Developer of technologies for biodegradable detergents, plastics and coal-to-chemicals technologies
DES PLAINES, Ill., March 8, 2018 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) UOP announced today that Bipin Vora will be inducted to the National Academy of Engineering at its annual ceremony in Washington, D.C in September. Vora retired from Honeywell UOP in 2006, and remained an advisor to the business until 2015.
During his 40-year career at Honeywell UOP, Vora led the development and commercialization of several technologies that improved process economics, lowered energy requirements and benefitted the environment.
Vora’s election to the Academy recognizes his development of catalytic process innovations that led to the commercialization of numerous breakthrough petrochemicals technologies. These include the development of processes to make linear alkylbenzene (LAB) for a new generation of biodegradable detergents, and the Oleflex™ propane dehydrogenation process, which efficiently converts propane into propylene and isobutane into isobutylene. He also led the development of UOP’s Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process, which converts methanol from coal and natural gas into the olefins used to make plastics.
“Almost all of the nearly 40 LAB plants built around the world since 1970 rely on the revolutionary technologies developed under Bipin’s leadership,” said Jim Rekoske, VP and Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell UOP. “This contribution played a major role in eradicating the persistent detergent foams that polluted lakes and rivers around the world until that time.”
UOP’s Oleflex technology today is the preferred method of converting C3 and C4 paraffins into olefins. Since the technology was first commercialized in 1990, Honeywell UOP has commissioned 27 Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene and isobutylene production. Global production capacity of propylene from Oleflex technology now stands at nearly 7 million metric tons per year.
The MTO process converts methanol from coal and natural gas into ethylene and propylene, components of plastics that traditionally have been derived from crude oil. For regions such as China that lack domestic crude oil, MTO technology allows for the use of other more economical feedstocks such as coal and natural gas.
“In addition to his more than 90 U.S. patents across a range of technologies, Bipin has been a valued advisor to UOP and its scientists and engineers,” Rekoske said. “It is fitting that he has earned election to the Academy, which is one of the most prestigious honors for any engineer.”
Vora earned bachelor of science degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He joined UOP as a development engineer and retired in 2006 as a UOP Fellow, the highest technical position at Honeywell UOP.
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