Special Issue "Catalytic Hydroprocessing of Heavy Oil"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Industrial Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2024 | Viewed by 69

Special Issue Editor

Low-Carbon Petrochemical Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Daejeon 34114, Republic of Korea
Interests: hydrocracking; aquathermolysis; heavy oil upgrading; ammonia synthesis; plasma-catalyst hybrid system
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

High-quality oil resources are gradually decreasing, but simultaneously, the world's demand for oil is increasing. Therefore, the research and development of low-quality heavy-oil-upgrading technology has become a significant challenge for the petroleum industry. Heavy oils, such as heavy crude oil and petroleum residues, contain high concentrations of undesirable components, including asphaltenes, sulfur, nitrogen, and metals. Catalytic hydrocracking, which can remove heteroatoms and convert large hydrocarbon molecules into smaller, more valuable clean fuels, is considered an effective process for heavy-oil-upgrading technology.

However, the presence of asphaltenes in the hydrocracking process can lead to catalyst deactivation due to the generation of coke, which severely limits the heavy-oil-upgrading process. Therefore, it is of great significance to enhance the anti-coking and anti-deactivation capacity of catalysts and to develop catalysts with high activity and selectivity for optimizing the hydrocracking process. This Special Issue aims to address the latest advances and trends in the design, synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of catalysts for heavy oil hydrocracking.

Dr. Sunyoung Park
Guest Editor

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  • heavy oil upgrading
  • hydrocracking
  • hydroconversion
  • petroleum refining
  • catalysts
  • anti-coking
  • anti-deactivation

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