Patents by Inventor Wenyih Frank Lai

Wenyih Frank Lai 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: 20210292663
    Abstract: Compositions can include mixtures having from about 2 wt % to about 40 wt % of C10-C20 linear paraffins based on the weight of the mixture, from about 60 wt % to about 98 wt % of C10-C20 branched saturated hydrocarbons based on the weight of the mixture, and less than or equal to about 30 wt % of C20+ saturated hydrocarbons based on the weight of the mixture. Methods to obtain these compositions can include the isomerization of one or more C10-C20 alpha olefins under skeletal isomerization conditions to obtain an isomerization mixture and the hydrotreating of the isomerization mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Sina Sartipi, Roxana Perez Velez, Silvio Carrettin, Nan Hu, Wenyih Frank Lai, Daniel Bien
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200215521
    Abstract: A method for making catalyst materials is disclosed in which active metal ingredients of the final catalyst are added to a mixture for extruding the catalyst material that includes a binder, one or more precursors of one or more base metals and/or one or more noble metals, and a crystal of a zeolite. The extruded catalyst material is then pre-calcined and ion-exchanged and then a final calcining step is applied. The catalyst materials made by such a method are also disclosed as is a method for treating a hydrocarbon stream using the catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Paul Podsiadlo, Chuansheng Bai, William W. Lonergan, Louis F. Burns, Stephen J. McCarthy, Nicholas S. Rollman
  • Patent number: 10669491
    Abstract: Methods are provided for making base metal catalysts with improved activity. After forming catalyst particles based on a support comprising a zeolitic molecular sieve, the catalyst particles can be impregnated with a solution comprising a) metal salts (or other precursors) for a plurality of base metals and b) an organic dispersion agent comprising 2 to 10 carbons. The impregnated support particles can be dried to form a base metal catalyst, and then optionally sulfided to form a sulfided base metal catalyst. The resulting (sulfided) base metal catalyst can have improved activity for cloud point reduction and/or for improved activity for heteroatom removal, relative to a base metal dewaxing catalyst prepared without the use of a dispersion agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Stephen J. McCarthy, Chuansheng Bai, Wenyih Frank Lai, Paul Podsiadlo, William W. Lonergan
  • Patent number: 10661262
    Abstract: Hydrogenation catalysts for aromatic hydrogenation including an organosilica material support, which is a polymer comprising independent units of a monomer of Formula [Z1OZ2OSiCH2]3 (I), wherein each Z1 and Z2 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C4 alkyl group or a bond to a silicon atom of another monomer; and at least one catalyst metal are provided herein. Methods of making the hydrogenation catalysts and processes of using, e.g., aromatic hydrogenation, the hydrogenation catalyst are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
    Inventors: Paul Podsiadlo, Quanchang Li, David Charles Calabro, Jean Willem Lodewijk Beeckman, Lei Zhang, Kiara M. Benitez, Matthew Scott Ide, Stephen John McCarthy, Mobae Afeworki, Simon Christopher Weston, Preeti Kamakoti, Matu J. Shah, Wenyih Frank Lai, Meghan Kochersperger, David A. Griffin, Ivy D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10544239
    Abstract: Organosilica materials, which are a polymer of at least one independent monomer of Formula [Z1OZ2OSiCH2]3 (I), wherein each Z1 and Z2 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C4 alkyl group or a bond to a silicon atom of another monomer and at least one other trivalent metal oxide monomer are provided herein. Methods of preparing and processes of using the organosilica materials, e.g., for catalysis etc., are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: EXXONMOBILE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Quanchang Li, David Charles Calabro, Mobae Amin Afeworki, Simon Christopher Weston, Matcheld Maria Wilfried Mertens, Tilman Wolfram Beutel, Wenyih Frank Lai, Paul Podsiadlo, Jean Willem Lodewijk Beeckman
  • Publication number: 20190336953
    Abstract: The present invention provides a catalyst composition comprising: a) an inorganic, porous, mesoporous binder material, wherein the binder material comprises at least silica and alumina; b) a supported material, wherein the supported material has a framework comprising silica and alumina in a weight ratio of silica to alumina of about 10:1 to about 50:1, and has an average pore diameter of about 15 to about 40 ?; and c) a hydrogenation-dehydrogenation component, which is selected from the Group VIII noble metals and mixtures thereof; wherein the catalyst composition has a collidine uptake at 200° C. of greater than 150 ?mol/g, 200 ?mol/g, or 300 ?mol/g, or 350 ?mol/g. The catalyst is used in the hydroprocessing of a hydrocarbon feedstream to reduce an aromatic content of the hydrocarbon feedstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew S. IDE, Wenyih Frank LAI, William Robert GUNTHER, Lei ZHANG, Maura A.F. Koehle
  • Patent number: 10155665
    Abstract: Methods are provided for synthesis of various types of zeolites using synthesis mixtures that contain a dominant structure directing agent and one or more secondary structure directing agents. Advantageously, the secondary structure directing agents may substantially not alter the crystal structure and/or morphology of the crystals generated by a synthesis mixture in the presence of the dominant structure directing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Nicholas S. Rollman, Jenna L. Walp, William W. Lonergan
  • Publication number: 20180318790
    Abstract: Hydrogenation catalysts for aromatic hydrogenation including an organosilica material support, which is a polymer comprising independent units of a monomer of Formula [Z1OZ2OSiCH2]3 (I), wherein each Z1 and Z2 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C4 alkyl group or a bond to a silicon atom of another monomer; and at least one catalyst metal are provided herein. Methods of making the hydrogenation catalysts and processes of using, e.g., aromatic hydrogenation, the hydrogenation catalyst are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Podsiadlo, Quanchang Li, David Charles Calabro, Jean Willem Lodewijk Beeckman, Lei Zhang, Kiara M. Benitez, Matthew Scott Ide, Stephen John McCarthy, Mobae Afeworki, Simon Christopher Weston, Preeti Kamakoti, Matu J. Shah, Wenyih Frank Lai, Meghan Kochersperger, David A. Griffin, Ivy D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10053403
    Abstract: Disclosed are catalyst compositions and their use in a process for the conversion of a feedstock containing C8+ aromatic hydrocarbons to produce light aromatic products, comprising benzene, toluene and xylene. The catalyst composition comprises a zeolite which comprises a MOR framework structure and a MFI and/or MEL framework structure, (b) at least one first metal of Group 10 of the IUPAC Periodic Table, and (c) optionally at least one second metal of Group 11 to 15 of the IUPAC Periodic Table. In one or more embodiments, the MOR framework structure comprises mordenite, preferably a mordenite zeolite having small particle size. The MFI framework structure preferably comprises ZSM-5, and the MEL framework structure preferably comprises ZSM-11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Christine N. Elia, Nicholas S. Rollman, Joshua I. Cutler
  • Patent number: 10047304
    Abstract: Hydrogenation catalysts for aromatic hydrogenation including an organosilica material support, which is a polymer comprising independent units of a monomer of Formula [Z1OZ2OSiCH2]3 (I), wherein each Z1 and Z2 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C4 alkyl group or a bond to a silicon atom of another monomer; and at least one catalyst metal are provided herein. Methods of making the hydrogenation catalysts and processes of using, e.g., aromatic hydrogenation, the hydrogenation catalyst are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Podsiadlo, Quanchang Li, David Charles Calabro, Jean Willem Lodewijk Beeckman, Lei Zhang, Kiara M. Benitez, Matthew Scott Ide, Stephen John McCarthy, Mobae Afeworki, Simon Christopher Weston, Preeti Kamakoti, Matu J. Shah, Wenyih Frank Lai, Meghan Nines, David A. Griffin, Ivy D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10022700
    Abstract: Methods of preparing organosilica materials, which are a polymer comprising of at least one independent cyclic polyurea monomer of Formula wherein each R1 is a Z1OZ2Z3SiZ4 group, wherein each Z1 represents a hydrogen atom, a C1-C4 alkyl group, or a bond to a silicon atom of another monomer unit; each Z2 and Z3 independently represent a hydroxyl group, a C1-C4 alkyl group, a C1-C4 alkoxy group or an oxygen atom bonded to a silicon atom of another monomer unit; and each Z4 represents a C1-C8 alkylene group bonded to a nitrogen atom of the cyclic polyurea are provided herein. Methods of preparing and processes of using the organosilica materials, e.g., for gas separation, color removal, etc., are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Podsiadlo, Quanchang Li, David Charles Calabro, Lei Zhang, Kiara M. Benitez, Himanshu Gupta, Xiaochun Xu, Scott J. Weigel, Darryl Donald Lacy, Bal Kaul, James William Gleeson, Wenyih Frank Lai, Mobae Afeworki, Simon Christopher Weston, David A. Griffin, Meghan Nines
  • Publication number: 20180134637
    Abstract: Disclosed are catalyst compositions and their use in a process for the conversion of a feedstock containing C8+ aromatic hydrocarbons to produce light aromatic products, comprising benzene, toluene and xylene. The catalyst composition comprises a zeolite which comprises a MOR framework structure and a MFI and/or MEL framework structure, (b) at least one first metal of Group 10 of the IUPAC Periodic Table, and (c) optionally at least one second metal of Group 11 to 15 of the IUPAC Periodic Table. In one or more embodiments, the MOR framework structure comprises mordenite, preferably a mordenite zeolite having small particle size. The MFI framework structure preferably comprises ZSM-5, and the MEL framework structure preferably comprises ZSM-11.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Christine N. Elia, Nicholas S. Rollman, Joshua I. Cutler
  • Patent number: 9873614
    Abstract: Methods are provided for synthesis of substantially pure phase ZSM-48 crystals having a fiber or needle morphology based on synthesis mixtures containing non-sodium alkali metal ions, where the structure directing agent in the synthesis mixture can be a diquaternary alkylammonium salt with a 6-carbon atom chain between the ammonium ions (diquat-6). The methods described herein can be used to make ZSM-48 crystals having a fiber and/or needle crystal morphology from a synthesis mixture containing a diquat-6 structure directing agent. The desired morphology can be achieved in part by reducing, minimizing, and/or eliminating the presence of sodium ions in the synthesis mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventor: Wenyih Frank Lai
  • Patent number: 9821299
    Abstract: In a process for producing a phosphorus-modified zeolite catalyst, an aqueous reaction mixture comprising a source of silica and a source of an organic directing agent effective to direct the synthesis of a desired zeolite is heated at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce crystals of the desired zeolite. Wet zeolite crystals can then be separated from the reaction mixture and, without removing all the water from the wet zeolite crystals, the zeolite can be converted into the ammonium form by ion exchange, and the crystals can be treated with a phosphorus compound. The phosphorus-treated, ammonium-exchanged zeolite can then be formed into a catalyst to be heated in one or more stages to remove the water and organic directing agent from the zeolite crystals and to convert the zeolite to the hydrogen form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Merci A. Hamilton, Stephen J. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9724680
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of making a reinforced catalytic microporous and/or mesoporous bound composition comprising the steps of: providing a pre-formed catalytic crystalline material; mixing the catalytic crystalline material with water, a metal oxide binder, and a reinforcing glass fiber to form an extrudable composition; extruding the extrudable slurry under conditions sufficient to form the reinforced catalytic bound extrudate; and calcining the reinforced catalytic bound extrudate at a temperature and for a time sufficient to form a calcined reinforced catalytic bound catalyst. Advantageously, the reinforcing glass fiber can have a diameter from 5-100 microns and a length-to-diameter ratio from 300:1-3000:1 and can be present in an amount from about 1-50 parts, based on about 1000 parts combined of catalytic crystalline material and metal oxide binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Nicholas S. Rollman
  • Publication number: 20170175011
    Abstract: Methods are provided for making base metal catalysts with improved activity. After forming catalyst particles based on a support comprising a zeolitic molecular sieve, the catalyst particles can be impregnated with a solution comprising a) metal salts (or other precursors) for a plurality of base metals and b) an organic dispersion agent comprising 2 to 10 carbons. The impregnated support particles can be dried to form a base metal catalyst, and then optionally sulfided to form a sulfided base metal catalyst. The resulting (sulfided) base metal catalyst can have improved activity for cloud point reduction and/or for improved activity for heteroatom removal, relative to a base metal dewaxing catalyst prepared without the use of a dispersion agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen J. McCARTHY, Chuansheng BAI, Wenyih Frank LAI, Paul PODSIADLO, William W. LONERGAN
  • Patent number: 9433935
    Abstract: Methods are provided for synthesis ZSM-48 crystals (or other MRE framework crystals) having heteroatoms different from silicon and aluminum incorporated into the framework structure, and use of such crystals for applications such as catalytic processing of hydrocarbonaceous feeds. Examples of heteroatoms can include titanium, zirconium, and zinc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Lei Zhang
  • Publication number: 20160229959
    Abstract: Organosilica materials, which are a polymer of at least one independent monomer of Formula [Z1OZ2OSiCH2]3 (I), wherein each Z1 and Z2 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C4 alkyl group or a bond to a silicon atom of another monomer and at least one other trivalent metal oxide monomer are provided herein. Methods of preparing and processes of using the organosilica materials, e.g., for catalysis etc., are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Quanchang Li, David Charles Calabro, Mobae Afeworki, Simon Christopher Weston, Machteld Maria Wilfried Mertens, Tilman Wolfram Beutel, Wenyih Frank Lai, Paul Podsiadlo, Jean Willem Lodewijk Beeckman
  • Patent number: 9387465
    Abstract: In a process for producing a molecular sieve material, water, at least one source of an oxide of a tetravalent and/or a trivalent element and at least one structure directing agent are mixed in a plough shear mixer/dryer/reactor equipped with a mixer having a Froude number of at least 1, to produce a molecular sieve synthesis mixture having a solids content of at least about 20 wt %. The molecular sieve synthesis mixture is heated in said reactor while agitating said mixture with said mixer to form crystals of said molecular sieve material and said molecular sieve crystals are subsequently recovered from said reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Wenyih Frank Lai, Robert Ellis Kay, Stephen J. McCarthy