Applying Topological and Economical Principles in Catalyst Design: New Alumina–Cobalt Core–Shell Catalysts
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Designing new and effective catalysts may be an art, but its consequences are very real and pragmatic. That said, chemists often build designs on ideal systems, whereas the manufacturing of chemicals requires catalysts that withstand varied feeds, harsh conditions and long exposure times. Moreover, economical considerations are often underestimated at the catalyst design stage. Here we discuss the inclusion of economical and topological considerations early on in the catalyst design process, giving as an example the synthesis and testing of a new type of alumina/cobalt Fischer–Tropsch catalysts.
KeywordsHeterogeneous catalysis Solid catalysts Industrial chemistry Catalyst design
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