Background and activities
Professor Erling Rytter holds a M.Sc. in inorganic and process chemistry from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) from 1969. His Ph.D. from the same institution focused on Raman spectroscopy of molten salts relevant for novel aluminum production methods. Following a postdoc period at Argonne National Lab and a period as visiting professor at Univ. of California, Berkeley, he was appointed full professor of inorganic chemistry at NTNU in 1985. He joined Statoil in 1986. At Statoil he has had several positions including project manager for GTL (Gas To Liquids), department manager Catalysis, research director Oil and Gas Refining, chief researcher and special advisor for process chemistry.
Research areas comprise catalysis, process chemistry, polymer chemistry, oil and gas refining, spectroscopy amd molecular modelling. Recent topics include Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, dehydrogenation, CO2 upload, spinel materials, proppants and kerogen conversion.
Erling Rytter retired from Statoil this year and is presently a consultant with Sintef and adjunct professor at NTNU. For the last 10 years he has been a board member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Technology. He holds ca. 45 patents or patent applications and 180 scientific publications.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2019) Boosting carbon efficiency of the biomass to liquid process with hydrogen from power: The effect of H2/CO ratio to the Fischer-Tropsch reactors on the production and power consumption. Biomass & Bioenergy. vol. 127.
- (2019) α-alumina as catalyst support in Co Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and the effect of added water; encompassing transient effects. Journal of Catalysis. vol. 373.
- (2018) Improving carbon efficiency and profitability of the biomass to liquid process with hydrogen from renewable power. Fuel. vol. 234.
- (2018) Water as key to activity and selectivity in Co Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: γ-alumina based structure-performance relationships. Journal of Catalysis. vol. 365.
- (2018) Consorted Vinylene Mechanism for Cobalt Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis Encompassing Water or Hydroxyl Assisted CO-Activation. Topics in catalysis. vol. 61 (9-11).
- (2018) Hydrophobic catalyst support surfaces by silylation of γ-alumina for Co/Re Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Catalysis Today. vol. 299.
- (2018) Structure-performance relationships on Co based Fischer–Tropsch synthesis catalysts: The more defect free, the better. ACS Catalysis. vol. 9.
- (2017) Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis at High Conversions on Al2O3-Supported Co Catalysts with Different H2/CO Levels. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. vol. 56 (45).
- (2017) Further insights into methane and higher hydrocarbons formation over cobalt-based catalysts with γ-Al2O3, α-Al2O3 and TiO2 as support materials. Journal of Catalysis. vol. 352.
- (2017) Perspectives on the Effect of Water in Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. ACS Catalysis. vol. 7.
- (2017) Evaluation of Reoxidation Thresholds for γ-Al2O3-Supported Cobalt Catalysts under Fischer - Tropsch Synthesis Conditions. Journal of the American Chemical Society. vol. 139 (10).
- (2016) Evaluation of kinetic models for Fischer–Tropsch cobalt catalysts in a plug flow reactor. Chemical engineering research & design. vol. 114.
- (2016) On the support in cobalt Fischer–Tropsch synthesis—Emphasis on alumina and aluminates. Catalysis Today. vol. 275.
- (2016) Process concepts to produce syngas for Fischer-Tropsch fuels by solar thermochemical splitting of water and/or CO2. Fuel processing technology. vol. 145.
- (2016) On the selectivity to higher hydrocarbons in Co-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Catalysis Today. vol. 261.
- (2016) Capturing metal-support interactions in situ during the reduction of a Re promoted Co/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. Chemical Communications. vol. 52 (15).
- (2015) Conceptual design of an autonomous once-through gas-to-liquid process — Comparison between fixed bed and microchannel reactors. Fuel processing technology. vol. 139.
- (2015) Deactivation and Regeneration of Commercial Type Fischer-Tropsch Co-Catalysts-A Mini-Review. Catalysts. vol. 5.
- (2014) X-ray absorption, X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy study of spent cobalt based catalyst in semi-commercial scale Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Applied Catalysis A : General. vol. 479.
- (2013) The Effect of Water on the Activity and Selectivity for Carbon Nanofiber Supported Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts. Topics in catalysis. vol. 57.