Optimizing Catalysts for the Downstream Petroleum Industry
Understanding solid surfaces and pore structure.
Added value in the petroleum industry comes in part from cracking high molecular weight hydrocarbons into gasoline and other light fractions, and reforming that gasoline to increase its octane number. This webinar will feature two catalysts used in these processes and focus on laboratory methods of their characterization. Zeolite, a microporous aluminosilicate, is the primary material in fluid catalytic cracking and its important physicochemical properties include surface area, micropore size and surface acidity; methods of determining all three will be presented. Platinum reforming, or platforming, typically employs a catalyst of platinum supported on alumina; alternative techniques for quantifying accessible metal area and dispersion will be compared and contrasted.
Join us May 15, 2019 | Presenter: Martin Thomas
| Time and registration information will be released April 15, 2019.
Dr. Matthias Thommes, Quantachrome’s Director of Applied Science since 2001 has accepted the prestigious position as a Full Professor and Head of the Institute for Separation Science and Technology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. This institute is part of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, which offers one of the leading chemical engineering programs in Germany. Founded in 1743, the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is today one of Germany's top comprehensive research universities with approximately 40,000 students. The University is consistently ranked highly in both national and international rankings including the QS World University Ranking and the Reuters Top 100 World’s Most Innovative Universities ranking.
Under Dr. Thommes’ leadership, Quantachrome’s Science Department was established and achieved over the last decade world-wide recognition in the area of adsorption and porous materials characterization. He worked in close collaboration with various universities and holds positions as visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, UK and Lorraine University, France. Now, after more than 17 extremely successful years at Quantachrome in Boynton Beach Fl, Dr. Matthias Thommes, wants to pursue a new stage in his career in academia.
Anton Paar acquires Quantachrome
On February 9, 2018, Anton Paar acquired Quantachrome, a global leader in laboratory material characterization instrumentation for the analysis of porous materials and powders. Under the umbrella of the Anton Paar Group, the company will continue operations in Boynton Beach... more