The Catacel Difference: Process Intensification



More Reaction Surface Area

Catacel’s thin foil catalyst structures are designed to present up to 2.5 times the reaction surface area of ceramic catalysts.  With so much more catalyst in a given volume, reactors such as reformer tubes can be made shorter or reduced in number, or feedstock throughput can be increased.  Or at normal throughput rates and process conditions, Catacel’s catalysts promise extended activity and useful life.

Better Heat Transfer

Catacel catalysts are designed to transfer heat better than ceramics, and the design also improves gas mixing and contact time with active catalyst sites. As a result, Catacel catalysts require the generation of less external heat to deliver heat into the reaction, reducing fuel consumption and increasing the life of system components.


Unlike ceramic catalysts, Catacel catalysts offer the ductility of metal foils, and do not crack, crush, bridge or pulverize as the result of loading or thermal expansion and contraction within the reactor. Our catalysts have the potential to last for the useful life of the reactor without ever needing replacement.\


Design flexibility

Catacel catalysts are designed to fit in your existing reactors. For hydrogen and syngas reforming, Catacel’s SSR catalysts are expanded in place at installation to conform to the concentricity variations of older, heat-distorted reformer tubes. Catacel can vary catalyst chemistry and substrate geometry for use in different parts of the reactor to tailor temperature, reaction and pressure drop characteristics.


With all of these benefits, Catacel catalysts really merit your consideration. Contact Catacel at (330) 527-0731to explore what we can do to intensify your reaction processes.

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