Oxford Catalysts Group, the newest winner of Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, has a technology called microchannel reactors that enables the small scale and economic production of synthetic fuels via gas-to-liquids (GTL), biomass-to-liquids (BTL) and coal-to-liquids (CTL) via the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction. The Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award recognizes noteworthy chemical-engineering technology commercialized anywhere in […]

Purdue University, funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, has developed a facility aimed at learning precisely how coal and biomass are broken down in reactors called gasifiers. Gasifiers are reactors in which biomass, coal or other carbon rich substances are heated and flooded with steam, oxygen or both.  Simply put, the […]

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