Patents by Inventor Thomas V. Harris

Thomas V. Harris 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: 8524965
    Abstract: A process for alkylating an aromatic compound comprising reacting at least one aromatic compound with a mixture of olefins selected from olefins having from about 8 to about 100 carbon atoms, in the presence of an acidic ionic liquid catalyst, wherein the resulting product comprises at least about 50 weight percent of a 1, 2, 4 tri-substituted aromatic compound or a 1, 2, 3 tri-substituted aromatic compound or mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Chevron Oronite Company LLC
    Inventors: Curt B. Campbell, Thomas V. Harris, Gilles Sinquin
  • Patent number: 8524623
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a spent ionic liquid catalyst including (a) applying a voltage across one or more pairs of electrodes immersed in a spent ionic liquid catalyst comprising conjunct polymer-metal halide complexes to provide freed conjunct polymers and a regenerated ionic liquid catalyst; and (b) separating the freed conjunct polymers from the regenerated ionic liquid catalyst is described. An alkylation process incorporating the regeneration process is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Hye-Kyung Timken, Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris, James N. Ziemer
  • Patent number: 8507396
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a used acidic catalyst which has been deactivated by conjunct polymers by removing the conjunct polymers so as to increase the activity of the catalyst is disclosed. Methods for removing the conjunct polymers include addition of a basic reagent and alkylation. The methods are applicable to all acidic catalysts and are described with reference to certain ionic liquid catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 8431014
    Abstract: The invention provides for a process for dewaxing a waxy hydrocarbon feedstock to form a lubricant oil. The invention is also directed to a catalyst system comprising a hydrotreating catalyst upstream of a dewaxing catalyst, used in the dewaxing of a waxy hydrocarbon feedstock to form a lubricant oil. In particular, the invention is directed to a process and catalyst system designed to maintain yield of lubricant oil product. Specifically, the yield of lubricant oil does not decrease more than 2%, at a target pour point, over a dewaxing temperature range. The hydrotreating catalyst helps prevent aging of the dewaxing catalyst and maintains lubricant oil product yield at a target pour point over a wide temperature range. The hydrotreating catalyst comprises platinum, palladium, or combinations thereof on a low acidity inorganic oxide support where acidity is measured by a decalin conversion of less than 10% at 700° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Kamala R. Krishna, James N. Ziemer, Andrew Rainis, Joseph A. Biscardi, Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 8187993
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for stabilizing the activity of catalytic compositions during catalytic processes, such as alkylation. A catalytic composition comprising a partially deactivated ionic liquid catalyst may be regenerated by reaction with a metal to form reactivated catalyst and an inorganic catalyst precursor; and the catalytic composition may be amended in-process by addition of an organic catalyst precursor for reaction with the inorganic catalyst precursor to form fresh ionic liquid catalyst. The organic catalyst precursor may be protected from water, e.g., during handling, by hydrophobic material(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 8187994
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for stabilizing the activity of catalytic compositions during catalytic processes, such as alkylation. A catalytic composition comprising a partially deactivated ionic liquid catalyst may be regenerated by reaction with a metal to form reactivated catalyst and an inorganic catalyst precursor; and the catalytic composition may be amended in-process by addition of an organic catalyst precursor for reaction with the inorganic catalyst precursor to form fresh ionic liquid catalyst. The organic catalyst precursor may be protected from water, e.g., during handling, by hydrophobic material(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 7956002
    Abstract: An ionic liquid catalyst, which has been regenerated by contacting a used ionic liquid catalyst with at least one regeneration metal in a regeneration zone in the presence of added hydrogen under regeneration conditions for a time sufficient to increase the activity of the ionic liquid catalyst. Also, an ionic liquid catalyst which has been regenerated by contacting a used ionic liquid catalyst with at least one regeneration metal in a regeneration zone in the presence of added hydrogen under regeneration conditions in the presence of an inert hydrocarbon in which conjunct polymers are soluble for a time sufficient to increase the activity of the ionic liquid catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A.
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 7956230
    Abstract: A method for reducing halide concentration in a hydrocarbon product made by a hydrocarbon conversion process using an ionic liquid catalyst comprising a halogen-containing an acidic ionic liquid comprising: (i) separating at least a portion of the hydrocarbon product from the ionic liquid catalyst used in the hydrocarbon conversion process from the hydrocarbon product; (ii) contacting at least a portion of the separated hydrocarbon product with an ionic liquid catalyst having the same formula as the ionic liquid catalyst used in the hydrocarbon conversion process; (iii) separating at least a portion of the hydrocarbon product from the ionic liquid catalyst of step (ii); and (iv) recovering at least a portion of the separated hydrocarbon product of step (iii) having a halide concentration less than the halide concentration of the hydrocarbon product of step (i) is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Hye-Kyung C. Timken, Michael S. Driver, Thomas V. Harris
  • Publication number: 20110105309
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for stabilizing the activity of catalytic compositions during catalytic processes, such as alkylation. A catalytic composition comprising a partially deactivated ionic liquid catalyst may be regenerated by reaction with a metal to form reactivated catalyst and an inorganic catalyst precursor; and the catalytic composition may be amended in-process by addition of an organic catalyst precursor for reaction with the inorganic catalyst precursor to form fresh ionic liquid catalyst. The organic catalyst precursor may be protected from water, e.g., during handling, by hydrophobic material(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas V. Harris
  • Publication number: 20110105820
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for stabilizing the activity of catalytic compositions during catalytic processes, such as alkylation. A catalytic composition comprising a partially deactivated ionic liquid catalyst may be regenerated by reaction with a metal to form reactivated catalyst and an inorganic catalyst precursor; and the catalytic composition may be amended in-process by addition of an organic catalyst precursor for reaction with the inorganic catalyst precursor to form fresh ionic liquid catalyst. The organic catalyst precursor may be protected from water, e.g., during handling, by hydrophobic material(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas V. Harris
  • Publication number: 20110105299
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for stabilizing the activity of catalytic compositions during catalytic processes, such as alkylation. A catalytic composition comprising a partially deactivated ionic liquid catalyst may be regenerated by reaction with a metal to form reactivated catalyst and an inorganic catalyst precursor; and the catalytic composition may be amended in-process by addition of an organic catalyst precursor for reaction with the inorganic catalyst precursor to form fresh ionic liquid catalyst. The organic catalyst precursor may be protected from water, e.g., during handling, by hydrophobic material(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas V. Harris
  • Publication number: 20110079540
    Abstract: The invention provides for a process for dewaxing a waxy hydrocarbon feedstock to form a lubricant oil. The invention is also directed to a catalyst system comprising a hydrotreating catalyst upstream of a dewaxing catalyst, used in the dewaxing of a waxy hydrocarbon feedstock to form a lubricant oil. In particular, the invention is directed to a process and catalyst system designed to maintain yield of lubricant oil product. Specifically, the yield of lubricant oil does not decrease more than 2%, at a target pour point, over a dewaxing temperature range. The hydrotreating catalyst helps prevent aging of the dewaxing catalyst and maintains lubricant oil product yield at a target pour point over a wide temperature range. The hydrotreating catalyst comprises platinum, palladium, or combinations thereof on a low acidity inorganic oxide support where acidity is measured by a decalin conversion of less than 10% at 700° F.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Kamala R. Krishna, James N. Ziemer, Andrew Rainis, Joseph A. Biscardi, Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 7884045
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a used acidic ionic liquid catalyst, comprising: a. contacting the catalyst and hydrogen with a supported hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions; and b. recovering a conjunct polymer that is a clear and colorless oil from the catalyst. A process for regenerating a used acidic ionic liquid catalyst which has been deactivated by conjunct polymers comprising the steps of contacting the used catalyst and hydrogen with a supported hydrogenation catalyst in a reaction zone under hydrogenation conditions in the presence of an inert hydrocarbon in which saturated conjunct polymers are soluble for a time sufficient to hydrogenate at least a portion of the conjunct polymers; and recovering the saturated conjunct polymers. Also, a process comprising: contacting the used acidic ionic liquid catalyst and hydrogen with a hydrogenation catalyst comprising a hydrogenation component under hydrogenation conditions; and recovering a conjunct polymer that is a clear and colorless oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas V. Harris, Saleh Elomari
  • Patent number: 7825055
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a used acidic ionic liquid catalyst comprising contacting the used ionic liquid catalyst with at least one ‘regeneration’ metal in a regeneration zone in the presence of added hydrogen under regeneration conditions for a time sufficient to increase the activity of the ionic liquid catalyst is described. In one embodiment, regeneration is conducted in the presence of a hydrocarbon solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 7807597
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a used acidic ionic liquid catalyst comprising contacting the used ionic liquid catalyst with at least one ‘regeneration’ metal in a regeneration zone in the presence of added hydrogen under regeneration conditions for a time sufficient to increase the activity of the ionic liquid catalyst is described. In one embodiment, regeneration is conducted in the presence of a hydrocarbon solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris
  • Publication number: 20100248940
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a used acidic catalyst which has been deactivated by conjunct polymers by removing the conjunct polymers so as to increase the activity of the catalyst is disclosed. Methods for removing the conjunct polymers include addition of a basic reagent and alkylation. The methods are applicable to all acidic catalysts and are described with reference to certain ionic liquid catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris
  • Publication number: 20100234208
    Abstract: A process for regenerating a used acidic ionic liquid catalyst, comprising: a. contacting the catalyst and hydrogen with a supported hydrogenation catalyst under hydrogenation conditions; and b. recovering a conjunct polymer that is a clear and colorless oil from the catalyst. A process for regenerating a used acidic ionic liquid catalyst which has been deactivated by conjunct polymers comprising the steps of contacting the used catalyst and hydrogen with a supported hydrogenation catalyst in a reaction zone under hydrogenation conditions in the presence of an inert hydrocarbon in which saturated conjunct polymers are soluble for a time sufficient to hydrogenate at least a portion of the conjunct polymers; and recovering the saturated conjunct polymers. Also, a process comprising: contacting the used acidic ionic liquid catalyst and hydrogen with a hydrogenation catalyst comprising a hydrogenation component under hydrogenation conditions; and recovering a conjunct polymer that is a clear and colorless oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas V. Harris, Saleh Elomari
  • Publication number: 20100197483
    Abstract: An ionic liquid catalyst, which has been regenerated by contacting a used ionic liquid catalyst with at least one regeneration metal in a regeneration zone in the presence of added hydrogen under regeneration conditions for a time sufficient to increase the activity of the ionic liquid catalyst. Also, an ionic liquid catalyst which has been regenerated by contacting a used ionic liquid catalyst with at least one regeneration metal in a regeneration zone in the presence of added hydrogen under regeneration conditions in the presence of an inert hydrocarbon in which conjunct polymers are soluble for a time sufficient to increase the activity of the ionic liquid catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Thomas V. Harris
  • Patent number: 7754636
    Abstract: A process for removing metal halides from regenerated ionic liquid catalyst comprising interacting a regenerated ammonium-based metal-halide ionic liquid catalyst or an ammonium-based metal-halide ionic liquid catalyst undergoing regeneration with either the parent ammonium halide salt from which the ionic liquid catalyst was made or a corresponding mixed salt having an ammonium halide to metal halide molar ratio of 0 to less than 2.0 is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Saleh Elomari, Hye-Kyung C. Timken, Howard S. Lacheen, Thomas V. Harris, Robert W. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20100160703
    Abstract: A process for alkylating an aromatic compound containing no hydroxyl groups comprising reacting at least one non-hydroxyl containing aromatic compound with at least one olefinic oligomer in the presence of an acidic ionic liquid catalyst, wherein the olefinic oligomer has a carbon range of from about C12 to about C70 and is synthesized by oligomerizing at least one monoolefin monomer in the presence of an acidic ionic liquid catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Chevron Oronite Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael Driver, Curt B. Campbell, Thomas V. Harris