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SEMINAR: Industrial Membrane Process Breakthroughs in Gas Processing and Petrochemicals

November 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

NSF KY EPSCoR Membrane Pillar and CMS Seminar
Industrial Speakers: Honeywell UOP Corporation

Monday, November 13, 2017 (11 am to 12:15 pm, Room OHR 112)



Industrial Catalytic Process Breakthroughs in Petrochemicals and Renewable Fuels

Dr. Jeffery Bricker, Senior Director of Research
Honeywell UOP, Des Plaines, IL


This presentation will discuss the most advanced new technologies for light olefin production. The landscape for industrial production of olefins is changing rapidly with intense commercialization of Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) and on-purpose propane dehydrogenation technology, e.g. OleflexTM. The Oleflex dehydrogenation of propane to produce propylene has become a critical technology to fill the propylene shortage, and characterization of the enabling advanced multi-metallic catalysts of < 1 nm will be discussed. The utilization of Coal to Olefins has taken off in China and MTO is the dominant technology that allows selective production of light olefins.

Today, renewable fuels technology has become a commercial reality with commercial jets and diesel vehicles employing fuels from renewable sources.  These fuels have a significantly lower carbon dioxide footprint from life cycle analysis. We will discuss these recently commercialized catalytic technologies which convert biomass and triglyceride renewable feed sources into fuels.


Industrial Membrane Process Breakthroughs in Gas Processing and Petrochemicals

Dr. Chunqing Liu, Senior Manager of Membrane R&D Group

Honeywell UOP, Des Plaines, IL


This presentation will discuss the advanced UOP SeparexTM membrane technologies for gas separations and olefin/paraffin separations. The SeparexTM spiral wound membrane systems are currently holding the membrane market leadership for natural gas upgrading. Several examples will be used to discuss the UOP approach for the development of high performance gas separation membranes from new membrane materials to dense films, from dense films to asymmetric membranes, and from lab scale membrane sheets to large commercial membrane elements and systems.



Dr. Jeffery Bricker is the Senior Director of Research at UOP, and is responsible for longer range research in the areas of New Materials, Catalysis, Advanced Characterization, Bio-Renewables, & Exploratory. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Heidelberg University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1983.  Jeff joined UOP as a catalyst scientist working in paraffin dehydrogenation, natural gas utilization, and selective oxidation.  Jeff has held a variety of positions in R&D and has had a key role in development of several UOP technologies and products. He has been awarded 61 U.S. patents. He has received a number of awards including the 2011 ACS National Award in Creative Invention and the 2017 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis by the North American Catalysis Society.


Dr. Chunqing Liu is the R&D Fellow and Sr. Manager of Membranes R&D Group at UOP, and is accountable for inventing new membranes for gas, vapor, and liquid separations, carrying those inventions through commercialization, as well as supporting the existing membrane business activities. She received her PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. She joined UOP as a material scientist in 2004. She has been awarded 70 U.S. patents, authored/co-authored 3 book chapters and over 50 journal publications. She has received the 2010 Honeywell Excellence in Innovation Award and the 2015 American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award.


For additional info please contact Prof. D. Bhattacharyya at db@uky.edu


November 13, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Oliver H. Raymond Civil Engineering Building
Room C112
Lexington, KY 40508 United States
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