In view of the dwindling supply and increasing cost of natural gas and petroleum, the prime sources of energy for our society and feedstocks for our chemical industries, it is vital that we use them with utmost efficiency. Major contributions to more efficient use can be made by improving the selectivity with which industry carries out transformations of saturated hydrocarbons. Even minor improvements in the effectiveness of catalytic cracking and reforming can mean immense quantitative savings in crude hydrocarbon consumption. Improvements which lead to higher-quality motor fuel should also reduce the total amount of fuel consumed with attendant reduction of air pollution.
KeywordsPetroleum Steam Catalysis Nitrile Paraffin
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