Recycling spent industrial catalysts


Precious metal catalysts are crucial for many chemical syntheses. In oil refining and petrochemical processes the main application fields are catalytic reforming, isomerization and hydrocracking. Such precious metal bearing catalysts are also used in bulk and speciality chemicals productions.

Due to the high value of precious metals, the recycling of the spent catalyst at the end of its life is crucial for the overall economic performance of a catalytic process.

Umicore Precious Metals Refining has developed multiple original sampling technologies for solid, wet and pure liquid spent catalysts in order to receive unbiased, reliable and fully representative samples.

Umicore is in a position to sample and refine spent catalysts without losses of precious metals caused by intermediate incineration step.

Our unique sampling and refining technology results in highly efficient, accurate and environmentally sound reclaiming of valuable metals.