Patents by Inventor Beckay J. Mezza

Beckay J. Mezza has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9133402
    Abstract: The invention involves a process for hydrocarbon conversion. The process can include providing a feed to a primary upgrading zone and then treating the product from the primary upgrading zone with a feed-immiscible ionic liquid to remove nitrogen compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Christopher P. Nicholas, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Brenna E. Huovie, Rajeswar R. Gattupalli
  • Patent number: 9133404
    Abstract: The invention involves a process for hydrocarbon conversion. The process can include providing a feed to a primary upgrading zone and then treating the product from the primary upgrading zone with a feed-immiscible ionic liquid to remove sulfur compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Christopher P. Nicholas, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Brenna E. Huovie, Rajeswar R. Gattupalli
  • Patent number: 9068127
    Abstract: A process for removing a nitrogen compound and a sulfur compound from a hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil feed includes contacting the hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil feed comprising the nitrogen compound and the sulfur compound with a VGO-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid to produce a hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil and VGO-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid mixture, and separating the mixture to produce a hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil effluent having a reduced nitrogen compound and sulfur compound content relative to the vacuum gas oil feed. It was found that the amount of the sulfur compound being removed was significantly improved by first removing the nitrogen compounds, especially polar nitrogen compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Christopher P. Nicholas, Haiyan Wang
  • Patent number: 8999145
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a slurry hydrocracking process. The process can include providing one or more hydrocarbon compounds having an initial boiling point temperature of at least about 340° C., and a slurry catalyst to a slurry hydrocracking zone. The slurry catalyst may have about 32-about 50%, by weight, iron; about 3-about 14%, by weight, aluminum; no more than about 10%, by weight, sodium; and about 2-about 10%, by weight, calcium. Typically, all catalytic component percentages are as metal and based on the weight of the dried slurry catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Lorenz J. Bauer, Maureen L. Bricker, Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya
  • Publication number: 20150093313
    Abstract: The invention comprises a process for removal of hydrogen sulfide from gaseous mixtures. The process involves the use of a mixture of a physical absorption solvent and an ionic liquid. The mixtures provided improved absorption of hydrogen sulfide, when compared to physical absorption solvents without the ionic liquid at low partial pressures of hydrogen sulfide. A regeneration cycle involving the addition of a solvent, such as water, is used to regenerate the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Erin M. Broderick, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Beckay J. Mezza
  • Publication number: 20150090638
    Abstract: Recycle of an extract stream containing a contaminant is used to improve recovery of hydrocarbons in a contaminant removal process. At least a portion of an extract stream is recycled to a contaminant extraction zone and contacted with rich ionic liquid. Contaminants in the recycle extract stream are transferred to the rich ionic liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Rajeswar R. Gattupalli, Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Carl J. Stevens, Joao Jorge da Silva Ferreira Alves, Massimo Sangalli
  • Patent number: 8912351
    Abstract: A process for removing a metal from a tallow feed includes contacting the tallow feed comprising the metal with a tallow oil-immiscible ionic liquid to produce a tallow oil and TALLOW-immiscible ionic liquid mixture, and separating the mixture to produce a tallow oil effluent having a reduced metal content relative to the tallow feed. The metals removed include iron, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, and potassium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, F. Stephen Lupton
  • Publication number: 20140353208
    Abstract: A method of hydrocarbon conversion is described. The hydrocarbon feed is decontaminated using an ionic liquid and introduced into a conversion zone. The conversion of the decontaminated feed is increased compared to the conversion of the contaminated feed and the yield of the desired product made from the decontaminated hydrocarbon feed is increased compared to the yield of the desired product made from the contaminated hydrocarbon feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Rajeswar R. Gattupalli, Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Robert B. James, Massimo Sangalli, Peter Van Opdorp
  • Publication number: 20140291208
    Abstract: A process for removing at least one impurity from a hydrocarbon feed such as vacuum gas oil in which the process includes the steps of contacting the feed with a hydrocarbon-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid to produce a hydrocarbon and hydrocarbon-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid mixture, and separating the mixture to produce a hydrocarbon effluent having a reduced impurity content relative to the hydrocarbon feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Rajeswar R. Gattupalli, Massimo Sangalli, Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya
  • Patent number: 8709966
    Abstract: A process and apparatus is disclosed for converting heavy hydrocarbon feed into lighter hydrocarbon products. The heavy hydrocarbon feed is slurried with a catalyst comprising iron oxide and alumina to form a heavy hydrocarbon slurry and hydrocracked to produce lighter hydrocarbons. The iron sulfide crystallites have diameters in the nanometer range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Beckay J. Mezza
  • Publication number: 20140102944
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a slurry hydrocracking process. The process can include providing one or more hydrocarbon compounds having an initial boiling point temperature of at least about 340° C., and a slurry catalyst to a slurry hydrocracking zone. The slurry catalyst may have about 32- about 50%, by weight, iron; about 3- about 14%, by weight, aluminum; no more than about 10%, by weight, sodium; and about 2- about 10%, by weight, calcium. Typically, all catalytic component percentages are as metal and based on the weight of the dried slurry catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Lorenz J. Bauer, Maureen L. Bricker, Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya
  • Publication number: 20140005451
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods for purifying a biomass-derived pyrolysis oil are provided. The method comprises the step of contacting the biomass-derived pyrolysis oil with a first deoxygenating catalyst in the presence of hydrogen at first predetermined hydroprocessing conditions to form a first low-oxygen biomass-derived pyrolysis oil effluent. The low-oxygen biomass-derived pyrolysis oil effluent is contacted with an ionic liquid to remove phenolic compounds, nitrogen compounds and other impurities. This ionic liquid step may be followed by a second deoxygenation step or the deoxygenating may be completed and then followed by the ionic liquid purification step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Christopher P. Nicholas
  • Publication number: 20140001093
    Abstract: The invention involves a process for hydrocarbon conversion. The process can include providing a feed to a primary upgrading zone and then treating the product from the primary upgrading zone with a feed-immiscible ionic liquid to remove sulfur compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Christopher P. Nicholas, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Brenna E. Huovie, Rajeswar R. Gattupalli
  • Publication number: 20140001088
    Abstract: A process for removing a nitrogen compound and a sulfur compound from a hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil feed includes contacting the hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil feed comprising the nitrogen compound and the sulfur compound with a VGO-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid to produce a hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil and VGO-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid mixture, and separating the mixture to produce a hydroprocessed vacuum gas oil effluent having a reduced nitrogen compound and sulfur compound content relative to the vacuum gas oil feed. It was found that the amount of the sulfur compound being removed was significantly improved by first removing the nitrogen compounds, especially polar nitrogen compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Christopher P. Nicholas, Haiyan Wang
  • Publication number: 20140001092
    Abstract: The invention involves a process for hydrocarbon conversion. The process can include providing a feed to a primary upgrading zone and then treating the product from the primary upgrading zone with a feed-immiscible ionic liquid to remove metal compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Christopher P. Nicholas, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Brenna E. Huovie, Rajeswar R. Gattupalli
  • Publication number: 20140001094
    Abstract: The invention involves a process for hydrocarbon conversion. The process can include providing a feed to a primary upgrading zone and then treating the product from the primary upgrading zone with a feed-immiscible ionic liquid to remove carbon residue compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Christopher P. Nicholas, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Brenna E. Huovie, Rajeswar R. Gattupalli
  • Publication number: 20140001091
    Abstract: The invention involves a process for hydrocarbon conversion. The process can include providing a feed to a primary upgrading zone and then treating the product from the primary upgrading zone with a feed-immiscible ionic liquid to remove nitrogen compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Haiyan Wang, Christopher P. Nicholas, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Brenna E. Huovie, Rajeswar R. Gattupalli
  • Publication number: 20140001099
    Abstract: A process for removing a sulfur compound from a low nitrogen content vacuum gas oil feed includes contacting the low nitrogen content vacuum gas oil feed comprising the sulfur compound with a VGO-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid to produce a vacuum gas oil and VGO-immiscible phosphonium ionic liquid mixture, and separating the mixture to produce a vacuum gas oil effluent having a reduced sulfur compound content relative to the vacuum gas oil feed. It was found that the amount of the sulfur compound being removed was significantly improved by treating a low nitrogen content vacuum gas oil. The low nitrogen content and especially a low level of polar nitrogen compounds increases the amount of sulfur compounds that can be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Beckay J. Mezza, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Christopher P. Nicholas, Haiyan Wang
  • Patent number: 8617386
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for converting heavy hydrocarbon feed into lighter hydrocarbon products. The heavy hydrocarbon feed is slurried with a catalyst comprising molybdenum supported on a base, such as boehmite or pseudo-boehmite alumina. Iron oxide may also be in the base. The base is preferably bauxite. The heavy hydrocarbon slurry is hydrocracked in the presence of the catalyst to produce lighter hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Beckay J. Mezza, Maureen L. Bricker, Lorenz J. Bauer
  • Patent number: 8608950
    Abstract: A process for removing a metal from a resid feed includes contacting the resid feed comprising the metal with a resid-immiscible ionic liquid to produce a resid and resid-immiscible ionic liquid mixture, and separating the mixture to produce a resid effluent having a reduced metal content relative to the resid feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Manuela Serban, Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Beckay J. Mezza, Kurt M. Vanden Bussche, Christopher P. Nicholas, Warren K. Bennion