Leading Scientific Journal Highlights the Impact of Rive’s Proprietary Technology in Catalytic Cracking
ChemCatChem Catalysis, September 5, 2013
In its September 2013 Issue, ChemCatChem Catalysis published “Realizing the Commercial Potential of Hierarchical Zeolites: New Opportunities in Catalytic Cracking” by Rive Technology founder Javier-Garcia Martinez, Kunhao Li, and Julia Valla.
The paper highlights that since the turn of the 21st century, a tremendous amount of effort has been devoted to introducing larger pores, typically mesopores of 2–50 nm in diameter, into conventional zeolites. The main motivation is to alleviate the diffusional limitation of molecules through the micropore system, in which strong acid sites catalyze many important reactions, such as the cracking of petroleum, isomerization, and desulfurization.
Significant developments and commercialization work have been performed at Rive Technology and its partners to commercialize surfactant-templated mesoporous zeolite Y (and other zeolites, such as ZSM-5, mordenite, X, and A) for applications in petroleum cracking, as well as other catalytic and non-catalytic applications.
The zeolite-modification process has been scaled up to the commercial scale. FCC catalysts with proper chemical compositions, as well as physical and mechanical properties, have also been manufactured on the commercial scale, supplied to two separate commercial refineries, and have undergone successful trials that delivered significantly improved product yields and increased economic value to the refiners.
Rive Technology began the ongoing supply of the very first commercial FCC catalyst with surfactant-templated mesoporous zeolite Y in early April 2013, signaling the arrival of the era of mesostructured zeolites in industrial catalysis.
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