Authors: Kirchmann, M., Haas, A., Hauber, C., Vukojevic, S.
ptq, Vol. 23, Q4 (Oct, Nov, Dec) 2015, 119-131
Catalytic naphtha reforming, in which low octane naphtha feedstock is converted into high octane reformate, is one of the core processes in modern refineries. The reformate produced includes high-value aromatics for the petrochemical industry such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX). Hydrogen as a main byproduct is highly valued for its use in hydrotreating, hydrocracking, and other hydrogen consuming processes in the refinery. There has been ongoing research in the last decades with the aim of optimising activity, selectivity and stability in order to increase high octane C5+, aromatics and hydrogen yield. More recently, additional challenges have emerged due to environmental regulations, requiring a reduction of aromatics content (especially benzene) in gasoline and an increase in hydrogen for the production of clean fuels.
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