Patents by Inventor Jörg F.W. Weber

Jörg F.W. Weber 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: 11014883
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel processes for the production of cyclic imide compounds such as N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI). The processes may be particularly well-suited for commercial-scale production of cyclic imides such as NHPI. Such cyclic imide compounds are suitable for use as oxidation catalysts, and specifically may be used to oxidize cyclohexylbenzene to cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide. Such an oxidation may be particularly useful in a process for the production of phenol and/or cyclohexanone from benzene via a process comprising hydroalkylation of benzene to cyclohexylbenzene, oxidation of the cyclohexylbenzene to cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide, and cleavage of the cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide to phenol and cyclohexanone. The cyclic imide production process may advantageously include water washing and reactant recovery steps to maximize purity and yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jörg F. W. Weber, Helge Jaensch, Andrew R. Witt, Christopher L. Becker, Kirk C. Nadler, Kendele S. Galvan, Amy B. Batton
  • Patent number: 10941099
    Abstract: Disclosed are a process for abating 3-cyclohexenone from a feed mixture comprising 3-cylclohexenone and cyclohexanone, comprising a hydrogenation step of contacting the feed mixture with hydrogen in the presence of a hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions to obtain a hydrogenated mixture, cyclohexanone-containing products comprising 3-cyclohexenone and/or 2-cyclohexenone at low concentrations, and compositions of matter useful for making such cyclohexanone-containing products, particularly by using such processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Kendele S. Galvan, Christopher L. Becker, Jörg F. W. Weber, Ashley J. Malik
  • Patent number: 10752570
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for abating 3-cyclohexenone from a feed mixture comprising cyclohexylbenzene, cyclohexanone, phenol, and 3-cyclohexenone and cyclohexanone, comprising feeding the feed mixture to a first distillation column and a hydrogenating a fraction from in the presence of a hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions. Hydrogenation can be carried out in a hydrogenation reactor separate from the first distillation column or in a hydrogenation zone disposed inside the first distillation column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Kendele S. Galvan, Christopher L. Becker, Jörg F. W. Weber, Ashley J. Malik
  • Patent number: 10745336
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for making cyclohexanone from a feed mixture comprising cyclohexylbenzene, cyclohexanone, phenol, 3-cylclohexenone and optionally 2-cyclohexenone, comprising feeding the feed mixture to a first distillation column and hydrogenating a fraction from the first distillation column in a hydrogenation reactor separate from the first distillation in the presence of a hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions. A cyclohexanone-rich upper effluent comprising 3-cyclohexenone and 2-cyclohexenone at low concentrations can be obtained from the first distillation column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Kendele S. Galvan, Christopher L. Becker, Jörg F. W. Weber, Ashley J. Malik
  • Publication number: 20200190006
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for abating 3-cyclohexenone from a feed mixture comprising cyclohexylbenzene, cyclohexanone, phenol, and 3-cylclohexenone and cyclohexanone, comprising feeding the feed mixture to a first distillation column and a hydrogenating a fraction from in the presence of a hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions. Hydrogenation can be carried out in a hydrogenation reactor separate from the first distillation column or in a hydrogenation zone disposed inside the first distillation column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Kendele S. Galvan, Christopher L. Becker, Jörg F.W. Weber, Ashley C. Poucher
  • Publication number: 20200123088
    Abstract: Disclosed are a process for abating 3-cyclohexenone from a feed mixture comprising 3-cylclohexenone and cyclohexanone, comprising a hydrogenation step of contacting the feed mixture with hydrogen in the presence of a hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions to obtain a hydrogenated mixture, cyclohexanone-containing products comprising 3-cyclohexenone and/or 2-cyclohexenone at low concentrations, and compositions of matter useful for making such cyclohexanone-containing products, particularly by using such processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Kendele S. Galvan, Christopher L. Becker, Jörg F.W. Weber, Ashley J. Poucher
  • Publication number: 20200123089
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for making cyclohexanone from a feed mixture comprising cyclohexylbenzene, cyclohexanone, phenol, 3-cylclohexenone and optionally 2-cyclohexenone, comprising feeding the feed mixture to a first distillation column and hydrogenating a fraction from the first distillation column in a hydrogenation reactor separate from the first distillation in the presence of a hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions. A cyclohexanone-rich upper effluent comprising 3-cyclohexenone and 2-cyclohexenone at low concentrations can be obtained from the first distillation column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Kendele S. Galvan, Christopher L. Becker, Jörg F.W. Weber, Ashley J. Poucher
  • Patent number: 10570079
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for making such cyclohexanone compositions from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. Such cyclohexanone compositions comprise at least 99 wt % cyclohexanone, at most 0.15 wt % water, and at most 500 wppm combined of certain cyclohexanone impurities selected from the group consisting of: benzene, cyclohexene, pentanal, cyclopentanol, cyclohexanol, and phenol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley J. Malik, Jörg F. W. Weber, Medrado M. Leal
  • Patent number: 10351506
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods for producing purified aromatic esters useful as plasticizers, to the purified aromatic esters, and to polymer compositions containing the purified esters. The purified aromatic esters can be produced by esterifying carboxylic acid with methyl or ethyl alcohol, separating the resulting methyl or ethyl esters from the carboxylic acid and any byproduct impurities, and then transesterifying the methyl or ethyl esters with C4 to C14 alcohol to produce the purified aromatic esters. Additionally, precipitation, filtration, and wash steps can be employed to purify the carboxylic acid, the methyl or ethyl alcohol, and/or the aromatic esters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Mika L. Shiramizu, Stephen Zushma, Jörg F. W. Weber, Neeraj Sangar
  • Publication number: 20190185403
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for making such cyclohexanone compositions from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. Such cyclohexanone compositions comprise at least 99 wt % cyclohexanone, at most 0.15 wt % water, and at most 500 wppm combined of certain cyclohexanone impurities selected from the group consisting of: benzene, cyclohexene, pentanal, cyclopentanol, cyclohexanol, and phenol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Ashley J. Malik, Jörg F.W. Weber, Medrado M. Leal
  • Publication number: 20190152911
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel processes for the production of cyclic imide compounds such as N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI). The processes may be particularly well-suited for commercial-scale production of cyclic imides such as NHPI. Such cyclic imide compounds are suitable for use as oxidation catalysts, and specifically may be used to oxidize cyclohexylbenzene to cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide. Such an oxidation may be particularly useful in a process for the production of phenol and/or cyclohexanone from benzene via a process comprising hydroalkylation of benzene to cyclohexylbenzene, oxidation of the cyclohexylbenzene to cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide, and cleavage of the cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide to phenol and cyclohexanone. The cyclic imide production process may advantageously include water washing and reactant recovery steps to maximize purity and yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jörg F. W. Weber, Helge Jaensch, Andrew R. Witt, Christopher L. Becker, Kirk C. Nadler, Kendele S. Galvan, Amy B. Batton
  • Patent number: 10294178
    Abstract: In a process for separating a mixture comprising cyclohexanone and phenol, a solid-phase basic material, such as basic ion-exchange resin, is used to remove acid and/or sulfur from the mixture prior to separation. The process results in reduced amount of contamination such as cyclic ethers in the cyclohexanone and/or phenol products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Keith H. Kuechler, Jörg F. W. Weber, Ashley J. Poucher, Jason D. Davis
  • Patent number: 10259759
    Abstract: Disclosed is (i) a process of making phenol and/or cyclohexanone from cyclohexylbenzene including a step of removing methylcyclopentylbenzene from (a) the cyclohexylbenzene feed supplied to the oxidation step and/or (b) the crude phenol product (ii) a phenol composition and (iii) a cyclohexylbenzene composition that can be made using the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Davis, Ashley J. Poucher, Jörg F. W. Weber, Jonathan J. Watts, Christopher L. Becker
  • Patent number: 10259765
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel processes for making cyclohexanone compositions, from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The process includes hydrogenation of a feed stream comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The feed stream may be subjected to one or more pre-hydrogenation treatments, such as passing through one or more sorbents, addition of basic chemical agents, and/or addition of water, so as to improve catalyst activity, minimize undesired side reactions, and/or remove catalyst poisons from the feed stream. The feed stream may be provided to a hydrogenation reaction zone in the vapor phase, with periodic alterations to hydrogenation reaction conditions such that the feed is provided in mixed liquid and vapor phase in order to carry out liquid washing of a hydrogenation catalyst bed within the hydrogenation reaction zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Ashley J. Malik, Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Kirk C. Nadler, Jose M. Vargas, Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn, Jörg F. W. Weber
  • Patent number: 10252968
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel processes for making cyclohexanone compositions, from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The process includes hydrogenation of a feed stream comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The feed stream may be subjected to one or more pre-hydrogenation treatments, such as passing through one or more sorbents, addition of basic chemical agents, and/or addition of water, so as to improve catalyst activity, minimize undesired side reactions, and/or remove catalyst poisons from the feed stream. The feed stream may be provided to a hydrogenation reaction zone in the vapor phase, with periodic alterations to hydrogenation reaction conditions such that the feed is provided in mixed liquid and vapor phase in order to carry out liquid washing of a hydrogenation catalyst bed within the hydrogenation reaction zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Ashley J. Malik, Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Kirk C. Nadler, Jose M. Vargas, Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn, Jörg F. W. Weber
  • Publication number: 20190031593
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods for producing purified aromatic esters useful as plasticizers, to the purified aromatic esters, and to polymer compositions containing the purified esters. The purified aromatic esters can be produced by esterifying carboxylic acid with methyl or ethyl alcohol, separating the resulting methyl or ethyl esters from the carboxylic acid and any byproduct impurities, and then transesterifying the methyl or ethyl esters with C4 to C14 alcohol to produce the purified aromatic esters. Additionally, precipitation, filtration, and wash steps can be employed to purify the carboxylic acid, the methyl or ethyl alcohol, and/or the aromatic esters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Mika L. Shiramizu, Stephen Zushma, Jörg F.W. Weber, Neera Sangar
  • Publication number: 20180273457
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel processes for making cyclohexanone compositions, from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The process includes hydrogenation of a feed stream comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The feed stream may be subjected to one or more pre-hydrogenation treatments, such as passing through one or more sorbents, addition of basic chemical agents, and/or addition of water, so as to improve catalyst activity, minimize undesired side reactions, and/or remove catalyst poisons from the feed stream. The feed stream may be provided to a hydrogenation reaction zone in the vapor phase, with periodic alterations to hydrogenation reaction conditions such that the feed is provided in mixed liquid and vapor phase in order to carry out liquid washing of a hydrogenation catalyst bed within the hydrogenation reaction zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Ashley J. Malik, Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Kirk C. Nadler, Jose M. Vargas, Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn, Jörg F.W Weber
  • Patent number: 10053408
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, cyclohexylbenzene, and an S-containing component, comprising a step of removing at least a portion of the S-containing component to reduce poisoning of a hydrogenation catalyst used for hydrogenating phenol to cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Keith H. Kuechler, Jörg F. W. Weber, Ashley J. Poucher, Jason D. Davis, Christopher L. Becker, Jihad M. Dakka
  • Publication number: 20180194705
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel processes for making cyclohexanone compositions, from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The process includes hydrogenation of a feed stream comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene. The feed stream may be subjected to one or more pre-hydrogenation treatments, such as passing through one or more sorbents, addition of basic chemical agents, and/or addition of water, so as to improve catalyst activity, minimize undesired side reactions, and/or remove catalyst poisons from the feed stream. The feed stream may be provided to a hydrogenation reaction zone in the vapor phase, with periodic alterations to hydrogenation reaction conditions such that the feed is provided in mixed liquid and vapor phase in order to carry out liquid washing of a hydrogenation catalyst bed within the hydrogenation reaction zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Ashley J. Malik, Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Kirk C. Nadler, Jose M. Vargas, Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn, Jörg F.W. Weber
  • Publication number: 20180065903
    Abstract: In a process for separating a mixture comprising cyclohexanone and phenol, a solid-phase basic material, such as basic ion-exchange resin, is used to remove acid and/or sulfur from the mixture prior to separation. The process results in reduced amount of contamination such as cyclic ethers in the cyclohexanone and/or phenol products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Keith H. Kuechler, Jörg F.W. Weber, Ashley J. Poucher, Jason D. Davis