Operating a hydrogenation unit profitably in today’s market environment can be challenging. While confronting safety concerns, many operators also experience shorter-than-expected cycle lengths and difficulties meeting product specifications.
Meanwhile valuable opportunities are emerging. Advances in nickel catalyst technology are enabling these units to process a wider range of feeds and the energy transition is creating new markets.
Shell Catalysts & Technologies, through supporting worldwide customers and Shell owned hydrogenation units, has developed special insights. In this webcast, we will:
Paul Himelfarb, GM Chemicals Catalyst Technology, Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Paul is the General Manager for Chemical Catalysts for Shell Catalysts & Technologies, where for the last 15 years he has managed a global R&D team in the development of chemical catalysts. Paul started his professional career at Shell in 1986. During his career, he has taken on numerous leadership roles, including plant technical support, plant operations (including solvents plants), new business development and analytical chemistry. In his current role, Paul’s focus is leading his team in the development of novel base and noble metal catalysts, which offer value-added solutions in customer applications and help accelerate the Energy Transition.
Clive Griffiths, Technical Services Director, Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Clive currently serves as Technical Services Director for Shell Catalyst & Technologies, where he focuses on customer value creation and delivery across a large range of Nickel-based hydrogenation applications. Clive brings to this role a deep technical knowledge built from 40+ years of experience in the petrochemical and refining industries. His professional career includes direct involvement in the design of various petrochemical and refining processes, as well as the development of catalysts for a variety of applications, including hydrogenation (selective, full), synthetic alcohols, amination, purification, and edible oil processing. Clive holds a BSc(Tech) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield and is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Mike Rhodes, Managing Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing
Mike Rhodes is responsible for print and web editorial, 'show daily' newspapers for industry conferences, and coverage of the refining, petrochemical, natural gas and LNG, and gas processing industries. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a double BS degree in Journalism and Public Relations, and a minor in Technical Writing.