Patents by Inventor Kin-Tai Chang

Kin-Tai Chang 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: 20190309215
    Abstract: Method are provided for treating a wellbore or subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation to increase hydrocarbon recovery from the formation by in-depth mobility control and/or fluid diversion conformance by introducing a water soluble acrylamide polymer and a non-metallic organic crosslinking agent, or a crosslinkable acrylamide polymer, into an injection fluid entering the wellbore or the formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Michael L. Szalai, Mei Liu, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Patent number: 10370585
    Abstract: Method are provided for treating a wellbore or subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation to increase hydrocarbon recovery from the formation by in-depth mobility control and/or fluid diversion conformance by introducing a water soluble acrylamide polymer and a non-metallic organic crosslinking agent, or a crosslinkable acrylamide polymer, into an injection fluid entering the wellbore or the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Szalai, Mei Liu, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20190161670
    Abstract: Described are methods and compositions for treating a subterranean formation. The method comprising introducing into the subterranean formation via a well-bore a diverter composition, the diverter composition comprising a combination of at least one deformable particle and at least one non-deformable particle; and allowing the diverter composition to block the flow of at least a portion of a treatment fluid from a first location within the well-bore to a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Dreyer, Vyacheslav Boyraskikh, Yuntao Thomas Hu, Pious Kurian, Joseph Paul Street, Narongsak Tonmukayakul, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Patent number: 10253609
    Abstract: Methods for acid diversion in a hydrocarbon-containing subterranean formation are disclosed. The methods include injecting an acid diversion agent comprising a water-soluble or dispersible branched polyhydroxyetheramine and injecting an acidic solution into a well which is in contact with the hydrocarbon-containing subterranean formation. Preferably, the acid solution is diverted toward a zone of the formation that has a lower permeability to fluid than an adjacent zone. This process improves the permeability of the hydrocarbon-containing subterranean formation to hydrocarbons, while decreasing the permeability of the formation to water or brine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kin-Tai Chang, Eldon Dwyann Dalrymple
  • Publication number: 20190100690
    Abstract: A composition including crosslinked expandable polymeric microparticles capable of hydrolysis at or below neutral pH and a method of modifying the permeability to water of a subterranean formation by introducing such compositions into the subterranean formation. This disclosure further relates to compositions and methods for the recovery of hydrocarbon fluids from a subterranean reservoir or formation subjected to CO2 or CO2 Water Alternating Gas flooding at low pH and increases the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the subterranean formations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Pious V. Kurian, Mingli Wei, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Patent number: 10214679
    Abstract: A composition including crosslinked expandable polymeric microparticles capable of hydrolysis at or below neutral pH and a method of modifying the permeability to water of a subterranean formation by introducing such compositions into the subterranean formation. This disclosure further relates to compositions and methods for the recovery of hydrocarbon fluids from a subterranean reservoir or formation subjected to CO2 or CO2 Water Alternating Gas flooding at low pH and increases the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the subterranean formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Pious V. Kurian, Mingli Wei, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20170362494
    Abstract: Method are provided for treating a wellbore or subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation to increase hydrocarbon recovery from the formation by in-depth mobility control and/or fluid diversion conformance by introducing a water soluble acrylamide polymer and a non-metallic organic crosslinking agent, or a crosslinkable acrylamide polymer, into an injection fluid entering the wellbore or the formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Michael L. Szalai, Mei Liu, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20170145292
    Abstract: Method are provided for treating a wellbore or subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation to increase hydrocarbon recovery from the formation by in-depth mobility control and/or fluid diversion conformance by introducing a water soluble acrylamide polymer and a non-metallic organic crosslinking agent, or a crosslinkable acrylamide polymer, into an injection fluid entering the wellbore or the formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Michael L. Szalai, Mei Liu, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20170121590
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and friction-reducers for decreasing the friction of a fluid. More specifically, the method comprises contacting a friction-reducer to reduce the friction of a fluid flowing in a conduit. The friction-reducer comprises an emulsion polymer, comprising polyanion, polycation, and polynonionic monomers, and a highly concentrated salt solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Analette I. Lopez, Kin-Tai Chang, Pious Kurian
  • Patent number: 9206346
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to compositions and methods that may be used for enhanced oil recovery, for modifying the permeability of subterranean formations and for increasing the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the formations. The compositions may include, for example, expandable cross linked polymeric microparticles having an unexpanded volume average particle size diameter of from about 0.05 to about 5,000 microns and a cross linking agent content of from about 100 to about 200,000 ppm of hydrolytically labile silyl ester or silyl ether crosslinkers and from 0 to about 300 ppm of non-labile crosslinkers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Pious V. Kurian, Kin-Tai Chang, Manian Ramesh, Olga E. Shmakova-Lindeman
  • Patent number: 9193898
    Abstract: A water-in-oil emulsion composition and method of production is disclosed. The composition may comprise a monomer phase, an organic phase, at least one initiator, and an inverting phase. The monomer phase may further comprise at least one monomer, water, ammonium chloride, sodium 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonate, tetrasodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate, and at least one water soluble ethylenically unsaturated monomer. The organic phase may further comprise at least one hydrophobic solvent, lecithin, and a polyoxyethylene derivative of a sorbitan ester. The at least one monomer may be selected from the group consisting of an acrylic monomer, an acrylamide monomer, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Kin-Tai Chang, Kirk E. Wells, Jesse V. Mello
  • Publication number: 20150322333
    Abstract: A composition including crosslinked expandable polymeric microparticles capable of hydrolysis at or below neutral pH and a method of modifying the permeability to water of a subterranean formation by introducing such compositions into the subterranean formation. This disclosure further relates to compositions and methods for the recovery of hydrocarbon fluids from a subterranean reservoir or formation subjected to CO2 or CO2 Water Alternating Gas flooding at low pH and increases the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the subterranean formations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA, INC.
    Inventors: Pious V. Kurian, Mingli Wei, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20150307769
    Abstract: Methods for acid diversion in a hydrocarbon-containing subterranean formation are disclosed. The methods include injecting an acid diversion agent comprising a water-soluble or dispersible branched polyhydroxyetheramine and injecting an acidic solution into a well which is in contact with the hydrocarbon-containing subterranean formation. Preferably, the acid solution is diverted toward a zone of the formation that has a lower permeability to fluid than an adjacent zone. This process improves the permeability of the hydrocarbon-containing subterranean formation to hydrocarbons, while decreasing the permeability of the formation to water or brine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kin-Tai Chang, Eldon Dwyann Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 9169430
    Abstract: Methods for reducing fines migration in a porous subterranean reservoir. In certain aspects, the methods include introducing a composition including a water-soluble or dispersible branched polyhydroxyetheramine into the porous subterranean reservoir, maintaining a sufficient temperature in the porous subterranean reservoir for a period of time, adsorbing the composition onto a surface of the porous subterranean reservoir, and stabilizing at least a portion of the fines present in the porous subterranean reservoir. A treatment composition can be used and in certain aspects, the treatment composition can be a reaction product of bisphenol A, an ethanol amine, diethanol amine, and a monofunctionalized polyoxyalkyleneamine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Eldon Dwyann Dairymple, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Patent number: 9120965
    Abstract: A composition comprising crosslinked expandable polymeric microparticles capable of hydrolysis at or below neutral pH and a method of modifying the permeability to water of a subterranean formation by introducing such compositions into the subterranean formation is disclosed and claimed. This invention further relates to compositions and methods for the recovery of hydrocarbon fluids from a subterranean reservoir or formation subjected to CO2 or CO2 Water Alternating Gas flooding at low pH and increases the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the subterranean formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Pious Kurian, Mingli Wei, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20150068748
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to compositions and methods that may be used for enhanced oil recovery, for modifying the permeability of subterranean formations and for increasing the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the formations. The compositions may include, for example, expandable cross linked polymeric microparticles having an unexpanded volume average particle size diameter of from about 0.05 to about 5,000 microns and a cross linking agent content of from about 100 to about 200,000 ppm of hydrolytically labile silyl ester or silyl ether crosslinkers and from 0 to about 300 ppm of non-labile crosslinkers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: NALCO COMPANY
    Inventors: Pious V. Kurian, Kin-Tai Chang, Manian Ramesh, Olga E. Shmakova-Lindeman
  • Patent number: 8889603
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to compositions and methods that may be used for enhanced oil recovery, for modifying the permeability of subterranean formations and for increasing the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the formations. The compositions may include, for example, expandable cross linked polymeric microparticles having an unexpanded volume average particle size diameter of from about 0.05 to about 5,000 microns and a cross linking agent content of from about 100 to about 200,000 ppm of hydrolytically labile silyl ester or silyl ether crosslinkers and from 0 to about 300 ppm of non-labile crosslinkers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Pious V. Kurian, Kin-Tai Chang, Manian Ramesh, Olga E. Shmakova-Lindeman
  • Publication number: 20140116691
    Abstract: Methods for reducing fines migration in a porous subterranean reservoir are disclosed. In certain aspects, the methods include introducing a composition comprising a water-soluble or dispersible branched polyhydroxyetheramine into the porous subterranean reservoir, maintaining a sufficient temperature in the porous subterranean reservoir for a period of time, adsorbing the composition onto a surface of the porous subterranean reservoir, and stabilizing at least a portion of the fines present in the porous subterranean reservoir. Methods for enhancing an effective permeability of a porous subterranean reservoir are also disclosed. In connection with the disclosed methods, a treatment composition can be used and in certain aspects, the treatment composition can be a reaction product of bisphenol A, an ethanol amine, diethanol amine, and a monofunctionalized polyoxyalkyleneamine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Eldon Dwyann Dalrymple, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20130192826
    Abstract: A composition comprising crosslinked expandable polymeric microparticles capable of hydrolysis at or below neutral pH and a method of modifying the permeability to water of a subterranean formation by introducing such compositions into the subterranean formation is disclosed and claimed. This invention further relates to compositions and methods for the recovery of hydrocarbon fluids from a subterranean reservoir or formation subjected to CO2 or CO2 Water Alternating Gas flooding at low pH and increases the mobilization and/or recovery rate of hydrocarbon fluids present in the subterranean formations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Pious Kurian, Mingli Wei, Kin-Tai Chang
  • Publication number: 20120316090
    Abstract: A water-in-oil emulsion composition and method of production is disclosed. The composition may comprise a monomer phase, an organic phase, at least one initiator, and an inverting phase. The monomer phase may further comprise at least one monomer, water, ammonium chloride, sodium 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonate, tetrasodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate, and at least one water soluble ethylenically unsaturated monomer. The organic phase may further comprise at least one hydrophobic solvent, lecithin, and a polyoxyethylene derivative of a sorbitan ester. The at least one monomer may be selected from the group consisting of an acrylic monomer, an acrylamide monomer, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Kin-Tai Chang, Kirk E. Wells, Jesse V. Mello