Access to Accelerated Catalyst Testing

Did you know that we have more than 700 reactors for catalyst testing available in our laboratories in Amsterdam? This includes various high-throughput, multi-parallel catalyst testing platforms, both fixed-bed and batch.

What capabilities and expertise do we offer for our customers?

Type Example applications Reactors Reactor configuration Max Temperature in °C Max Pressure in bar Notes
Trickle-flow, heavy feed Hydrotreating
Hydrocracking
Dewaxing
up to 16 4×4 500 180 Heated feed; Liquid product collection; Active
Liquid Distribution (ALD)
Gas phase Fischer Tropsch
Methane Activation
Ethane conversion
CO2 valorization
Selective hydrogenation
Selective Oxidation
up to 64 1×16
4×16
8×4
900 100 High-temperature options
Trickle flow / Gas phase, light feed Naphtha Reforming
Isomerization
Metathesis
Transalkylation (low sulfur feeds)
up to 16 1X16
2×16
4×4
550 100 Cooled feed; individual Reactor Temperature Control (iRTC);
Active Liquid Distribution (ALD)
Batch Parallel Reactors Hydrogenation
Oligomerization
up to 72 1×12
6×12
200 160 Full batch or gas-on-demand; Identical gas feed per block;
Temperature control per block of 12 Rx
Our customers are looking for easy-to-access catalyst testing facilities to stay competitive. The majority of our in-house reactors is based on our unique Flowrence Technology platform. With this technology platform, we are able to perform parallel high-throughput catalyst testing tailored for the various R&D stages in line with our customer’s catalyst development objectives. No matter what R&D stage you are in – from early discovery to commercial evaluation – we generate outstandingly accurate and reproducible data for you. Hence, small changes in catalyst behavior can be readily detected and catalysts can be reliably differentiated.

What extra value do customers get?

Another valuable feature is the usefulness of the results – test results correlate with those from larger-scale experiments and even the data from commercial plants. Moreover, we have the ability to generate far more data than traditionally possible, leading to clearer and deeper insights into catalyst behavior and process performance. With our extensive in-house library of catalysts and supports, we can even amplify your Design-of-Experimentation or fill the blind spots.

We have many ways in which we can apply our capabilities and expertise to serve your R&D needs. How we do so, is entirely up to you. Our concern is that you benefit from enhanced technical decision-making, which ultimately translates into greater competitiveness and profitability.

What programs customer run with us?

Defined catalyst testing projects for short-term demands

Customers ask us to conduct well-defined catalyst testing projects, often part of more extensive R&D programs. We help them devise the most appropriate catalyst testing solutions in line with their specific objectives. We take pride in our ability to deal with short lead times and turn out results quickly.

High-throughput testing systems, both fixed-bed flow and batch are available for all R&D stages of the catalyst development. Different operating conditions can be varied in line with the requirements needed. Project duration can vary from just a few weeks up to multi-year programs

Long-term research collaborations

We are accustomed to working in integrated teams with customers to formulate experimentation strategies around specific R&D objectives and, ultimately, to deliver on them. These collaborations benefit from having (high-throughput) catalyst testing equipment, catalyst preparation with an extensive in-house library, well-qualified experts and a top-class data analytical capability, all under the same roof.

Our experts have a reputation for unconventional thinking and boast an impressive track record of developing novel approaches to seemingly intractable R&D challenges.

Our testing services can be supported by:

Obviously, catalyst and process IP stay with the customer with all services projects.

The Top 5 reasons why customers outsource their research to us

1. Long duration catalyst life testing 

Customers face various testing needs that compete with each other. Especially stability tests occupying testing equipment for a very long time, are often hampered by the limited availability of dedicated equipment. Customers outsource this type of testing to us and value it as reliable and cost-effective.

2. Extend capacity

This can vary from accommodating temporary single testing constraint up to long-term, dedicated multi-year testing programs. Avantium guarantees consistent and reliable data customers can believe in.

3. Optimize design-of-experimentation or solve exotic testing challenges

We have already found solutions to many exotic R&D challenges. For our experts, nothing’s off limits. We are known as unconventional thinkers with a resourceful way of working. Read a practical example around handling sensitive chemistry here.

4. Industrially scalable results

Refineries and chemical plants make their catalyst selection based on our testing results. They value that we are the leading independent testing company. Our testing facilities are also used in the process development phase and demonstrate high reproducibility with bench-scale reactors. More relevant data can be obtained safely in a shorter time at lower costs.

5. Staff constraints

The access to state of the art technology and well-qualified experts offers peace of mind. Effective collaboration is safeguarded by our focus on customer needs and objectives. We are easy to work with, result oriented and we deliver timely.

Flowrence® products specifications

Reactor Section

Easy and quick reactor exchange system. Possibility to use quartz reactors at high pressure.

1 block of 4 reactors

HT = High Temperature max. 800°C nominal, limited to 925°C (<0.5°C reactor to reactor deviation)

4 blocks of 4 reactors

HT  or MT = Medium Temperature max. 525°C (<0.5°C block-to-block deviation)

16 reactors with iRTC

individual Reactor Temperature Control
max. 550°C (<0.5°C reactor-to-reactor)

4 reactors with iRTC

individual Reactor Temperature Control
max. 550°C (<0.5°C reactor-to-reactor)

Temperature Ranges (°C)

100 – 800°C
up 925°C (Option)

50 – 525°C
100 – 800°C
up 925°C (Option)

50 – 550°C

50 – 550°C

Reactor Types

L= Length
OD= Outer Diameter
ID= Inner Diameter
SS= Stainless Steel (< 550⁰C)
Qz= Quartz (< 925⁰C)

L 300 mm 561 mm
OD 3 mm 6 mm
ID SS 2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 mm
ID Qz 2 mm 2 / 4 mm
300 mm 561 mm 561 mm
3 mm 3 mm 6 mm
2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 mm
2 mm 2 mm 2 / 4 mm
561 mm
3 mm
2 / 2.6 mm
2 mm
561 mm
3 mm
2 / 2.6 mm
2 mm

Maximum Catalyst Bed Length

(isothermal zone tolerance ± 1°C)
Note: isothermal length is dependent on the temperature range

300 / 3 HT 561 / 6 HT
>120 mm @ 450°C >200 mm @ 500°C
>90 mm @ 800°C >150 mm @ 800°C
>140 mm @ 925°C
300 / 3 HT 561 / 3 MT 561 / 6 HT
>120 mm @ 450°C >310 mm @ 450°C >200 mm @ 500°C
>90 mm @ 800°C >150 mm @ 800°C
>140 mm @ 925°C
561 / 3 MT iRTC
250°C ±0.5°C 41cm (4reactors)
350°C±0.5°C 38cm (4reactors)
550°C±0.5°C 28cm (4reactors)
3 reactors at 550°C, 1 reactor 350°C:
550°C=27cm 350°C=41cm ±0.5°C
561 / 3 MT iRTC
250°C ±0.5°C 41cm (4reactors)
350°C±0.5°C 38cm (4reactors)
550°C±0.5°C 28cm (4reactors)
3 reactors at 550°C, 1 reactor 350°C:
550°C=27cm 350°C=41cm ±0.5°C

Catalyst Volume (mL)

(isothermal zone)

0.2 - 0.6 mL 0.4 - 2.0 mL
0.2 - 0.6 mL 0.4 - 1.0 mL 0.4 - 2.0 mL
0.4 - 1.0 mL
0.4 - 1.0 mL

Pressure Ranges (barg)

2 – 80 barg
0.5 – 180 barg (option)

2 – 100 barg
0.5 – 180 barg

2 – 80 barg
0.5 – 180 barg

2 – 20 barg
2 – 50 barg (option)

Reactor Pressure Control

Advanced control RSD ±0.1 barg at reference conditions (gas phase only and 20 barg). For trickle flow Advanced control RSD ±0.5barg.

Standard (±0.5 barg)
Advanced (±0.1 barg) (option)

Standard (±0.5 barg)
Advanced (±0.1 barg) (option)

Advanced (±0.1 barg)

Advanced (±0.1 barg)

Gas Feed Lines

(#Gas Feeds)

Up to 6 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Up to 7 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Up to 7 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Up to 6 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Online Analysis

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation (option)

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

Liquid Feed

 Split feeding 8 + 8 reators (option)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

Liquid Distribution

Microfluidic Distribution
(4-channel glass-chip)

Microfluidics Distribution
(4x4-channel glass-chip)
(16-channel glass-chip)
Active Liquid Distribution (option)
(with automatic isolation valves)

Active Liquid Distribution
(with automatic isolation valves)

Microfluidic Distribution
(4-channel glass-chip)

Liquid Sampling

(G/L Separation)

Parallel liquid sampling (4 x 20ml vials) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Automated liquid sampling (4 rows x 16 vials x 8ml) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Automated liquid sampling (4 rows x 16 vials x 8ml) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Parallel liquid sampling (4 x 20ml vials) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Reactors Effluent Handling

(Off-line Analysis Connection)

Full heated circuit up to 180°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling (option)

Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

Offline Analysis

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode (option)

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

Waste Handling

Ambient temperature
Heated wax trapping (option)

Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

Safety

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Flowrence® Software

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Microfluidics modular gas distribution

Unrivalled accuracy in gas distribution with patented glass-chips for 4 and 16 reactors, with a guaranteed flow distribution of 0.5% RSD. Quick exchange of glass-chips for different operating conditions. Flexibility to cover a wide range of applications.

TinyPressure glass-chip holder with integrated pressure measurement

Compact modular design for gas and liquid distribution. No high-temperature pressure sensors required. Quick exchange of the microfluidic glass-chips, without the need for time-consuming leak testing.

Tube-in-tube reactor technology with effluent dilution

Unique tube-in-tube design with easy and rapid exchange of the reactor tubes (within minutes!). No need for any connections. Use of inert diluent gas (outside of reactor) to maintain the pressure prevents dead volumes and back flow. Possibility to use quartz reactors at high pressure applications.

Automated liquid sampling system

Programmable, fully automated liquid product sampling robot for 24/7 hands-off operation. Robot equipped with a compact manifold aiming at depressurizing the effluent immediately after each reactor to atmospheric pressure. Eliminates the use of high pressure valves.

Reactor Pressure Control (RPC)

The most accurate and stable pressure regulator for a 16-parallel reactors with just ±0.1bar RSD. The RPC uses microfluidics technology to regulate the pressure of each reactor, maintaining equal distribution of the inlet flow over the 16 reactors.

Auto-calibrating liquid feed distribution, measurement, and control

Distribution of difficult feedstocks e.g., VGO, HVGO, DAO. Liquid distribution 0.2% RSD, making it the most accurate liquid distribution device on the market. Option to selectively isolate each reactor.

Single-Pellet-String-Reactors (SPSR)

No dead-zones, no bed packing & distribution effects. The catalyst packing is straightforward and does not require special procedures. A single string of catalyst particles is loaded in the reactors avoiding maldistribution, eliminating channeling and incomplete wetting.

EasyLoad®

Unique reactor closing system with no connections. Rapid reactor replacement minimizing delays, improving uptime and reliability. Stable evaporation by liquid injection into reactor.

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