Chinese researchers have identified a catalyst called NiMoW, for the hydrotreating of the refined diesel distillate fraction from the Fushun shale oil deposit.

Shale oil has high levels of nitrogen, sulfur, and unsaturated hydrocarbons, limiting its potential use to supplant or replace crude oil. Coming up with economical cleaning systems would get shale oil more competitive.

There is a lot of shale oil out there. Using a the Fischer Assay, which yields a heating value, across

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