, and a plurality of fibers consisting of mineral fibers, wherein the mineral fibers have a median width of from about 1 to about 35 micrometers and constitute from about 5 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of the polymer composition, wherein the mineral fibers have an aspect ratio of from about 2 to about 20, wherein liquid crystalline polymers constitute from about 40 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of the composition.