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BASF researchers receive R&D award for BoroCat catalyst designed to optimize oil refiners’ yields

ISELIN, NJ, November 3, 2017 – The Research and Development Council of New Jersey recognized BASF inventors Robert McGuire, Gary M. Smith and Bilge Yilmaz with the prestigious 2017 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for outstanding environmental contributions.

The team of researchers developed BoroCat™, the first Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst based on BASF’s unique Boron-Based Technology (BBT) platform. With BoroCat, crude oil that would be rejected due to its metal content can now be extracted and used in refining processes for fuels such as diesel and gasoline.

Metals, particularly nickel, often trigger unwanted side reactions that reduce a refinery’s processing efficiency. Boron has an inherent affinity to nickel; and therefore, the BoroCat BBT platform enables refineries to improve their yields and profitability .

“It is a great honor for BASF and our inventors to be recognized for this important environmental innovation,” said Peter Walther, Senior Vice President, Heterogeneous Catalysis Research at BASF. “BoroCat increases crude oil conversion, reduces waste products, and lowers energy requirements, which improves the sustainable use of a limited hydrocarbon resource.”

In 2015, BASF launched BoroCat for processing heavy resid oil feedstocks. Since then, BoroCat has been successfully introduced in refineries all over the world.

Earlier this year, BASF announced the commercial launch of Borotec™, the newest evolution of its resid oil Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalysts portfolio. Borotec is the latest innovation using BASF’s unique BBT platform to provide mild- and moderate-resid feed FCC units more flexibility in crude selection, which results in increased yields of high-value products.

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Suggested Caption: The Research and Development Council of New Jersey has awarded a team of BASF inventors (from left to right: Robert McGuire, Gary M. Smith, Bilge Yilmaz) with the prestigious 2017 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for outstanding environmental contributions.

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