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Upgrading platform using alkali metals

United States Patent

September 9, 2014
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A process for removing sulfur, nitrogen or metals from an oil feedstock (such as heavy oil, bitumen, shale oil, etc.) The method involves reacting the oil feedstock with an alkali metal and a radical capping substance. The alkali metal reacts with the metal, sulfur or nitrogen content to form one or more inorganic products and the radical capping substance reacts with the carbon and hydrogen content to form a hydrocarbon phase. The inorganic products may then be separated out from the hydrocarbon phase.
Gordon; John Howard (Salt Lake City, UT)
Ceramatec, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)
13/ 550,313
July 16, 2012
U.S. GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FE0000408 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.