BASF launches new sulphuric acid catalyst

BASF launches new sulphuric acid catalyst

11:44 AM, 8th November 2017
BASF launches new sulphuric acid catalyst
The unique shape of the new BASF sulphuric acid catalyst O4-115 Quattro leads to a 30 percent greater catalytic surface area.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE has introduced a new sulphuric acid catalyst O4-115 Quattro into the market. The new, cesium-based catalyst is unique due to its geometrical shape – a combination of four strands – leading to a 30 percent greater catalytic surface area compared to conventional sulphuric acid catalysts.

For sulphuric acid producers, this translates into higher conversion in the catalyst bed, reduction of SO2 emissions, and improved performance in plants with limited catalyst volumes. Additionally, the O4-115 Quattro features enhanced physical and mechanical properties. Due to its improved catalyst hardness, which is reflected in a lower sieving loss, this new catalyst offers long-term stability and cost-efficient operation.

A reference plant operated by Domo Caproleuna GmbH has been using the new sulphuric acid catalyst O4-115 Quattro since 2016. With the new catalyst, the plant has seen an increase of the SO2 conversion and a simultaneous capacity increase.

“The right catalyst is a crucial factor for successfully operating a sulphuric acid production plant. Since we have been using the O4-115 Quattro catalyst, we are able to operate our plant in a much more efficient way,” said Ulf Muller, Domo Caproleuna’s plant manager.

“For the new development of catalysts, in-house sulphuric acid production is a huge advantage because we can gain important insights on the performance and long-term stability of the catalysts, and our customers can directly benefit from these findings,” said Detlef Ruff, senior vice president, BASF process catalysts.

“In addition, we are continuously investing in sulphuric acid catalyst research to help our customers be even more successful. In 2016, we launched a new catalyst test facility, and the sulphuric acid catalyst O4-115 Quattro is the first of many new developments that will emerge from it,” added Ruff.

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