Nano-Porous Catalyst for Refinery Alkylation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84533
Agency Tracking Number:
81060S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr.
(973) 740-2350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Business Contact:
Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr.
(973) 740-2350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The removal of MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) from many gasoline blends necessitates the increased use of other high-octane components. Alkylate represents a clean high-quality alternative; however, alkylate is produced using hazardous and increasingly expensive liquid acid catalysts. A safe, economical alternative to liquid acids is needed. Solid acid catalysts offer a safe and clean alternative to liquid acids, but suffer from rapid deactivation under industrial conditions. This project will develop an engineered catalyst that resists deactivation by creating a network of nanopores in the catalyst particle, thereby enhancing diffusion. Phase I will prove the feasibility of this concept in bench-scale reactors. The nano-porous catalyst will be developed and tested to quantify the improvement in performance. An economic evaluation will also be conducted to ensure the nano-porous catalyst will be cost effective. Commerecial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: An economically viable solid-acid catalyst for isoparaffin alkylation would produce a lower-cost higher-quality gasoline. The result would be a cleaner, safer process and clean-burning high-octane fuels, without objectionable additives like MTBE.

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