Argonne National lab develops new catalyst for steam reformation
The team, led by chemist Michael Krumpelt, also compared platinum and ruthenium and found that although both started to reform the natural gas at 450 Celsius, the ruthenium was more stable as temperatures climbed. The ruthenium also has the advantage of costing just one percent what platinum does. The ruthenium structure is also more resistant to poisoning by sulfur in the natural gas which degrades the performance of the catalyst.
[Source: Argonne National Lab]
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