Catalyst deactivation and regeneration

TitleCatalyst deactivation and regeneration
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSatyanarayana, CV, Srikant, D, Gurav, HR
Book TitleIndustrial catalytic processes for fine and specialty chemicals
PublisherElsevier Inc.

Catalysis plays a vital role in the manufacture of fuels, industrial chemicals, fine chemicals, and specialty chemicals. A catalyst is not only expected to be highly active, it should be stable for long hours on stream and should be recyclable, if required. However, in reality, all the catalysts have finite life. Hence, a most important goal of any catalyst development is to get a catalyst that is highly active for long periods without needing any regeneration. This chapter addresses various causes of catalyst deactivation with reference to different catalyst systems. It discusses various forms coke (carbon) forms on catalysts and the side reactions that drive their formation. The role of support on carbon formation as well as how carbon can be limited using bimetallic catalysts is discussed. Various mechanisms responsible for sintering of metals have been discussed while suggesting means to suppress the same. This chapter also discusses loss of catalyst activity due to strong chemisorption of impurities or byproducts. Typical poisons to different catalysts are listed. The effect of various poisons and how they can influence the course of a catalytic reaction are described. A catalyst may also lose its activity due to mechanical failures such as (i) crushing of catalyst pellets or granules, (ii) breakup of catalyst pellets followed by its attrition, and (iii) erosion of catalyst particles or monolith wash coats. Various solutions to prevent or delay catalyst deactivation as well as various catalyst regeneration methods are summarized.

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Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry