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Upgrading of petroleum oil feedstocks using alkali metals and hydrocarbons

United States Patent

September 9, 2014
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A method of upgrading an oil feedstock by removing heteroatoms and/or one or more heavy metals from the oil feedstock composition. This method reacts the oil feedstock with an alkali metal and an upgradant hydrocarbon. The alkali metal reacts with a portion of the heteroatoms and/or one or more heavy metals to form an inorganic phase separable from the organic oil feedstock material. The upgradant hydrocarbon bonds to the oil feedstock material and increases the number of carbon atoms in the product. This increase in the number of carbon atoms of the product increases the energy value of the resulting oil feedstock.
Gordon; John Howard (Salt Lake City, UT)
Ceramatec, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)
12/ 916,984
November 1, 2010
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.