Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jim Wheelington
  • Patent number: 7888423
    Abstract: The invention relates to a polypropylene composition comprising: (i) 30-97 wt. % of a polypropylene; (ii) 2-20 wt. % of a branched low density polyethylene with a density between 910 and 935 kg/m3 and a Melt Flow Index (MFI) between 0.1 and 100 g/10 min; (iii) 1-20 wt. % of a copolymer of ethylene and a C3-C20 ?-olefin with a density between 840 and 890 kg/m3 and a Melt Flow Index (MFI) between 0.1 and 100 g/10 min; and (iv) 0.5-60 wt. % of a filler, wherein wt. % are calculated on the total amount of the polypropylene composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Neuteboom, Maria Soliman
  • Patent number: 7820776
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the preparation of a copolymer of ethylene and a monomer copolymerizable therewith. The polymerization takes place in a tubular reactor at a peak temperature between 290° C. and 350° C., the co monomer is a di- or higher functional (meth)acrylate and the co monomer is applied in an amount between 0.008 mol % and 0.200 mol % relative to the amount of ethylene copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Neuteboom, Geert Imelda Valeer Bonte, Jacobus Christinus Josephus Franciscus Tacx, Marcellinus Guilliam Marie Neilen
  • Patent number: 7745675
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for regeneration of a zeolite catalyst, specifically an aluminosilicate zeolite with germanium substituted in the framework for silicon and with platinum deposited on the zeolite. The catalyst may be used in a process for aromatization of alkanes, specifically C2-C8 alkanes. The regeneration process 1) removes coke and sulfur from the catalyst via oxidation, 2) redisperses platinum on the surface of the catalyst via chlorine gas, 3) removes chlorine and bind Pt to the surface of the zeolite by steaming, 4) reduces the catalyst in hydrogen, and 5) optionally, resulfides the catalyst. The zeolite may be a MFI zeolite. The catalyst may be bound with an inert material which does not act as a binding site for platinum during the regeneration process, for example, silica.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Ellis, Gopalakrishnan G. Juttu, Alla K. Khanmamedova, Scott F. Mitchell, Scott A. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 7692039
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing purified terephthalic acid [PTA,], comprising the steps: dissolving crude terephthalic acid [CTA] in an aqueous medium in a reactor; hydrogenating CTA at a temperature of about 260-320° C. and a pressure of about 1100-1300 psig using a hydrogenation catalyst; crystallizing terephthalic acid in the reactor by lowering the temperature of the solution to about 160° C. without evaporation cooling; transferring the content of the reactor to a filtration unit; filtrating the content at a temperature of about 140-160° C. and a pressure of about 40-100 psig, preferably 80-100 psig to obtain a filter cake, washing the filter cake obtained with water having a temperature of about 140-160° C. in the filtration unit; and drying the filter cake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Syed Mohammed Azhar Hashmi, Sulaiman Al-Luhaidan
  • Patent number: 7662737
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bound phosphorus-modified zeolite catalyst. Zeolite is treated with a phosphorus compound to form the phosphorus-treated zeolite. Binder material is treated with a mineral acid prior to being bound with the phosphorus-modified zeolite. The binder material includes inorganic oxide materials, such as alumina, clay, aluminum phosphate and silica-alumina, in particular, a binder of alumina or clay or their combinations. The mineral acid includes hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, phosphoric acid or sulfuric acid. The phosphorus-treated zeolite is combined with the acid-treated inorganic oxide binder material to form a zeolite-binder mixture. Water is added to form an extrudable paste which maybe shaped and is heated to a temperature of about 400° C. or higher to form a bound phosphorus-modified zeolite catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Ashim Kumar Ghosh, Pamela Harvey, Neeta Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 7662894
    Abstract: A catalyst composition for polymerizing olefins to polymers having bimodal molecular weight distribution comprises two transition metal-containing metallocene compounds, a magnesium compound, an alcohol, an aluminum containing co-catalyst and a polymeric support. The transition metal in one of the metallocene compounds is zirconium and the transition metal in the second metallocene compound is selected from the group consisting of titanium, vanadium and hafnium. Polyolefin polymers made using the catalyst composition have broad molecular weight distributions and are useful in film and blow molding applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Bosic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Orass Hamed, Akhlaq Moman, Atieh Abu-Raqabah
  • Patent number: 7655596
    Abstract: The present invention if for a catalyst for epoxidation of an alkene, such as ethylene, to an alkene oxide, such as ethylene oxide, on which silver has been deposited on alumina as a support which has been modified with certain weak base compounds, such as oxides of a Group 1A, Group 2A, Group 3A or the first transition series of the Periodic Table of Elements, and with a high temperature heat treatment. Optional promoters selected from the group consisting of compounds of Group 1A, Group 2A, Group 7A and Group 8 may be contacted with the alpha-alumina support in solution with a silver compound, with the catalyst precursor before calcination or with the catalyst after calcination. The catalyst is brought into contact with alkene and oxygen under reaction conditions to selectively convert the alkene to an alkene oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Xiankuan Zhang, Alla Konstantin Khanmamedova
  • Patent number: 7608652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catalyst composition for producing polyethylene terephthalate from terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol, comprising: (i) an antimony compound, being present such that the elemental antimony is in a range of about 15 ppm to less than 150 ppm; (ii) a zinc compound, being present such that the elemental zinc is in a range of about 40 to about 160 ppm; as well as a process for the preparation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Zahir Bashir, Jamil Siddiqui, Venkatanathan Sampath, Khalid Al-Luhaidan
  • Patent number: 7501377
    Abstract: A catalyst for production of unsaturated aldehydes, such as methacrolein, by gas phase catalytic oxidation of olefins, such as isobutylene, contains oxides of molybdenum, bismuth, iron, cesium and, optionally, other metals. The catalyst has a certain relative amount ratio of cesium to bismuth, a certain relative amount ratio of iron to bismuth and a certain relative amount ratio of bismuth, iron, cesium and certain other metals to molybdenum and, optionally, tungsten. For a catalyst of the formula: Mo12BiaWbFecCodNieSbfCsgMghZniPjOx wherein a is 0.1 to 1.5, b is 0 to 4, c is 0.2 to 5.0, d is 0 to 9, e is 0 to 9, f is 0 to 2.0, g is from 0.4 to 1.5, h is 0 to 1.5, i is 0 to 2.0, j is 0 to 0.5 and x is determined by the valences of the other components, c:g=3.3-5.0, c:a=2.0-6.0 and (3a+3c+2d+2e+g+2h+2i)/(2×12+2b)=0.95-1.10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Wugeng Liang, Scott A. Stevenson, James W. Kauffman, John S. Ledford, Joseph R. Linzer
  • Patent number: 7494952
    Abstract: The present invention is for a process for making a catalyst for production of unsaturated aldehydes, such as methacrolein, by gas phase catalytic oxidation of olefins, such as isobutylene, said catalyst containing oxides of molybdenum, bismuth, iron, cesium, tungsten, cobalt, nickel, antimony, magnesium and zinc. The process is a synthesis of the catalyst with aging or digestion of the reaction slurry with little or no agitation. A catalyst precursor is formed from the water insoluble and water soluble components and is dried. The metal oxide catalyst is formed by calcination of the catalyst precursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Kauffman, Angela McGuffey
  • Patent number: 7485596
    Abstract: The present invention is for a process for making a heteropoly acid compound catalyst for oxidation of unsaturated aldehydes, such as methacrolein, to unsaturated carboxylic acids, such as methacrylic acid, said catalyst containing oxides of molybdenum, phosphorus, and M?, wherein M? is cesium, potassium, rubidium, or sodium, and bismuth. The process is a synthesis of the catalyst with specific process conditions for addition of the bismuth compound as an aqueous slurry without nitric acid. A catalyst precursor is formed by removing the water and drying the solid particles. The heteropoly acid compound catalyst is formed by calcination of the catalyst precursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Kauffman, Lixia Cai, Wugeng Liang
  • Patent number: 7449426
    Abstract: Disclosed is a catalyst composition which does not contain antimony or molybdenum for the vapor phase ammoxidation of alkanes of the general empirical formula: VWaBibMcOx wherein M is one or more elements selected from sodium, cesium, magnesium, calcium, barium, boron, yttrium, indium, aluminum, gallium, tin, titanium, silicon, zirconium, germanium, niobium and tantalum, a is 0.2 to 10, b is 0.5 to 5, c is 0 to 10 and x is determined by the valence requirements of the elements present. The catalyst precursor is precipitated from a solution or slurry of compounds of vanadium, tungsten, bismuth and, optionally, M, then separated, dried and calcined to give a phase or combination of phases active in the ammoxidation of low-weight paraffins to the corresponding unsaturated mononitriles. Nitriles may be produced in a gas phase catalytic reaction of alkanes with ammonia and oxygen in the presence of the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Edouard A. Mamedov, Shahid N. Shaikh, Armando Araujo
  • Patent number: 7449168
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for making a germanium-zeolite without using fluoride compounds. The zeolite is preferably a MFI-type structure, most preferably a ZSM-5 MFI zeolite. The germanium-zeolite is synthesized essentially in the absence of fluoride compounds from an aqueous gel containing a silica source, a germanium source, an aluminum source and a structure directing agent in the presence of an acid which does not contain fluorine, such as sulfuric acid, acetic acid, nitric acid, phosphoric acid hydrochloric acid or formic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Gopalakrishnan G. Juttu, Alla Konstantin Khanmamedova, Scott F. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7361791
    Abstract: A catalyst for production of unsaturated aldehydes, such as methacrolein, by gas phase catalytic oxidation of olefins, such as isobutylene, contains oxides of molybdenum, bismuth, iron, cesium and, optionally, other metals. The catalyst has a certain relative amount ratio of cesium to bismuth, a certain relative amount ratio of iron to bismuth and a certain relative amount ratio of bismuth, iron, cesium and certain other metals to molybdenum and, optionally, tungsten. For a catalyst of the formula: Mo12BiaWbFecCodNieSbfCsgMghZniPjOx wherein a is 0.1 to 1.5, b is 0 to 4, c is 0.2 to 5.0, d is 0 to 9, e is 0 to 9, f is 0 to 2.0, g is from 0.4 to 1.5, h is 0 to 1.5, i is 0 to 2.0, j is 0 to 0.5 and x is determined by the valences of the other components, c:g=3.3-5.0, c:a=2.0-6.0 and (3a+3c+2d+2e+g+2h+2i)/(2×12+2b)=0.95-1.10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Wugeng Liang, Scott A. Stevenson, James W. Kauffman, John S. Ledford, Joseph R. Linzer
  • Patent number: 7355088
    Abstract: Process for producing benzene, ethylene and synthesis gas, comprising the steps of: i) introducing a starting gas flow comprising methane and carbon dioxide into a reactor; ii) oxidizing the methane in the reactor at certain reactor conditions optionally using a first catalytic material and/or and additional oxidant; and iii) removing a product gas flow comprising benzene, ethylene and synthesis gas from the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Agaddin Mamedov, Tony Joseph, Akram Al-Alwan
  • Patent number: 7345199
    Abstract: A catalyst composition having the formula: Mo1VaSbbNbcMdOx wherein M is gallium, bismuth, silver or gold, a is 0.01 to 1, b is 0.01 to 1, c is 0.01 to 1, d is 0.01 to 1 and x is determined by the valence requirements of the other components. Other metals, such as tantalum, titanium, aluminum, zirconium, chromium, manganese, iron, ruthenium, cobalt, rhodium, nickel, platinum, boron, arsenic, lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, calcium, beryllium, magnesium, cerium, strontium, hafnium, phosphorus, europium, gadolinium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, terbium, ytterbium, lutetium, lanthanum, scandium, palladium, praseodymium, neodymium, yttrium, thorium, tungsten, cesium, zinc, tin, germanium, silicon, lead, barium or thallium may also be components of the catalyst. This catalyst is prepared by co-precipitation of metal compounds which are calcined to form a mixed metal oxide catalyst that can be used for the selective conversion of an alkane to an unsaturated carboxylic acid in a one-step process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Paulette N. Hazin, Paul E. Ellis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7253325
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for the preparation of alkylene glycols from the corresponding alkylene oxide, such as ethylene glycol from ethylene oxide, in the presence of water, a catalyst and, optionally, carbon dioxide. The catalyst is a SALEN-type compound which contains an amino group and an oxy or hydroxy group connected by a hydrocarbon, such as an alkyl or an alkylaryl. The SALEN-type compounds may be Schiff bases, i.e., a condensate product of a primary amine with an aldehyde, ketone or an alcohol. The SALEN-type compound may be a mono or bis compound and may be complexed with a Group 4-14 metal, such as aluminum, tin, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt or platinum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Jaap W. Van Hal, John S. Ledford, Xiankuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 7247593
    Abstract: A catalyst, a process for making the catalyst and a process for using the catalyst in aromatization of alkanes to aromatics, specifically, aromatization of alkanes having two to six carbon atoms per molecule, such as propane, to aromatics, such as benzene, toluene and xylene. The catalyst is an aluminum-silicon-germanium zeolite on which platinum has been deposited. Germanium is in the framework of the crystalline zeolite. Platinum is deposited on the zeolite. The catalyst may be supported on magnesia, alumina, titania, zirconia, thoria, silica, boria or mixtures thereof. The catalyst may contain a sulfur compound on the surface of the catalyst. The sulfur compound may be added to the catalyst in a pretreatment process or introduced with the hydrocarbon feed to contact the catalyst during the aromatization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Gopalakrishnan G. Juttu, Robert Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 7232788
    Abstract: A catalyst for production of unsaturated aldehydes, such as methacrolein, by gas phase catalytic oxidation of olefins, such as isobutylene, contains oxides of molybdenum, bismuth, iron, cesium and, optionally, other metals. The catalyst has a certain relative amount ratio of cesium to bismuth, a certain relative amount ratio of iron to bismuth and a certain relative amount ratio of bismuth, iron, cesium and certain other metals to molybdenum and, optionally, tungsten. For a catalyst of the formula: Mo12BiaWbFecCodNieSbfCsgMghZniPjOx wherein a is 0.1 to 1.5, b is 0 to 4, c is 0.2 to 5.0, d is 0 to 9, e is 0 to 9, f is 0 to 2.0, g is from 0.4 to 1.5, h is 0 to 1.5, i is 0 to 2.0, j is 0 to 0.5 and x is determined by the valences of the other components, c:g=3.3–5.0, c:a=2.0–6.0 and (3a+3c+2d+2e+g+2h+2i)/(2×12+2b)=0.95–1.10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Wugeng Liang, Scott A. Stevenson, James W. Kauffman, John S. Ledford, Joseph R. Linzer
  • Patent number: 7229946
    Abstract: A catalyst composition having the formula: Mo1VaSbbNbcMdOx wherein M is gallium, bismuth, silver or gold, a is 0.01 to 1, b is 0.01 to 1, c is 0.01 to 1, d is 0.01 to 1 and x is determined by the valence requirements of the other components. Other metals, such as tantalum, titanium, aluminum, zirconium, chromium, manganese, iron, ruthenium, cobalt, rhodium, nickel, platinum, boron, arsenic, lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, calcium, beryllium, magnesium, cerium, strontium, hafnium, phosphorus, europium, gadolinium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, terbium, ytterbium, lutetium, lanthanum, scandium, palladium, praseodymium, neodymium, yttrium, thorium, tungsten, cesium, zinc, tin, germanium, silicon, lead, barium or thallium may also be components of the catalyst. This catalyst is prepared by co-precipitation of metal compounds which are calcined to form a mixed metal oxide catalyst that can be used for the selective conversion of an alkane to an unsaturated carboxylic acid in a one-step process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Paulette N. Hazin, Paul E. Ellis, Jr.