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Brown D.E.,Research Center | Edmonds T.,Research Center | Joyner R.W.,Research Center | McCarroll J.J.,Research Center | And 2 more authors.
Catalysis Letters | Year: 2014

In the 1970s BP started developing a new catalyst for ammonia synthesis which in final form comprises ruthenium, two promoters and a graphitised carbon support. This became the first new catalyst for ammonia synthesis to be commercialised since Fritz Haber's promoted iron catalyst. The catalyst is commercialised in the KBR Advanced Ammonia Process (KAAP). We describe the development of the catalyst, starting in the 1960s with studies to elucidate the mechanism of selective hydrogenation catalysts using nickel single crystals and LEED. These identified a phenomenon dubbed surface reorientation, in which an adsorbate such as sulphur causes the structure of the surface monolayer of a metal to change e.g. from fcc [111] to [100]. These ideas led to discovery of an active platinum/alkali metal/carbon catalyst for the dehydrocyclisation of hexane. That catalyst was not commercial, but it led in turn to the identification of highly active ruthenium/alkali metal/carbon catalysts for ammonia synthesis. The best new catalyst is about 20 times more active than a commercial Haber catalyst. The special carbon support is mesoporous and graphitic. Scale up of catalyst production and testing are described briefly, as are some process considerations. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source

Brogioli D.,University of Milan Bicocca | Ziano R.,University of Milan Bicocca | Rica R.A.,University of Milan Bicocca | Salerno D.,University of Milan Bicocca | And 4 more authors.
Energy and Environmental Science | Year: 2012

The "capacitive mixing" (CAPMIX) technique is aimed at the extraction of energy from the salinity difference between the sea and rivers. It is based on the voltage rise that takes place at the electrodes when changing the salt concentration of the solution in which the two electrodes are dipped. In this paper, we focus on activated carbon electrodes, produced with various methods and treatments, and we measure their behaviour in CAPMIX experiments. We find that they behave as polarizable electrodes only on time scales of the order of minutes, while on longer time scales they tend to move to a specific "spontaneous" potential, likely due to chemical redox reactions. This analysis sheds light on the charge leakage, i.e. the loss of the stored charge due to undesired chemical reactions, which is one of the main hurdles of the CAPMIX technique when performed with activated carbon electrodes. We show that the leakage finds its origin in the tendency of the electrode to move to its spontaneous potential. Our investigation allows us to completely get rid of the leakage and demonstrates the striking result that CAPMIX cycles can be performed without an external power supply. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013. Source

Shintani H.,Chuo University | Sakudo A.,University of Ryukyus | Mcdonnel G.E.,JAYS
Biocontrol Science | Year: 2011

There are several well-developed rapid microbiological methods now becoming available that may have useful applications in pharmaceutical and medical devices. They are ATP bioluminescence, fluorescent labeling, electrical resistance, and nucleic acid probes. In choosing to employ rapid methods, the microbiologist should examine their prospective performances against the specific requirements for that sector. Some methods may require expensive equipment and offer full automation, and others represent only a small investment. The regulatory view of these methods is changing and they still officially have not been approved in medical and pharmaceutical area, but it will still be up to the microbiologist to demonstrate that the method chosen is fit for the purpose intended. Source

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Jays | Date: 2015-06-20

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