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Hydrocarbon Viscosity Reduction Method

United States Patent Application

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In accordance with particular descriptions provided herein, certain embodiments of the inventive technology may be described as a hydrocarbon viscosity reduction method that comprises the steps of: treating a hydrocarbon having asphaltenes therein to generate a treated hydrocarbon, wherein said hydrocarbon has a first viscosity; contacting said treated hydrocarbon with a sorbent (whether as a result of pouring or other means); and adsorbing at least a portion of said asphaltenes onto said sorbent, thereby removing said at least a portion of said asphaltenes from said hydrocarbon so as to generate a viscosity reduced hydrocarbon having a second viscosity that is lower than said first viscosity.
Schabron, John F. (Laramie, WY), Rovani, JR., Joseph F. (Laramie, WY)
The University of Wyoming Research Corporation d/b/a Western Research Institute (Laramie WY)
14/ 004,023
January 13, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under DOE Contract DE-FC26-08NT43293 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.