Patents by Inventor Tan Jen Chen

Tan Jen Chen 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: 11053176
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for producing mixed xylenes and C9+ hydrocarbons in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating agent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product stream comprising the mixed xylenes and C9+ hydrocarbons. The mixed xylenes are subsequently converted to para-xylene, and the C9+ hydrocarbons and its components may be supplied as motor fuels blending components. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index in the range from greater than zero up to about 3. The molar ratio of aromatic hydrocarbon to alkylating agent is in the range of greater than 1:1 to less than 4:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Wenyih F. Lai, Anthony Go
  • Publication number: 20210171422
    Abstract: Methods and corresponding catalysts are provided for transalkylation of 1-ring (C9+) aromatic compounds, such as transalkylation to form para-xylene and/or other xylenes. Suitable catalysts include molecular sieves having a 3-D 12-member ring framework structure, molecular sieves having a 1-D 12-member ring framework structure, acidic microporous materials with a pore channel size of at least 6.0 Angstroms, and/or molecular sieves having a MWW framework structure. The methods include performing transalkylation where at least a portion of the feed to the transalkylation process is in the liquid phase. Optionally, the transalkylation conditions can correspond to conditions where a continuous liquid phase is present within the reaction environment. Some embodiments include liquid phase transalkylation processes for naphthalene-containing feedstock streams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Jane C. Cheng, Darryl D Lacy, Scott J Seigel, Brandon J O'Neil, Tan-Jen Chen, Todd E Deetjen
  • Publication number: 20210047249
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an improved transalkylation process that better tolerates the presence of C10+ aromatics and may be conducted substantially in the liquid phase. The transalkylation feedstock may comprise alkyl-substituted benzenes and naphthalene and the transalkylation effluent comprises alkyl-substituted naphthalene and benzene, toluene, and/or xylenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Wenyih F. Lai, Brett T. Loveless, Matthew S. Ide, Jeevan S. Abichandani
  • Publication number: 20210040016
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for producing mixed xylenes and C9+ hydrocarbons in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating agent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product stream comprising the mixed xylenes and C9+ hydrocarbons. The mixed xylenes are subsequently converted to para-xylene, and the C9+ hydrocarbons and its components may be supplied as motor fuels blending components. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index in the range from greater than zero up to about 3. The molar ratio of aromatic hydrocarbon to alkylating agent is in the range of greater than 1:1 to less than 4:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Wenyih F. Lai, Anthony Go
  • Publication number: 20200308085
    Abstract: This disclosure provides improved processes for converting aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene/toluene, alkylation, transalkylation, or isomerization. In an embodiment, a process comprises utilizing a passivated reactor to reduce deactivation of a molecular sieve catalyst. Additional measures such as the use of an auxiliary catalyst and/or an elevated reactor pressure may be used to further reduce deactivation of the molecular sieve catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Seth M. Washburn, Hsu Chiang, Umar Aslam, Wenyih Frank Lai, Doron Levin, Tan-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 10696608
    Abstract: In a process for producing paraxylene, a hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index ?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. At least part of the alkylated product is supplied to a paraxylene recovery unit to recover paraxylene and produce a paraxylene-depleted stream, which is then contacted with a xylene isomerization catalyst under conditions effective to isomerize xylenes in the paraxylene-depleted stream and produce an isomerized stream having a higher concentration of paraxylene than the paraxylene-depleted stream. At least part of the isomerized stream is then recycled to the paraxylene recovery unit to recover the paraxylene therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Todd E. Detjen, Tan-Jen Chen, Brett T. Loveless, Robert G. Tinger
  • Publication number: 20190330129
    Abstract: A process is described for producing paraxylene, in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. The alkylation catalyst may be selectivated to produce a higher than equilibrium amount of paraxylene by using a molar ratio of alkylating agent to aromatic of at least 1:4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: Tan-Jen Chen
  • Publication number: 20190241485
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a process for producing paraxylene and catalyst for use in processes for producing paraxylene. In an embodiment, the process includes contacting an aromatic hydrocarbon feed comprising benzene and/or toluene with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in at least one alkylation reaction zone in the presence of an alkylation catalyst comprising a molecular sieve having a Constrain Index less than 5 and under alkylation conditions. The alkylation catalyst comprises at least one of a rare earth metal or alkaline earth metal and a binder, and a majority of the at least one rare earth metal or alkaline earth metal is deposited on the molecular sieve. In addition, the process includes producing an alkylated aromatic product comprising xylenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Wenyih F. Lai, Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn
  • Publication number: 20190218159
    Abstract: In a process for producing paraxylene, a hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index ?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. At least part of the alkylated product is supplied to a paraxylene recovery unit to recover paraxylene and produce a paraxylene-depleted stream, which is then contacted with a xylene isomerization catalyst under conditions effective to isomerize xylenes in the paraxylene-depleted stream and produce an isomerized stream having a higher concentration of paraxylene than the paraxylene-depleted stream. At least part of the isomerized stream is then recycled to the paraxylene recovery unit to recover the paraxylene therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Todd E. Detjen, Tan-Jen Chen, Brett T. Loveless, Robert G. Tinger
  • Publication number: 20190169087
    Abstract: A process is described for producing paraxylene, in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. Paraxylene may then be recovered from the alkylated aromatic product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn
  • 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: 10246387
    Abstract: A process is described for producing paraxylene, in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index ?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. The alkylation catalyst may be selectivated to produce a higher than equilibrium amount of paraxylene by using a molar ratio of alkylating agent to aromatic of at least 1:4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventor: Tan-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 10246383
    Abstract: A process is described for producing paraxylene, in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index ?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. Paraxylene may then be recovered from the alkylated aromatic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn
  • Publication number: 20190002367
    Abstract: A process for producing naphthalene or methylnaphthalenes from an alkane-containing stream. In an embodiment, the produce includes providing an alkane-containing feed stream to a reactor, and contacting the ethane-containing stream with an aromatization catalyst within the reactor. The aromatization catalyst comprises molecular sieve, and a dehydrogenation component. In addition, the process includes producing a reactor effluent stream from the reactor, and separating a product stream from the reactor effluent stream. The product stream comprises at least one or both of naphthalene and methylnaphthalene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Salciccioli, Alan A. Galuska, Tan-Jen Chen, Catherine M. Dorsi, Mayank Shekhar
  • 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: 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: 9963406
    Abstract: The invention relates to the conversion of paraffinic hydrocarbon to oligomers of greater molecular weight and/or to aromatic hydrocarbon. The invention also relates to equipment and materials useful in such conversion, and to the use of such conversion for, e.g., natural gas upgrading. Corresponding olefinic hydrocarbon is produced from the paraffinic hydrocarbon in the presence of a dehydrogenation catalyst containing a catalytically active carbonaceous component. The corresponding olefinic hydrocarbon is then converted by oligomerization and/or dehydrocyclization in the presence of at least one molecular sieve catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Paul F. Keusenkothen
  • Publication number: 20180099913
    Abstract: A process is described for producing paraxylene, in which an aromatic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising benzene and/or toluene is contacted with an alkylating reagent comprising methanol and/or dimethyl ether in an alkylation reaction zone under alkylation conditions in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to produce an alkylated aromatic product comprising xylenes. The alkylation catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having a Constraint Index?5, and the alkylation conditions comprise a temperature less than 500° C. Paraxylene may then be recovered from the alkylated aromatic product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Seth M. Washburn