benzene alkylation

Benzene alkylation  

ExxonMobil’s innovation in catalyst process research is at the heart of two benzene alkylation technologies available for license through TechnipFMC Badger Process Technology.

The relationship with TechnipFMC Badger Process Technology has enabled:

  • The first commercial process for producing ethylbenzene based on the proprietary ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst (1970s)
  • The first high-purity, liquid-phase processes for producing ethylbenzene and cumene based on proprietary catalysts, the ExxonMobil/Badger EBMaxSM

Below is a simplified process flow diagram for production of ethylbenzene and cumene using our proprietary EBMax technology and services:

Our process

Our applications

  • Ethylbenzene alkylation (EBMax℠)

    The EBMax™ process dramatically lowers operating temperatures, reduces equipment sizes and energy consumption, and improves ethylbenzene product quality.

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  • Cumene alkylation (Cumene)

    ExxonMobil zeolite catalysts enable a simple, liquid-phase process that sets the standard for cumene product purity.

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    ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing

    In our commitment to helping customers implement best practices and achieve better results, we provide cutting-edge proprietary catalysts and license advantaged process technologies for refining, gas and chemical needs.

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    A Particle of Difference

    How ExxonMobil Catalysts and Technology Licensing solves shared challenges through expertise, specialty catalysts, technology licensing and collaboration.

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    Video Case Study - HuiZhou ChungShun Chemical uses Zeolite catalyst for cumene production in China

    Through ExxonMobil’s cumene catalyst and technical support, HuiZhou Chungshun leveraged the performance of the catalyst to expand its production rates while maintaining excellent product quality in order to maximize profitability.

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