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Catalysts

Seeking the Next Big Thing

12:18 PM MDT | May 1, 2009 | REBECCA COONS

The global catalyst industry is growing at a healthy rate driven by advances in selectivity, yield, and process improvements. Suppliers are focusing R&D budgets on finding the next big thing in chemical production to meet that demand. Strong demand for catalysts that improve processes and enable cost-competitive production is driving suppliers, including BASF, Süd-Chemie, and UOP, to make major R&D investments. That demand is also being fueled by chemical makers seeking alternative feedstocks including coal- and/or biomass-derived synthesis gas...

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