Petrochemicals and biofuel

Crude oil is a highly complex mixture of hydrocarbons. Through desalting, distillation, and conversion, it is transformed into fractions of higher-quality hydrocarbons such as paraffins, aromatics, naphthenes, and olefins. Different ratios of these so-called PIANO compounds are blended to yield different fuel and lubricant types. Increasingly, fossil fuels are blended with biofuels.

Both blending and refining processes are demanding and require precise and reliable analysis. Regardless whether you deal with fossil or biogenic products, we are your specialist when it comes to analyzing them in accordance with international standards.

Fuels – Paraffins, aromatics, naphthenes, olefins

Paraffins, aromatics, naphthenes, and olefins are the main petrochemical classes from which the hundreds of compounds that make up volatile and semivolatile fossil fuels (e.g., gasoline and diesel) originate. The complex composition of fuels requires fast and accurate analysis methods, both in the lab and the process.

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A lot of research is done on advanced biofuel technologies that minimize environmental impacts and that do not depend on food feedstocks and large agricultural areas. In the medium term, next-generation biofuels have the potential to become a crucial part of our energy future. In this context, biofuel analysis plays a decisive role, both in R&D and production.

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Lubricants contain a base oil and a large number of additives to impart desirable characteristics. While the base oil is of mineral, synthetic, or vegetable origin, the main additive families are antioxidants, detergents, corrosion inhibitors, viscosity improvers, etc. Especially the additives have to be considered when analyzing chemical and physical lubricant properties.

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