April 2009


Maximize uptime for sulfur testing

New analyzer determines trace level amounts quickly

Van der Windt, R., Van Strien, A., Thermo Fisher Scientific

The total sulfur content of petroleum products is of great importance as it may interfere with refinery processes and have a negative impact on human health and the environment. Total sulfur contained in process feeds may damage the catalysts used in refinery processes, decreasing their efficiency and the overall profitability. When extracting gasoline from oil or burning fuel with a high total sulfur concentration, dangerous sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas emissions are produced, causing respiratory illnesses, a decline in existing heart disease, visibility impairment and acid rain.1 In response, regulations have been enforced to monitor the total sulfur content in petroleum products. Regulation

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