Clariant doubles catalysts’ R&D capacity in California, US

Clariant doubles catalysts R&D capacity in California, US

9:02 AM, 29th June 2020
Sample preparation with a high-throughput robot in the expanded catalysts' research center in Palo Alto, California.

MUNICH, GERMANY: Clariant Catalysts is picking up speed with the successful expansion of its high-throughput research and development (R&D) center in Palo Alto, California. The upgraded facility is fitted with the latest high-throughput equipment, and will be home to an expanded team of technical experts. By doubling the research and development capacity of its Palo Alto facility, the company greatly strengthens its ability to offer faster and better solutions to its customers, and to support partners with custom catalyst scale-up projects.

High-throughput R&D combines state-of-the art hardware, robotics, automated procedures, and specialized software – including machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) tools – to enable up to 100 times faster experimentation compared to traditional practices. Clariant leverages this innovative methodology, along with its well-established expertise and knowledge in catalyst development and production, to accelerate time-to-market by reducing the catalyst discovery and development phase by 3 to 4 years.

Since its establishment in 2009, Clariant’s Palo Alto center has focused exclusively on high-throughput catalyst R&D. Tens of thousands of catalysts have been made and tested at the center. This has resulted in several highly successful commercial products, such as the selective hydrogenation catalyst OleMax® 260.“The expansion of our Palo Alto high-throughput catalyst R&D center represents an essential milestone of our business strategy. Thanks to its location, the center capitalizes on the high-tech nature of Silicon Valley. We are excited about the advances in catalyst technology for our customers,” said Stefan Heuser, senior vice president & general manager at Clariant Catalysts.
“Increasing our capacity allows us to boost both productivity and innovation, which will result in faster development of catalysts for our customers. We are also accelerating our work to advance the state-of-the-art in high throughput technologies, especially in supporting catalyst scale-up and production,” said Anthony Volpe, head, Palo Alto R&D center.

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