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Kohlenforschung Centennial Lectureship Series: "Fischer ─Tropsch Catalysis"

Kohlenforschung Centennial Lectureship Series:

The public Kohlenforschung Centennial Lectureship Series covers various aspects relevant to the institute and its past. The first lecture is given by Prof. Krijn de Jong, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Fischer─Tropsch Catalysis – from nanometer to kilometer

In the Fischer─Tropsch (FT) process synthesis gas (H2/CO) is converted into higher hydrocarbons via a surface polymerization mechanism using a metal (Fe, Co, Ru) catalyst.

This process was invented by Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany in the 1920-ies. Using synthesis gas obtained from natural gas, coal or biomass, transportation fuels (diesel, kerosene) can be produced from sources other than crude oil.

The quality of the products formed in combination with a non-crude oil feedstock has further stimulated interest in the FT process. In this talk we will explore the different length scales relevant to the development of a modern large scale FT plant of 140,000 barrels per day of high-quality middle distillates (kerosene and diesel) with cobalt as the metal catalyst of choice.

Finally, using iron nanoparticles latest developments provide opportunities to produce lower olefins – key building blocks for the chemical industry – directly from synthesis gas.

Mittwoch, 9. April
Großer Hörsaal, 11 Uhr