Catalysts for Upgrading Heavy Petroleum Feeds - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444530844, 9780080549316

Catalysts for Upgrading Heavy Petroleum Feeds, Volume 169

1st Edition

Authors: Edward Furimsky
eBook ISBN: 9780080549316
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444530844
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st August 2007
Page Count: 404
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Table of Contents

I. Introduction II. Properties of Heavy Feeds III. Properties of Catalysts for Hydroprocessing Heavy Feeds IV. Selection of Reactors for Hydroprocessing Research V. Development and Testing of Catalysts VI. Hydroprocessing Reactions VII. Deactivation of Catalysts VIII. Selection of Catalysts for Commercial Hydroprocessing Reactors IX. Patent Literature on Hydroprocessing Catalysts and Reactors X. Spent Hydroprocessing Catalysts XI. Hydroprocessing of Vgo and Dao for Production of Lubricants XII. Non-Conventional Catalytic Upgrading of Heavy Feeds XIII. Residues Upgrading by Catalytic Cracking XIV. Carbon Rejecting Processes XV. Uncommon Processes XVI. Conclusions XVII. References


The book provides the most up-to-date information on testing and development of hydroprocessing catalysts with the aim to improve performance of the conventional and modified catalysts as well as to develop novel catalytic formulations. Besides diverse chemical composition, special attention is devoted to pore size and pore volume distribution of the catalysts. Properties of the catalysts are discussed in terms of their suitability for upgrading heavy feeds. For this purpose atmospheric residue was chosen as the base for defining other heavy feeds which comprise vacuum gas oil, deasphalted oil and vacuum residues in addition to topped heavy crude and bitumen. Attention is paid to deactivation with the aim to extent catalyst life during the operation. Into consideration is taken the loss of activity due to fouling, metal deposition, coke formed as the result of chemical reaction and poisoning by nitrogen bases. Mathematical models were reviewed focussing on those which can simulate performance of the commercial operations. Configurations of hydroprocessing reactors were compared in terms of their capability to upgrade various heavy feeds providing that a suitable catalyst was selected. Strategies for regeneration, utilization and disposal of spent hydroprocesing catalysts were evaluated. Potential of the non-conventional hydroprocessing involving soluble/dispersed catalysts and biocatalysts in comparison with conventional methods were assessed to identify issues which prevent commercial utilization of the former. A separate chapter is devoted to catalytic dewaxing because the structure of dewaxing catalysts is rather different than that of hydroprocessing catalysts, i.e., the objective of catalytic dewaxing is different than that of the conventional hydroprocessing, The relevant information in the scientific literature is complemented with the Patent literature covering the development of catalysts and novel reactor configurations.
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Key Features

  • Comprehensive and most recent information on hydroprocessing catalysts for upgrading heavy petroleum feeds.
  • Compares conventional, modified and novel catalysts for upgrading a wide range of heavy petroleum feeds.
  • Comparison of conventional with non-conventional hydroprocessing, the latter involving soluble/dispersed catalysts and biocatalysts.
  • Development and comparison of mathematical models to simulate performance of catalytic reactors including most problematic feeds.
  • Residues upgrading by catalytic cracking in comparison to hydroprocessing.


Researchers in petroleum research institutes and petroleum refining industries, graduate students and consultants in the petroleum industry.


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About the Authors

Edward Furimsky Author

Dr. Furimsky has some forty years of research in the conversion of petroleum, coal and natural gas to various commercial products. The studies on upgrading petroleum feeds included hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, hydrodeoxygenation, catalyst deactivation and regeneration. The environmental and safety aspects as well as utilization options for spent refinery catalysts were part of the research as well. Scientific productivity includes two books, several book chapters and a dozen of reviews on various aspects of hydroprocessing catalysis, petroleum refining and utilization of refinery residues. Some 130 articles appeared in the referred scientific journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientific, IMAF Group, Canada