Organometallic Catalyst Consultant: Propylene and Hydrocarbon Ammoxidation, Acetoxylation Catalysts and Acrylonitrile Production

Technical Consultant #1589


Expertise

  • Organometallic chemistry, particularly as applied to catalysts.
  • Acetoxylation catalysis.
  • Oxidation and ammoxidation of hydrocarbons.
  • Acrylonitrile, HCN (hydrogen cyanide) and acetonitrile commercial production.
  • Acrylic acid, acrolein and methacrylic acid manufacturing technology.
  • ADN (adiponitrile), caprolactam and organic isocyanates production.
  • Fluid bed reactor and catalyst technology.
  • Conversion of methane to liquid hydrocarbons.
  • Solid state chemistry, fuel cells, inorganic synthesis, MEA's (Membrane Electrode Assembly) and bipolar plates.
  • Expert in plant support and for twenty years providing assistance to BP and worldwide licenses for the production of acrylonitrile and optimum reactor performance.
  • Holds key patents in propylene ammoxidation, fluid bed vinyl acetate process and in the emerging area of catalytic conversion of alkanes to chemicals, and acrylonitrile production from propane feedstock.
  • Vinyl acetate monomer manufacturing technology.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 2006 - Present

  • For clients: Production of acrylonitrile (and its by-products), acrylic acid, adiponitrile, acetonitrile, hydrogen cyanide, caprolactam, organic isocyanates, bipolar plates for fuel cells, and carbon fibers.

BP Chemicals, Research Scientist, (6 different levels), 1977 - 2006

  • Invented several fluid bed catalysts of commercial significance for propylene ammoxidation to acrylonitrile, resulting in millions of dollars of annual profits.
  • Discovered, developed and commercialized catalyst for the production of HCN.
  • Invented catalyst for the production of acetonitrile.
  • Provided plan to support to BP's acrylonitrile reactors (as well as to all licenses around the world) for the optimum catalyst and reactor performance.
  • Discovered novel catalyst for converting alkanes to chemicals.
  • Contributed to the invention of the LEAP process, a most significant breakthrough in vinyl acetate monomer manufacturing technology.
  • Invented a novel microspheroidal silica support used in the preparation of fluid bed vinyl acetate catalysts. This support has been used commercially.
  • Developed catalysts for the production of acrylic and methacrylic acid.
  • Proposed conductive composites for bipolar plates used in fuel cells.
  • Proposed carbon nanotubes for preparation of MEAs used in fuel cells.
  • Directed research for converting methane and/or natural gas into more readily transportable material.
  • Designed, implemented and executed extremely cost effective bench and pilot plant scale experiments with an excellent safety track record.
  • Supervised and directed research team compromised of chemists, engineers, co-ops and interns.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Member of BP's Inventors' Hall of Fame
  • BP Chemicals Innovation Award
  • Outstanding Performance Award

Publications and Patents

  • 53 U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents.
  • Key patents in propylene ammoxidation; fluid bed vinyl acetate process; and in the emerging area of catalytic conversion of alkanes to chemical feedstocks.

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • M.S. Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
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