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A new solid acid catalyst developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory eliminates the need for toxic and corrosive acids in the process of converting crude oil to gasoline.

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Document Title: Refining Gasoline
Category: Chemistry, Energy Production and Conservation, Environmental Remediation, Materials Science
Media Type: Graphics
Date of Image/Photo: October 2001
Background: The Silica Supported Solid Acid Catalyst may provide oil producers with a safer approach for refining unleaded gasoline with reasonably high octane by helping them manufacture the component alkylate. Alkylate serves as a replacement for lead as an octane booster in gasoline. This story appeared in the Fall 2001 Breakthroughs. See http://www.pnl.gov/breakthroughs/fall01/update.html#gas
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