Patents by Inventor Neeraj Sangar

Neeraj Sangar 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: 20200239384
    Abstract: This invention relates to processes and systems for converting acyclic hydrocarbons to alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics, for example converting acyclic C5 hydrocarbons to cyclopentadiene in a reactor system. The process includes heating an electrically-conductive reaction zone by applying an electrical current to the first electrically-conductive reaction zone; and contacting a feedstock comprising acyclic hydrocarbons with a catalyst material in the electrically-conductive reaction zone under reaction conditions to convert at least a portion of the acyclic hydrocarbons to an effluent comprising alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons, and/or aromatics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Neeraj Sangar, Larry L. Iaccino, Christopher L. Becker
  • Publication number: 20200071622
    Abstract: Methods are provided for passivating and/or solubilizing crosslinked popcorn polymer formed from vinyl aromatic precursors. The passivation and/or solubilization can be performed by exposing the crosslinked popcorn polymer to an aromatics-containing solvent at a suitable temperature and/or by heat treating the crosslinked popcorn polymer in the presence of steam and oxygen followed by exposure to an aromatics-containing solvent. The vinyl aromatic polymer can be exposed to the aromatics-containing solvent for a suitable period of time at a temperature of 200° C. or more. Optionally, the aromatics-containing solvent can be at least partially in the liquid phase during the exposure of the vinyl aromatic polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Monica Malhotra, Michael Moran, Kuldeep Wadhwa, Renyuan Yu, Neeraj Sangar
  • Patent number: 10364200
    Abstract: This invention relates to processes and systems for converting acyclic hydrocarbons to alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics, for example converting acyclic C5 hydrocarbons to cyclopentadiene in a reactor system. The process includes contacting a feedstock comprising acyclic hydrocarbons with a catalyst material in at least one reaction zone to convert at least a portion of the acyclic hydrocarbons to a first effluent comprising alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics. A co-feed comprising H2, C1-C4 alkanes and/or C1-C4 alkenes may also be provided to the at least one reaction zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Neeraj Sangar, Larry L. Iaccino, Christopher L. Becker
  • 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: 20190161429
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods for production of aromatic esters useful as plasticizers without using esterification catalyst, to the aromatic esters, and to polymer compositions containing the aromatic esters. It also relates to producing aromatic polyesters without using esterification catalyst. The aromatic esters and polyesters can be produced catalyst-free by esterifying carboxylic acids with alcohol(s) at high temperature and high pressure, namely at a temperature from 100° C. to 350° C. and a pressure ?100 psig, preferably ?600 psig. The aromatic esters and polyesters can also be produced by esterifying without esterification catalyst carboxylic acids with methyl or ethyl alcohol, separating the resulting methyl or ethyl esters from the carboxylic acid and any byproduct impurities, and then transesterifying with or without esterification catalyst the methyl or ethyl esters with alcohols and/or diols.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Mika L. Shiramizu, Michael Salciccioli, Neeraj Sangar, Ting Chen
  • Publication number: 20180319717
    Abstract: This invention relates to processes and systems for converting acyclic hydrocarbons to alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics, for example converting acyclic C5 hydrocarbons to cyclopentadiene in a reactor system. The process includes contacting a feedstock comprising acyclic hydrocarbons with a catalyst material and an inert material to convert at least a portion of the acyclic hydrocarbons to a first effluent comprising alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics. In particular, the catalyst material and the inert material have a different average diameter and/or density providing varying fluidization behavior in the reactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Neeraj Sangar, Larry L. Iaccino, Christopher L. Becker
  • Publication number: 20180319721
    Abstract: This invention relates to processes and systems for converting acyclic hydrocarbons to alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics, for example converting acyclic C5 hydrocarbons to cyclopentadiene in a reactor system. The process includes contacting a feedstock comprising acyclic hydrocarbons with a catalyst material in at least one reaction zone to convert at least a portion of the acyclic hydrocarbons to a first effluent comprising alkenes, cyclic hydrocarbons and/or aromatics. A co-feed comprising H2, C1-C4 alkanes and/or C1-C4 alkenes may also be provided to the at least one reaction zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Neeraj Sangar, Larry L. Iaccino, Christopher L. Becker
  • Patent number: 10052617
    Abstract: A catalyst for the conversion of methane to higher hydrocarbons including aromatic hydrocarbons comprises molybdenum or a compound thereof dispersed on an aluminosilicate zeolite, wherein the amount of aluminum present as aluminum molybdate in the catalyst is less than 2700 ppm by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Neeraj Sangar, Teng Xu, Larry L. Iaccino, Mobae Afeworki
  • Publication number: 20180208523
    Abstract: A catalyst system and processes for combined aromatization and selective hydrogen combustion of oxygenated hydrocarbons are disclosed. The catalyst system contains at least one aromatization component and at least one selective hydrogen combustion component. The process is such that the yield of hydrogen is less than the yield of hydrogen when contacting the hydrocarbons with the aromatization component alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Keusenkothen, Seth M. Washburn, Neeraj Sangar, Nikolaos Soultanidis, Mayank Shekhar
  • Patent number: 10017433
    Abstract: Processes for selectively alkylating and/or dealkylating one ring of cyclohexylbenzyl and/or biphenyl compounds are provided. Such selective alkylation and/or dealkylation takes place through a transalkylation reaction between the cyclohexylbenzyl compound and a substituted or unsubstituted benzene, which replaces the phenyl moiety of the cyclohexylbenzyl compound. The transalkylated cyclohexylbenzyl may be dehydrogenated to give a corresponding biphenyl compound. The same reaction steps can be utilized with respect to biphenyl compounds by first partially hydrogenating one phenyl ring of the biphenyl compound, thereby obtaining a corresponding cyclohexylbenzyl compound, which may undergo the transalkylation and, optionally, subsequent dehydrogenation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Salciccioli, Neeraj Sangar, Tan-Jen Chen, Emiel de Smit, Ali A. Kheir, Aaron B. Pavlish
  • Patent number: 9957203
    Abstract: A catalyst system and processes for combined aromatization and selective hydrogen combustion of oxygenated hydrocarbons are disclosed. The catalyst system contains at least one aromatization component and at least one selective hydrogen combustion component. The process is such that the yield of hydrogen is less than the yield of hydrogen when contacting the hydrocarbons with the aromatization component alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Keusenkothen, Seth M. Washburn, Neeraj Sangar, Nikolaos Soultanidis, Mayank Shekhar
  • Publication number: 20180050971
    Abstract: Processes for selectively alkylating and/or dealkylating one ring of cyclohexylbenzyl and/or biphenyl compounds are provided. Such selective alkylation and/or dealkylation takes place through a transalkylation reaction between the cyclohexylbenzyl compound and a substituted or unsubstituted benzene, which replaces the phenyl moiety of the cyclohexylbenzyl compound. The transalkylated cyclohexylbenzyl may be dehydrogenated to give a corresponding biphenyl compound. The same reaction steps can be utilized with respect to biphenyl compounds by first partially hydrogenating one phenyl ring of the biphenyl compound, thereby obtaining a corresponding cyclohexylbenzyl compound, which may undergo the transalkylation and, optionally, subsequent dehydrogenation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Salciccioli, Neeraj Sangar, Tan-Jen Chen, Emiel de Smit, Ali A. Kheir, Aaron B. Pavlish
  • Patent number: 9896393
    Abstract: In a process for producing dialkylbiphenyl compounds, a feed comprising substituted cyclohexylbenzene isomers having the formula (I): wherein each of R1 and R2 is an alkyl group and wherein the feed comprises m % by weight of isomers in which R1 is in the 2-position, based on the total weight of substituted cyclohexylbenzene isomers in the feed; is transalkylated with a compound of formula (II): to produce a transalkylation product comprising substituted cyclohexylbenzene isomers having the formula (I) and including n % by weight of isomers in which R1 is in the 2-position, based on the total weight of substituted cyclohexylbenzene isomers in the transalkylation product, wherein n<m. At least part of the transalkylation product is then dehydrogenated under conditions effective to convert at least part of the substituted cyclohexylbenzene isomers in the transalkylation product to dialkylbiphenyl compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Salciccioli, Tan-Jen Chen, Neeraj Sangar, Ali A. Kheir, Aaron B. Pavlish
  • Patent number: 9856186
    Abstract: A process is described for converting at least one isomer of a dialkyl-substituted biphenyl compound, such as at least one 2,X? dialkylbiphenyl isomer (where X? is 2?, 3? and/or 4?), into at least one different isomer, 3,3?, 3,4? and/or 4,4? dialkylbiphenyl isomer. The process comprises contacting a feed comprising the dialkyl-substituted biphenyl compound isomer with an acid catalyst under isomerization conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Salciccioli, Jihad M. Dakka, Emiel de Smit, Neeraj Sangar, Scott J. Weigel, Sumathy Raman, Terry E. Helton, Lorenzo C. DeCaul, Christine N. Elia, Chuansheng Bai, Ranjita Ghose
  • Patent number: 9758447
    Abstract: In a process for dehydrogenating cyclohexylbenzene and/or alkyl-substituted cyclohexylbenzene compounds, a dehydrogenation catalyst comprising at least one Group 10 metal compound on a support is heated in the presence of hydrogen from a first temperature from 0° C. to 200° C. to a second, higher temperature from 60° C. to 500° C. at a ramp rate no more than 100° C./hour. The dehydrogenation catalyst is contacted with hydrogen at the second temperature for a time from 3 to 300 hours to produce an activated dehydrogenation catalyst. A feed comprising cyclohexylbenzene and/or an alkyl-substituted cyclohexylbenzene compound is then contacted with hydrogen in the presence of the activated dehydrogenation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a dehydrogenation reaction product comprising biphenyl and/or an alkyl-substituted biphenyl compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Lorenzo C. DeCaul, Gregory J. De Martin, Michael Salciccioli, Neeraj Sangar, Aaron B. Pavlish, Ali A. Kheir, Gary D. Mohr
  • Patent number: 9725377
    Abstract: This invention relates to process for producing biphenyl esters, the process comprising: (a) contacting a feed comprising toluene, xylene or mixtures thereof with hydrogen in the presence of a hydroalkylation catalyst to produce a hydroalkylation reaction product comprising (methylcyclohexyl)toluene, wherein the hydroalkylation catalyst comprises: 1) binder present at 40 wt % or less (based upon weight of final catalyst composition), 2) a hydrogenation component present at 0.2 wt % or less (based upon weight of final catalyst composition), and 3) an acidic component comprising a molecular sieve having a twelve membered (or larger) ring pore opening, channel or pocket and a largest pore dimension of 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Emiel de Smit, Neeraj Sangar, Michael Salciccioli, Jihad M. Dakka, Lorenzo C. DeCaul, Terry E. Helton, Scott J. Weigel
  • Patent number: 9708230
    Abstract: In a process for producing biphenyl compounds, a Cn aromatic hydrocarbon may be hydroalkylated to give C2n cycloalkylaromatic compounds and byproduct Cn saturated cyclic hydrocarbons. The C2n cycloalkylaromatic compounds are dehydrogenated to provide the biphenyl compounds. The Cn saturated cyclic hydrocarbons may also be dehydrogenated back to the corresponding Cn aromatic hydrocarbon, which may be recycled to provide additional feed. Although both the intermediate C2n cycloalkylaromatic compounds and the byproduct Cn saturated cyclic hydrocarbons should be dehydrogenated, at least part of the dehydrogenation of the Cn saturated cyclic hydrocarbons should take place in the absence of C2n or greater hydrocarbons. Thus, dehydrogenation of the byproduct Cn saturated cyclic hydrocarbons should take place at least in part separately from dehydrogenation of the C2n cycloalkylaromatic compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Salciccioli, Jihad M. Dakka, Neeraj Sangar, Lorenzo C. DeCaul, Ali A. Kheir
  • Patent number: 9688602
    Abstract: In a process for producing a methyl-substituted biphenyl compound, at least one methyl-substituted cyclohexylbenzene compound of the formula: wherein each of m and n is independently an integer from 1 to 3, is contacted with a dehydrogenation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a dehydrogenation reaction product comprising at least one methyl-substituted biphenyl compound. The dehydrogenation catalyst comprises an element or compound thereof from Group 10 of the Periodic Table of Elements deposited on a refractory support, such as alumina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Chuansheng Bai, James J. Tanke, Gregory J. De Martin, Mary T. Van Nostrand, Michael Salciccioli, Ali A. Kheir, Neeraj Sangar
  • Publication number: 20160318828
    Abstract: The invention relates to catalytic alkane dehydrogenation, to olefin produced by catalytic alkane dehydrogenation, and to processes, compositions, process configurations, equipment, and systems useful for carrying out catalytic alkane dehydrogenation. The catalytic alkane dehydrogenation is carried out in a substantially-isothermal reaction zone, which includes at least one active material having catalytic alkane dehydrogenation activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Seth M. Washburn, John S. Coleman, John S. Buchanan, Neeraj Sangar, Paul F. Keusenkothen
  • Patent number: 9464166
    Abstract: In a process for producing 3,4? and/or 4,4? dimethyl-substituted biphenyl compounds, a feed comprising toluene is contacted with hydrogen in the presence of a hydroalkylation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a hydroalkylation reaction product comprising (methylcyclohexyl)toluenes. At least part of the hydroalkylation reaction product is dehydrogenated in the presence of a dehydrogenation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a dehydrogenation reaction product comprising a mixture of dimethyl-substituted biphenyl isomers. The dehydrogenation reaction product is then separated into at least a first stream containing at least 50% of 3,4? and 4,4? dimethylbiphenyl isomers by weight of the first stream and at least one second stream comprising one or more 2,x? (where x? is 2?, 3?, or 4?) and 3,3? dimethylbiphenyl isomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Lorenzo C. DeCaul, Keith H. Kuechler, Neeraj Sangar, Michael Salciccioli, Alan A. Galuska, Gary D. Mohr