Ketjen Introduces State-of-the-Art QUASAR™ Platform

New catalyst technology maximizes operating profit of hydrotreaters

HOUSTON, March 21, 2023 - Ketjen Corporation, a leader in catalyst and specialty chemicals manufacturing, today announced the commercial availability of its next generation QUASAR™ platform, with diverse hydrotreating applications for the production of clean transportation fuels.

“Our latest innovation is the product of Ketjen’s relentless pursuit of solving complex challenges,” said Ketjen President Raphael Crawford. “We understand that our customers need to stay ahead of the curve, and that’s why we are constantly innovating and refining our solutions to ensure we provide a diverse, safe, and reliable portfolio of solutions that help maximize the performance and economic potential of our customers’ assets.”

QUASAR™ was developed by applying high-throughput experimentation and characterization together with machine learning and computational chemistry. This new methodology helped identify relationships between catalyst preparation, metal active phase and performance, leading to our highest activity supported NiMo catalysts yet: KF 882 QUASAR™.

KF 882 QUASAR™ is the first catalyst of the platform Ketjen is introducing to the market. It is dedicated to medium-to-high and high-pressure distillate hydrotreating and is designed to maximize refiners’ asset utilization. KF 882 QUASAR™ can be applied in Ketjen’s STAX® configurations with other NiMo and/or Bulk Metal catalysts Nebula® and Celestia® to tailor performance to specific refinery operational needs.

Inquiries regarding KF 882 QUASAR™ and/or Ketjen’s comprehensive suite of catalyst technologies should be directed to Ketjen representatives through our website,

About Ketjen
Ketjen is a provider of advanced catalyst solutions to leading producers in the petrochemical, refining and specialty chemicals industries. From fluidized catalytic cracking to clean fuels solutions to hydro-processing to organometallics and curatives, Ketjen delivers safe and reliable solutions that increase production performance and business value. A wholly owned subsidiary of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), Ketjen Corporation is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and serves global customers through operations in 27 markets. For more information, visit

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