Catalysts

The downstream rundown: In case you missed it

In case you missed any downstream news, this piece will give you a summary of some of the top stories from last week.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

History of the HPI: The 1960s: Synthetic oils, zeolite catalysts, LLDPE, OPEC and and creation of the PLC

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

During the 1960s, the global refining and petrochemical industries witnessed new processes and products that enhanced the daily lives of millions of people around the world.

Quickly screen catalysts for hydrotreating of vegetable oil using high-throughput micro-pilot plants

Vilela, T., Avantium Catalysis

Accurate catalyst evaluation is an important step in optimizing catalytic processes with respect to product yield, energy efficiency and overall product quality.

Hydroprocessing catalyst selection—Part 1: Planning and selecting the catalyst evaluation method

Pongboot, N., Global R&D; Upienpong, T., Karunkeyoon, W., PTT Global Chemical

Hydroprocessing catalysts are an essential part of any refinery involved in the treatment/conversion of most petroleum fractions ranging from naphtha to residue.

Editorial Comment: Pathways towards a more sustainable HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Among the dominant, far-reaching themes within the global refining and petrochemicals industries are the increase in biofeedstocks processing to produce biofuels and greener petrochemicals, the continued push towards clean fuels production, regulations and initiatives to adhere to net-zero emissions targets, and a surge in capital investments to build renewables and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plants.

Industry Pioneers: Cracking technology, catalysts, polymers and zeolites

Sharma, Sumedha, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Donald Campbell, Eger Murphree, Homer Martin and Charles Tyson—often called the ‘Four Horsemen’—are credited with the landmark invention of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC).

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

History of the HPI: The 1950s: Capacity expansion, HDPE/PP, polycarbonate, computers and rocket science

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 1950s marked an evolution in the use of oil by nations around the world.

Investigation and diagnosis of startup foaming issues at a new tail gas treater

In May 2021, Phillips 66 started up a new methyl diethanolamine (MDEA)-based tail gas unit at its Belle Chasse, Louisiana, refinery.