Texture of Heterogeneous Catalysts: Surface Area and Porosity

Heterogeneous catalysis enables faster, large-scale production and selective product formation. Approximately 35% of the world's GDP is influenced by catalysis. The production of 90% of chemicals (by volume) is assisted by solid catalysts. The basic characterization of catalysts is of fundamental importance to forecast the catalytic behavior and performance in some of the reaction stages. Physical characterization in terms of porosity, surface area, and pore size are not only related to the study of reactants and product diffusion but also to control supports production quality, to investigate catalyst deactivation and efficiency of regeneration processes, whenever possible.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will benefit beginners and professionals in research, development, processing, or quality control who want to acquire a basic understanding of comprehensive material characterization or who want to refresh and expand existing knowledge. Furthermore, those who are looking for suggestions for additional possible uses of physisorption, chemisorption, mercury porosimetry, particle size characterization, and powder rheology, as well as microreaction technology, should attend this webinar.

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, attendees will learn more about:

  • Parameters related to catalyst characterization in terms of porosity, specific surface area, pore size distribution, and density
  • Catalytic reaction stages influenced by physical parameters
  • Basic principles of gas pycnometer, mercury intrusion porosimetry, and gas physisorption
  • Guidelines for interpreting analytical results


Dr. Luca Lucarelli | Technical Application Consultant | Micromeritics

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