Catalysts

Materia, Evonik reach agreement on catalyst license

PASADENA, Calif. — Materia, Inc., a supplier of high performance catalysts and advanced polymers, has entered into a license agreement with Evonik Industries, related to olefin metathesis catalysts, following a patent infringement case between the two companies.

Dynea announces start-up of formaldehyde plant

LILLESTRØM, Norway — Dynea AS announced the successful commissioning and start-up of a formaldehyde plant using silver crystals as catalyst.

New project for AXION Energy in Argentina

The project involves the Detail Engineering for the expansion of the Catalytic Cracking Unit at the refinery that Techint E&C has in Campana.

Refining: Use of Alloy 400 for hydrofluoric acid corrosion in a refinery alkylation unit

Alkylation units can be based on sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid as a catalyst.

Dividing wall column applications in FCC naphtha splitter columns

Bhargava, M., Kalita, R., Gentry, J. C., GTC Technology US LLC

Dividing wall column (DWC) technology is becoming more widely accepted throughout the process industries as a means to increase efficiency and reduce capital and energy costs.

Iron poisoning investigations enable opportunities for success

The function of fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) is to maximize profits from a given barrel of oil.

Repsol selects Axens’ new generation of hydrocracking catalysts

Among several other customers, Spanish refiner Repsol has selected Craken catalysts for two of its hydrocracking units, one being a repeated order.

Saint-Gobain NorPro develops new micro-size Accu spheres

STOW, Ohio — Saint-Gobain NorPro introduced Accu sphere catalyst carriers. This new spherical catalyst carrier satisfies a growing petrochemical, chemical & refining industry demand for small diameter supports which provide high-geometric surface area, uniform packing, and even flow distribution.

Grace licenses process technology to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical

COLUMBIA, Md. — W. R. Grace & Co., a supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has contracted to license its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a 50/50 JV between Pembina Pipeline Corporation of Canada and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. of Kuwait.

Clariant Catalysts expands in China with opening of new office in Yinchuan

MUNICH — Clariant, a company in specialty chemicals, announced the opening of a new office for its Catalysts business in Yinchuan city, capital of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in China. With the new branch, Clariant becomes the first multinational catalyst provider based in northwest China, a region that is home to a majority of the nation’s coal-to-chemicals producers as well as numerous syngas and polyolefin companies.