Faster Reactivity:  Anellotech, Johnson Matthey ink Advanced Catalyst Development Agreement

February 4, 2015 |

Anellotech-processFrom New York, we hear that Anellotech, and Johnson Matthey Process Technologies have announced an alliance to codevelop advanced catalyst systems for Anellotech’s Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis (CFP)

Process for production of bio-based benzene, toluene and paraxylene for the chemical industry.

The two partners will collaborate in three major areas: On the technical development of an optimal catalyst for Anellotech’s CFP Process; for the supply of high-quality catalysts manufactured for use in the testing and development of the CFP Process, and to manage subsequent commercial implementation.

Anellotech’s newly-developed green aromatics products are “drop-in” replacements for petroleum-derived aromatics and have use in a variety of valuable derivative applications. These uses include benzene for production of styrene butyl rubber (tires), nylon, polycarbonate, and phenolics; toluene to make polyurethane; and para-xylene for production of PET bottles and fibers. Johnson Matthey is a global speciality chemicals company — in catalysis, it is a supplier of both precious and base metal catalysts and offers products for a diverse range of industries: from fuel cells and environmental catalysts to petrochemicals, edible oils and specialist oil and gas purification.

Reaction from the partners

“This strategic alliance with Johnson Matthey Process Technologies is a major advance in Anellotech’s program to provide the most competitive bio-based route to basic aromatic chemicals,” said Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky.

“Johnson Matthey Process Technologies is thrilled about the prospect of co-developing advanced catalyst systems with Anellotech for its CFP Process”, said Geoff Otterman, Division Director of Johnson Matthey Process Technologies. “Johnson Matthey sees this as an opportunity to extend its portfolio of bio-based catalysts and process technologies for the production of chemicals from renewable feedstocks”.

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