Industry needs standardization of precious-metals management

The formation of an industry group can help develop standards for the processing industry better to manage the reclamation of precious metals from catalysts.Existing methods of managing these metals vary in accuracy and reproducibility.Petroleum refiners and petrochemical producers need to understand the common errors involved in witnessing, sampling, and assaying reclaimed precious-metal catalysts to avoid large losses.The role of precious metals in the refining and petrochemical industry will increase as environmental regulations become more stringent and fuel-cell technology becomes more prominent.In recent months, petroleum refiners and petrochemical producers watched in dismay as the...

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