Spent Industrial Catalysts

Due to their high precious metals content, the recycling of spent industrial catalysts is crucial for the overall performance of the industrial catalytic process. 

Umicore Precious Metals Refining has developed various and unique original sampling techniques for solid (wet or dry) and liquid spent catalysts in order to receive unbiased, reliable and fully representative samples: No unexpected losses, no pre-treatment (e.g. incineration).

Our unique sampling and refining technology results in highly efficient, accurate and environmentally sound reclaiming of valuable metals.

Materials Market / Application Packaging instrucrions & material characteristics
Solid Catalysts
Catalysts based on Al2O3, SiO2, Zeolite, …

Oil refining: Reforming/Isomerisation/Hydrocracking/GTL
Petrochemical: VAM

Dry, free flowing particles
No highly toxic/hazardous/volatile components
Packing: 200L metallic drums (without inner liners), Big Bags, Flow Bins

Catalysts based on carbon

Petrochemical: PTA
Fine Chemicals: Hydrogenation/Oxidation

Coconut shell type
Paste, powder, crumbly lumps
Typically 30-60% moisture
No highly toxic/hazardous/volatile components
Packing: 200L metallic drums (without inner liners), Big Bags

Catalysts based on ion exchange resin Fine Chemicals: Homogeneous catalyst reactions

Spherical particles
Typically 30-60% moisture
No highly toxic/hazardous/volatile components
Packing: 200L metallic drums (without inner liners), Big Bags

Liquid Catalysts
Organic/water based catalysts

Bulk Chemicals: OXO, Acetic Acid
Fine Chemicals: Homogeneous catalyst reactions

Liquid w/o residues
Viscosity: < 400 mPas (25°C)
Boiling Point: > 55°C
No toxic components