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Re: Nickel catalyst in Food Hydrogenation

This is a common method in production of vegetable oil, and finely divided
nickel used as a catalyst is critical, although perhaps not irreplaceable,
depending on your economics (alternatives are expensive).

Recommend you contact the Nickel Development Institute, www.nidi.org, for
info on proper use of nickel catalysts.  They have a roster of technical
consultants who can answer questions like this, usually free of charge.

--Terry Foecke
Managing Partner
Materials Productivity LLC
6701 Penn Avenue South, Suite 200
Richfield, MN  55423
(p) 612-243-3605
(f) 612-243-3608 

> From: "Thomas Vinson" <TVINSON@tnrcc.state.tx.us>
> Reply-To: "Thomas Vinson" <TVINSON@tnrcc.state.tx.us>
> Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 11:50:42 -0600
> To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
> Subject: 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
> www.srwm.org
> Fax: 512/239-3165
> Phone: 512/239-3182
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> tvinson@tnrcc.state.tx.us