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Catalytic Hydroisomerization of Long-Chain Hydrocarbons for the Production of Fuels

Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, 20500 Turku, Finland
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Catalysts 2018, 8(11), 534; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8110534
Received: 17 October 2018 / Revised: 1 November 2018 / Accepted: 6 November 2018 / Published: 10 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry)
Hydroisomerization of long chain paraffins for the production of branched alkanes has recently been intensively studied due to a large availability of these compounds. The most interesting research topics have been the development of novel bifunctional catalysts to maximize the yield of isomers and to suppress the cracking reactions. Since both of these reactions are catalyzed by Brønsted acid sites, the optimum catalyst exhibits equal amounts of metal and acid sites, and it facilitates rapid mass transfer. Thus, several hierarchical and nano-shaped zeolites have been developed, in addition to composite catalysts containing both micro- and mesoporous phases. In addition to catalyst development, the effect of the reactant structure, optimal reaction conditions, catalyst stability and comparison of batch vs continuous operations have been made. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydroisomerization; reaction mechanism; zeolites; composite materials hydroisomerization; reaction mechanism; zeolites; composite materials
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Mäki-Arvela, P.; Kaka khel, T.A.; Azkaar, M.; Engblom, S.; Murzin, D.Y. Catalytic Hydroisomerization of Long-Chain Hydrocarbons for the Production of Fuels. Catalysts 2018, 8, 534.

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