Patents by Inventor Scott J. Weigel

Scott J. Weigel 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: 11111153
    Abstract: Processes are provided for preparing molecular sieves for use as catalysts. The process involves preparing a synthesis mixture for the molecular sieve wherein the synthesis mixture includes a morphology modifier which may be selected from cationic surfactants having a single quaternary ammonium group comprising at least one hydrocarbyl group having at least 12 carbon atoms, nonionic surfactants, anionic surfactants, sugars, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Preeti Kamakoti, Scott J. Weigel, Karl G. Strohmaier, Helge Jaensch, Marc H. Anthonis, Martine Dictus, Brita Engels, Darryl D. Lacy, Sina Sartipi
  • Patent number: 10995286
    Abstract: In a process for improving the cold flow properties of a hydrocarbon feedstock, the feedstock is contacted with a catalyst composition comprising an EMM-17 molecular sieve and a hydrogenation component under dewaxing conditions effective to produce a dewaxed product having a cloud point and/or pour point that is reduced relative to the cloud point and/or pour point of the feedstock by at least 5° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph E. Gatt, William W. Lonergan, Scott J. Weigel, Ivy D. Johnson, Karl G. Strohmaier, Simon C. Weston
  • Publication number: 20210113952
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes and systems for the removal of water from a feed stream utilizing swing adsorption processes including an adsorbent bed comprising an adsorbent material which is a cationic zeolite RHO. The cationic zeolite RHO comprises at least one, preferably two, metal cations selected from Group 1 and 2 elements (new Group 1-18 IUPAC numbering). The swing adsorption processes and systems utilizing the cationic zeolite RHO have an adsorption selectivity for water and are useful in selective dehydration of commercial feed streams. The cationic zeolite RHO additionally has an exceptionally high water adsorption stability for use in feed streams with wet acid gas environments operating under cyclic swing adsorption conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Barbara Carstensen, Daniel P. Leta, Peter I. Ravikovitch, Harry W. Deckman, Scott J. Weigel
  • Patent number: 10975005
    Abstract: Alkyl-demethylation of C2+-hydrocarbyl substituted aromatic hydrocarbons can be utilized to treat one or more of a heavy naphtha reformate stream, a hydrotreated SCN stream, a C8 aromatic hydrocarbon isomerization feed stream, a C9+ aromatic hydrocarbon transalkylation feed stream, and similar hydrocarbon streams to produce additional quantity of xylene products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Meha Rungta, Michel Molinier, Hari Nair, Doron Levin, Scott J. Weigel, Michael Salciccioli
  • Publication number: 20210053890
    Abstract: Processes are described for separating 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethylbiphenyl from a mixture comprising at least 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethylbiphenyl. In the processes, the mixture is cooled to produce a crystallization product comprising at least of the 4,4?-dimethylbiphenyl from the feed mixture and a first mother liquor product. The first mother liquor product is distilled to produce a bottoms stream enriched in 4,4?-dimethylbiphenyl as compared with the first mother liquor product and an overhead stream deficient in 4,4?-dimethylbiphenyl as compared with the first mother liquor product. The overhead stream is then cooled to produce a second crystallization product comprising at least part of the 3,4?-dimethylbiphenyl from the overhead stream and a second mother liquor product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Constantinos P. Bokis, Javier Gazman, Monica D. Lotz, Michael P. Lanci, Catherine M. Dorsi, Scott J. WEigel
  • Publication number: 20210032182
    Abstract: A process and related system for producing para-xylene (PX). In an embodiment, the process includes (a) separating a feed stream comprising C6+ aromatic hydrocarbons into a toluene containing stream and a C8+ hydrocarbon containing stream and (b) contacting at least part of the toluene containing stream with a methylating agent in a methylation unit to convert toluene to xylenes and produce a methylated effluent stream. In addition, the process includes (c) recovering PX from the methylated effluent stream in (b) to produce a PX depleted stream and (d) transalkylating the PX depleted stream to produce a transalkylation effluent stream. The transalkylation effluent stream includes a higher concentration of toluene than the PX depleted stream. Further, the process includes (e) converting at least some ethylbenzene (EB) within the C8+ hydrocarbon containing stream into toluene and (f) flowing the toluene converted in (e) to the contacting in (b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Michel Molinier, Hari Nair, Scott J. Weigel, Michael Salciccioli, Doron Levin
  • Patent number: 10899971
    Abstract: Methods are provided for performing fluid catalytic cracking (and/or other hydrothermal processing for cracking of hydrocarbons) on a feedstock containing hydrocarbons in the presence of a catalyst that includes zeolite Beta that is stabilized toward hydrothermal conditions. The hydrothermally stabilized zeolite Beta (including any of the various polymorphs) corresponds to zeolite Beta that is formed without the use of an organic structure directing agent, and that is further stabilized by addition of one or more stabilizers, such as lanthanide series elements or phosphorus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Allen W. Burton, Scott J. Weigel, Mobae Afeworki
  • Publication number: 20210017102
    Abstract: Alkyl-demethylation of C2+-hydrocarbyl substituted aromatic hydrocarbons can be utilized to treat one or more of a heavy naphtha reformate stream, a hydrotreated SCN stream, a C8 aromatic hydrocarbon isomerization feed stream, a C9+ aromatic hydrocarbon transalkylation feed stream, and similar hydrocarbon streams to produce additional quantity of xylene products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Hari Nair, Meha Rungta, Michel Molinier, Doron Levin, Scott J. Weigel, Michael Salciccioli, John F. Brody
  • Publication number: 20210017103
    Abstract: Alkyl-demethylation of C2+-hydrocarbyl substituted aromatic hydrocarbons can be utilized to treat one or more of a heavy naphtha reformate stream, a hydrotreated SCN stream, a C8 aromatic hydrocarbon isomerization feed stream, a C9+ aromatic hydrocarbon transalkylation feed stream, and similar hydrocarbon streams to produce additional quantity of xylene products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Meha Rungta, Michel Molinier, Hari Nair, Doron Levin, Scott J. Weigel, Michael Salciccioli
  • Publication number: 20200385322
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process for producing a mono-alkylated aromatic compound, such as, for example, ethylbenzene or cumene, in which an alkylatable aromatic compound stream, such as, for example, benzene, and an alkylation agent stream, such as, for example, poly-ethylbenzene or poly-isopropylbenzene, are contacted in the presence of a transalkylation catalyst and under at least partial liquid phase transalkylation conditions. The transalkylation catalyst comprises a zeolite having a framework structure selected from the group consisting of FAU, BEA*, MOR, MWW and mixtures thereof. The zeolite has a silica-alumina molar ratio in a range of 10 to 15. The transalkylation catalyst composition has an external surface area/volume ratio in the range of 30 cm?1 to 85 cm?1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Brett T. Loveless, Jean W. Beeckman, Christopher G. Oliveri, Scott J. Weigel, Matthew S. Ide, Theresa A. Baumrucker
  • Publication number: 20200290027
    Abstract: Methods are provided for formulation of catalysts with improved catalyst exposure lifetimes under oxygenate conversion conditions. In various additional aspects, methods are described for performing oxygenate conversion reactions using such catalysts with improved catalyst exposure lifetimes. The catalyst formulation methods can include formulation of oxygenate conversion catalysts with binders that are selected from binders having a surface area of roughly 250 m2/g or less, or 200 m2/g or less. In various aspects, during formulation, a weak base can be added to the zeotype crystals, to the binder material, or to the mixture of the zeotype and the binder. It has been unexpectedly discovered that addition of a weak base, so that the weak base is present in at least one component of the binder mixture prior to formulation, can result in longer catalyst exposure lifetimes under methanol conversion conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Brandon J. O'Neill, Scott J. Weigel
  • Publication number: 20200255747
    Abstract: Methods are provided for performing fluid catalytic cracking (and/or other hydrothermal processing for cracking of hydrocarbons) on a feedstock containing hydrocarbons in the presence of a catalyst that includes zeolite Beta that is stabilized toward hydrothermal conditions. The hydrothermally stabilized zeolite Beta (including any of the various polymorphs) corresponds to zeolite Beta that is formed without the use of an organic structure directing agent, and that is further stabilized by addition of one or more stabilizers, such as lanthanide series elements or phosphorus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Allen W. Burton, Scott J. Weigel, Mobae Afeworki
  • Publication number: 20200238271
    Abstract: Methods are provided for activation of catalysts comprising low amounts of a hydrogenation metal, such as low amounts of a Group 8-10 noble metal. The amount of hydrogenation metal on the catalyst can correspond to 0.5 wt % or less (with respect to the weight of the catalyst), or 0.1 wt % or less, or 0.05 wt % or less. Prior to loading a catalyst into a reactor, the corresponding catalyst precursor can be first activated in a hydrogen-containing atmosphere containing 1.0 vppm of CO or less. The thus first-activated catalyst can be transferred to a reactor with optional exposure to oxygen during the transfer, where it can be further activated using a hydrogen-containing atmosphere containing 3.0 vppm of CO or higher, to yield a twice-activated catalyst with high performance. The catalyst can be advantageously a transalkylation catalyst or an isomerization catalyst useful for converting aromatic hydrocarbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Mayank Shekhar, Paul Podsiadlo, Michel Molinier, Scott J. Weigel, Travis D. Sparks, Jocelyn A. Gilcrest, Joseph E. Gatt
  • Patent number: 10717069
    Abstract: Zn-promoted and/or Ga-promoted cracking catalysts, such as cracking catalysts comprising an MSE framework zeolite or an MFI framework zeolite can provide unexpectedly superior conversion of branched paraffins when used as part of a catalyst during reforming of a hydrocarbon fuel stream. The conversion and reforming of the hydrocarbon fuel stream can occur, for example, in an internal combustion engine. The conversion and reforming can allow for formation of higher octane compounds from the branched paraffins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Weiss, Gerardo J. Majano, Tilman W. Beutel, Karl G. Strohmaier, John F. Brody, Samia Ilias, Scott J. Weigel, Shamel Merchant, Eugine Choi, Robert J. Colby, Walter Weissman
  • Publication number: 20200199468
    Abstract: In a process for improving the cold flow properties of a hydrocarbon feedstock, the feedstock is contacted with a catalyst composition comprising an EMM-17 molecular sieve and a hydrogenation component under dewaxing conditions effective to produce a dewaxed product having a cloud point and/or pour point that is reduced relative to the cloud point and/or pour point of the feedstock by at least 5° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph E. Gatt, William W. Lonergan, Scott J. Weigel, Ivy D. Johnson, Karl G. Strohmaier, Simon C. Weston
  • Publication number: 20200179913
    Abstract: Catalyst composition which comprises a first zeolite having a BEA* framework type and a second zeolite having a MOR framework type and a mesopore surface area of greater than 30 m2/g is disclosed. These catalyst compositions are used to remove catalyst poisons from untreated feed streams having one or more impurities which cause deactivation of the downstream catalysts employed in hydrocarbon conversion processes, such as those that produce mono-alkylated aromatic compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew S. Ide, Doron Levin, Wenyih F. Lai, Ivy D. Johnson, Scott J. Weigel, Brett T. Loveless
  • Patent number: 10677160
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for combined cycle power generation while reducing or mitigating emissions during power generation. Recycled exhaust gas from a power generation combustion reaction can be separated using a swing adsorption process so as to generate a high purity CO2 stream while reducing/minimizing the energy required for the separation and without having to reduce the temperature of the exhaust gas. This can allow for improved energy recovery while also generating high purity streams of carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Narasimhan Sundaram, Ramesh Gupta, Hans Thomann, Hugo S. Caram, Loren K. Starcher, Franklin F. Mittricker, Simon C. Weston, Scott J. Weigel
  • Patent number: 10647633
    Abstract: A fluidized bed process for producing para-xylene via toluene and/or benzene methylation with methanol using a dual function catalyst system. A first catalyst accomplishes the toluene and/or benzene methylation and a second catalyst converts the by-products of the methylation reaction or unconverted methylating agent, improves the yields of the desired products, or a combination thereof. The inclusion of the second catalyst can suppress the C1-C5 non-aromatic fraction by over 50% and significantly enhance the formation of aromatics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Soultanidis, Todd E. Detjen, Scott J. Weigel
  • Publication number: 20200061593
    Abstract: Processes are provided for preparing molecular sieves of framework structure MEI, TON, MRE, MWW, MFS, MOR, FAU, EMT, or MSE. The process involves preparing a synthesis mixture for the molecular sieve wherein the synthesis mixture includes a morphology modifier L selected from the group consisting of cationic surfactants having a quaternary ammonium group comprising at least one hydrocarbyl group having at least 12 carbon atoms, nonionic surfactants, anionic surfactants, sugars and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Preeti Kamakoti, Scott J. Weigel, Karl G. Strohmaier, Helge Jaensch, Marc H. Anthonis, Martine Dictus, Brita Engels, Darryl D. Lacy, Sina Sartipi, Brandon J. O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20200061592
    Abstract: Processes are provided for preparing molecular sieves. The process involves preparing a synthesis mixture for the molecular sieve wherein the synthesis mixture includes a morphology modifier L selected from the group consisting of nonionic surfactants, anionic surfactants, sugars and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Preeti Kamakoti, Scott J. Weigel, Karl G. Strohmaier, Helge Jaensch, Marc H. Anthonis, Martine Dictus, Brita Engels, Darryl D. Lacy, Sina Sartipi