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Nickel catalyst in Food Hydrogenation

I have a very process specific question.   

I am working with a vegatable oil manufacturing company.  As part of the hydrogenation process they use a nickel catalyst.  This catalyst breaks down and eventually needs to be disposed of.  

Is this a common method for vegatable oil dehydrogenation?
Is anyone aware of an alternative method, with an alternative catalyst?
If not, what are some techniques for getting the most out of your catalyst?

Tomas Vinson

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