Chemical Inventions that revolutionized the Hydrocarbon processing industry

For almost a century, innovation has been part of our DNA in the Baker Hughes Downstream Chemicals product line. In 1914, William S. Barnickel was awarded a patent for the first crude oil demulsifier.

Melvin DeGroote's inventions of chemical demulsifiers contributed to the development of the modern oil industry by making more types of crude suitable for refining.

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Our Downstream Chemicals group’s chemical programs and services manage processing, water treatment, and finished product-quality challenges in petroleum refining.

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