TITLE: Scientific Resources Relevant to the Catalytic Problems in the Conversion of Coal. Final Report.

AUTHOR: J. A. Cusumano;   R. A. Dalla Betta;   R. B. Levy.

INST.  AUTHOR: Catalytica Associates, Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.

SPONSOR: Energy Research and Development Administration.


PUB.  TYPE: Technical Report

PUB.  COUNTRY: United States

SOURCE: Energy Research and Development Administration [ERDA],  Oct 76, 583p.


One of the important factors for the commercial success of the conversion of coal to synthetic fuels is the development and improvement of a number of catalytic processes and reactions. This study reviews key advances in catalysis and related fields which are expected to be important for R and D programs in the synthetic fuels industry. The advances include developments in multimetallic catalysis and other novel catalytic materials; the understanding of the effects of catalyst-support interactions, surface morphology and crystallite size; the development of catalyst characterization techniques, novel catalyst preparation procedures, studies on poisoning and regeneration, and the present understanding of the mechanism of reactions important for the conversion of coal to synthetic fuels. Also discussed are the relevant aspects of supporting disciplines such as chemical reactor engineering, inorganic chemistry and materials science. The role played by these advances in the improvement of a number of specific coal conversion and upgrading processes is critically assessed. (ERA citation 02:019174)

CONTRACT  NUMBER: E(49-18)-2017