Patent Number: 8,721,974

Title: Process for treating and/or forming a non-Newtonian fluid using microchannel process technology

Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a process, comprising: conducting unit operations in at least two process zones in a process microchannel to treat and/or form a non-Newtonian fluid, a different unit operation being conducted in each process zone; and applying an effective amount of shear stress to the non-Newtonian fluid to reduce the viscosity of the non-Newtonian fluid in each process zone, the average shear rate in one process zone differing from the average shear rate in another process zone by a factor of at least about 1.2.

Inventors: Tonkovich; Anna Lee (Gilbert, AZ), Arora; Ravi (New Albany, OH), Kilanowski; David (Dublin, OH), Daymo; Eric (Gilbert, AZ)

Assignee: Velocys, Inc.

International Classification: G05D 24/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/13/12018