Patents by Inventor Kirk C. Nadler

Kirk C. Nadler 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
  • Publication number: 20210009486
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides assemblies for producing linear alpha olefins and methods for producing linear alpha olefins. In at least one embodiment, a method for producing a linear alpha olefin includes oligomerizing an olefin in the presence of a catalyst and a process solvent in at least one reactor, quenching the reactor effluent, and subjecting the quenched effluent to separation steps to obtain a stream enriched in one or more linear alpha olefins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Paul W. Allen, Kirk C. Nadler, James R. Lattner, Michael W. Weber, Travis A. Reine, Robert M. Koros, Roger N. Bennett
  • Publication number: 20200062672
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides assemblies for producing linear alpha olefins and methods for producing linear alpha olefins. In at least one embodiment, a method for forming a linear alpha olefin, includes providing an olefin, a catalyst, and a process solvent to a reactor; obtaining an effluent from the reactor; and transferring the effluent to a distillation tower comprising a dividing wall. In at least one embodiment, an assembly for producing linear alpha olefins includes a distillation tower comprising a dividing wall having a height that is from 25% to 95% of the height of the distillation tower. In at least one embodiment, a method for forming a linear alpha olefin comprises providing an olefin, a catalyst, and orthoxylene to a tubular reactor; obtaining an effluent from the tubular reactor; and transferring the effluent to a distillation tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Michael W. Weber, James R. Lattner, Kirk C. Nadler, Pierre J. Osterrieth
  • Publication number: 20200062673
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides assemblies for producing linear alpha olefins and methods for producing linear alpha olefins. In at least one embodiment, a method for producing a linear alpha olefin includes providing an olefin, a catalyst, and a process solvent to a reactor under oligomerization conditions; obtaining an effluent produced in the reactor; transferring the effluent through an effluent line; and providing a quench agent to the effluent line via a quench agent line coupled with the effluent line. In at least one embodiment, an assembly for producing linear alpha olefins includes a configuration to provide olefin, catalyst and process solvent coupled with a reactor; an effluent line coupled with the reactor at a first end and coupled with a mixer or a flash drum at a second end; and a quench agent line coupled with the effluent line at a first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Michael W. Weber, Kirk C. Nadler, James R. Lattner, Travis A. Reine
  • Publication number: 20200055799
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides assemblies for producing linear alpha olefins and methods for producing linear alpha olefins. In at least one embodiment, a method for producing a linear alpha olefin includes providing an olefin, a catalyst, and a process solvent to a first tubular reactor; obtaining an effluent from the first tubular reactor; and transferring the effluent to a second tubular reactor. In at least one embodiment, an assembly for producing linear alpha olefins includes a first tubular reactor having a first end and a second end; an effluent line having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled with the second end of the first tubular reactor; and a second tubular reactor having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled with the second end of the effluent line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Kirk C. Nadler, James R. Lattner, Michael W. Weber, Travis A. Reine
  • Publication number: 20200055800
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides assemblies for producing linear alpha olefins and methods for producing linear alpha olefins. In at least one embodiment, a method for producing a linear alpha olefin includes providing an olefin, a catalyst, and a process solvent to a reactor under oligomerization conditions; obtaining an effluent produced in the reactor; and transferring the effluent to a solvent-containing portion of a flash drum via a first effluent line coupled with the flash drum. In at least one embodiment, an assembly for producing linear alpha olefins includes a configuration to provide olefin, catalyst and process solvent coupled with a reactor; a flash drum; a first effluent line coupled with the reactor at a first end and coupled with the flash drum at a second end; and a second effluent line coupled with the flash drum at a first end and coupled with the first effluent line at a second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Michael W. Weber, James R. Lattner, Kirk C. Nadler
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190135749
    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 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jorg F. W. Weber, Helge Jaensch, Andrew R. Witt, Christopher L. Becker, Kirk C. Nadler, Kendele S. Galvan, Amy B. Batton
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10233140
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene, comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9938218
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene, comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • Patent number: 9938220
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene, comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • Patent number: 9938219
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene, comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • Patent number: 9926254
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • Patent number: 9902676
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, cyclohexylbenzene, and a catalyst poison component, comprising a step of removing at least a portion of the catalyst poison component to reduce poisoning of a hydrogenation catalyst used for hydrogenating phenol to cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • Patent number: 9868687
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene, comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler
  • Publication number: 20170283353
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for making cyclohexanone from a mixture comprising phenol, cyclohexanone, and cyclohexylbenzene, comprising a step of or a device for subjecting at least a portion of the mixture to hydrogenation and a step of or a device for distilling a phenol/cyclohexanone/cyclohexylbenzene mixture to obtain an effluent rich in cyclohexanone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Jihad M. Dakka, Kirk C. Nadler