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Hayim Abreveya

Adjunct Professor

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Tech
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Hayim Abreveya

Departments

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Education

BS, Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey

MS, Yale University

PhD, Yale University


Research Interests

Hayim Abrevaya is the Senior Manager for Exploratory Research at UOP. UOP is a leading supplier of catalyst, process and equipment technology to the oil, gas and petrochemical industry and is based in Des Plaines, Illinois. Dr. Abrevaya has a broad experience in the field of catalysis, particularly with zeolites and with supported metal catalysts. He has led several UOP projects, from exploratory catalyst research to process commercialization. His specific research expertise covers various areas, including alkane cracking, aromatic isomerization, alkene skeletal isomerization, alkene oligomerization, alkane dehydrogenation, selective hydrogenation, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, zeolite synthesis and zeolite electronic applications. Hayim has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, M.S. and Ph.D in chemical engineering from Yale University. Hayim holds 36 US patents, has 12 scientific publications, several conference presentations and 1 book chapter.


Courses Taught

  • CHEM_ENG 408: Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • CHEM_ENG 410: Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis

Selected Publications

    Hayim Abrevaya, Parag Jain, Monomolecular Cracking of Alkanes over 10-MR and 12-MR Zeolites: Range of Validity and Catalytic Consequences, oral presentation in 23rd N. American Meeting of the Catalysis Society, Louisville, Kentucky, 2013.

    Olivier Larlus, Svetlana Mintova, Stephen T. Wilson, Richard R. Willis, Hayim Abrevaya, Thomas Bein, A Powerful Structure Directing Agent for the Synthesis of Nano-sized Al-and High-Silica Zeolite Beta in Alkaline Medium, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials, 142 (1), 17-25 (2011).

    Hayim Abrevaya, Tom M. Mezza, Julio C. Marte, Linda A. Laipert, Sesh Prabhakar, Shelly D. Kelly, Simon R. Bare, and Stephen T. Wilson, Acidity of Co+2, Mn+2, Ni+2 and Mg+2-Substituted Aluminum Phosphates and Silicon Aluminum Phosphates with ATO Framework Type, poster presentation in International Zeolite Conference, Sorrento, Italy, 2010.

    Hayim Abrevaya, Unique Aspects of Mechanisms and Requirements for Zeolite Catalysis in Refining and Petrochemicals, Zeolites in Industrial Separation and Catalysis, edited by Santi Kulprathipanja, Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 2010.

    Dorothy E. Kuechl, Annabelle I. Benin, Lisa M. Knight, Hayim Abrevaya, Stephen T. Wilson, Wharton Sinkler, Thomas M. Mezza and Richard R. Willis, Multiple Paths to Nanocrystalline High Silica Beta Zeolite, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials, 127 (1, 2), 104-108 (2010).

    Hayim Abrevaya, Tom M. Mezza, Julio C. Marte, Linda A. Laipert, Sesh Prabhakar, Shelly D. Kelly, Simon R. Bare, and Stephen T. Wilson, Acidity of Co+2, Mn+2, Ni+2 and Mg+2- Substituted Aluminum Phosphates and Silicon Aluminum Phosphates with ATO Framework Type, Int. Zeolite Conference, Sorrento, Italy, 2010 (2008).

    Dorothy E. Kuechl, Annabelle I. Benin, Lisa M. Knight, Hayim Abrevaya, Stephen T. Wilson, Wharton Sinkler, Thomas M. Mezza and Richard R. Willis, Multiple Paths to Nanocrystalline High Silica Beta Zeolite, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials, 127 (1, 2), 104-108 (2010).

Patents

US4595673
1986-06-17

Dehydrogenation catalyst compositions and method of their preparation
Imai; Tamotsu; Abrevaya; Hayim
UOP Inc.

A novel hydrocarbon conversion catalyst is disclosed. Additionally, a method of preparing the catalyst and a process for its use are disclosed. The catalyst comprises a platinum group component, a Group IVA component and an alkali component on a carrier material. The alkali component further comprises from about 0.05 to about 10.0 wt. %, on the weight of the composite, of a second alkali metal. The catalyst has particular utility as a dehydrogenation catalyst.

US4714692
1987-12-22

Microemulsion impregnated catalyst composite and use thereof in a synthesis gas conversion process
Abrevaya; Hayim; Targos; William M.
UOP Inc.

A catalyst composition for synthesis gas conversion comprising a ruthenium metal component deposited on a support carrier wherein the average metal particle size is less than about 100 A. The method of manufacture of the composition via a reverse micelle impregnation technique and the use of the composition in a Fischer-Tropsch conversion process is also disclosed.

US4786625
1988-11-22

Dehydrogenation catalyst compositon
Imai; Tamotsu; Abrevaya; Hayim; Bricker; Jeffery C.; Jan; Deng-Yang
UOP Inc.

A novel catalytic composite comprising a platinum group metal component; a modifier metal component selected from the group consisting of a tin component, germanium component, rhenium component and mixtures thereof; an optional alkali or alkaline earth metal component or mixtures thereof, an optional halogen component, and an optional catalytic modifier component on a refractory oxide support having a nominal diameter of at least about 850 microns. The distribution of the platinum group metal component is such that the platinum group component is surface-impregnated where substantially all of the platinum group metal component is located at most within a 400 micron exterior layer of the support. The effective amount of the modifier metal component is uniformly dispersed throughout the refractory oxide support. The distribution of the surface-impregnated platinum metal component is such that the novel catalyst has particular utility as a hydrocarbon dehydrogenation catalyst in a hydrocarbon dehydrogenation process.

US4945116
1990-07-31

Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process employing a moderated ruthenium catalyst
Abrevaya; Hayim
UOP

A Fischer-Tropsch type process produces hydrocarbons from carbon monoxide and hydrogen using a novel catalyst comprising moderated ruthenium on an inorganic oxide support. The preferred moderator is silicon. Preferably the moderator is effectively positioned in relationship to ruthenium particles through simultaneous placement on the support using reverse micelle impregnation.

US4962261
1990-10-09

Process for upgrading methane to higher carbon number hydrocarbons
Abrevaya; Hayim; Imai; Tamotsu
UOP

Methane is upgraded to higher molecular weight hydrocarbons in a process using a novel catalyst comprising boron, tin and zinc. The feed admixture also comprises oxygen. The novel catalyst may comprise one or more Group I-A or II-A elements, preferably potassium.

US5012027
1991-04-30

Dual profile surface-impregnated dehydrogenation catalyst and process
Abrevaya; Hayim; Imai; Tamotsu
UOP

A novel catalytic composite and a process for its use is disclosed. The catalyst composite comprises a first component selected from Group IA and Group IIA elements of the Periodic Table of the Elements, a second component selected from iridium, and osmium, or mixtures thereof, a third component selected from the elements of Group IVA of the Periodic Table of the Elements, platinum, and a support having a nominal dimension (d) of from 50 to 10,000 microns. The catalytic composite is characterized in that both the second component and platinum are surface-impregnated upon the support, with the concentration gradient of the second component being steeper than that of platinum. The second component is eggshell surface-impregnated.

US5336831
1994-08-02

Olefin isomerization process
Gajda; Gregory J.; Barger; Paul T.; Abrevaya; Hayim
UOP

An improved process is disclosed for the isomerization of butenes and/or pentenes using a catalyst comprising a non-zeolitic molecular sieve. It is of particular interest to increase the proportion of olefins containing tertiary carbons in the product with low formation of undesirable by-products. Product olefins may be further processed to obtain ethers, which enjoy high current interest as components for reformulated gasoline.

US5414183
1995-05-09

Nitrogen removal from light hydrocarbon feed in olefin isomerization and etherication process
Abrevaya; Hayim; Ozmen; Suleyman M.; Barger; Paul T.; Gosling; Christopher D.; Verachtert; Thomas A.
UOP

An improved process is disclosed for the removal of nitrogen compounds from light hydrocarbon streams. Such nitrogen removal enhances the performance of catalytic processes which upgrade light hydrocarbons, especially light olefins, such as isomerization and etherification. The nitrogen-removal process can usefully be combined with steps for removal of sulfur compounds and highly unsaturated compounds in a process combination for upgrading the light hydrocarbons.

US6015933
2000-01-18

Process for removing polymeric by-products from acetylene hydrogenation product
Abrevaya; Hayim; Vora; Bipin V.
UOP LLC

A process to remove polymeric by-products from the product of an acetylene selective hydrogenation reactor has been developed. The product is generated by introducing hydrogen and a liquid hydrocarbon stream containing largely butadiene and some acetylenes to a reactor containing a catalyst effective for the selective hydrogenation of acetylenes. The product contains at least hydrogen, butadiene, and polymeric by-products. The pressure of the product is reduced and the product cooled. The cooled product is conducted to a low pressure flash drum to produce a hydrogen enriched stream and a butadiene and polymeric by-product-enriched stream. The hydrogen-enriched stream is removed. The butadiene and polymeric by-product is passed to a knockout drum to produce a stream enriched in butadiene and polymeric by-products having less than about 12 carbon atoms and a stream enriched in polymeric by-products having about 12 or more carbon atoms. The stream enriched in polymeric by-products having about 12 or more carbon atoms is removed from the process. Polymeric by-products containing less than about 12 carbon atoms may be removed from the remaining stream by conducting a solvent and the stream enriched in butadiene and polymeric by-products containing less than about 12 carbon atoms to an extractive distillation column. In the extractive distillation column, the butadiene and polymeric by-products containing less than about 12 carbon atoms are carried with the solvent and removed in a bottoms stream as an extract mixture while the butanes and butenes are removed in an extractive distillation overhead stream. The bottoms extract stream is conducted to a stripper column where the solvent and the polymeric by-products are separated from the butadiene.

US6143915
2000-11-07

Reaction process in hybrid reactor for propylene ammoxidation
Zhou; Lubo; Dennler; W. Patrick; Oroskar; Anil R.; Vora; Bipin V.; Abrevaya; Hayim; Stine; Laurence O.
UOP LLC

A hybrid reactor arrangement provides a reactive design that achieves higher acrylonitrile yield and lower catalyst circulating rate. The hybrid reactor design first passes a mixture of reactants and catalyst through a circulating bubbling bed reaction section. Heat exchange coils or other cooling medium in the bubbling bed reactor section maintain temperature in a range that will maximize the selectivity of reactants to the acrylonitrile product. The bubbling bed reactor section provides the initial conversion of the reactant. A circulating fluidized bed reaction zone finishes the conversion of reactants to a high yield under conditions that reduce the occurrence of secondary reactions that could otherwise produce unwanted by-products. The circulating fluidized bed reactor section maintains nearly plug flow conditions that allow continued conversion of unreacted feed components through primary reactions while limiting the time for secondary reactions to continue and diminish the final yield of products. Selectivity and conversion may also be improved by sequential addition of oxygen into the CFB reaction section. The sequential addition of oxygen may occur by the direct injection of an oxygen-containing gas or by the delivery of re-oxidized catalyst particles that are fully recharged with the lattice oxygen necessary for the reaction. Through this method the hybrid reactor provides the typical 5% improvement of higher acrylonitrile product yield from CFB-type reaction zones while reducing the required catalyst circulation by a factor of 10 or more.

US6649802
2003-11-18

Layered oligomerization catalyst system
Frame; Robert R.; Jan; Den-Yang; Abrevaya; Hayim
UOP LLC

A process is disclosed for the oligomerization of light olefins to higher olefins. The process uses a catalyst that has an inert core and a thin layer of molecular sieve applied to the inert core. The molecular sieve is a crystalline silicoaluminate or metalloaluminophosphate and provides the acid sites for the oligomerization reactions. The thin layer provides for more selective control and limits the amount of oligomerization for liquid phase oligomerization processes.

US6689927
2004-02-10

Process for oligomer production and saturation
Frame; Robert R.; Stine; Laurence O.; Abrevaya; Hayim
UOP LCC

A process for the production of C8 alkenes with high selectivities to 2,4,4-trimethylpentene by the oligomerization of isobutene and/or n-butene at lower temperatures is disclosed. Higher proportions of heavy paraffins mixed with the butene feed in the oligomerization zone improve the selectivity to 2,4,4-trimethylpentene along with better selectivity to octene and lower selectivity to dodecene. Additionally, we have found that n-butene codimerizes with isobutene selectively to 2,4,4-trimethylpentene.

US6791002
2004-09-14

Riser reactor system for hydrocarbon cracking
Abrevaya; Hayim; Walenga; Joel T.; Schultz; Michael A.; Oroskar; Anil R.
UOP LLC

A riser reactor system for conversion of hydrocarbon feedstock to ethylene and propylene is described. The riser reactor system prevents riser reactors with a plurality of inlet ports for feeding gases having different compositions and for controlling the residence time of a gas catalyst within the riser reactor.

US6867341
2005-03-15

Catalytic naphtha cracking catalyst and process
Abrevaya; Hayim; Abdo; Suheil F.; Patton; R. Lyle
UOP LLC

A process is disclosed for enhancing the production of light olefins using a catalyst with small pores. The catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having 10 membered rings with channels of limited length. The molecular sieve has a high silica to alumina ratio and has pores sized to limit production of aromatics in the cracking process.

US7314964
2008-01-01

Catalytic naphtha cracking catalyst and process
Abrevaya; Hayim; Abdo; Suheil F.; Patton; R. Lyle
UOP LLC

A process is disclosed for enhancing the production of light olefins using a catalyst with small pores. The catalyst comprises a molecular sieve having 10 membered rings with channels of limited length. The molecular sieve has a high silica to alumina ratio and has pores sized to limit production of aromatics in the cracking process.

US7459596
2008-02-12

Nanocrystalline silicalite for catalytic naphtha cracking
Abrevaya; Hayim; Wilson; Ben; A.; Wilson; Stephen; T.; Abdo; Suheil; F.
UOP LLC

A method is provided for converting a hydrocarbon feedstock in the naphtha boiling range to light olefins.  The method includes contacting the hydrocarbon feedstock with a zeolitic material having a crystal size from 50 to 300 nanometers, having a silica to alumina ratio greater than 200 and where the zeolitic material has a silicalite structure.