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Catalytic Reforming

A Comprehensive Overview

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Since the early 1940s, dual function catalysts have been converting lower octane, naphtha-range hydrocarbons into aromatics and higher octane blend stock for petrochemical and gasoline production while producing valuable hydrogen as a by-product.

Early on, the associated technology became known as catalytic naphtha reforming to acknowledge that the desired products resulted from molecular rearrangement, reforming, of the reactants without alteration of their carbon number. Numerous improvements in catalyst and process technology have been commercialized over the past seven plus decades. Catalytic naphtha reformers remain key units in essentially every refinery and petrochemical plant throughout the world.

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Chapter 1

Objective of Catalytic Reforming

Chapter 2

Feedstock Characteristics and Treatment

Chapter 3

Main Reforming Reactions

Chapter 4

Reforming Catalyst Overview

Chapter 5

Contaminants and Unit Troubleshooting

Chapter 6

Reforming Evolution & Catalysts Regeneration

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