BASF Researchers Present On Range Of Topics At North American Catalysis Society Meeting
ISELIN, NJ, June 20, 2007— Scientists from BASF Catalysis Research are making several presentations, including a keynote address, at the 20th North American Meeting of the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) in Houston Texas, June 17 to 22. The BASF Catalysts Division is also a main sponsor of the meeting, which brings together leading experts in all aspects of catalysis.
In their presentations, the BASF scientists are focusing on the development of next- generation catalyst products for the refining and chemical industries, and advances in the manufacture of catalysts. David M. Stockwell, senior research associate, is a keynote speaker at the meeting. His paper, “Towards a New Generation of FCC NOx Additives,” discusses possible NOx reduction strategies that seek to control CO emissions, as well as potentially avoid the capital expense and operating issues of selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
“Our significant professional presence at the North American Meeting this year demonstrates the depth of our capabilities and commitment to advancing the science of catalysis,” said Dr. Friedbert Nees, Senior Vice President and Head of BASF’s Global Catalysis Research. “The combination of BASF and Engelhard has created the world’s leading supplier of process and environmental catalysts as well as the deepest catalysis research team in the industry.”
BASF formed the Catalysts Division last June after purchasing Engelhard Corporation in the largest acquisition of BASF’s 143-year history. Headquartered in Iselin, NJ, the newly formed division employs nearly 5,000 people, operating in 35 locations worldwide.
The new Catalysis Research Department, with more than 600 researchers worldwide, is part of BASF’s global technology platform, Chemicals Research and Engineering, where the ammonia catalyst was originally developed, and is also headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey.
The North American Catalysis Society’s biennial meeting features 15 scientific sessions, covering a broad range of subjects, such as: new catalytic materials and supports; technology for protection of the environment; new synthesis methods; and hydroprocessing. This year’s meeting is expected to bring more than 1,000 of the world’s leading catalysis scientists, chemists and engineers to Houston.
Along with BASF, some 38 major companies will co-sponsor this year’s meeting,
including Air Products, Chevron, Degussa, DOW, ExxonMobil, Saint Gobain, and Shell.
Topics being presented by BASF scientists at the North American Meeting this week include:
- Development of the next generation vinyl acetate catalyst: Ronald T. Mentz, Dr. Geoffrey T. White and Ronald L. Jagta
- Operating characteristics for two precious metal monolithic water gas shift catalysts for hydrogen generation: Wolfgang Ruettinger, Oleg Ilinich, and Robert J. Farrauto
- Activation and Deactivation Mechanisms of Rhodium/Alumina Catalysts: Xiaolin Yang
- Transition Metal Promoters for Pd in Methanol Reforming Applications: Christopher R.Castellano; Ahmad Moini; Gerald S. Koermer; Ye Liu; Robert J. Farrauto
- Comparing Nickel and Vanadium Passivation with FCC Catalysts in Laboratory Microactivity Studies: Mingting Xu; Rostam J. Madon
- New Cs-containing Structural Analogues of Mo-V-Nb-Te-O Type Oxides – Highly Prospective Catalysts for the Partial Oxidation of Methacrolein to Methacrylic Acid: Stephan Schunk, HTE Aktiengesellschaft, Heidelberg Germany; Hartmut Hibst (BASF AG Germany); Andreas Sundermann, HTE Aktiengesellschaft, Heidelberg Germany
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