Specialty Catalysts

Recommending and sharing our views on the best catalysts to function under the specific conditions prevailing within a specific petrochemical application requires considerable technical experience and understanding. With a proven reputation for enabling results for customers from across the petrochemical sector, Shell Catalysts & Technologies offers a diverse range of Specialty catalyst solutions including:

Applications Description
Hydrogenation of nitro compounds to amines Shell Catalysts & Technologies offers multiple catalyst solutions for the reduction (hydrogenation) of aliphatic nitro compounds to their corresponding amines. The types of catalyst available include nickel, copper, cobalt, and combinations thereof on a wide variety of carriers.
Hydrogenation of glucose to sorbitol Shell Catalysts & Technologies offers catalysts for the hydrogenation of glucose to sorbitol. The bulk nickel catalysts are available in tablet or extrudate form on a variety of carriers suited for the specific working environment.
Hydrogenation of phenylacetylene to styrene Shell Catalysts & Technologies offers catalyst solutions such as VAM catalysts which are designed to meet two important performance characteristics: stability and activity. These catalysts have maintained commercial performance with life cycles greater than three years even at very high space time yields (STY’s) of 850 or greater. Shell Catalysts & Technologies has a VAM catalyst to achieve your high activity and production goals.
Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) catalysts Shell Catalysts & Technologies offers catalysts for VAM catalysts which are designed to meet two important performance characteristics: stability and activity. These catalysts have maintained commercial performance with life cycles greater than three years even at very high space time yields (STY’s) of 850 or greater. CRI has a VAM catalyst to achieve your high activity and production goals.
Nylon production chain catalysts

Shell Catalysts & Technologies offers several catalysts used in the nylon production process with catalyst solutions to hydrogenate phenol to cyclohexanone, convert alpha methyl styrene (AMS) to cumene, and saturate benzene to cyclohexane.

 

Custom Catalysts

Customers are continuously striving to create competitive advantage by improving their production processes, providing better products, developing leading-edge technologies and maintaining consistent operating results. In many cases, a key to achieving these goals is the development of custom catalyst products, designed specifically for individual customer applications/processes. Shell Catalysts & Technologies works with customers to create or identify specific catalysts to help achieve their program goals.

With many decades of research and development (R&D), catalyst scale-up, manufacturing and surface and materials science capabilities Shell Catalysts & Technologies, is a highly desirable partner in custom catalyst development. Providing the tools to develop and progress your custom catalyst project from lab scale to full commercialization.

A worker at a Shell plant overseeing custom catalyst development

Delivering Value with First Hand Experience and World Class Expertise

Shell Catalysts & Technologies understands that speed to market on new technology advances is critical. Without the proper global support, catalyst expertise, research skill sets, and close collaboration with a trusted partner, deadlines can extend and opportunities can be lost. Employing the latest technologies/tools for catalyst development and testing Shell Catalysts & Technologies bring an experienced workforce, from the lab technician to the Ph.D. research chemist. Along with these assets Shell Catalysts & Technologies adds the ability to understand customers’ needs working closely and securely with them to develop a catalyst that reaches their goals. Our knowledge base adds value and our resources provide the desired speed to market. This is where Shell Catalysts & Technologies delivers value for custom catalyst customers.

To compliment custom catalyst development, Shell Catalysts & Technologies affiliates operate manufacturing plants in Europe and the United States, offering a full range of base and noble metal catalyst and zeolite production capabilities. Shell Catalysts & Technologies also utilizes its global resources, talented scientists and advanced analytical tools to not only develop individualized catalyst solutions but to offer our customers the opportunity to explore catalyst improvements. Shell Catalysts & Technologies is also able to investigate potential operational problems through post-mortem analysis of spent catalysts samples with the goal to continuously improve catalyst life, selectivity and efficiency.

Reactor Internals

Our reactor internals technology uniformly distributes liquid and gas, minimises thermal maldistribution, and maximises reactor catalyst inventory and utilisation.

Aromatic Saturation

Shell Catalysts & Technologies delivers leading aromatic saturation catalyst solutions benefitting chemical and refining customers globally.