HRD Corp. is the parent Company of Marcus Oil & Chemical.

HRD Corp’s charter is to investigate new and embryonic technologies and applications with the goal of rapid commercialization.

HRD Corp projects include both early stage projects while other developments have been commercialized.

HRD Corp. has a pioneering role in the utilization of byproduct and co product feedstocks for value added application. In many instances, research projects benefit existing customers of Marcus Oil & Chemical providing them with the best technology at minimum cost while protecting the environment through recycle, reuse and renewable product offerings.
HRD Corp. has entered into cooperative research and development agreements with partners from both industry and academia. The agreements provides a business and intellectual property framework that allows technology transfer with a goal of speeding technology migration from the laboratory to industry.

Below is a list of public domain patent status for several of HRD Corp’s projects.

Patent Number Document Title
8178053 System and method for gas reaction   
Herein disclosed is an apparatus, which comprises (1) a first cylindrical, porous, catalytic rotor symmetrically positioned about an axis of rotation and surrounding a first interior space;...
8940347 High shear application in processing oils   
Herein disclosed is a method of processing oil, comprising providing a high shear device comprising at least one rotor and at least one complementarily-shaped stator configured to mix a gas with a...
8277540 Apparatus and method for gas separation   
Herein disclosed is an apparatus comprising (1) a porous rotor symmetrically positioned about an axis of rotation and surrounding an interior space; (2) an outer casing, wherein the outer casing...
7291321 Preparation of catalyst and use for high yield conversion of methane to ethylene   
A perovskite catalyst is prepared using a ceramic sol-sol methodology comprising preparing slurry in water of an alkaline earth metal salt, a powdered metal salt and a powdered transition metal...
8450539 High shear process for producing micronized waxes   
A method and system for producing dispersed waxes, including a high shear mechanical device. In one embodiment, the method comprises forming a dispersion of wax globules in a carrier liquid in a...
6811824 Repulpable wax   
Waxes prepared from hydrogenated plant oils, such as palm and soybean, are used to render cellulosic materials resistant to water. Unlike cellulosic materials rendered water resistant with waxes...
7250543 Preparation of catalyst and use for high yield conversion of methane to ethylene   
A perovskite catalyst is prepared using a ceramic sol-sol methodology comprising preparing slurry in water of an alkaline earth metal salt, a powdered metal salt and a powdered transition metal...
8734566 Apparatus and method for gas separation   
Herein disclosed is an apparatus that includes a porous rotor positioned about an axis of rotation and surrounding an interior space wherein the porous rotor comprises sintered metal or ceramic;...
8669401 High shear process for producing micronized waxes   
A method and system for producing dispersed waxes, including a high shear mechanical device. In one embodiment, the method comprises forming a dispersion of wax globules in a carrier liquid in a...
8609115 High shear application in drug delivery   
In this disclosure, methods and systems for drug delivery utilizing high shear are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method comprises (1) subjecting a therapeutic fluid containing a drug to high...
8735616 Process for upgrading low value renewable oils   
Steps in the processing of oils derived from plants or vegetables include the degumming, deodorizing and bleaching of the oil before it can be used for further applications. By eliminating one or...
8888736 High shear application in medical therapy   
In this disclosure, a method is described wherein the method comprises mixing a therapeutic gas or a therapeutic liquid or a combination thereof and a liquid carrier in a high shear device to...
8888735 High shear application in medical therapy   
In this disclosure, a method is described wherein the method comprises mixing a therapeutic gas or a therapeutic liquid or a combination thereof and a liquid carrier in a high shear device to...
8475429 Method of applying shear stress to treat brain disorders   
A system for applying shear stress ex-situ to a fluid. A method of preparing a fluid for intravenous administration to a patient. In some embodiments, the system comprises a shear device; and at...
8491778 High shear hydrogenation of wax and oil mixtures   
Embodiments disclosed herein describe method of producing hydrogenated products, the method that includes providing a wax and an oil; processing the wax and the oil with a gas under high shear...
8026340 High shear oxidation of wax   
In this disclosure, a system is described, comprising a shear device with at least one inlet and at least one outlet and a mixing vessel with at least one inlet and at least one outlet, wherein an...
8491777 High shear hydrogenation of wax and oil mixtures   
Embodiments disclosed herein describe a system for producing enhanced wax alternatives. The system comprises a reactor with at least one inlet and one outlet and at least one high shear mixing...
8128808 Process for hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, hydrofinishing, or amine production  
Herein disclosed is a method for hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, hydrofinishing, amine production or a combination thereof. The method comprises forming a dispersion comprising...
8845885 Crude oil desulfurization   
A method of removing sulfur from sour oil by subjecting sour oil having a first sulfur content to high shear in the presence of at least one desulfurizing agent to produce a high shear treated...
8912367 Method and system for liquid phase reactions using high shear   
A method of reacting one or more components in a liquid phase to form an organic product, the method including feeding a carbon-based gas to a high shear device; feeding a hydrogen-based liquid...
8497309 Gasification of carbonaceous materials and gas to liquid processes   
Herein disclosed is a method of reacting one or more components in a liquid medium to form an organic product that may include feeding a carbonaceous gas and a liquid medium to a high shear...
8729290 Method of making glycerol   
Method of producing glycerol that includes mixing a peroxide stream with an olefenic alcohol stream to form a feed stream; processing the feed stream in a high shear device to produce a high shear...
8734725 High shear hydrogenation of wax and oil mixtures   
A system for producing enhanced wax alternatives, including a high shear device comprising a rotor and a stator, and configured to process petroleum wax and base oil with a hydrogen-containing gas...
8317742 Applying shear stress for disease treatment   
Herein disclosed is a system for applying shear stress ex-situ to a fluid. In some embodiments, the system comprises a shear device; and at least one device configured for intravenous...
8394861 Gasification of carbonaceous materials and gas to liquid processes   
Herein disclosed is a method of producing synthesis gas from carbonaceous material, the method comprising: (a) providing a mixture comprising carbonaceous material and a liquid medium; (b)...
8809025 Algae processing   
A method for culturing algae comprising, forming an emulsion comprising a gaseous stream and a media utilizing a high shear device, wherein the emulsion comprises gas bubbles, and wherein the high...
8506888 High shear hydrogenation of wax and oil mixtures   
Embodiments disclosed herein describe a system for producing enhanced wax alternatives, the system that includes a reactor having a reactor inlet and a reactor outlet; and a high shear device...
9067008 Applying shear stress for disease treatment   
Herein disclosed is a system for applying shear stress ex-situ to a fluid. In some embodiments, the system comprises a shear device; and at least one device configured for intravenous...
8821713 High shear process for processing naphtha   
A method and system for processing naphtha, including a high shear mechanical device. In one embodiment, the method comprises forming a dispersion of gas in a naphtha hydrocarbon liquid in a high...
8261726 High shear process for air/fuel mixing   
Use of a high shear mechanical device in a process to produce aerated fuels for efficient combustion in an engine. In instances, the method comprises forming an emulsion of a gas and liquid fuel...
7652175 High shear process for the production of acetaldehyde   
A method of use for a high shear device incorporated into a process or system for the production of acetaldehyde from ethylene as a reactor device is shown to be capable of decreasing mass...
8329962 Method of making alcohols   
Methods and systems for the synthesis of alcohol are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of olefins in...
8491856 System and process for production of fatty acids and wax alternatives from triglycerides   
A system for stripping fatty acids from triglycerides, the system including a reactor; a heating apparatus whereby a contents of the reactor may be heated to a temperature in the range of from...
8026403 System and process for production of liquid product from light gas   
A method for producing a product comprising at least one selected from C2+ hydrocarbons, oxygenates, and combinations thereof from light gas comprising one or more of carbon dioxide, methane,...
7691953 System and process for production of polyvinyl chloride   
A method is disclosed for producing polyvinyl chloride which includes mixing a vinyl chloride solution with an initiator solution in at least one high shear mixing device comprising at least one...
8628232 System and process for inhibitor injection   
A method for introducing inhibitor into a fluid to be treated by forming a dispersion comprising droplets, particles, or gas bubbles of inhibitor dispersed in a continuous phase of a carrier,...
8807123 High shear process for air/fuel mixing   
A system for the production of aerated fuels, the system including a high shear device configured to produce an emulsion of aerated fuel comprising gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid fuel, wherein...
8426653 Method of making chlorohydrins   
Methods and systems for the preparation of chlorohydrins are described herein. The method includes introducing a liquid stream into a high shear device, wherein the liquid stream has an aqueous...
8026380 System and process for production of fatty acids and wax alternatives from triglycerides   
A method of producing volatilized fatty acids by heating a feedstock comprising at least one fat or oil in a reactor under inert vacuum to volatilize fatty acids, and removing volatilized fatty...
8349269 High shear system and process for the production of acetic anhydride   
A system and method for a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of acetic anhydride as a reactor device is shown to be capable of decreasing mass transfer...
8354562 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Methods and systems for preparing alkylene glycols are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of alkylene...
7749481 System and process for gas sweetening   
A method for removing hydrogen sulfide from a sour gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide by oxidizing hydrogen sulfide in a converter by contacting the sour gas stream with an aqueous catalytic...
7491856 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Methods and systems for preparing alkylene glycols are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of alkylene...
8304584 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Herein disclosed is a method of hydrating an alkylene oxide. In an embodiment, the method comprises (a) introducing an alkylene oxide into water to form a first stream; (b) flowing the first...
8455706 Method of making linear alkylbenzenes   
A method of producing a linear alkylbenzene that includes introducing an olefin into an aromatic stream to form a mixture; processing the mixture in a shear device at a shear rate greater than...
8044220 High shear process for the production of butadiene sulfone   
Use of a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of sulfolene as a reactor device is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the...
8269057 System and process for alkylation   
A method for alkylating a hydrocarbon comprising at least one isoparaffin and at least one olefin by introducing liquid acid catalyst and the hydrocarbon into a high shear reactor, forming an...
8518186 System and process for starch production   
Use of a high shear mechanical device in a process for production of starch by hydration and disruption of corn kernel particles in the presence of sulfur dioxide or bisulfite ions makes possible...
8153077 System and process for production of nitrobenzene   
A method for producing nitrobenzene is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising benzene-containing droplets or particles dispersed in a mixture of concentrated nitric acid and...
8282266 System and process for inhibitor injection   
A method for introducing inhibitor into a fluid to be treated by forming a dispersion comprising droplets, particles, or gas bubbles of the inhibitor dispersed in a continuous phase of a carrier,...
8278494 Method of making linear alkylbenzenes   
Methods and systems for the production of linear alkylbenzenes are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and mixing of...
7696391 System and process for production of nitrobenzene   
A method for producing nitrobenzene is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising benzene-containing droplets or particles dispersed in a mixture of concentrated nitric acid and...
7914744 Method for making chlorohydrins   
Methods and systems for the preparation of chlorohydrins are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of...
8071046 System and process for gas sweetening   
A method for removing hydrogen sulfide from a sour gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide by oxidizing hydrogen sulfide in a converter by contacting the sour gas stream with an aqueous catalytic...
8088953 High shear oxidation of cyclohexane   
Disclosed herein is a method for cyclohexane oxidation. The method comprises a) forming a dispersion comprising liquid cyclohexane and an oxidant gas utilizing a high shear device, wherein the...
8026402 High shear process for cyclohexane production   
A high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process and system for the production of cyclohexane is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the cyclohexane...
7479576 Method of hydrogenating aldehydes and ketones   
Methods and systems for the hydrogenation of aldehydes and/or ketones are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and...
7910758 Catalytic hydrogenation process for the production of low trans fat-containing triglycerides   
Hydrogenated vegetable oil exhibiting superior thermal stability and containing reduced levels of saturates and trans fatty acids are produced using an activated hydrogenation catalyst and/or an...
8378155 Method of hydrogenating aldehydes and ketones   
Methods and systems for hydrogenating an aldehyde or a ketone, including introducing a gas stream comprising hydrogen into a high shear device comprising a rotor and a stator; introducing a liquid...
7922900 System for water treatment   
A system for treating feedwater to remove contaminants therefrom, the system comprising at least one high shear mixing device comprising at least one generator comprising a rotor and a stator...
8133925 System and process for fischer-tropsch conversion   
A method for forming C2+ hydrocarbons by forming a dispersion comprising synthesis gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid phase comprising hydrocarbons in a high shear device, wherein the average...
8465198 System and process for inhibitor injection   
A method for introducing inhibitor into a fluid to be treated, the method including forming a dispersion comprising droplets, particles, or gas bubbles of inhibitor dispersed in a continuous phase...
9067859 High shear rotary fixed bed reactor   
A reactor comprising at least one contact surface made from, coated with, or impregnated by a catalyst, wherein the contact surface comprises a sintered metal or a ceramic, and wherein the reactor...
7750188 System and process for the production of aniline and toluenediamine   
A method for producing aniline or toluenediamine is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid medium comprising either nitrobenzene or...
7482497 Method of making alcohols   
Methods and systems for the synthesis of alcohol are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of olefins in...
8147768 System and process for production of polyvinyl chloride   
A method is disclosed for producing polyvinyl chloride which includes mixing a vinyl chloride solution with an initiator solution in at least one high shear mixing device comprising at least one...
8371741 System and process for hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, or hydrofinishing   
A method for hydrodesulfurization by forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen-containing gas bubbles with a mean diameter of less than 1 micron dispersed in a liquid phase comprising...
8133447 System for making linear alkylbenzenes   
Methods and systems for the production of linear alkylbenzenes are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and mixing of...
8431752 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Herein disclosed is a method of hydrating an alkylene oxide that includes introducing an alkylene oxide into water to form a first stream; flowing the first stream through a high shear device to...
8502000 Method of making glycerol   
Methods and systems for the hydroxylation of olefenic alcohols are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote mixing and solubility of...
8981143 Method of making glycerol   
Method of producing glycerol that includes mixing a peroxide stream with an olefenic alcohol stream to form a feed stream; processing the feed stream in a high shear device to produce a high shear...
7842184 Process for water treatment using high shear device   
A method for removing contaminant from feedwater by forming a dispersion comprising bubbles of a treatment gas in a continuous phase comprising feedwater, wherein the bubbles have a mean diameter...
8022153 System and process for production of polyethylene and polypropylene   
A method for producing a polyethylene or polypropylene polymer, or co-polymer thereof, comprises contacting a monomer-containing medium with polymerization catalyst particles in at least one high...
8461400 Method of making alcohols   
Methods and systems for the synthesis of alcohol are described herein. The methods and systems include a method of hydrating an olefin that may include emulsifying an olefin gas in a water stream...
7884250 High shear process for the production of chloral   
Use of a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of chloral as a reactor device is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the...
8129305 Catalyst and method for converting natural gas to higher carbon compounds   
A catalyst composition and process facilitates the oxidative reforming of low molecular weight hydrocarbons, such as methane, to other hydrocarbons having 2 or more carbon atoms (“C2+ compounds”)....
8034970 Method of making phthalic acid diesters   
Methods and systems for the production of phthalic acid diesters are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and mixing of...
8629267 High shear process for dextrose production   
A method for producing starch hydrolysate that includes processing in a high shear device a hydrolytic solution having a component selected from the group consisting of acids, hydrolytic enzymes,...
8522759 High shear process for air/fuel mixing   
A method for producing aerated fuels that includes introducing a gas and a liquid fuel into a high shear device; and processing the gas and the liquid fuel in the high shear device at a shear rate...
7922901 System for water treatment   
A system for treating feedwater to remove contaminants therefrom, the system comprising at least one high shear mixing device comprising at least one generator comprising a rotor and a stator...
7910068 Method of making alcohols   
Methods and systems for the synthesis of alcohol are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of olefins in...
7919645 High shear system and process for the production of acetic anhydride   
A system and method for a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of acetic anhydride as a reactor device is shown to be capable of decreasing mass transfer...
8178705 Process for production of fatty acids and wax alternatives from triglycerides   
A method of producing volatilized fatty acids by heating a feedstock comprising at least one fat or oil in a reactor under inert vacuum to volatilize fatty acids, and removing volatilized fatty...
8178733 Method of making chlorohydrins   
Methods and systems for the preparation of chlorohydrins are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of...
8771605 High shear system for the production of chlorobenzene   
Use of a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of chlorobenzene is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the chlorobenzene...
8759570 High shear system and process for the production of halogenated and/or sulfonated paraffins   
A method for halogenating, sulfonating, or sulfo-halogenating a feed comprising paraffin, by subjecting a mixture comprising the feed and a reagent selected from the group consisting of...
8153076 System and process for production of aniline and toluenediamine   
A method for producing aniline or toluenediamine is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid medium comprising either nitrobenzene or...
7910069 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Methods and systems for preparing alkylene glycols are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of alkylene...
8034972 System and process for production of toluene diisocyanate   
A method for producing toluene diisocyanate is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising phosgene gas bubbles dispersed in toluene diamine liquid phase, wherein said gas bubbles...
7652174 High shear process for the production of chloral   
Use of a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of chloral as a reactor device is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the...
8021539 System and process for hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, or hydrofinishing   
A method for hydrodesulfurization by forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen-containing gas bubbles with a mean diameter of less than 1 micron dispersed in a liquid phase comprising...
8217205 Method of making alcohols   
Methods and systems for the synthesis of alcohol are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of olefins in...
8480961 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Herein disclosed is a system for hydrating an alkylene oxide that includes a high shear device configured to form a dispersion of an alkylene oxide and water, the high shear device comprising a...
8461377 High shear process for aspirin production   
Use of a high shear mechanical device in a process for production of acetyl salicylic acid, by contacting acetic anhydride with salicylic acid in a high shear device. The disclosed process makes...
7592493 High shear process for cyclohexanol production   
Use of a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of cyclohexanol is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the cyclohexanol...
8080685 System and process for production of benzoic acids and phthalic acids   
A method for producing benzoic acid or a methylbenzoic acid isomer is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising oxygen-containing gas bubbles dispersed in either toluene or an...
7888535 High shear process for the production of acetaldehyde   
A method of use for a high shear device incorporated into a process or system for the production of acetaldehyde from ethylene as a reactor device is shown to be capable of decreasing mass...
7482496 Method for making chlorohydrins   
Methods and systems for the preparation of chlorohydrins are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of...
8212086 Method of making alkylene glycols   
Methods and systems for preparing alkylene glycols are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of alkylene...
7922907 Process for water treatment   
A method for removing contaminant from feedwater by forming a dispersion comprising bubbles of a treatment gas in a continuous phase comprising feedwater, wherein the bubbles have a mean diameter...
7659431 Method of making dialkyl ketones   
Methods and systems for preparing dialkyl ketones are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and solubility of carbon...
8461408 System and process for alkylation   
A method for alkylating a hydrocarbon comprising at least one isoparaffin and at least one olefin that includes introducing a liquid catalyst and the hydrocarbon into a high shear device;...
8445672 High shear process for dextrose production   
Use of a high shear mechanical device in a process for production of starch hydrolysate by reacting starch with a hydrolytic agent makes possible a decrease in mass transfer limitations, thereby...
8080684 Method of producing ethyl acetate   
Methods and systems for the production of ethyl acetate are described herein. The methods and systems incorporate the novel use of a high shear device to promote dispersion and mixing of a...
8592620 High shear system and process for the production of acetic anhydride   
A method for producing acetic anhydride that includes operating a high shear device at a shear rate of greater than about 20,000 s−1, wherein the high shear device is configured with a rotor and a...