CatalysisINDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Catalysts are drivers of cost reduction, lead to increased yields in chemical production, and overall efficiency. Uses for catalysis include:
Catalysis involves the addition of a small amount of material into a chemical reaction to increase its rate, improve yields, and reduce overall energy consumption, while leaving the catalyst untouched and recoverable.
At the Impact Centre, we understand the principles and application range of catalysis. We can design and apply catalysts to improve your current processes, or help you develop new processes based on catalytic reactions more efficiently. Our expertise in chemistry and surface science allows us to tune the chemical function of catalysts, resulting in customized compounds specifically suited to our industry partners’ process and application needs.
Examples of Applications
1. Catalytic coatings
The recovery of a catalyst can often be a difficult part of a catalytic reaction. By immobilizing the catalyst in a film or coating, its recovery can be built in to the process. Catalytic coatings can also be useful for enabling functional surfaces and continuous-flow catalytic processes. The Impact Centre’s expertise in coatings and nanomaterials can help design catalytic coatings with a high activity and surface area with the following functions:
- Anti-bacterial coatings
- Self-cleaning surfaces
- Continuous-flow catalytic processes
Photoactive catalysts allow us to harness sun energy as a source to power chemical reactions. With photocatalysts, reactions and processes can be triggered by simply turning on a suited light source.
Our expertise in catalyst design and surface chemistry allows us to create photocatalysts that respond to a specific type of light and that have the appropriate level of activity for applications including:
- Air cleaning, e.g. pollution removal
- Water purification
- Fuel production
3. Heterogeneous catalysts
Most important catalytic syntheses are based on heterogeneous catalysis. That is, a solid catalyst interacting with a liquid or gaseous reactant.
Using the Impact Centre’s expertise in surface chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis, we can tune the structure and activity of a catalyst, to allow a balance between reaction speed and ease of product removal for applications in:
- Industrial chemical synthesis
- Synthesis of specialty chemicals
- Effluent scrubbing