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October 9, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; has successfully expanded production capacity for Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts at its Louisville/Kentucky, USA plant. The double-digit million Swiss francs debottlenecking investment will support increasing demand for Houdry catalysts driven mainly by shale gas development. The facility will come on-stream in mid-October 2013 as planned. Houdry...
August 2, 2013
Rive Technology (Princeton, N.J.;, a provider of innovative materials-based solutions for catalytic and separations processes in the petroleum refining, chemicals, water and biofuels industries, today announced the closing of a $20 million round of financing from leading energy investors. Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) led the financing with participation from Mitsui Global...$20-million-in-Series-D-Financing_10849.html
June 28, 2013
For his outstanding research contributions to catalytic processes in synthesis of biologically active molecules, Professor Dr. Nicolai Cramer is receiving the BASF Catalysis Award 2013. Professor Cramer heads the laboratory of asymmetric catalysis and synthesis at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF; Lausanne, Switzerland). The prize, worth €10,000, will be presented today by Dr. Andreas...
April 1, 2013
Collaboration between an Italian university and an American company has resulted in a new service that will provide research services for outsourcing catalyst discovery and optimization to...
October 15, 2012
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; , a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, today announced to expand the production capacity for Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts. The expansion will be achieved by a low double-digit million Swiss francs investment at its current Louisville, Ky. plant. Production is planned to start in September...
July 1, 2012
There might be as many categories of catalysts as there are chemical processing applications. And, no matter what the specialty or application, most catalyst producers are in a constant state of research and development in order to meet the demands of their chemical processing customers, as well as to develop innovative catalysts for new applications and growing market areas. Recent efforts of some of the...
April 1, 2012
The closure of several U.S. petroleum refineries over the past few months carries a simple message: petroleum refining is a tough business to be in these days. Paradoxical as it may seem to consumers, the recent rapid increase in fuel prices does not represent higher profits for refiners, which are generally operating with low margins, but is simply due to the higher cost of crude oil. Sunoco, Inc...
September 21, 2011
H.C. Starck GmbH (Goslar, Germany; and Clausthaler Umwelttechnik-Institut GmbH (Cutec; Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany; have joined forces to successfully develop a completely new generation of catalysts and process technology for the production of substitute natural gas (SNG) from biomass as a renewable energy...
August 1, 2011
This company has developed its CSR family of latent acid catalysts to create formulations suitable for production of stable phenolic and furan-based polymeric mixes with more than...
July 1, 2011
Grace Davison (Columbia, Md.; has commercialized a set of catalysts and additives for fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) that contain either zero or low rare-earth metal content. The new product family, known as Replacer, includes new catalysts for processing both hydrotreated and residual-fuel-oil (resid) feed, as well as environmental additives for sulfur treatment. The product family employs...
April 18, 2011
Effective April 1, Dorf Ketal Chemicals Pvt., Ltd. Mumbai, India;, the world leader in organic titanate and zirconate catalysts, is now the exclusive source for Vertec polyester catalysts...
March 28, 2011
The D7000 Donor catalyst is designed specifically to optimize high-melt impact copolymer polypropylene resins, such as the plastic used in automotive interior and food...
November 1, 2010
One of the biggest factors hindering widespread adoption of polymer exchange membrane fuel-cells (PEMFCs) is the high price of the platinum metal needed to catalyze the reduction-oxidation chemistry in the fuel cell. In a step toward reducing platinum content, a Florida State University (FSU; Tallahassee, Fla.; researcher has demonstrated...
June 11, 2010
Carbon Sciences Inc. (Santa Barbara, Calif.; has filed a patent application surrounding its process for converting carbon dioxide and methane into...
January 1, 2010
For the better part of a century, chemical process industries (CPI) have depended on catalysts to make their processes viable. Current efforts toward process efficiency and environmental innocuousness have placed more demands on catalysts to produce more with less. Industrial catalyst manufacturers are partners in the effort; they are pursuing several different pathways to maximize their products’...
August 14, 2009
Univation Technologies, LLC (Houston, Tex.; has begun construction of a new polyethylene (PE) catalyst-manufacturing facility in China with a scheduled 2011 startup. The facility will be located in Zhangjiagang within the Jiangsu province of the People’s Republic of China.  The new facility, which will have expansion...
July 1, 2009
A new zeolite catalyst that increases yields of light cycle oil (LCO) from high molecular weight “bottoms” hydrocarbons in petroleum fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units was commercialized last month by Grace-Davison, an operating segment of W.R. Grace & Co. (Columbia, Md.; Observed gains in LCO (boiling point 430–650°F) yields of up to 6% are significant to...
July 1, 2009
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL; Richland, Wash.; have published the first direct route for converting plant cellulose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a valuable platform chemical for the production of both plastics and biofuels. Appearing in the June issue of Appl. Cat. A, the research could mark a pathway to less expensive, large-scale production of HMF. Although a...
July 1, 2009
Polymer-supported nanoclusters of gold have recently been shown to catalyze the oxidation of alcohols to ketones at room temperature in air by the research group of chemistry professor Shu Kobayashi, University of Tokyo (, in a project supported by Japan Science and Technology...
July 1, 2009
The cost of producing platinum catalysts could be reduced by up to 90% by a process being developed jointly by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL, Livermore, Calif.; and Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.; The process involves the deposition of minute amounts of platinum onto disks of carbon aerogel by a technique called atomic...
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