Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Frank S. Molinaro
  • Patent number: 8293509
    Abstract: The invention relates to biological processes for producing one or more desired products, including alcohols such as ethanol and butanol. The processes comprise carrying out first and second fermentations of substrates in first and second bioreactors, wherein each fermentation produces one or more desired products and/or one or more by-products that can be utilized in the other fermentation. A product and/or by-product of the first fermentation is introduced to the second bioreactor during the fermentation, and a product and/or by-product of the second fermentation is introduced to the first bioreactor during the fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: LanzaTech New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Sean Dennis Simpson, Richard Llewellyn Sydney Forster, Matthew James Rowe, Phuong Loan Tran, Christophe Collet
  • Patent number: 8263372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvement in efficiency in gasification for use with syngas fermentation. In particular, the invention relates to increasing the overall carbon capture efficiency of a gasification/fermentation process to produce products such as alcohols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: LanzaTech New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: Simon David Oakley
  • Patent number: 8222013
    Abstract: A novel class of bacteria is described which has improved efficiency in the production of thanol by anaerobic fermentation of substrates containing carbon monoxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LanzaTech New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Sean Dennis Simpson, Richard Llewellyn Sydney Forster, Phuong Loan Tran, Matthew James Rowe, Ian Linstrand Warner
  • Patent number: 8178330
    Abstract: The invention relates to the microbial fermentation of gaseous substrates, particularly to gas/liquid contact modules and bioreactors configured to improve the efficiency of fermentations, particularly microbial fermentations of substrates comprising CO. In a particular embodiment, a gas/liquid contact module with multiple channels is configured to produce products in a liquid fermentation broth. In a further particular embodiment, there is provided a method of fermentation of a gaseous substrate to produce a product in a liquid fermentation broth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Lanza Tech New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Simon Richard Trevethick, Jason Carl Bromley, Sean Dennis Simpson, Vinod Khosla
  • Patent number: 8119844
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for the production of alcohols by microbial fermentation, particularly microbial fermentation of substrates comprising glycerol and/or acetate, to butanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: LanzaTech New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Richard Llewellyn Sydney Forster, Sean Dennis Simpson, Christophe Collet
  • Patent number: 8119378
    Abstract: The invention relates to the production of alcohols by microbial fermentation, particularly to production of alcohols by microbial fermentation of substrates comprising CO. It more particularly relates to processes for the production of alcohols from their corresponding acids in the presence of a substrate comprising CO. In particular embodiments, a fermentation reaction producing acid(s) and optionally alcohol(s) is perturbed such that at least a portion one or more of acid(s) is converted to alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: LanzaTech New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Sean Dennis Simpson, Christophe Collet, Phuong Loan Tran, Bakir Al-Sinawi, Richard Llewellyn Sydney Forster, Matthew James Rowe, Gary Chan, Kelly Marie Mahar, Jennifer Mon Yee Fung
  • Patent number: 8048403
    Abstract: This invention relates to a new family of crystalline aluminosilicate compositions designated the UZM-26 family. These include the species UZM-26P, UZM-26PX, UZM-26 and UZM-26X, which have unique structures. UZM-26P is an as synthesized layered composition, while UZM-26 is a calcined form of UZM-26P which has a three-dimensional structure. UZM-26PX is an ion-exchanged form of UZM-26P while UZM-26X is a calcined form of UZM-26PX which has a three-dimensional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8022259
    Abstract: A method for hydroconversion of a combined feed of at least one low value petroleum derived hydrocarbon and at least one biorenewable feedstock in a hydroconversion reaction zone in the presence of a hydroconversion catalyst at hydroconversion reaction conditions for a period of time sufficient to form a hydroconversion reaction product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Lorenz Bauer, Michael McCall, Edwin Boldingh
  • Patent number: 8017824
    Abstract: This invention relates to hydrocarbon conversion processes using UZM-29 and UZM-29HS zeolitic compositions. The UZM-29 zeolites are represented by the empirical formula: Mmn+R+rAl1?xExSiyOz UZM-29 has the PHI structure type topology but is thermally stable up to a temperature of at least 350° C. UZM-29HS is a high silica version of UZM-29 and is represented by the empirical formula: M1?n+aAl(1?x)ExSiyOz. Examples of the hydrocarbon conversion processes are isomerization of alkanes, especially butane and the conversion of oxygenates to olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Susan C. Koster, Jaime G. Moscoso
  • Patent number: 7915469
    Abstract: This invention relates to hydrocarbon conversion processes using crystalline zeolitic compositions designated the UZM-26 and UZM-26X. UZM-26 is a microporous three-dimensional zeolitic composition that is derived from UZM-26P (an as synthesized layered composition) by calcination. UZM-26X is a microporous three-dimensional zeolitic composition that is derived from UZM-26PX by calcination, where UZM-26PX is an ion-exchanged form of UZM-26P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7888544
    Abstract: This invention relates to hydrocarbon conversion processes using a new family of crystalline aluminosilicate compositions designated the UZM-27 family. These include the UZM-27 and UZM-27HS which have unique structures. UZM-27 is a microporous composition which has a three-dimensional structure and is obtained by calcining the as synthesized form designated UZM-27P. UZM-27HS is a high silica version of UZM-27 and includes an essentially pure silica version of UZM-27.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7867474
    Abstract: A series of crystalline layered and microporous compositions have been prepared. Compositions that have a layered structure and are identified as UZM-13, UZM-17 and UZM-19. Upon calcination at a temperature of about 400° C. to about 600° C., these compositions form a microporous crystalline zeolite with a three dimensional framework which has been identified as UZM-25. A process for preparing all these compositions and processes for using these compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Lewis, Lisa M. Knight, Mark A. Miller, Stephen T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7868214
    Abstract: A process for producing olefins from a feedstock comprising a petroleum and non-petroleum fraction has been developed. The process comprises first pretreating the feedstock to remove contaminants such as alkali metals and then cracking the purified feedstock in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) zone operated at conditions to provide C2-C5 olefins. Alternatively, the non-petroleum fraction can first be treated and then mixed with petroleum fraction to provide the feedstock which is then catalytically cracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventor: Terry L. Marker
  • Patent number: 7807045
    Abstract: A layered composition which can be used in various processes has been developed. The composition comprises an inner core such as a cordierite core and an outer layer comprising a refractory inorganic oxide, a fibrous component and an inorganic binder. The refractory inorganic oxide layer can be alumina, zirconia, titania, etc. while the fibrous component can be titania fibers, silica fibers, carbon fibers, etc. The inorganic oxide binder can be alumina, silica, zirconia, etc. The layer can also contain catalytic metals such as gold and platinum plus other modifiers. The layered composition is prepared by coating the inner core with a slurry comprising the refractory inorganic oxide, fibrous component, an inorganic binder precursor and an organic binding agent such as polyvinyl alcohol. The composition can be used in various hydrocarbon conversion processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Dean E. Rende, James E. Rekoske, Jeffery C. Bricker, Jeffrey L. Boike, Masao Takayama, Kouji Hara, Nobuyuki Aoi
  • Patent number: 7799727
    Abstract: A layered composition which can be used in various processes has been developed. The composition comprises an inner core such as a cordierite core and an outer layer comprising a refractory inorganic oxide, a fibrous component and an inorganic binder. The refractory inorganic oxide layer can be alumina, zirconia, titania, etc. while the fibrous component can be titania fibers, silica fibers, carbon fibers, etc. The inorganic oxide binder can be alumina, silica, zirconia, etc. The layer can also contain catalytic metals such as gold and platinum plus other modifiers. The layered composition is prepared by coating the inner core with a slurry comprising the refractory inorganic oxide, fibrous component, an inorganic binder precursor and an organic binding agent such as polyvinyl alcohol. The composition can be used in various hydrocarbon conversion processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Dean E. Rende, James E. Rekoske, Jeffery C. Bricker, Jeffrey L. Boike, Masao Takayama, Kouji Hara, Nobuyuki Aoi
  • Patent number: 7790133
    Abstract: A reversible hydrogen storage composition having an empirical formula of: Li(x+z)NxMgyBzHw where 0.4?x?0.8; 0.2?y?0.6; 0<z?0.4, x+y+z=1 and “w” varies from 0 to 2x+2y+4z. This composition shows greater low temperature reversible hydrogen storage compared to binary systems such as MgH2—LiNH2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: UOP LLC, Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Syed A. Faheem, Gregory J. Lewis, J.W. Adriaan Sachtler, John J. Low, David A. Lesch, Paul M. Dosek, Christopher M. Wolverton, Donald J. Siegel, Andrea C. Sudik, Jun Yang
  • Patent number: 7763764
    Abstract: This invention relates to hydrocarbon conversion processes using a new family of crystalline aluminosilicate compositions designated the UZM-27 family. These include the UZM-27 and UZM-27HS which have unique structures. UZM-27 is a microporous composition which has a three-dimensional structure and is obtained by calcining the as synthesized form designated UZM-27P. UZM-27HS is a high silica version of UZM-27 and includes an essentially pure silica version of UZM-27.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7745678
    Abstract: A process for isomerizing alkyl aromatic hydrocarbons using a catalyst comprising a zeolite and a platinum group metal component is described. The zeolite comprises a new family of zeolites designated UZM-8HS which are derived from UZM-8 zeolites by treating the UZM-8 with a fluoro-silicate salt, an acid, etc. The UZM-8HS zeolites have unique x-ray diffraction patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Deng-Yang Jan, Mathias P. Koljack, John E. Bauer, Paula L. Bogdan, Gregory J. Lewis, Susan C. Koster, Michael G. Gatter, Jaime G. Moscoso
  • Patent number: 7744850
    Abstract: A new family of crystalline aluminosilicate zeolites has been synthesized. These zeolites are represented by the empirical formula. Mmn+Rr+Al(1-x)ExSiyOz where M is an alkali, alkaline earth, or rare earth metal such as lithium and strontium, R is a singly charged organoammonium cation such as the choline cation and E is a framework element such as gallium. These zeolites are similar to ZSM-18 but are characterized by unique x-ray diffraction patterns and compositions and have catalytic properties for carrying out various hydrocarbon conversion processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Jaime G. Moscoso, Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7713513
    Abstract: A family of crystalline aluminosilicate zeolites designated UZM-8HS and derived from UZM-8 have been synthesized. The aluminum content of the UZM-8HS is lower than that of the starting UZM-8 thus changing its ion exchange capacity and acidity. These UZM-8HS are represented by the empirical formula: M1an+Al(1?x)ExSiy?Oz? and are prepared by treatments such as acid extraction and AFS treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Deng-Yang Jan, Jaime G. Moscoso, Susan C. Koster, Lisa M. Knight, Gregory J. Lewis, Mark A. Miller, R. Lyle Patton, Stephen T. Wilson