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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 are required under federal law to have a catalytic converter to remove polluting NOX and SOX emissions prior to exhaust. The process however requires metals with catalytic properties and the most common of these are the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) which is 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 catylytic converter coating materials was developed requiring lower palladium and platinum substituting of portion of the PGMs with lower cost cerium metal into the formulation.

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