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Molinier, M.

ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Houston, Texas

Michel Molinier is a Technical Sales Manager with EMCL, currently handling technical sales for all ExxonMobil xylenes processes licensed by EMCL or its partner Axens. He has nearly 20 yr of experience in petrochemical processes and 30 yr of experience in heterogeneous catalysis. Dr. Molinier joined ExxonMobil Chemical Co. in 2001 as a senior chemist and worked on several research projects prior to transferring to licensing activities in 2005. He has since held various commercial and technical positions within EMCL. He earned an MS degree in physical chemistry from the University of Bordeaux in France, along with a PhD in solid state chemistry from Philipps Universität Marburg in Germany.

Catalytic processes operation during downturns in aromatics complexes

ExxonMobil Chemical Co.: Andrews, J.  |  Hung, J.  |  Molinier, M.  |  Lim, Y. T.

Paraxylene production is a highly cyclical business that is subject to changes in the global economy and dependent on feedstock costs, alternative dispositions for aromatics, utilities costs and plant locations, among other factors. With the large PX capacity added by recently started crude-to-chemicals complexes and the expected impact of the economic recession on commodities demand, many aromatics complexes face a significant slowdown in the coming months or, possibly, years.

A new liquid-phase isomerization process for xylene loop debottleneck and energy savings

Reliance Industries Ltd.: Mhatre, S.  |  Warke, V.
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.: Choi, A.  |  Molinier, M.  |  Saple, A.

In a typical xylene loop, C<sub>8</sub> aromatics are fractionated out of a heavy reformate C<sub>8</sub>+ aromatics stream and collected in the xylene column overhead. Then, paraxylene (PX) from the C<sub>8</sub> aromatics stream is recovered as product—usually by an adsorption or crystallization process—in the PX recovery section.

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