Recycling Catalytic converters


  • Catcon UK are specialists when it comes to precious metal recovery from catalytic converters. Our extensive knowledge of recovering the best possible returns from catalyst material enables us to offer accurate pricing on thousands of individual catalytic converters.


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How do Catalytic converters work?

Check out this great video to gain a bit more understanding of catalysts, how they function and their various forms.

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Inside the converter, the gases flow through a dense honeycomb structure made from a ceramic and coated with the catalysts. The honeycomb structure means the gases touch a bigger area of catalyst at once, so they are converted more quickly and efficiently.

Typically, there are two different catalysts in a catalytic converter:

  • One of them tackles nitrogen      oxide pollution using a chemical process called reduction (removing      oxygen). This breaks up nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and oxygen gases      (which are harmless, because they already exist in the air around us).
  • The other catalyst works by      an opposite chemical process called oxidation (adding oxygen) and turns      carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. Another oxidation reaction turns      unburned hydrocarbons in the exhaust into carbon dioxide and water.

In effect, three different chemical reactions are going on at the same time. That's why we talk about three-way catalytic converters. (Some, less-effective converters carry out only the second two (oxidation) reactions, so they're called two-way catalytic converters.) After the catalyst has done its job, what emerges from the exhaust is mostly nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water (in the form of steam).