Patents by Inventor Stephen R. Schmidt

Stephen R. Schmidt 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: 20190366307
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an inventive method for manufacturing a catalyst using alloy granules having a high-Ni content. The inventive method may include providing alloy granules comprising aluminum and nickel, and treating the alloy granules with an alkaline solution to form the catalyst. A content of the nickel in the alloy granules may be within a range of about 43 wt % to about 60 wt %. The alloy granules may have effective diameters within a range of about 1 mm to about 10 mm. The catalyst may have an attrition value of less than about 7.0%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: W. R. GRACE & CO.-CONN.
    Inventor: Stephen R. SCHMIDT
  • Patent number: 9586879
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a process for the selective hydrogenation of glycerol in the liquid phase to produce 1- and 2-propanols in high yields as the major organic products. The process comprises subjecting a glycerol stream having at least 30% by weight water to a combination of low pressure and high temperature hydrogenation conditions in the presence of a promoted or un-promoted skeletal copper catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: W. R. GRACE & CO-CONN.
    Inventor: Stephen R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9528059
    Abstract: The process of this invention removes impurities from transesterification products comprising primarily fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE) that are being processed for final fuel products, such as biodiesel. The inventive process is catalytic, and the resulting ester is suitable for use as biodiesel. Metal oxide and mixed metal oxide catalysts are particularly suitable. The invention is particularly suitable for treating fatty acid alkyl ester compositions comprising impurities such as glycerin, sterol glycosides, and/or triglyceride, diglyceride and/or monoglyceride. The invention is particularly useful in treating FAAE transesterification products made using homogeneous alkali catalysts. The treated ester exhibits improved performance under cold weather conditions, which can be measured by methods such as ASTM 7501 Cold Soak Filtration Test (CSFT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Schmidt, Meenakshi S. Krishnamoorthy, Manoj M. Koranne, Heiko Morell, Jochen G. Metzger
  • Patent number: 9365664
    Abstract: The invention concerns catalysts comprising (i) a clad catalyst support comprising (a) a core which comprises alumina particles and (b) about 1 to about 40 weight percent silica cladding, based on the weight of the clad catalyst support, on the surface of the core; the catalyst support having a BET surface area of greater than 20 m2/g and a porosity of at least about 0.2 cc/g; and (ii) 0.1 to 10 weight percent, based on the weight of the catalyst, of catalytically active transition metal on the surface of the clad catalyst support; wherein the catalyst support has a normalized sulfur uptake (NSU) of up to 25 ?g/m2. The invention also concerns the production and use of such catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: W. R. GRACE & CO. -CONN.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Schmidt, David M. Chapman, Manoj M. Koranne, Michael D. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20160031777
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a process for the selective hydrogenation of glycerol in the liquid phase to produce 1- and 2-propanols in high yields as the major organic products. The process comprises subjecting a glycerol stream having at least 30% by weight water to a combination of low pressure and high temperature hydrogenation conditions in the presence of a promoted or un-promoted skeletal copper catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: W. R. GRACE & CO.-CONN.
    Inventor: Stephen R. SCHMIDT
  • Publication number: 20150210784
    Abstract: The invention concerns catalysts comprising (i) a clad catalyst support comprising (a) a core which comprises alumina particles and (b) about 1 to about 40 weight percent silica cladding, based on the weight of the clad catalyst support, on the surface of the core; the catalyst support having a BET surface area of greater than 20 m2/g and a porosity of at least about 0.2 cc/g; and (ii) 0.1 to 10 weight percent, based on the weight of the catalyst, of catalytically active transition metal on the surface of the clad catalyst support; wherein the catalyst support has a normalized sulfur uptake (NSU) of up to 25 ?g/m2. The invention also concerns the production and use of such catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: W. R Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Schmidt, David M. Chapman, Manoj M. Koranne, Michael D. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9045569
    Abstract: Olefin polymerization catalysts or catalyst systems comprising a mixture, contact product, reaction product or complex comprising as elements or components: (A) at least one metallocene pre-catalyst compound or polymerization active metallocene compound; (B) at least one titanium containing metallocene compound; and when (A) is a metallocene pre-catalyst compound, (C) at least one activator; provided however: (I) the titanium-containing metallocene compound is inactive or substantially inactive for the polymerization of olefins prior to or concurrently with the use of the catalyst system for olefin polymerization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: Michael D. Jensen, Michael J. Elder, Andrew G. Singleton, Stephen R. Schmidt, Patrick J. Kerwin, John H. Hain, Jr., Fengjun Hua
  • Publication number: 20140109466
    Abstract: The process of this invention removes impurities from transesterification products comprising primarily fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE) that are being processed for final fuel products, such as biodiesel. The inventive process is catalytic, and the resulting ester is suitable for use as biodiesel. Metal oxide and mixed metal oxide catalysts are particularly suitable. The invention is particularly suitable for treating fatty acid alkyl ester compositions comprising impurities such as glycerin, sterol glycosides, and/or triglyceride, diglyceride and/or monoglyceride. The invention is particularly useful in treating FAAE transesterification products made using homogeneous alkali catalysts. The treated ester exhibits improved performance under cold weather conditions, which can be measured by methods such as ASTM 7501 Cold Soak Filtration Test (CSFT).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: W.R. GRACE & CO. Drive
    Inventors: Stephen R. Schmidt, Meenakshi S. Krishnamoorthy, Manoj M. Koranne, Heiko Morell, Jochen G. Metzger
  • Patent number: 8673806
    Abstract: The invention concerns catalysts comprising (i) a cladded catalyst support comprising (a) a core which comprises alumina particles and (b) about 1 to about 40 weight percent silica cladding, based on the weight of the cladded catalyst support, on the surface of the core; the catalyst support having a BET surface area of greater than 20 m2/g and a porosity of at least about 0.2 cc/g; and (ii) 0.1 to 10 weight percent, based on the weight of the catalyst, of catalytically active transition metal on the surface of the cladded catalyst support; wherein the catalyst support has a normalized sulfur uptake (NSU) of up to 25 ?g/m2. The invention also concerns the production and use of such catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Schmidt, David M. Chapman, Manoj M. Koranne, Michael D. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20130289227
    Abstract: Olefin polymerization catalysts or catalyst systems comprising a mixture, contact product, reaction product or complex comprising as elements or components: (A) at least one metallocene pre-catalyst compound or polymerization active metallocene compound; (B) at least one titanium containing metallocene compound; and when (A) is a metallocene pre-catalyst compound, (C) at least one activator; provided however: (I) the titanium-containing metallocene compound is inactive or substantially inactive for the polymerization of olefins prior to or concurrently with the use of the catalyst system for olefin polymerization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: W.R. GRACE & CO.-CONN
    Inventors: Michael D. Jensen, Michael J. Elder, Andrew G. Singleton, Stephen R. Schmidt, Patrick J. Kerwin, John H. Hain, JR., Fengjun Hua
  • Publication number: 20120071614
    Abstract: The invention concerns catalysts comprising (i) a cladded catalyst support comprising (a) a core which comprises alumina particles and (b) about 1 to about 40 weight percent silica cladding, based on the weight of the cladded catalyst support, on the surface of the core; the catalyst support having a BET surface area of greater than 20 m2/g and a porosity of at least about 0.2 cc/g; and (ii) 0.1 to 10 weight percent, based on the weight of the catalyst, of catalytically active transition metal on the surface of the cladded catalyst support; wherein the catalyst support has a normalized sulfur uptake (NSU) of up to 25 ?g/m2. The invention also concerns the production and use of such catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen R. Schmidt, David M. Chapman, Manoj M. Koranne, Michael D. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20110126977
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for manufacturing corrugated boards are disclosed. The method may include the steps of supplying a first web of medium having a first and second sides, wherein each side of the first web having a plurality of flutes, and wherein each flute having a crest, applying a wetting agent and an adhesive composition in a sequential fashion to the plurality of flutes on the first side of the first web, and securing a second web of medium to the plurality of crests on the first side of the first web to form a single-faced corrugated board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: COPAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephen R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7833376
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for manufacturing corrugated boards are disclosed. The method may include the steps of supplying a first web of medium having a first and second sides, wherein each side of the first web having a plurality of flutes, and wherein each flute having a crest, applying a wetting agent and an adhesive composition in a sequential fashion to the plurality of flutes on the first side of the first web, and securing a second web of medium is to the plurality of crests on the first side of the first web to form a single-faced corrugated board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Copar Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen R. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20030056886
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for manufacturing corrugated boards are disclosed. The method may include the steps of supplying a first web of medium having a first and second sides, wherein each side of the first web having a plurality of flutes, and wherein each flute having a crest, applying a wetting agent and an adhesive composition in a sequential fashion to the plurality of flutes on the first side of the first web, and securing a second web of medium is to the plurality of crests on the first side of the first web to form a single-faced corrugated board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Stephen R. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20020077242
    Abstract: An improved flatting agent comprising an inorganic hydrogel having a pore volume of at least 1.0 ml/g, an average particle size in the range 1 to 10 microns, and a particle size distribution such that when the flatting agent is dispersed in a coating, the fineness of grind is at least 4.75 on the Hegman scale. The inorganic hydrogel flatting agents of this invention are prepared by milling an inorganic hydrogel under controlled temperature conditions wherein a volatiles content of at least 40 weight percent is maintained, to produce inorganic hydrogel particles characterized by a pore volume of at least 1.0 ml/g, an average particle size in the range of 1 to 10 microns, and a particle size distribution such that when the flatting agent is dispersed in a coating, the fineness of grind is at least 4.75 on the Hegman scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: WILLIAM A. WELSH, STEPHEN R. SCHMIDT
  • Patent number: 5110769
    Abstract: An improved flatting agent comprising an inorganic hydrogel having a pore volume of at least 1.0 ml/g, an average particle size in the range 1 to 10 microns, and a particle size distribution such thatt when the flatting agent is dispersed in a coating, the fineness of grind is at least 4.75 on the Hegman scale. The inorganic hydrogel flatting agents of this invention are prepared by milling an inorganic hydrogel under controlled temperature conditions wherein a volatiles content of at least 40 weight percnet is maintained, to produce inorganic hydrogel particles characterized by a pore volume of at least 1.0 ml/g, an average particle size in the range of 1 to 10 microns, and a particle size distribution such that when the flatting agent is dispersed in a coating, the fineness of grind is at least 4.75 on the Hegman scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: William A. Welsh, Stephen R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5105015
    Abstract: An improved process for selectively forming noncyclic, aliphatic polyamines from the corresponding aliphatic polynitriles by reacting the polynitrile with hydrogen at low temperature under a pressure of from 50 to 5,000 psi in a fixed bed reactor while continuously contacting the reactants with granular chromium and nickel promoted Raney.RTM. cobalt packed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: You-Jyh Lin, Stephen R. Schmidt, Ramin Abhari
  • Patent number: 5102850
    Abstract: Catalysts which are suitable for auto exhaust use are made with a promoter oxide that is deposited in a concentration gradient. A solution of the promoter oxide precursor, e.g., cerous nitrate solution, is impreganted uniformly into the pore structure of a support which can be in the form of beads or extrudates to a level just below the full incipient wetness. The impregnated support is then treated with a gaseous base such as ammonia, under dynamic conditions such as tumbling (to insure uniformity), which causes the precipitation of the promoter oxide in the form of a radial concentration gradient. The resulting product is then dried and calcined at sufficiently high temperature to effect complete conversion of the promoter precursor to its oxide form, e.g., CeO.sub.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co. - Conn.
    Inventors: Moises G. Sanchez, Stephen R. Schmidt, Michael V. Ernest
  • Patent number: 4258250
    Abstract: A system for use in detecting jams in a series of members of defined length which are moving along a predetermined path includes a pulse generator for providing sequential pulses, each representative of a unit of length. A counter having a preset number therein representative of the defined length of a member plus an additional fixed length substantially less than that of a member receives an input from the pulse generator and from a sensor positioned adjacent the path of movement. During the period that a member is sensed, the preset count in the counter is reduced by the pulse generating means and if that count is reduced to zero, a jam condition is indicated and means are provided to stop movement of the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Assignee: Copar Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4112379
    Abstract: A system for detecting a jam condition in a series of sequentially moving members which are passing a plurality of stations. The system finds particular application in the production of corrugated board or the like in which at the first station there may be a slitting or slotting or printing drum which is performing an operation on a series of moving corrugated board members. There are detection means at each station and successive signals from one station indicating the presence of a member at that station without a resetting signal from the next sequential station will provide a signal indicative of a jam condition. There are means to prevent a false indication of a jam which can be caused by the absence of a member at the first station in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Copar Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen R. Schmidt