Patents by Inventor William J. Reagan

William J. Reagan 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: 20090124842
    Abstract: An improved cracking catalyst is disclosed for the production of propylene from a hydrocarbon feedstock. The process uses a catalyst blend comprising a large pore catalyst and a medium or small pore catalyst, where the medium or small pore catalyst includes a metal deposited on the medium or small pore catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: William J. Reagan, Lawrence L. Upson
  • Patent number: 6303530
    Abstract: A method for preparing a catalyst having one or more noble metals disposed in a relatively homogeneous distribution on a base which includes an inorganic refractory binder and a zeolite. The method provides for uniformly depositing noble metals on the base after it is formed, without unnecessarily displacing desirable nonframework cations, such as sodium, from the zeolite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. Schwartz, William J. Reagan, Jeffrey T. Miller
  • Patent number: 6059962
    Abstract: A product of reduced sulfur content is produced in a multiple stage process from a feedstock which is comprised of a mixture of hydrocarbons and includes sulfur-containing aromatic compounds as unwanted impurities. The first stage involves: (1) subjecting the feedstock to alkylation conditions which are effective to convert a portion of the impurities to higher boiling sulfur-containing products, and (2) separating the resulting products by fractional distillation into a lower boiling fraction and a higher boiling fraction. The lower boiling fraction is comprised of hydrocarbons and is of reduced sulfur content relative to the feedstock. The higher boiling fraction is comprised of hydrocarbons and contains unconverted sulfur-containing aromatic impurities and also the higher boiling sulfur-containing products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: BP Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce D. Alexander, George A. Huff, Vivek R. Pradhan, William J. Reagan, Roger H. Cayton
  • Patent number: 6048451
    Abstract: A product of reduced sulfur content is produced from a feedstock which is comprised of a mixture of hydrocarbons and contains organic sulfur compounds as unwanted impurities. The process comprises converting at least a portion of the sulfur-containing impurities to sulfur-containing products of higher boiling point by treatment with an alkylating agent in the presence of an acid catalyst and removing at least a portion of these higher boiling products by fractional distillation. Suitable alkylating agents include alcohols and olefins. In a preferred embodiment, catalytic cracking products which contain aromatic sulfur compounds as impurities are used as a feedstock for the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: BP Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Huff, Jr., Bruce D. Alexander, Douglas N. Rundell, William J. Reagan, Ozie S. Owen, Jin S. Yoo
  • Patent number: 6024865
    Abstract: A product of reduced sulfur content is produced from a feedstock which is comprised of a mixture of hydrocarbons and includes sulfur-containing aromatic compounds as unwanted impurities. The process involves separating the feedstock by fractional distillation into a lower boiling fraction which contains the more volatile sulfur-containing aromatic impurities and at least one higher boiling fraction which contains the less volatile sulfur-containing aromatic impurities. Each fraction is then separately subjected to reaction conditions which are effective to convert at least a portion of its content of sulfur-containing aromatic impurities to higher boiling sulfur-containing products by alkylation with an alkylating agent in the presence of an acidic catalyst. The higher boiling sulfur-containing products are removed by fractional distillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: BP Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce D. Alexander, George A. Huff, Vivek R. Pradhan, William J. Reagan, Roger H. Cayton
  • Patent number: 5914293
    Abstract: A collapsed composition is described which is substantially composed of microcrystallites collectively of the formula:M.sub.2m.sup.2+ Al.sub.2-p M.sub.p.sup.3+ T.sub.r O.sub.7+r.multidot.swhere M.sup.2+ is a divalent metal, M.sup.3+ is a trivalent metal, and T is vanadium, tungsten, or molybdenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: BP Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Michael J. Foral, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 5863419
    Abstract: A product of reduced sulfur content is produced from a feedstock which is comprised of a mixture of hydrocarbons and contains organic sulfur compounds as unwanted impurities. The process comprises converting at least a portion of the sulfur-containing impurities to sulfur-containing products of higher boiling point by treatment with an alkylating agent in the presence of an acid catalyst and removing at least a portion of these higher boiling products by fractional distillation. The process can be carried out in a distillation column reactor wherein the acid catalyzed reaction and fractional distillation are carried out simultaneously. Suitable alkylating agents include alcohols and olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Huff, Jr., Ozie S. Owen, Bruce D. Alexander, Douglas N. Rundell, William J. Reagan, Jin S. Yoo
  • Patent number: 5750020
    Abstract: A collapsed composition is described which is substantially composed of microcrystallites collectively of the formula:M.sub.2m.sup.2+ Al.sub.2-p M.sub.p.sup.3+ T.sub.r O.sub.7+r.multidot.swhere M.sup.2+ is a divalent metal, M.sup.3+ is a trivalent metal, and T is vanadium, tungsten, or molybdenum.The microcrystallites are so small as to be undetectable through conventional x-ray diffraction techniques, yet high resolution electron microscopy reveals that a substantial portion of the microcrystallites are composed of a solid solution having aluminum oxide molecularly dispersed in a divalent metal monoxide crystal structure. Another portion of the microcrystallites are constituted by a spinel phase. The collapsed composition is suitable as a sulfur oxide absorbent, having comparatively high capacity and comparatively fast absorption and desorption rates, and is also suitable as a nitrogen oxide reduction catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Michael J. Foral, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 5591418
    Abstract: A collapsed composition is described which is substantially composed of microcrystallites collectively of the formula:m.sub.2m.sup.2+ Al.sub.2-p M.sub.p.sup.3+ T.sub.r O.sub.7+r.multidot.swhere M.sup.2+ is a divalent metal, M.sup.3+ is a trivalent metal, and T is vanadium, tungsten, or molybdenum. The microcrystallites are so small as to be undetectable through conventional x-ray diffraction techniques, yet high resolution electron microscopy reveals that a substantial portion of the microcrystallites are composed of a solid solution having aluminum oxide molecularly dispersed in a divalent metal monoxide crystal structure. Another portion of the microcrystallites are constituted by a spinel phase. The collapsed composition is suitable as a sulfur oxide absorbent, having comparatively high capacity and comparatively fast absorption and desorption rates, and is also suitable as a nitrogen oxide reduction catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Michael J. Foral, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 5426083
    Abstract: A collapsed composition is described which is substantially composed of microcrystallites collectively of the formula:M.sub.2m.sup.2+ Al.sub.2-p M.sub.p.sup.3+ T.sub.r O.sub.7+r.swhere M.sup.2+ is a divalent metal, M.sup.3+ is a trivalent metal, and T is vanadium, tungsten, or molybdenum.The microcrystallites are so small as to be undetectable through conventional x-ray diffraction techniques, yet high resolution electron microscopy reveals that a substantial portion of the microcrystallites are composed of a solid solution having aluminum oxide molecularly dispersed in a divalent metal monoxide crystal structure. Another portion of the microcrystallites are constituted by a spinel phase. The collapsed composition is suitable as a sulfur oxide absorbent, having comparatively high capacity and comparatively fast absorption and desorption rates. The collapsed composition may be produced by heat treating a layered mixed hydroxide clay having interlayer anions in monometalate form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Alakananda Bhattacharyya, Michael J. Foral, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 5196172
    Abstract: The present invention features the use of a particulate sorbent and a particulate FCC catalyst, which are physically separable, sequentially in the same FCC riser, followed by separation of commingled spent catalyst and sorbent particles from vapors, and the subsequent primary partial regeneration and heat up of spent sorbent particles and catalysts particles in an oxygen deficient burning zone, followed by physical separation of partially regenerated catalyst and sorbent particles, preferably using a cyclonic classifier to effect the separation. This is followed by secondary regeneration of the resulting segregated partially regenerated sorbent and catalyst streams in oxygen rich combustion zones to fully regenerate sorbent and catalyst particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: Harold N. Weinberg, W. Benedict Johnson, Michael F. Raterman, Barry K. Speronello, William J. Reagan, Larry G. Sherman
  • Patent number: 5059302
    Abstract: The present invention features the use of a particulate sorbent and a particulate FCC catalyst, which are physically separable, sequentially in the same FCC riser, followed by separation of commingled spent catalyst and sorbent particles from vapors, and the subsequent primary partial regeneration and heat up of spent sorbent particles and catalysts particles in an oxygen deficient burning zone, followed by physical separation of partially regenerated catalyst and sorbent particles, preferably using a cyclonic classifier to effect the separation. This is followed by secondary regeneration of the resulting segregated partially regenerated sorbent and catalyst streams in oxygen rich combustion zones to fully regenerate sorbent and catalyst particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: Harold N. Weinberg, W. Benedict Johnson, Michael F. Raterman, Barry K. Speronello, William J. Reagan, Larry G. Sherman
  • Patent number: 5033705
    Abstract: A camera/device support platform with improved structure for positioning the camera/device in multiple positions and about multiple axes. The camera/device is supported and counterbalanced in such a manner so as to maintain the mounting platform in a fixed attitude that is typically parallel to the ground. The camera/device, while so supported, can be freely repositioned closer to or farther from the photographed object, in addition to swinging in a vertical arc or a horizontal arc, without the need to move the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventor: William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 4917875
    Abstract: An improved continuous cyclic process for removing oxides of sulfur from a waste gas with a regenerable particulate adsorbent in which hot adsorbent particles pick up SOx in a first fluid transport riser, followed by separation of clean gas from sulfur-contained particles which are then recycled to a desorber in which they are contacted at elevated temperature with a mixture of reducing gas and water vapor for release of sulfur as hydrogen sulfide. The adsorbent particles are then recycled in the process. Means are provided for removing particulates in the waste gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Englehard Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Moore, David B. Bartholic, Dwight F. Barger, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 4818373
    Abstract: A method for updating a concentrate of tar sands bitumen containing fine mineral matter and optionally coarse mineral matter in which solvent-diluted bitumen is contacted for a short time in a riser with hot attrition-resistant substantially catalytically inert acid-resistant fluidizable particles, causing a selective vaporization of the lighter high hydrogen content components of the bitumen. The preferred particles are composed of silica-alumina, most preferably a mixture of mullite and crystalline silica or mullite, crystalline silica and an acid-resistant form of alumina. A portion of the heavier asphaltenes and most of the components which contain metals, sulfur and nitrogen remain on the attrition-resistant fluidizable particles. Fine mineral matter in the bitumen feed also deposits on the fluidized particles instead of being carried over with the vaporized hydrocarbon product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Bartholic, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 4804459
    Abstract: A method for upgrading a concentrate of tar sands bitumen containing colloidal clay in which solvent-diluted bitumen is contacted for a short time in a riser with hot attrition-resistant substantially catalytically inert fluidizable microspheres, causing a selective vaporization of the lighter high hydrogen content components of the bitumen. A portion of the heavier asphaltenes and most of the components which contain metals, sulfur and nitrogen remain on the attrition-resistant microspheres. Colloidal clay in the bitumen feed also deposits on the microspheres instead of being carried over with the vaporized hydrocarbon product. The contact material, with deposit, is passed to a burner provided with high velocity air jets which attrites the colloidal clay away from the microspheres and the material removed by attrition is recovered. The heated microspheres are reintroduced into the riser for further contact with incoming diluted bitumen charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Bartholic, William J. Reagan
  • Patent number: 4781818
    Abstract: Improved noncatalytic nonreactive alumina-silica solid for removing carbonaceous and metallic contaminants including nickel and vanadium from hydrocarbon feedstock by short term, high temperature contact comprises mullite and crystalline silica. In the decarbonizing and demetallizing process, impurities are deposited on the particles of the solid and the major portion of the feedstock is vaporized. After burning carbonaceous deposit from the particles, the hot particles containing nickel and vanadium are recycled into contact with incoming charges of contaminated feedstock. Periodically metals are removed from coke-depleted particles by extraction with a mineral acid at elevated temperature without dissolving or otherwise destroying the alumina-silica particles. The particles are then reintroduced into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Reagan, David W. White, William R. Schultz, L. Alan Jarnagin
  • Patent number: 4493902
    Abstract: This application discloses novel fluid catalytic cracking catalysts comprising microspheres containing more than about 40%, preferably 50-70%, by weight Y-faujasite zeolite, methods for making such catalysts, and the use of such catalysts to crack petroleum feedstocks, particularly those containing large amounts of contaminant metals. The microspheres of the catalyst of the invention are characterized by a combination of desirable catalytic and physical characteristics, including exceptionally high activity, excellent hydrothermal stability, good to excellent attrition resistance, and desirable selectivity characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley M. Brown, Vincent A. Durante, William J. Reagan, Barry K. Speronello
  • Patent number: 4430199
    Abstract: High gas and coke make due to contamination of a zeolitic fluid cracking catalyst by metal species such as nickel and vanadium during a cracking process is reduced by adding a phosphorus compound to the process. When the catalyst already contains a metals passivating agent or such agents are used in the cracking process further significant reduction in gas and coke make is realized without significant increase in regenerator temperature by adding additional phosphorus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent A. Durante, Dennis J. Olszanski, William J. Reagan, Stanley M. Brown
  • Patent number: 4430314
    Abstract: A method of preparing zeolite ZSM-5 type crystals and mixtures thereof which comprises crystallizing the substantially pure zeolite material from a silica and, optionally, alumina gel mixture in the presence of organic nitrogen-N-oxides and the products produced thereby, thermally or unthermally treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Costandi A. Audeh, William J. Reagan