Patents by Inventor Gregory A. Funk

Gregory A. Funk 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: 10384986
    Abstract: A process is presented for the production of light olefins. The process utilizes a SAPO-18 catalyst and is operated at an elevated pressure. The process generates higher concentrations of heavier olefins which can then be processed to generate light olefins. The processing of the heavier olefins can include metathesis reactions and olefin cracking processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Thulasidas Chellppannair, Nicholas J. Schoenfeldt, Andrea G. Bozzano, Wolfgang A. Spieker, Christopher D. DiGiulio, Gregory A. Funk, Jaime G. Moscoso
  • Patent number: 10358394
    Abstract: A process is presented for the production of light olefins. The process utilizes a SAPO-18 catalyst and is operated at an elevated pressure. The process generates higher concentrations of heavier olefins which can then be processed to generate light olefins. The processing of the heavier olefins can include metathesis reactions and olefin cracking processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Thulasidas Chellppannair, Nicholas J. Schoenfeldt, Andrea G. Bozzano, Wolfgang A. Spieker, Christopher D. DiGiulio, Gregory A. Funk, Jaime G. Moscoso
  • Patent number: 10246385
    Abstract: A method of making light olefins is described. The method involves producing an alkyne in a pyrolysis process. The alkyne is catalytically hydrogenated in a hydrogenation zone to produce a product stream containing a light olefin. A byproduct stream from the pyrolysis process comprises carbon oxide and hydrogen. The byproduct stream is treated to convert the carbon oxide and the hydrogen to an oxygenated product in a carbon oxide conversion zone, which can then be converted to an olefin in an oxygenate to olefin process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Rajeswar R. Gattupalli, Andrea G. Bozzano, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory A. Funk
  • Patent number: 10160922
    Abstract: Processes and apparatuses for the production of olefins are provided. In an embodiment, a process for production of a process is provided for increasing light olefin yield comprising passing a hydrocarbon feedstream comprising paraffins, naphthenes and aromatic hydrocarbons to a catalytic reforming unit. The hydrocarbon feedstream is contacted with a reforming catalyst under mild reforming conditions suitable for converting naphthenes into aromatics while minimizing conversion of the paraffins, to provide a reforming effluent stream. The reforming effluent stream is passed to a solvent extraction unit to provide an overhead stream comprising predominantly paraffins and a bottoms stream comprising predominantly aromatics. Finally, the overhead stream is passed to a cracking unit to provide a product stream comprising the light olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Funk
  • Publication number: 20180340125
    Abstract: A process is presented for recovering the components for a gasoline blending pool to meet the E70 specifications. The process includes the separation of the naphtha feedstock into a light naphtha stream and a heavy naphtha stream. The process further includes separating the light naphtha stream to recovery high quality non-normal hydrocarbons having normal boiling points above 70° C., and to separate for adding to the feed to the reforming unit, hydrocarbons that have lower boiling points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Jeffrey M. Bray
  • Publication number: 20180334623
    Abstract: A process is presented for recovering the hydrocarbon components from a naphtha feed to pass to a gasoline blending pool or to change the operations to increase the production of light olefins. The process includes the separation of the naphtha feedstock into a light naphtha stream and a heavy naphtha stream. The process further includes separating the light naphtha stream to recovery high quality non-normal hydrocarbons, and to separate normal hydrocarbons to the feed to the cracking unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Ernest J. Boehm, JR., Mary Jo Wier
  • Publication number: 20180327675
    Abstract: A process is presented for improving the feed to a cracking unit and a reforming unit from a naphtha feedstock. The process includes the use of a separation unit to generate a light naphtha feed and a heavy naphtha feed. The process further includes separating the light naphtha feed into a light naphtha feed comprising normal hydrocarbons and a light naphtha feed comprising non-normal hydrocarbons. The light naphtha feed comprising normal hydrocarbon is passed to the cracking unit and the heavy naphtha feed is passed to the reforming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Ernest J. Boehm, Jr., Mary Jo Wier
  • Patent number: 10093593
    Abstract: A process is presented for generating light olefins with the methanol to olefins process from a combination of catalysts. The process controls the product distribution for ethylene, propylene and butylenes, to enable shifting of the product distribution. The process includes passing a second catalyst to a reactor while the process is on-going.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Andrea G. Bozzano, Nicholas J. Schoenfeldt, Thulasidas Chellppannair, Wolfgang A. Spieker, Bipin V. Vora
  • Publication number: 20180111886
    Abstract: A method of making light olefins is described. The method involves producing an alkyne in a pyrolysis process. The alkyne is catalytically hydrogenated in a hydrogenation zone to produce a product stream containing a light olefin. A byproduct stream from the pyrolysis process comprises carbon oxide and hydrogen. The byproduct stream is treated to convert the carbon oxide and the hydrogen to an oxygenated product in a carbon oxide conversion zone, which can then be converted to an olefin in an oxygenate to olefin process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Rajeswar R. Gattupalli, Andrea G. Bozzano, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory A. Funk
  • Publication number: 20170297973
    Abstract: A process is presented for generating light olefins with the methanol to olefins process from a combination of catalysts. The process controls the product distribution for ethylene, propylene and butylenes, to enable shifting of the product distribution. The process includes passing a second catalyst to a reactor while the process is on-going.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Andrea G. Bozzano, Nicholas J. Schoenfeldt, Thulasidas Chellppannair, Wolfgang A. Spieker, Bipin V. Vora
  • Publication number: 20170297972
    Abstract: A process is presented for the production of light olefins. The process utilizes a SAPO-18 catalyst and is operated at an elevated pressure. The process generates higher concentrations of heavier olefins which can then be processed to generate light olefins. The processing of the heavier olefins can include metathesis reactions and olefin cracking processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Thulasidas Chellppannair, Nicholas J. Schoenfeldt, Andrea G. Bozzano, Wolfgang A. Spieker, Christopher D. DiGiulio, Gregory A. Funk, Jaime G. Moscoso
  • Publication number: 20170233664
    Abstract: Processes and apparatuses for the production of olefins are provided. In an embodiment, a process for production of a process is provided for increasing light olefin yield comprising passing a hydrocarbon feedstream comprising paraffins, naphthenes and aromatic hydrocarbons to a catalytic reforming unit. The hydrocarbon feedstream is contacted with a reforming catalyst under mild reforming conditions suitable for converting naphthenes into aromatics while minimizing conversion of the paraffins, to provide a reforming effluent stream. The reforming effluent stream is passed to a solvent extraction unit to provide an overhead stream comprising predominantly paraffins and a bottoms stream comprising predominantly aromatics. Finally, the overhead stream is passed to a cracking unit to provide a product stream comprising the light olefins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Funk
  • Patent number: 9328299
    Abstract: A process for increasing the yields of light olefins and the yields of aromatics from a hydrocarbon stream is presented. The process includes a first separation to direct the light components that are not reformable to a cracking unit, with the remainder passed to a second separation unit. The second separation unit extracts normal components from the hydrocarbon stream to pass to the cracking unit. The resulting hydrocarbon stream with reduced light ends and reduced normals is passed to a reforming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Mary Jo Wier
  • Patent number: 9328298
    Abstract: A process for increasing the yields of light olefins and the yields of aromatics from a hydrocarbon stream is presented. The process includes a first separation to direct the light components that are not reformable to a cracking unit, with the remainder passed to a second separation unit. The second separation unit extracts normal components from the hydrocarbon stream to pass to the cracking unit. The resulting hydrocarbon stream with reduced light ends and reduced normals is passed to a reforming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Funk, Mary Jo Wier
  • Patent number: 9302959
    Abstract: A process for increasing a yield of an isomerization zone by removing at least a portion of the C6 cyclic hydrocarbons from a stream having iC4 hydrocarbons, iC5 hydrocarbons, and iC6 hydrocarbons prior to the stream being passed into the same isomerization zone. Suppression of the iC4 hydrocarbons does not occur, allowing the iC4 hydrocarbons to be isomerized in the same isomerization zone as the iC5 hydrocarbons and iC6 hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Lapinski, Matthew Lippmann, Gregory Funk
  • Patent number: 9302956
    Abstract: A process for increasing a yield of an isomerization zone by removing at least a portion of the C6 cyclic hydrocarbons from a stream prior to it being passed into the isomerization zone. Additionally, disproportionation reactions occur producing valuable C3 hydrocarbons and C4 hydrocarbons. Also, a higher ring opening conversion of C5 cyclic hydrocarbons is observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Lapinski, Matthew Lippmann, Gregory Funk, David James Shecterle, Lakshmi P. Mokka
  • Patent number: 9302957
    Abstract: A process for controlling a yield of an isomerization zone. Prior to entering the isomerization zone, C6 cyclic hydrocarbons are removed from a feed stream. Disproportionation reaction selectivity is observed which produces valuable C3 hydrocarbons and C4 hydrocarbons. Also, a higher ring opening conversion of C5 cyclic hydrocarbons is observed. The disproportionation reactions and the ring opening reactions may be selectively controlled by adjusting an amount of C6 cyclic hydrocarbons passed into the isomerization zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Lapinski, Matthew Lippmann, Gregory Funk, David James Shecterle, Lakshmi P. Mokka
  • Publication number: 20150315099
    Abstract: A process for controlling a yield of an isomerization zone. Prior to entering the isomerization zone, C6 cyclic hydrocarbons are removed from a feed stream. Disproportionation reaction selectivity is observed which produces valuable C3 hydrocarbons and C4 hydrocarbons. Also, a higher ring opening conversion of C5 cyclic hydrocarbons is observed. The disproportionation reactions and the ring opening reactions may be selectively controlled by adjusting an amount of C6 cyclic hydrocarbons passed into the isomerization zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Lapinski, Matthew Lippmann, Gregory Funk, David James Shecterle, Lakshmi P. Mokka
  • Publication number: 20150315098
    Abstract: A process for increasing a yield of an isomerization zone by removing at least a portion of the C6 cyclic hydrocarbons from a stream prior to it being passed into the isomerization zone. Additionally, disproportionation reactions occur producing valuable C3 hydrocarbons and C4 hydrocarbons. Also, a higher ring opening conversion of C5 cyclic hydrocarbons is observed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Lapinski, Matthew Lippman, Gregory Funk, David James Shecterle, Lakshmi P. Mokka
  • Publication number: 20150315101
    Abstract: A process for increasing a yield of an isomerization zone by removing at least a portion of the C6 cyclic hydrocarbons from a stream having iC4 hydrocarbons, iC5 hydrocarbons, and iC6 hydrocarbons prior to the stream being passed into the same isomerization zone. Suppression of the iC4 hydrocarbons does not occur, allowing the iC4 hydrocarbons to be isomerized in the same isomerization zone as the iC5 hydrocarbons and iC6 hydrocarbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Lapinski, Matthew Lippmann, Gregory Funk