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Christopher F. Dean is an independent consultant with over 40 years in the refining business with an emphasis on High Olefin Fluid Catalytic Cracking (HOFCC) with petrochemical integration. His worldwide refining background includes the development and commercialization project of the High Severity-FCC Process both as a viable process and enhancements to existing FCC units for producing light olefins from heavy oils and naphtha, the development of the PetroRabigh integrated refinery and petrochemical joint venture complex, catalyst technical service in Europe and the US, process engineering, design and unit operations on a variety of refinery units with several refineries in the U.S., the Caribbean and the Middle East. He also initiated research and commercialization studies in catalytic naphtha cracking utilizing the HS-FCC downer reactor technology.
He has published over 40 papers and articles in technical journals, seminars, and conferences. He was recently granted patents on fluidized catalytic cracking of paraffinic naphtha in a downflow reactor and utilizing a downflow reactor as a revamp to existing FCC units for cracking heavy oil to produce propylene. He also has several patents on FCC gasoline desulfurization and a pending patent on cracking naphtha as a revamp to existing FCC units.
Chris is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BSChE and has completed graduate course work in Business Management, Finance, and Marketing.
He is the founder and principal consultant for High Olefins FCC Technology Services LLC.
Barry Robinson is Sr. Staff Engineer with Middough Inc., a Midwest engineering and construction firm. He has over 37 years of experience in the petroleum refining industry in various technical and managerial positions. He has extensive experience in major capital project design and execution, as well as refinery operations, training, and turnaround execution.
He has a strong technical and operating background in fluid catalytic and thermal cracking processes, along with their associated feed preparation and product separation units. He has experience in hydrotreating/ catalytic reforming operations as well.
He holds a BSChE from The Ohio State University and MBA from Bowling Green.