Patents by Inventor Walter Weissman

Walter Weissman 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: 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: 20200018268
    Abstract: A power system comprises an engine configured to combust an air/fuel mixture and produce a flow of exhaust gas; an exhaust passageway fluidly connected to the engine to receive the flow of exhaust gas; an exhaust gas recirculation loop fluidly connecting the exhaust passageway to a fuel intake for the engine; a first conversion zone containing a fuel reforming catalyst located within the exhaust gas recirculation loop; and a second conversion zone located within the exhaust gas recirculation loop separate from and downstream of the first conversion zone stream, the second conversion zone containing a fuel cracking catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Shamel Merchant, Eugine Choi, Walter Weissman, Tilman W. Beutel, John F. Brody, Gerardo Majano, Karl G. Strohmaier, Brian Weiss, Robert J. Colby, Makoto Koike, Hiroshi Miyagawa, Seiji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20190300364
    Abstract: Sulfur-tolerant reforming catalysts that include bulk alumina in the catalyst support are provided. The sulfur-tolerant reforming catalysts can include a sulfur-tolerant catalytic metal to facilitate reforming. The catalyst can further include a support material that includes at least some alumina as bulk alumina and/or octahedrally coordinated alumina. The sulfur-tolerant reforming catalysts can be regenerated, such as periodically regenerated, under relatively mild conditions that allow the catalysts to maintain reforming activity in the presence of 1 vppm to 1000 vppm of sulfur in the feed for reforming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Brian M. WEISS, Tilman W. BEUTEL, Herbert W. BARRY, Gerardo J. MAJANO SANCHEZ, John F. BRODY, Walter WEISSMAN, Kanmi MAO
  • Publication number: 20190078218
    Abstract: An electrochemical conversion method for converting at least a portion of a first mixture comprising hydrocarbon to C2+ unsaturates by repeatedly applying an electric potential difference, V(?1), to a first electrode of an electrochemical cell during a first time interval ?1; and reducing the electric potential difference, V(?1), to a second electric potential difference, V(?2), for a second time interval ?2, wherein ?2??1. The method is beneficial, among other things, for reducing coke formation in the electrochemical production of C2+ unsaturates in an electrochemical cell. Accordingly, a method of reducing coke formation in the electrochemical conversion of such mixtures and a method for electrochemically converting carbon to C2+ unsaturates as well as an apparatus for such methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Walter Weissman, Sumathy Raman, Mark A. Greaney
  • Publication number: 20180169623
    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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    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
  • Patent number: 10001091
    Abstract: Catalyst compositions suitable for use in the exhaust gas recycle stream of an internal combustion engine are provided. Such catalyst compositions typically provide significant amounts of methane in addition to syngas. A reformer incorporating such a catalyst for use in an exhaust gas recycle portion of an internal combustion engine powertrain is described. A powertrain incorporating such a reformer, a method of increasing the octane rating of an exhaust gas recycle stream, and a method of operating an internal combustion engine using methane-assisted combustion are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian M. Weiss, Walter Weissman, Tilman W. Beutel, John F. Brody, Eugine Choi, Wenjun Li, Paul D. Madiara, Chris E. Esther Kliewer, Karl G. Strohmaier, Scott J. Weigel, Brett Loveless, Makoto Kioke, Hiroshi Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 9932679
    Abstract: An electrochemical conversion method for converting at least a portion of a first mixture comprising hydrocarbon to C2+ unsaturates by repeatedly applying an electric potential difference, V(?1), to a first electrode of an electrochemical cell during a first time interval ?1; and reducing the electric potential difference, V(?1), to a second electric potential difference, V(?2), for a second time interval ?2, wherein ?2??1. The method is beneficial, among other things, for reducing coke formation in the electrochemical production of C2+ unsaturates in an electrochemical cell. Accordingly, a method of reducing coke formation in the electrochemical conversion of such mixtures and a method for electrochemically converting carbon to C2+ unsaturates as well as an apparatus for such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Weissman, Sumathy Raman, Mark A. Greaney
  • Patent number: 9617490
    Abstract: Catalyst compositions suitable for use in the exhaust gas recycle stream of an internal combustion engine are provided. Such catalyst compositions typically provide significant amounts of methane in addition to syngas. A reformer incorporating such a catalyst for use in an exhaust gas recycle portion of an internal combustion engine powertrain is described. A powertrain incorporating such a reformer, a method of increasing the octane rating of an exhaust gas recycle stream, and a method of operating an internal combustion engine using methane-assisted combustion are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Toyota Central Research and Development Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael Weiss, Walter Weissman, Tilman Wolfram Beutel, John Francis Brody, Eugine Choi, Wenjun Li, Paul Dmitri Madiara, Chris Esther Kliewer, Karl Gottlieb Strohmaier, Scott J. Weigel, Brett Loveless, Makota Koike, Hiroshi Miyagawa
  • Publication number: 20150167587
    Abstract: Catalyst compositions suitable for use in the exhaust gas recycle stream of an internal combustion engine are provided. Such catalyst compositions typically provide significant amounts of methane in addition to syngas. A reformer incorporating such a catalyst for use in an exhaust gas recycle portion of an internal combustion engine powertrain is described. A powertrain incorporating such a reformer, a method of increasing the octane rating of an exhaust gas recycle stream, and a method of operating an internal combustion engine using methane-assisted combustion are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Michael Weiss, Walter Weissman, Tilman Wolfram Beutel, John Francis Brody, Eugine Choi, Wenjun Li, Paul Dmitri Madiara, Chris Esther Kliewer, Karl Gottlieb Strohmaier, Scott J. Weigel, Brett Loveless
  • Publication number: 20150166913
    Abstract: Catalyst compositions and methods for use of such catalyst composition in the exhaust gas recycle stream of an internal combustion engine for reforming of a methane-containing fuel are provided. A reformer incorporating such a catalyst for use in an exhaust gas recycle portion of an internal combustion engine powertrain is described. A powertrain incorporating such a reformer, a method of increasing the octane rating of an exhaust gas recycle stream, and a method of operating an internal combustion engine for methane combustion are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: John Francis Brody, Paul Dmitri Madiara, Walter Weissman, Eugine Choi, Tilman Wolfram Beutel, Wenjun Li
  • Publication number: 20150167588
    Abstract: Catalyst compositions suitable for use in the exhaust gas recycle stream of an internal combustion engine are provided. Such catalyst compositions typically provide significant amounts of methane in addition to syngas. A reformer incorporating such a catalyst for use in an exhaust gas recycle portion of an internal combustion engine powertrain is described. A powertrain incorporating such a reformer, a method of increasing the octane rating of an exhaust gas recycle stream, and and a method of operating an internal combustion engine using methane-assisted combustion are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Tilman Wolfram Beutel, Brian Michael Weiss, Karl Gottlieb Strohmaier, Michael Anthony Marella, Keith Robert Hajkowski, Walter Weissman, Eugine Choi, George Skic, Chris Esther Kliewer, John Francis Brody, Paul Dmitri Madiara, Sumathy Raman, Partha Nandi
  • Publication number: 20150119542
    Abstract: An electrochemical conversion method for converting at least a portion of a first mixture comprising hydrocarbon to C2+ unsaturates by repeatedly applying an electric potential difference, V(?1), to a first electrode of an electrochemical cell during a first time interval ?1; and reducing the electric potential difference, V(?1), to a second electric potential difference, V(?2), for a second time interval ?2, wherein ?2??1. The method is beneficial, among other things, for reducing coke formation in the electrochemical production of C2+ unsaturates in an electrochemical cell. Accordingly, a method of reducing coke formation in the electrochemical conversion of such mixtures and a method for electrochemically converting carbon to C2+ unsaturates as well as an apparatus for such methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Walter Weissman, Sumathy Raman, Mark A. Greaney
  • Publication number: 20150027849
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for removing polar molecule contaminants from a refinery stream in connection with the processing of hydrocarbon fluids, chemicals, whole crude oils, blends and fractions in refineries and chemical plants that include adding high surface energy and/or high surface area nanoparticle compounds to a refinery stream to remove the polar molecule contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Mohsen Shahmirzadi Yeganeh, Peter W. Jacobs, Ian Alfred Cody, Steven Webster Levine, Eric B. Sirota, Ramesh Gupta, Walter Weissman
  • Patent number: 8852427
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for removing polar molecule contaminants from a refinery stream in connection with the processing of hydrocarbon fluids, chemicals, whole crude oils, blends and fractions in refineries and chemical plants that include adding high surface energy and/or high surface area nanoparticle compounds to a refinery stream to remove the polar molecule contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Mohsen S. Yeganeh, Peter W. Jacobs, Ian A. Cody, Steven W. Levine, Eric B. Sirota, Ramesh Gupta, Walter Weissman
  • Patent number: 8685353
    Abstract: Provided are improved exhaust gas cleaning systems and methods for treating exhaust gas from a combustion source that include a hydrogen generation system, a regenerable sulfur oxides trap, and a regenerable nitrogen storage reduction (NSR) catalyst trap. The improved exhaust gas cleaning systems and methods allow for the sulfur released from the sulfur trap to pass through the nitrogen oxide trap with no or little poisoning of NOx storage and reduction sites, which significantly improves NSR catalyst trap lifetime and performance to meet future emissions standards. The disclosed exhaust gas cleaning systems are suitable for use in internal combustion engines (e.g., diesel, gasoline, CNG) which operate with lean air/fuel ratios over most of the operating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: El-Mekki El-Malki, Walter Weissman, Paul James Polini
  • Patent number: 8658025
    Abstract: Biomass is used as a co-feed for a heavy petroleum oil coking process to improve the operation of the coking process and to utilize biomaterial for the production of transportation fuels. The coking process may be a delayed coking process or a fluidized bed coking process and in each case, the presence of the biomass will decrease the coke drying time so reducing coke handling problems in the unit besides forming a superior coke product. In the case of a fluidized bed coking process using a gasifier for the coke, the addition of an alkali metal salt improves the operation of the gasifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Michael Siskin, Glen E. Phillips, Simon R. Kelemen, Walter Weissman
  • Patent number: 8603325
    Abstract: A biomass pyrolysis oil is used as a co-feed for a heavy petroleum oil coking process to improve the operation of the coking process and to utilize biomaterial for the production of transportation fuels. The coking process may be a delayed coking process or a fluidized bed coking process and in each case, the presence of the biomass pyrolysis oil will decrease the coke drying time while reducing coke handling problems in the unit besides forming a superior coke product. In the case of a fluidized bed coking process using a gasifier for the coke, the addition of an alkali metal salt improves the operation of the gasifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Michael Siskin, Glen E. Phillips, Simon R. Kelemen, Walter Weissman
  • Publication number: 20130315808
    Abstract: Provided are improved exhaust gas cleaning systems and methods for treating exhaust gas from a combustion source that include a hydrogen generation system, a regenerable sulfur oxides trap, and a regenerable nitrogen storage reduction (NSR) catalyst trap. The improved exhaust gas cleaning systems and methods allow for the sulfur released from the sulfur trap to pass through the nitrogen oxide trap with no or little poisoning of NOx storage and reduction sites, which significantly improves NSR catalyst trap lifetime and performance to meet future emissions standards. The disclosed exhaust gas cleaning systems are suitable for use in internal combustion engines (e.g., diesel, gasoline, CNG) which operate with lean air/fuel ratios over most of the operating period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: El-Mekki El-Malki, Walter Weissman, Paul James Polini
  • Patent number: 8507404
    Abstract: Provided are improved regenerable SOx trap formulations for on-board vehicle applications. The regenerable sulfur trap formulations reduce the rate of sulfur poisoning of a downstream nitrogen storage reduction (NSR) catalyst trap in exhaust gas cleaning systems for combustion engines by adsorbing SOx as metal sulfate under lean exhaust conditions and desorbing the accumulated SOx under rich exhaust conditions. The regenerable sulfur oxides trap catalyst compositions include a metal (M) oxide, wherein M is selected from Cu, Fe, Mn, Ag, Co and combinations thereof and a metal (M)-La—Zr oxide, wherein M is selected from Cu, Fe, Mn, Ag, Co and combinations thereof. In addition, provided are improved exhaust gas cleaning systems and methods for treating exhaust gas from a combustion source that include a hydrogen generation system, a regenerable sulfur oxides trap, and a regenerable nitrogen storage reduction (NSR) catalyst trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: El-Mekki El-Malki, Walter Weissman, Paul J. Polini
  • Publication number: 20130180593
    Abstract: The present invention is a heat pipe having a specified volume of working fluid determined in relation to the interior volume of the heat pipe and a target temperature TT, to provide self-temperature regulation and pressure management. The heat pipe comprises at least a evaporator region and a condenser region having a known interior volume V and a mass of working fluid given by the relationship Mwf=Dwf at TT×V where Dwf is the density of the saturated vapor of the fluid at temperature TT plus an amount of additional working fluid sufficient to have the rate of evaporation about equal to the rate of condensation for the particular heat pipe configuration. The heat pipe has at least the condenser region having an interior coating of a hydrophobic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ramesh Gupta, Walter Weissman, George P. Walchuk, Randall D. Partridge, Mohsen S. Yeganeh