Patents by Inventor Steven F. Zink

Steven F. Zink 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: 20150060334
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for processing hydrocarbon streams containing organic nitrogen species are provided. In an embodiment, a method for processing a hydrocarbon stream containing organic nitrogen species includes adding an aqueous acidic solution to a hydrocarbon feed stream to form a reaction stream. The method further includes contacting the reaction stream with a reaction surface and reacting the aqueous acidic solution and the organic nitrogen species to form an ammonium sulfate rich stream and a lean nitrogen naphtha stream. Also, the method includes separating an ammonium sulfate rich aqueous phase and an oil phase from the ammonium sulfate rich stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventor: Steven F. Zink
  • Publication number: 20140353209
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a process for treating a naphtha stream. The process may include providing the naphtha stream to a fractionation zone. The fractionation zone may include a fractionation column producing a first stream having one or more C5? hydrocarbons and a second stream withdrawn at a lower elevation on the fractionation column than the first stream and having one or more C5+ hydrocarbons, and sending at least a portion of the second stream to an aromatics complex for producing at least one of benzene, toluene, and para-xylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Steven F. Zink
  • Publication number: 20120088702
    Abstract: Embodiments of a process for improving a re-refined lube oil stream are provided. The process comprises the steps of introducing a gas stream comprising hydrogen (H2) and the re-refined lube oil stream comprising hydroprocessed used lube oil to a hydrogenation reactor that contain Group VIII catalyst. A gas to oil feed ratio rate of from about 30 to about 100 Nm3 H2/m3 is used to introduce the streams to the reactor. The hydroprocessed used lube oil is hydrogenated with the H2 in the reactor such that an effluent is formed containing hydrogenated re-refined lube oil having about 2 wt. % or less of aromatics and about 55 wt. % or less of naphthenes. The reactor is operating at a temperature of from about 250 to about 300° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Steven F. Zink, Tom Kalnes, Mark VanWees