Nano-Porous Catalyst for Refinery Alkylation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84533
Agency Tracking Number: 81060S06-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 23
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
 Mr.
 (973) 740-2350
 mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Business Contact
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
Title: Mr.
Phone: (973) 740-2350
Email: 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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