Welcome to Bizeolcat
H2020 project funded by Europe
BIZEOLCAT project addresses the need for lowering
the carbon footprint of refining industry in a
sustainable economy approach .
It will develop 4 new processes and membrane reactors to convert alkanes (methane, propane and butane) into olefins (propylene, butadiene) and aromatics.
It gathers a strong consortium of highly skilled universities, research and technology centres, SMEs and petrochemical industrials.
NANOCATALYST AND PROCESS FOR ITS PREPARATION
Our partners from Eurecat propose new catalysts compositions or catalysts, comprising nanoparticles with metal elements on supports, to be used in the dehydrogenation of alkanes by nODH and also for aromatization of alkanes and cycloalkanes. These catalysts compositions can be defined as nanocatalysts (or nanocatalyst compositions), since they comprise nanoparticles. The catalysts compositions are, in particular, obtained by an also proposed by the inventors innovative nanofabrication approach, for the preparation of more homogeneous nanocatalysts compositions. In addition, these catalysts are in some examples obtained by means of a one-pot reaction at relatively low temperatures (room temperature to 100 °C), thus making the process of synthesis/production more affordable and reproducible than other methods for obtaining similar catalysts. The catalyst compositions are homogeneous and have, in addition, nanoparticles of small size with a wide surface active area. Due to their composition, the catalysts are stable and maintain their catalytic activity in part because their surface is maintained clean (no impurities or deposition of products on their surface and resulting from the reaction they catalyze) for long periods of time. More at: https://www.sumobrain.com/patents/wipo/Alkane-dehydrogenation-nanocatalyst-process-its/WO2022180125.html
MOLECULAR MODELLING TOOLS IN CATALYSIS
Bizeolcat: Ab Initio Multiscale Kinetic Studies
Olefins are among the most important structural building blocks for a plethora of chemical reaction products, including petrochemicals, biomaterials and pharmaceuticals. However, their chemistry and chemical reactions still offer a wide range of research fields that can be better implemented and understood thanks to molecular modelling tools. In particular, the catalysis over precious metal or metal oxide catalysts has been put forward as an alternative way route to thermal-, steam- and fluid catalytic cracking. Bizeolcat partners from the National Institute of Chemistry (Slovenia) have extensive expertise in Multiscale system modelling as a tool to theoretically understand those processes. In the past decade, kinetic simulations studies have evolved from a rudimentary measurement-complementing approach to a useful engineering environment. By means of simulations, it is possible to predict various experimentally obtained parameters, such as conversion, activity, and selectivity, but it can help to simulate trends, when changing applicative operating conditions, such as temperature or pressure, or even support us in the search for the type of materials, their geometrical properties and phases for better functional performance. On the other side, powerful computers are necessary to process the high number of variables and parameters needed for the simulation and of course that is a world where dynamics are...very fast!