The Extended History of PRICAT(TM) 468 for C4 Acetylene Hydrogenation

Originally delivered May 5, 2011
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Step three of the 'Eight Steps to Specify a Catalyst Bed' is selecting the catalyst. The process of developing and selecting catalysts is often shrouded in mystery. Examining the history of a product development can demystify the process. This is a story about the development of a selective hydrogenation catalyst, PRICATJM PD 468, presently in use for the conversion of vinyl acetylene to butadiene. This story will describe a sometimes personal history of a catalyst that had its roots in a failed project in the 80's, imaginative but unsuccessful efforts in the 90's, several false starts in the 00's, and finally success in 2010.

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Gary Gildert

Gary Gildert has been an active member of the South Texas Section of the AIChE for the past four years serving as Chair of the PE/PO workshops, Position 1 Executive, and presently co-producing our meeting webcasts. He has previously contributed to two workshops and served as a dinner speaker.

Gary received his Bachelor of Applied Science (Ch.E.) from the University of Waterloo in 1981 and his Masters of Business Administration from Rice University in 2005. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada (1986) and Alberta, Canada (1990), a member of American Institute...Read more

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