Test & compare catalysts under industrial conditions


Q8research has high throughput catalysts testing unit available to test and compare commercial catalysts. Catalyst testing and comparison can be performed for different refinery hydroprocessing applications with actual feed. The 16 fold high throughput reactor unit at Q8 research can be used in various hydro-processing applications, which are important in the refinery applications (e.g. hydrodesulfurization of diesel, atmospheric residue or other heavy feedstocks, hydrocracking of various streams, isodewaxing of long chain paraffinic streams to produce lubricants, hydrotreatment of biofuels like pyrolysis oil or bio based feedstock). The strength of Q8Research lies in combining the results of our experimental research with our technical refinery expertise and our knowledge of the products.

The 16 fold high throughput reactor unit can be used to for discovery of a new catalysts for a process and at the same time can be used to benchmark different commercial catalysts. The unit is fully automated and can effectively provide a good feedback on the performance of the catalysts (activity and selectivity). Moreover, it can used for long term tests under industrial process conditions to have a feedback on catalyst stability.

Expertise Q8 Research

  • Over 50 years of petroleum research, refinery and development experience
  • Hydrotreatment, Hydrocracking and Catalytic Dewaxing
  • State of the art analytical and characterization laboratories
  • 50 years of product knowledge of lubricants
  • Catalyst testing under industrially relevant process conditions

Catalysis Services

  • Benchmarking
  • Coking studies
  • Catalyst quality control 
  • Poisoning studies
  • Reproducibility
  • Kinetic data generation
  • Unit optimization / Energy saving
  • Characterization

Analytical & Characterization Services

  • Properties of the feed and products
    - Density
    - Viscosity / Viscosity index
    - Olefin content (Bromine Number and Index)
    - Elemental composition (ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometry and XRF)
    - Aromatic content (FTIR spectroscopy)
    - Molecule fingerprinting (NMR)


  • Catalyst Characterization
    - Sulfur Analysis
    - Coke Analysis (Thermogravimetric Analysis)
    - Heat capacity (Differential Scanning Calorimetry)
    - Elemental composition (ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometry and XRF)


Advantages of high throughput catalyst testing

  • Highly efficient catalyst testing  (16x faster)
  • Cost effective: lower volumes of feed and catalyst required
  • Operation at relevant industrial process conditions
  • Fully automated with long term operations
  • Higher data quality with statistical data from repeats
  • Robust and safe for handling realistic feeds



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