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September 1, 2014
Last June, Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; Tokyo, Japan; started commercial operation of its new 100,000-ton/yr ethyl acetate plant at Oita Complex. The new plant is the first commercial facility in Japan to use the company’s proprietary production-process technology. The process technology was first demonstrated...
August 1, 2014
Chemists from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and technology (AIST; Tsukuba City, Japan; have developed a procedure for making the catalysts used in catalytic converters for treating the exhaust from diesel engines. The process, developed with support from a New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) project...
August 1, 2014
The research group of Shigeki Matsunaga, associate professor at the University of Tokyo (Japan;, in collaboration with Ken Sakata at Hoshi University, has developed a new Co-based catalyst system that outperforms the existing rhodium-based catalyst system for the production of N-fused indol, an important precursor for pharmaceuticals. The catalyst...
June 1, 2014
An inexpensive and scalable composite catalyst that is said to outperform platinum for oxygen reduction in metal-air batteries and fuel cells has been developed by a research team led by professor Jaephil Cho from Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology (Ulsan, South Korea; The team includes people from Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (Pohang, South Korea), Los Alamos National...
May 1, 2014
Scientists from the A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) Institute for Chemical and Engineering Sciences (Singapore; have shown that a copper catalyst can incorporate CO2 into organic molecules under mild conditions, opening the way to an inexpensive, nontoxic source of carbon for the synthesis of products such as plastics and pharmaceuticals. Normally, a lot of energy is...
April 1, 2014
Shinji Inagaki and colleagues at Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc. (Nagakute City, Japan; have synthesized an entirely new immobilization support that can be used to recycle and reuse metalo-organic-complex catalysts, which are widely used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Already in 1999, the research group had synthesized the world’s first mesoporous...
February 1, 2014
A new water-gas shift catalyst has undergone 1,000 h of successful operation in a demonstration carried out by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO, Kawasaki; and Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo, both Japan; The tests were performed at the Eagle pilot plant ( Chem...
February 1, 2014
Converting CO2 into methane is a way to mimic the natural carbon cycle and close the energy cycle by producing synthetic hydrocarbons (see, for example, CO2 Utilization, Chem. Eng., July 2013, pp. 16–19). However, the Sabatier reaction (CO2 + 4H2 —> 2H2O + CH4) is a complex surface reaction that is kinetically limited, says Andreas Borgschulte, a group leader at the Laboratory for Hydrogen...
January 1, 2014
A metal-free catalyst system involving ionic liquids and doped carbon nanofibers can efficiently reduce carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, offering a cost-effective electrochemical route from CO2 to synthesis gas (syngas), and further, to liquid transportation fuels. A research group at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC;, led by Amin Salehi-Khojin, demonstrated that graphite-like...
January 1, 2014
A stabilized palladium catalyst system that can be used for making materials for organic solar cells and pharmaceuticals has been developed by the research groups of of Yoichi Yamada at Riken (Wako city; and Shigenori Fujikawa at the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Kyushu University (Fukuoka City, both Japan; The catalyst features...
November 1, 2013
Daiki Axis Co. (Matsuyama City, Japan; has developed a new solid catalyst for biodiesel fuel production under the support of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) under the authority of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The company’s new catalyst, tradenamed DX-G1, acts as a bi-functional catalyst — simultaneously as both acid...
October 1, 2013
The research group of Yasuhiro Uozumi and Yoichi Yamada at Riken (Saitama, Japan;, in collaboration with professor Audrey Moores of McGill University (Montreal, Que.), has developed a highly efficient catalyst for performing hydrogenation reactions, which are important in the refining of petroleum and oils and fats. Compared with conventional catalysts, which use precious metals costing...
October 1, 2013
Fermenting sugar is at the heart of many bio-based chemical and biofuel processes, but obtaining sugars from cellulosic biomass at low cost is an ongoing challenge. A new process using a reusable solid catalyst is capable of breaking down a wide range of waste biomass into fermentable sugars at costs lower than deriving sugar from corn or sugarcane. Midori Renewables (Cambridge, Mass....
October 1, 2013
When coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) is converted to liquid fuel by the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process, the initial product is mostly straight-chain waxy paraffins that can be upgraded by hydroprocessing to obtain diesel fuel and naphtha, which are used for gasoline blending. Only about 16% of the F-T plant output falls directly into...
October 1, 2013
A highly active nickel catalyst for performing cross-coupling reactions has been developed by the research group of professor Shu Kobayashi at the University of Tokyo (Japan; The researchers were able to immobilize nickel...
September 1, 2013
The selective, one-step biocatalytic hydroxylation of benzene to phenol — at ambient pressure and temperature — has been demonstrated by professors Yoshihito Watanabe and Osamu Shoji at Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan; The achievement was made using a wild-type of Cytochrome P450BM3 with the simple addition of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) as decoy molecules...
September 1, 2013
Many investigations are ongoing to achieve ammonia synthesis at energy-saving mild conditions instead of the high temperatures and pressures (500°C, 300 atm) required by the commonly used Haber-Bosch process, which consumes more than 1% of the world’s power production. Now, Zhamin Hou, Takanori Shima and...
June 1, 2013
What is said to be the world’s first commercial alkylation plant to use a solid acid catalyst is scheduled for startup early next year by Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical Group Co. (Zibo, China). The plant, which will produce 100,000 ton/yr of alkylate, will use a process called AlkyClean, developed by CB&Is Technology Group (The Woodlands, Tex.;, Albemarle Corp. (Orangeburg, S.C....
June 1, 2013
An improved H2SO4 process developed by CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has now been licensed to three companies, all in China. The first licensee was Ningbo Haiyue New Material Co. Ltd., which is building a 600,000-m.t./yr plant near Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province (CE, December 2011, p. 11). The other two plants, each of 200,000 m.t./yr, are being built by undisclosed companies in Shandong and...
June 1, 2013
China’s largest private chemical EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor, Wison Engineering Ltd. (Wison; Shanghai; has recently introduced details about its proprietary butadiene technology, which is set for commercialization. The process aims to meet the anticipated growth in annual butadiene consumption, which will “far exceed” global expansion in...
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