Patents Represented by Attorney William D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7476769
    Abstract: Process for the preparation of a hydroperoxide functionalized olefinic compound in an oxidation reactor containing a particulate catalyst bed comprising a light induced photosensitized catalyst component supported on a particulate substrate material forming a permeable catalyst bed. The photoenergized catalyst component is a photoreductant material which is effective for the conversion of triplet oxygen to singlet oxygen under illumination with ultraviolet or visible light. An oxygen containing feed stream containing triplet oxygen is supplied to the catalyst bed. The catalyst bed is irradiated at an intensity to convert triplet oxygen to singlet oxygen to produce a singlet oxygen enriched gas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Olga Khabasheshku, Jason Clark, Steve Harden, Steven Gray, Vance Stevens, Carlos Corleto
  • Patent number: 7419929
    Abstract: A process for the production of ethylbenzene by the ethylation of benzene in the critical phase over a molecular sieve aromatic alkylation catalyst comprising cerium-promoted zeolite beta. An aromatic feedstock having a benzene content of at least 90 wt. % is supplied into a reaction zone and into contact with the cerium-promoted zeolite beta having a silica/alumina mole ratio within the range of 50-150 and a cerium-aluminum ratio of 0.5-1.5. Ethylene is supplied to the alkylation reaction zone in an amount to provide a benzene/ethylene mole ratio of 1-15. The reaction zone is operated at temperature and pressure conditions in which benzene is in the super critical phase to cause ethylation of the benzene in the presence of the cerium zeolite beta alkylation catalyst. An alkylation product is produced containing ethylbenzene as a primary product with the attendant production of heavier alkylated by-products of no more than 60 wt. % of the ethylbenzene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P Kelly, James R. Butler
  • Patent number: 7384468
    Abstract: An asphalt/aggregate composition having enhanced adhesion characteristics and its preparation. An asphalt base material is heated to a molten state in order to permit mixing of the asphalt with added components. A heavy metal soap is incorporated into the asphalt base material to enhance the adhesion of the asphalt base material with an aggregate component which is mixed with the asphalt base material to provide an asphalt/aggregate blend. The asphalt and aggregate can be blended together in a mixing chamber to provide a fluid asphalt/aggregate concrete which is then dispensed on a substrate surface or the asphalt base material and aggregate components can be separately applied to the substrate surface to provide the ultimate asphalt/aggregate concrete. The heavy metal soap is a C14-C18 heavy metal soap such as zinc stearate. Zinc oxide may also be added to the asphalt base material in an amount which is less than the amount of zinc stearate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Butler, William Lee, Paul Buras
  • Patent number: 7335711
    Abstract: Catalyst compositions and processes for the polymerization of ethylenically unsaturated monomers to produce polymers, including copolymers or homopolymers. Such monomers include ethylene, C3+ alpha olefins and substituted vinyl compounds, such as styrene and vinyl chloride. The polymerization catalyst characterized by the formula B(FluL)MQn in which Flu is a fluorenyl group substituted at at least the 2,7- and 3,6-positions by hydrocarbyl groups, preferably relatively bulky hydrocarbyl groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Marin, Abbas Razavi
  • Patent number: 7332456
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for varying the melting points and molecular weights of polyolefins by changing the structure of the catalyst used in the polymerization. The catalysts that are useful in the present invention are chiral, stereorigid metallocene catalyst of the formula R?(C5R?m)2MeQ. The catalysts include a bridge structure between the (C5R?m) groups and may contain substituents on the groups. It has been discovered that the melting points and molecular weights of the polymers produced by such catalysts are influenced by the bridge and substituents added to the (C5R?m) groups. Thus, the present invention provides a method for varying the melting points of the polymer product and a method of varying the molecular weights of the product by changing the components and structure of the metallocene catalysts. The present invention also provides a process for polymerizing olefins in which the melting points and/or molecular weights of the product may be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Ewen
  • Patent number: 7329712
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for controlling the onset and development of swelling in a slurry loop reactor by progressively diluting the reactor, the amount of dilution being driven by the amplitude of the fluctuations measured on some plant measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Louis Fouarge, Andre Lewalle, Marc Van der Auwera, Frans Van Den Brande
  • Patent number: 7309748
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a metallocene catalyst component of the formula (I) [(Flu-R?-Cp)2M]?[Li(ether)4]+, wherein Cp is a cyclopentadienyl, substituted or unsubstituted, Flu is a fluorenyl, substituted or unsubstitutted, M is a metal Group III of the Periodic Table, and R? is a structural bridge between Cp and Flu imparting stereorigidity to the component. It further discloses a process for preparing said metallocene catalyst component and its use in controlled polymerisation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Carpentier, Evgueni Kirillov, Abbas Razavi
  • Patent number: 7309678
    Abstract: Supported stereospecific catalysts and processes for the stereotactic propagation of a polymer chain derived from ethylenically unsaturated monomers such as the polymerization of propylene to produce syndiotactic polypropylene or isotactic polypropylene. The supported catalyst comprises a stereospecific metallocene catalyst component and a co-catalyst component comprising an alkylalumoxane. Both the metallocene catalyst component and the co-catalyst component are supported on a particulate polyamide support comprising spheroidical particles of a polyamide having an average diameter with the range of 5-60 microns, and a porosity permitting distribution of a portion of the co-catalyst within the pore volume of the polyamide particles while retaining a substantial portion on the surface of the particles. The polyamide support is characterized by relatively low surface area, specifically a surface area less than 20 square meters per gram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Rauscher, William John Gauthier, Shady Nader Henry, Kai Hortmann
  • Patent number: 7300901
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for preparing hollow beads of polyethylene of controlled morphology and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Olivier Lavastre, Laurent Gallard
  • Patent number: 7294604
    Abstract: A process for hydrogenating unsaturations in petrochemical feedstocks, the process comprising contacting the petrochemical feedstock, including at least one component having unsaturations, and hydrogen with a catalyst comprising at least one Group Ia, Ib, IIb, VIb, VIIb or VIII metal on a support of a crystalline calcium silicate having a surface area of at least 30 m2/g, the support being in the form of substantially spherical particles having a mean diameter of from 10 to 200 microns and pores in the particles having a diameter of from 100 to 2000 Angstroms, at a temperature of from 0 to 550° C. and a pressure of from 3 to 150 barg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Dath, Walter Vermeiren
  • Patent number: 7285173
    Abstract: A process for recovering a solder contaminant from a substrate surface with a wick structure comprising a plurality of heat conductive metal strands and a desoldering flux comprising a mixture of a first component of a partially polymerized rosin having a melting point of at least 98° C., a second component which is present in the desoldering flux formulation in an amount which is no more than the amount of the first component and comprises an ester of a polyhydric alcohol and benzoic acid, and a third component, which is present in an amount which is less than the amount of the second component, and comprises an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid. The solder contaminant is contacted with the wick structure in the presence of the desoldering flux and the wick structure and the solder contaminant are heated to melt the solder contaminant to cause the melted solder to flow into the wick structure in contact with the heat conductive metal strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace Rubin, Pierce A. Pillon
  • Patent number: 7282544
    Abstract: A propylene polymerisation process carried out in the presence of an anti-fouling agent; characterised in that the anti-fouling agent comprises an anti-fouling polymer containing: (1) one or more blocks —(CH2—CH2—O)k— where each k is in the range from 1 to 50; and (2) one or more blocks —(CH2—CH(R)—O)n— where R comprises an alkyl group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms and each n is in the range from 1 to 50; and terminated by a R? and a R? end groups wherein R? is OH or an alkoxy having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms and R? is H or an alkyl having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and the anti-fouling polymer is solvated in a solvent comprising cyclohexane when added to the polymerisation medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Olivier Miserque, Kal Hortmann, Pascal Folie, Renaud Oreins
  • Patent number: 7271122
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a catalyst for the production of high density polyethylene, by homopolymerising ethylene or copolymerising ethylene and an alpha-olefinic comonomer comprising 3 to 10 carbon atoms, prepared by the steps of: a) selecting a silica support with a specific surface area larger than 300 m2/g; b) treating the silica support with a titanium compound, in order to introduce titanium into the support, or with an aluminium compound, in order to introduce aluminium into the support; c) either treating the titanated silica support with an aluminum compound, in order to introduce aluminum into the titanated silica support, or treating the aluminated silica support with a titanium compound, in order to introduce titanium into the aluminated silica support; d) depositing a chromium compound on the titanated and aluminated silica support to form a catalyst; e) activating the catalyst of step d) under air in a fluidised bed at a temperature of from 600 to 800° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Philippe Bodart, Nicodeme Lonfils, Guy Debras
  • Patent number: 7268264
    Abstract: A process for the production of ethylbenzene by the ethylation of benzene in the critical phase over a molecular sieve aromatic alkylation catalyst. An aromatic feedstock having a benzene content of at least 90 wt. % is supplied into a reaction zone into contact with a zeolite beta alkylation catalyst having a silica/alumina ratio within the range of 20-500, specifically 50-150. The alkylation catalyst is a zeolite beta specifically a lanthanum-modified zeolite beta. Ethylene is supplied to the reaction zone to provide a benzene/ethylene mole ratio of 1-15. The reaction zone is operated under conditions in which benzene is in the supercritical phase to produce an alkylation product containing ethylbenzene as a primary product with heavier alkylated by-products of no more than 60 wt. % of the ethylbenzene. The alkylation product is recovered from the reaction zone and supplied to a separation and recovery zone to separate ethylbenzene from a polyalkylated component including diethylbenzene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Butler, Kevin P. Kelly
  • Patent number: 7265184
    Abstract: A process for hydrogenating unsaturations in polymers, the process comprising contacting at least one polymer having unsaturations with a catalyst comprising at least one Group Ia, Ib, IIb, VIb, VIIb or VIII metal on a support of an alkaline earth metal silicate having a surface area of at least 30 m2/g at a temperature of from 50 to 250° C. and a pressure of from 5 to 150 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Dath, Walter Vermeiren
  • Patent number: 7259283
    Abstract: A process for the regeneration of a deactivated zeolite beta catalyst such as rare earth promoted zeolite beta catalyst deactivated in the course of an aromatic alkylation reaction. A zeolite beta conversion catalyst deactivated with the deposition of coke is heated to a temperature in excess of 300° C. in an oxygen-free environment. An oxidative regeneration gas is supplied to the catalyst bed with oxidation of a portion of a relatively porous coke component to produce an exotherm moving through the catalyst bed. At least one of the temperature and oxygen content of the gas is progressively increased to oxidize a porous component of the coke. Regeneration gas is supplied having at least one of an increased oxygen content or increased temperature to oxidize a less porous refractory component of the coke. The regeneration process is completed by passing an inert gas through the catalyst bed at a reduced temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Kelly, James R. Butler
  • Patent number: 7250478
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a metallocene catalyst component for producing polyolefins according to formula (I) R?s (CpRn)g (CpRn) M Q3-g (I) or according to formula (II) R?(CpRn)MeXQ (II) wherein—each Cp is a substituted or unsubstituted cyclopentadienyl ring with the bridge-head position of at least one of the cyclopentadienyl rings being occupied by a silicon atom;—each R is the same or different and is hydrogen or a hydrocarbyl radical such as alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, alkylaryl or arylalkyl radical containing from 1 to 20 carbon atoms or two carbon atoms are joined together to form a C4-C6 ring; —R? is a structural bridge between two Cp rings;—M is a group IIIB, IVB, VB or VIB metal;—Q is a hydrocarbyl radical such as aryl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkylaryl or arylalkyl radical having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms, a hydrocarboxy radical having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms or a halogen and can be the same or different from each other;—s is 0 or 1, g is 0, 1 or 2 and s is 0 when g is 0, n is 4 when s is 1 and n is 5 whe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: TOTAL Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventor: Abbas Razavi
  • Patent number: 7250474
    Abstract: This invention discloses a process for the preparation of polyethylene resins having a narrow molecular weight distribution that comprises the steps of: (i) providing a first high molecular weight metallocene-produced linear low density polyethylene (mLLDPE) resin having a density of from 0.920 to 0.940 g/cm3 and a MI2 of from 0.05 to 2 g/10 min; (ii) providing a second high density polyethylene (HDPE) prepared either with a Ziegler-Natta or with a metallocene catalyst, said polyethylene having a density ranging from 0.950 to 0.970 g/cm3 and a MI2 of from 0.5 to 10 g/10 min; (iii) physically blending together the first and second polyethylenes to form a polyethylene resin having a narrow molecular weight distribution, a density ranging from 0.940 to 0.955 g/cm3 and a MI2 of from 1 to 2 g/10 min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: TOTAL Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventor: Eric Maziers
  • Patent number: 7247680
    Abstract: A homogeneous blend of a low density polyethylene with a metallocene-catalysed polyethylene having a density of from 0.906 g/cm3 and a Dow Rheology Index of at least 5/MI2,MI2 being the melt index measured according to ASTMD-1238 condition 190° C./2.16 kg and the Dow Rheology Index being determined by a dynamic rheological analysis performed at 190°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: TOTAL Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventor: Philippe Marechal
  • Patent number: 7241849
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a metallocene catalyst component of formula (Flu-R?-Cp)M(?3-C3R?5)(ether)n (I) wherein Cp is a cyclopentadienyl, substituted or unsubstituted, Flu is a fluorenyl, substituted or unsubstitutted, R? is a structural bridge between Cp and Flu imparting stereorigidity to the component, M is a metal Group III of the Periodic Table, each R? is the same or different and is hydrogen or a hydrocarbyl having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms and n is 0, 1 or 2. It further discloses a process for preparing said catalyst component and its used in the controlled polymerisation of polar or non polar monomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Jean-François Carpentier, Evgueni Kirillov, Abbas Razavi