Catalytic Air Pollution Control: Commercial Technology, 3rd Edition
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Catalytic Air Pollution Control: Commercial Technology is the primary source for commercial catalytic air pollution control technology, offering engineers a comprehensive account of all modern catalytic technology. This Third Edition covers all the new advances in technology in automotive catalyst control technology, diesel engine catalyst control technology, small engine catalyst control technology, and alternate sustainable fuels for auto and diesel.


Ronald M. Heck, PHD, is President of RMH Consulting, where he specializes in consultation on environmental catalysis for auto, diesel, and stationary sources; general catalysis; fuel cells; reaction engineering; combustion technology; and chemical engineering. Previously, Dr. Heck was a Research Manager responsible for developing new catalyst technology for Engelhard Corporation's worldwide customers in environmental catalysis.

Robert J. Farrauto, PHD, is a Research Fellow at BASF Catalysts and Adjunct Professor in the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department of Columbia University in the City of New York, where he teaches courses in catalysis and supervises graduate student research. His responsibilities at BASF Catalysts include the development of advanced catalysts for the hydrogen economy. He has worked extensively in the development of catalysts for the environmental, petroleum, and chemical industries.

Suresh T. Gulati, PHD, is a Consultant to the Science and Technology Division of Corning. He has also been a research fellow with Corning, specializing in the behavior of brittle materials. Dr. Gulati has many years of experience working with automotive substrates, with an emphasis on their design and durability for diesel and passenger car applications.







1. Catalyst Fundamentals.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Catalyzed Verses Non-Catalyzed Reactions.

1.3 Catalytic Components.

1.4 Selectivity.

1.5 Promoters and their Effect on Activity and Selectivity.

1.6 Dispersed Model for Catalytic Component on Carrier: Pt on Al2O3.

1.7 Chemical and Physical Steps in Heterogeneous Catalysis.

1.8 Practical Significance of knowing the Rate-Limiting Step.

2. The Preparation of Catalytic Materials: Carriers, Active Components, and Monolithic Substrates.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Carriers.

2.3 Making the Finished Catalyst.

2.4 Nomenclature for Dispersed Catalysts.

2.5 Monolithic Materials as Catalyst Substrates.

2.6 Preparing Monolithic Catalysts.

2.7 Catalytic Monoliths.

2.8 Catalyzed Monoliths Nomenclature.

2.9 Precious Metal Recovery from Monolithic Catalysts.

3. Catalyst Characterization.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Physical Properties of Catalysts.

3.3 Chemical and Physical Morphology Structures of Catalytic Materials .

3.4 Techniques for Fundamental Studies.

4. Monolithic Reactors for Environmental Catalysis.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Chemical Kinetic Control.

4.3 The Arrhenius Equation and Reaction Parameters.

4.4 Bulk Mass Transfer.

4.5 Reactor Bed Pressure Drop.

4.6 Summary.

5. Catalyst Deactivation.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Thermally Induced Deactivation.

5.3 Poisoning.

5.4 Washcoat Loss.

5.5 General Comments on Deactivation Diagnostics in Monolithic Catalysts for Environmental Applications.


6.  Automotive Catalyst.

6.1 Emissions and Regulations.

6.2 The Catalytic Reactions for Pollution Abatement.

6.3 The Physical Structure of the Catalytic Converter.

6.4 First-Generation Converters: Oxidation Catalyst (1976-1979).

6.5 NOx, CO and HC Reduction: The Second Generation: The Three Way Catalyst (1979 - 1986).

6.6 Vehicle Test Procedures (U.S., European and Japanese).

6.7 NOx, CO and HC Reduction: The Third Generation (1986 - 1992).

6.8 Palladium TWC Catalyst: The Fourth Generation (Mid-1990s).

6.9 Low Emission Catalyst Technologies.

6.10 Modern TWC Technologies for the 2000s.

6.11 Towards a Zero-Emission Stoichiometric Spark-Ignit Vehicle.

6.12 Engineered Catalyst Design.

6.13 Lean-Burn Spark-Ignited Gasoline Engines.

7. Automotive Substrates.

7.1 Introduction to Ceramic Substrates.

7.2 Requirements for Substrates.

7.3 Design Sizing of Substrates.

7.4 Physical Properties of Substrates.

7.5 Physical Durability.

7.6 Advances in Substrates.

7.7 Commercial Applications.

7.8 Summary.

8. Diesel Engine Emissions.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Worldwide Diesel Emission Standards.

8.3 NOx-Particulate Tradeoff.

8.4 Analytical Procedures for Particulates.

8.5 Particulate Removal.

8.6 NOX Reduction Technologies.

8.7 2007 Commercial System Designs (PM Removal Only).

8.8 2010 Commercial System Approaches under Development (PM and NOx Removal).

8.9 Retrofit and Off-Highway.

8.10 Natural Gas Engines.

9. Diesel Catalyst Supports and Particulate Filters.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Health Effects of Diesel Particulate Emissions.

9.3 Diesel Oxidation Catalyst Supports.

9.4 Design/Sizing of Diesel Particulate Filter.

9.5 Regeneration Techniques.

9.6 Physical Properties and Durability.

9.7 Advances in Diesel Filters.

9.8 Applications.

9.9 Summary.

10. Ozone Abatement within Jet Aircraft.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Ozone Abatement.

10.3 Deactivation.

10.4 Analysis of In-Flight Samples.

10.5 New Technology.


11. Volatile Organic Compounds.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Catalytic Incineration.

11.3 Halogenated Hydrocarbons.

11.4 Food Processing.

11.5 Wood Stoves.

11.6 Process Design.

11.7 Deactivation.

11.8 Regeneration of Deactivated Catalysts.

12. Reduction of NOx.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Nonselective Catalytic Reduction of NOx.

12.3 Selective Catalytic Reduction of NOx.

12.4 Commercial Experience.

12.5 Nitrous Oxide (N2O).

12.6 Catalytically Supported Thermal Combustion.

13. Carbon Monoxide and Hydrocarbon Abatement from Gas Turbines.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Catalyst for CO Abatement.

13.3 Non-Methane Hydrocarbon (NMHC) Removal.

13.4 Oxidation of Reactive Hydrocarbons.

13.5 Oxidation of Unreactive Light Paraffins.

13.6 Catalyst Deactivation.

14. Small Engines.

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Emissions.

14.3 EPA Regulations.

14.4 Catalyst for Handheld and Nonhandheld Engines.

14.5 Catalyst Durability.


15. Ambient Air Cleanup.

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 Premair® Catalyst Systems.

15.3 Other Approaches.

16. Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Generation.

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 Low-Temperature PEM Fuel Cell Technology.

16.3 The Ideal Hydrogen Economy.

16.4 Conventional Hydrogen Generation.

16.5 Hydrogen Generation from Natural Gas for PEM Fuel Cells.

16.6 Other Fuel Cell Systems.



"This book will be of benefit to those working in the immediate area of catalytic pollution control, as well as those concerned with broader aspects of environmental chemistry both at the professional and student levels. Librarians are encouraged to ensure this volume is on their shelves." (Platinum Metals Review, March 2010)