September 2006

Refining Developments

New developments accelerating catalyst research

Computational chemistry with fundamental reaction kinetics streamlines innovative catalytic discoveries

Catalytic reforming accounts for a large share of the world's gasoline production; it is the most important source of aromatics for the petrochemical industry. In addition, reforming is also a major source of refinery hydrogen – whose demand is growing rapidly due to escalating hydrotreating needs. Catalysts play the dominant role in the reforming process. Although the state of the art has advanced remarkably, even the smallest improvements in catalyst selectivity, activity and stability can have significant impacts on refinery economics. The incentive for catalyst improvements is high. Catalyst improvement discovery and development can result from simple laboratory work to more ext

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