Styrene monomer is an essential base chemical for the polymer industry. It is most commonly produced via catalytic dehydrogenation of ethyl benzene (EB).
The EB feed is mixed with superheated steam, and the gas is passed over the catalyst bed in a two- or three-reactor configuration. The process consumes vast amounts of heat, and must be operated under reduced partial pressures.
The key to economically and environmentally sustainable styrene production is the ethylbenzene (EB) dehydrogenation catalyst. Clariant’s StyroMax® catalyst series provides best-in-class performance, and suits all EB dehydrogenation technologies.
For plants experiencing reactor pressure drop, we also offer StyroMax rib-shaped catalysts, with a unique design to drastically reduce pressure drop by 30% to 50%. Learn more about our unique technology.
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