Composition-performance Relationships in Catalysts Formulation for the Direct Conversion of Crude Oil to Chemicals

Mohammed A. Alabdullah, Tuiana Shoinkhorova, Alberto Rodriguez-Gomez, Alla Dikhtiarenko, Jullian Vittenet, Ola S. Ali, Isidoro Morales-Osorio, Wei Xu, Jorge Gascon

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Maximizing the production of petrochemicals from crude oil atthe expense of fuels is among the most important targets forrefiners. In this conversion, catalyst composition and formula-tion play a key role. Here we present a thorough study of theeffect of formulated FCC catalyst composition on the one-stepcracking of Arabian light crude oil. Our results demonstrate thatover a 35 wt.% yield to light olefins can be achieved on spray-dried catalysts containing 1 : 1 mixtures of ZSM-5 and FAUzeolites (alongside binder and clay). Coke deposition andcatalyst deactivation can be correlated to the nature andcontent of each zeolite component.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Feb 4 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-02-10
Acknowledgements: Saudi Aramco is gratefully acknowledged for financial support.The authors acknowledge G&W Mineral Resources and ActiveMinerals International LCC for providing them with the claymineral samples used in this study. The authors wish to acknowl-edge and thank Sandra Ramirez Cherbuy for the graphicalabstract’s illustration.


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