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New dealumination routes to produce transport-optimised catalysts for crude oil conversion


Due to their outstanding potential for efficient use of raw material. reduction of energy consumption and generation of cleaner products, catalysis with micro porous solids is at the forefront of new technologies. Currently, catalyst design is impeded by the lack of knowledge of the inherent processes. Recent progress in the pulsed field gradient technique of nuclear magnetic resonance for the first time allows direct observation of molecular migration (diffusion) in micro porous catalysts. Diffusion is a fundamental property that critically impacts the efficiency and selectivity of catalysts. The ability to directly measure diffusion opens a new era in the design of porous catalysts. It will be validated by exploring the production conditions under which catalysts applied in Fluid Catalytic Cracking exhibit optimum transport properties with respect to yield, product environmental quality and catalyst durability.

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