Patents by Inventor Jack E. Hurst

Jack E. Hurst 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).

  • Publication number: 20140323289
    Abstract: A method for producing a zeolitic adsorbent includes providing a zeolite material, providing a zeolite material, providing a first clay binder material and a second clay binder material, the first clay binder material having a greater median particle size than the second clay binder material, determining a desired adsorption kinetics rate for the zeolitic adsorbent, wherein the desired adsorption kinetics rate is based at least in part on a separations process in which the zeolitic adsorbent is desired to be employed, and selecting either the first clay binder material or the second clay binder material based at least in part on the determined desired adsorption kinetics rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, William Craig Schwerin, Mark M. Davis
  • Patent number: 8603433
    Abstract: A zeolite X having (a) a Si/Al framework mole ratio in a range from 1.0 to 1.5; (b) a mean diameter not greater than 2.7 microns; and (c) a relative LTA intensity not greater than 0.35, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The relative LTA intensity is calculated as 100 times the quotient of a sample LTA XRD intensity divided by a reference XRD intensity of an LTA-type zeolite material. The intensities are summed for each LTA peak with Miller indices of (2 0 0), (4 2 0), and (6 2 2) at 7.27±0.16°, 16.29±0.34° and 24.27±0.50° 2?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng, Robert W. Broach
  • Patent number: 8603434
    Abstract: A zeolitic binder-converted composition comprising (a) a zeolite X composition having at least a first zeolite X having a mean diameter not greater than 2.7 microns, and a second zeolite X, wherein the second zeolite X is obtained by converting a binder material to the second zeolite X and the binder material is in a range from 5 to 50 wt % of the zeolite X composition; and (b) an unconverted binder material content, after conversion to the second zeolite X is complete, in a range from 0 to 3 wt % of the zeolite X composition. The zeolite X composition has an average Si/Al framework mole ratio in a range from 1.0 to 1.5, and a relative LTA intensity not greater than 1.0, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng, Robert W. Broach
  • Patent number: 8557028
    Abstract: Binderless BaKX zeolitic adsorbents, methods for their production, and adsorptive separation using the adsorbents are provided. An adsorbent comprises a first Zeolite X having a silica to alumina molar ratio of from about 2.0 to about 3.0; a binder-converted Zeolite X wherein a ratio of the binder-converted Zeolite X to the first Zeolite X ranges from about 10:90 to about 20:80 by weight; and barium and potassium at cationic exchangeable sites within the binderless BaKX zeolitic adsorbent. Potassium ranges from about 0.9 wt % to about 1.5 wt % and barium ranges from about 30 wt % to about 34 wt % of the binderless BaKX zeolitic adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng
  • Patent number: 8431764
    Abstract: A process for separating para-xylene from a mixture of C8 alkylaromatics comprises contacting the mixture of C8 alkylaromatics with a zeolitic binder-converted composition comprising (a) a zeolite X composition having at least a first zeolite X having a mean diameter not greater than 2.7 microns, and a second zeolite X, wherein the second zeolite X is obtained by converting a binder material to the second zeolite X and the binder material is in a range from 5 to 50 wt % of the zeolite X composition; and (b) an unconverted binder material content, after conversion to the second zeolite X is complete, in a range from 0 to 3 wt % of the zeolite X composition. The zeolite X composition has an average Si/Al framework mole ratio in a range from 1.0 to 1.5, and a relative LTA intensity not greater than 1.0, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng, Robert W. Broach
  • Publication number: 20120264993
    Abstract: A zeolitic binder-converted composition comprising (a) a zeolite X composition having at least a first zeolite X having a mean diameter not greater than 2.7 microns, and a second zeolite X, wherein the second zeolite X is obtained by converting a binder material to the second zeolite X and the binder material is in a range from 5 to 50 wt % of the zeolite X composition; and (b) an unconverted binder material content, after conversion to the second zeolite X is complete, in a range from 0 to 3 wt % of the zeolite X composition. The zeolite X composition has an average Si/Al framework mole ratio in a range from 1.0 to 1.5, and a relative LTA intensity not greater than 1.0, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng, Robert W. Broach
  • Publication number: 20120264994
    Abstract: A process for separating para-xylene from a mixture of C8 alkylaromatics comprises contacting the mixture of C8 alkylaromatics with a zeolitic binder-converted composition comprising (a) a zeolite X composition having at least a first zeolite X having a mean diameter not greater than 2.7 microns, and a second zeolite X, wherein the second zeolite X is obtained by converting a binder material to the second zeolite X and the binder material is in a range from 5 to 50 wt % of the zeolite X composition; and (b) an unconverted binder material content, after conversion to the second zeolite X is complete, in a range from 0 to 3 wt % of the zeolite X composition. The zeolite X composition has an average Si/AI framework mole ratio in a range from 1.0 to 1.5, and a relative LTA intensity not greater than 1.0, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng, Robert W. Broach
  • Publication number: 20120264992
    Abstract: A zeolite X having (a) a Si/Al framework mole ratio in a range from 1.0 to 1.5; (b) a mean diameter not greater than 2.7 microns; and (c) a relative LTA intensity not greater than 0.35, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The relative LTA intensity is calculated as 100 times the quotient of a sample LTA XRD intensity divided by a reference XRD intensity of an LTA-type zeolite material. The intensities are summed for each LTA peak with Miller indices of (2 0 0), (4 2 0), and (6 2 2) at 7.27±0.16°, 16.29±0.34° and 24.27±0.50° 2?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng, Robert W. Broach
  • Publication number: 20120247334
    Abstract: Binderless BaKX zeolitic adsorbents, methods for their production, and adsorptive separation using the adsorbents are provided. An adsorbent comprises a first Zeolite X having a silica to alumina molar ratio of from about 2.0 to about 3.0; a binder-converted Zeolite X wherein a ratio of the binder-converted Zeolite X to the first Zeolite X ranges from about 10:90 to about 20:80 by weight; and barium and potassium at cationic exchangeable sites within the binderless BaKX zeolitic adsorbent. Potassium ranges from about 0.9 wt % to about 1.5 wt % and barium ranges from about 30 wt % to about 34 wt % of the binderless BaKX zeolitic adsorbent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jack E. Hurst, Linda S. Cheng
  • Patent number: 7820869
    Abstract: Adsorbents and methods for the adsorptive separation of para-xylene from a mixture containing at least one other C8 aromatic hydrocarbon (e.g., a mixture of ortho-xylene, meta-xylene, para-xylene, and ethylbenzene) are described. Suitable binderless adsorbents (e.g., formulated with the substantial absence of an amorphous material that normally reduces selective pore volume), particularly those with a water content from about 3% to about 5.5% by weight, improve capacity and/or mass transfer. These properties are especially advantageous for improving productivity in low temperature, low cycle time adsorptive separation operations in a simulated moving bed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: James W. Priegnitz, Darryl M. Johnson, Sr., Linda Shi Cheng, Scott E. Commissaris, Jack E. Hurst, Michael H. Quick, Santi Kulprathipanja
  • Patent number: 7812208
    Abstract: Adsorbents and methods for the adsorptive separation of para-xylene from a mixture containing at least one other C8 aromatic hydrocarbon (e.g., a mixture of ortho-xylene, meta-xylene, para-xylene, and ethylbenzene) are described. Suitable adsorbents comprise small-crystallite-size zeolite X having an average crystallite size of less than 1.8 microns. The adsorbents may be binderless (e.g., formulated with the substantial absence of an amorphous material that normally reduces selective pore volume) to further improve capacity and mass transfer. These properties are especially advantageous for improving productivity in low temperature, low cycle time adsorptive separation operations in a simulated moving bed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Linda Shi Cheng, Jack E. Hurst
  • Patent number: 6313059
    Abstract: Difluoromethane (R-32) is of current interest as a partial replacement for chlorodifluoromethane (R-22) refrigerant heretofore widely used in vapor compression refrigeration systems. R-32 has, however, proved to be more reactive than is desirable with the zeolite A adsorbent-desiccant compositions used in such systems to prevent corrosion and freeze-up problems. The potassium cation form of a zeolite A molecular sieve—with at least 60 percent of the sodium cations replaced with potassium ions, agglomerated with a clay binder, and pore-reduced to essentially exclude the adsorption of R-32 having essentially no reactivity with difluoromethane, and having a surface ratio of silicon to aluminum of less than about 1.7 mol/mol as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy—has been found to be an effective desiccant for refrigerants comprising difluoromethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: Maryellen Lavin, Alan P. Cohen, Jack E. Hurst
  • Patent number: 6168720
    Abstract: Difluoromethane (R-32) is of current interest as a partial replacement for chlorodifluoromethane (R-22) refrigerant heretofore widely used in vapor compression refrigeration systems. R-32 has, however, proved to be more reactive than is desirable with the zeolite A adsorbent-desiccant compositions used in such systems to prevent corrosion and freeze-up problems. The potassium cation form of a zeolite A molecular sieve—with at least 60 percent of the sodium cations replaced with potassium ions, agglomerated with a clay binder, and pore-reduced to essentially exclude the adsorption of R-32 having essentially no reactivity with difluoromethane, and having a surface ratio of silicon to aluminum of less than about 1.7 mol/mol as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy—has been found to be an effective desiccant for refrigerants comprising difluoromethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Maryellen Lavin, Alan P. Cohen, Jack E. Hurst
  • Patent number: 6020281
    Abstract: Difluoromethane (R-32) is of current interest as a partial replacement for chlorodifluoromethane (R-22) refrigerant heretofore widely used in vapor compression refrigeration systems. R-32 has, however, proved to be more reactive than is desirable with the zeolite A adsorbent-desiccant compositions used in such systems to prevent corrosion and freeze-up problems. The potassium cation form of a zeolite A molecular sieve--with at least 60 per cent of the sodium cations replaced with potassium ions, agglomerated with a clay binder and pore-reduced to essentially exclude the adsorption of R-32, and having essentially no reactivity with difluoromethane--has been found to be an effective desiccant for refrigerants comprising difluoromethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: MaryEllen Lavin, Alan P. Cohen, Jack E. Hurst