Patents by Inventor Jeffery C. Bricker

Jeffery C. Bricker 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: 20200239382
    Abstract: A process for acid catalyzed alkylation involving the use of surfactants which form bi-continuous micro-emulsions with the liquid acid and the hydrocarbon is described. The bicontinuous phase formed between the hydrocarbon and liquid acid phases at surfactant addition facilitates and improves the liquid acid catalyzed alkylation reactions including motor-fuel alkylation reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Jeffery C. Bricker, Mark G. Riley, Andrey O. Kuzmin
  • Patent number: 9327265
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to a process stream having aromatic compounds. The acetylene stream can be reacted to generate larger hydrocarbon compounds, which are passed to a cyclization and aromatization reactor to generate aromatics. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon oxides in the hydrocarbon stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 9308513
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a hydrocarbon stream having vinyl chloride. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to other hydrocarbon processes. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide in the hydrocarbon stream to limit downstream side reactions in the downstream processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 9302968
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a stream having acrylic acid. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to acrylic acid. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 9205398
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to butanediol. The method includes processing acetylene as an intermediate stream to form a hydrocarbon stream including butanediol. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 9023255
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to nitrogen based hydrocarbon compounds such as pyridines. The method includes the reaction of acetylene with ammonia and controlling the ratio of acetylene to ammonia to generate the desired nitrogen based hydrocarbon compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin, Debarshi Majumder
  • Publication number: 20150105586
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a stream having acrylic acid. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to acrylic acid. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 8933275
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing acetylene as an intermediate stream to form a stream having oxygenates. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to oxygenates through subsequent reactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 8931646
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a blends of an aromatic polyimide polymer and a polymer containing aromatic sulfonic acid groups that can be converted into polybenzoxazole (PBO) membranes for gas, vapor, and liquid separations. The PBO membranes that were prepared by thermal treating aromatic polyimide membranes containing between 0.05 and 20 wt-% of a poly(styrene sulfonic acid) polymer. These polymers showed up to 95% improvement in selectivity for CO2/CH4 and H2/CH4 separations compared to PBO membranes prepared from corresponding aromatic polyimide membranes without a poly(styrene sulfonic acid) polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Chunqing Liu, Raisa Minkov, Man-Wing Tang, Lubo Zhou, Jeffery C. Bricker
  • Patent number: 8927769
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a stream having acrylic acid. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is to be treated to convert acetylene to acrylic acid. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 8915379
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a novel method to improve the selectivities of polybenzoxazole (PBO) membranes prepared from aromatic polyimide membranes for gas, vapor, and liquid separations. The PBO membranes that were prepared by thermal treating aromatic polyimide membranes containing between 0.05 and 20 wt-% of a poly(styrene sulfonic acid) polymer. These polymers showed up to 95% improvement in selectivity for CO2/CH4 and H2/CH4 separations compared to PBO membranes prepared from corresponding aromatic polyimide membranes without a poly(styrene sulfonic acid) polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Chunqing Liu, Raisa Minkov, Man-Wing Tang, Lubo Zhou, Jeffery C. Bricker
  • Publication number: 20140058133
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a stream having acrylic acid. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to acrylic acid. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058138
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to butanediol. The method includes processing acetylene as an intermediate stream to form a hydrocarbon stream including butanediol. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058144
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to a process stream having aromatic compounds. The acetylene stream can be reacted to generate larger hydrocarbon compounds, which are passed to a cyclization and aromatization reactor to generate aromatics. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon oxides in the hydrocarbon stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058146
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a stream having butadiene. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to butadiene. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide to prevent undesired reactions in downstream processing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin, Debarshi Majumder
  • Publication number: 20140058156
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes heat management in the process for further converting the acetylene stream to form a subsequent hydrocarbon stream. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream can be used to transfer heat to process streams used in downstream process units, and in particular streams that are fed to endothermic reactors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058135
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing acetylene as an intermediate stream to form a stream having oxygenates. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to oxygenates through subsequent reactors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058142
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes processing the acetylene to form a hydrocarbon stream having vinyl chloride. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to other hydrocarbon processes. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of carbon monoxide in the hydrocarbon stream to limit downstream side reactions in the downstream processing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058128
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is further processed to generate larger hydrocarbons in a second reactor. The reactor effluent stream can be processed before the second reactor to remove waste products such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen in the reactor effluent stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin
  • Publication number: 20140058145
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. The method includes the further conversion of the acetylene to a hydrocarbon stream having olefins. The hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream is be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon, and in particular olefins. The method according to certain aspects includes controlling the level of contaminants in the hydrocarbon stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery C. Bricker, John Q. Chen, Peter K. Coughlin, John J. Senetar, Debarshi Majumder