In 1944, research scientists were working on organo-metallic materials as an octane booster in gasoline. Their work concentrated on a group of chemicals classified as metal based combustion catalysts. One chemical in particular, ferrous picrate, proved extremely interesting to them. They discovered that the addition of trace amounts of this chemical (56 parts per billion) to automotive fuel improved combustion efficiency by measurable amounts. This is by far the lowest treat rate of all current metal based catalysts. There are others based on iron, as well as manganese, magnesium, cerium and tin. However, these are required in concentrations 100’s (even 1000’s) of times greater than ferrous picrate. Some of these also produce harmful heavy-metal emissions.
In addition, ferrous picrate is presented as a fully soluble chemical, rather than a suspended solid. Some metal based catalysts have been known to cause increased wear to piston rings, liners and fuel systems, due to the higher concentrations required and their solid particle nature.
FTC Decarbonizer improves combustion and energy efficiency
After years of further research and development, countless studies, field and laboratory tests, the technology was perfected and is marketed by Cost Effective Maintenance (Australia) and Pro Maintenance Additives (North America) under the FTC Decarbonizer name. The product is widely used for energy efficiency and emission control. It is also highly regarded as a low cost means of correcting cylinder glaze and de-coking engines, without mechanical repairs or equipment downtime. Control of microbial fuel growths without the use of highly toxic chemicals is also an important feature. Another important benefit of ferrous picrate is that it has been shown to reduce wear, and often quite dramatically.