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Albemarle Develops ‘Breakthrough’ Alkylation Catalyst

8:36 AM MDT | August 1, 2007 | Michelle Bryner

Albemarle and partners ABB Lummus Global, and Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) have developed a solid-acid catalyst for alkylation—the first commercially available solid catalyst for alkylation, Albemarle says. The new catalyst features 25% higher activity and 35% lower precious metal content than Albemarle’s existing catalyst technology, the company says. “Refining managers traditionally have had two options for acid catalysts when it comes to alkylation—sulfuric acid or hydrofluoric acid,” says Ray Hurley, v.p./alternative fuels...

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