Vol. 5 No. 2 (2021)
Historical Articles

A Brief History of Oil Refining

Rafael Larraz
CEPSA R&D, Madrid, Spain
First Polymerization Unit in Curaĉao Refinery circa 1939

Published 2021-09-09

Keywords

  • Technology History,
  • Oil Refining,
  • Catalysis,
  • Chemical Engineering

How to Cite

Larraz, R. (2021). A Brief History of Oil Refining. Substantia, 5(2), 129 - 152. https://doi.org/10.36253/Substantia-1191

Abstract

Since its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, oil refining technology has evolved in a continuous process of adaptation to the demands of society, in matters as vital as the supply of energy, lighting, transportation or new materials to improve the quality of life. In that time, this has been one of the greatest examples of how the technological innovation of an industry contributes to the welfare and development of society. The objective of this manuscript is to describe the history of these technological advances and the causes that motivated them.

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