hydrodesulfurization

noun hy·dro·de·sul·fur·i·za·tion \ ¦hī-(ˌ)drō-dē-ˌsəl-fə-rə-¦za-sən \

Definition of hydrodesulfurization

: the process of chemically removing sulfur from raw petroleum products (such as crude oil or natural gas) in order to make them more efficient and reduce combustion byproducts
  • Decades ago oil refineries adopted a process called hydrodesulfurization … to strip sulfur atoms from oil molecules. Sulfurous fractions are mixed with hydrogen and a cobalt-molybdenum catalyst, yielding hydrogen sulfide.
  • —Jr MinkelScientific AmericanFebruary 2006

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1950

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