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Innovation Case Study in Chemical Manufacturing

#19: American Elements Assists Toyota in Development of Low Platinum Catalytic Converter


The Challenge

Every vehicle on U.S. highways today is required under federal law to have a catalytic converter to remove polluting NOX and SOX emissions prior to exhaust. The process requires metals with catalytic properties, and the most common of these are the Platinum Group Metals (PGM), which are expensive. Toyota established a program in 2007 to find ways to reduce the use of platinum, palladium and rhodium in its catalytic converters.

The Innovation

Working with catalyst producers in the U.S. and Japan, American Elements provided various grades of several metals for testing and assisted in optimizing promising forms, working with automotive testing labs on in situ 1,000 hour emissions testing.

The Result

A new class of catalytic converter coating materials was developed requiring lower amounts of palladium and platinum, substituting a portion of the PGMs with lower cost cerium metal in the final formulation.

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