Reaction & Synthesis

Grace Acquires Rive, Zeolite Technology

By Chemical Processing Staff

Jun 18, 2019

W. R. Grace & Co. completes the acquisition of the business and assets of Rive Technology, Inc., including its Molecular Highway zeolite technology. As part of the transaction, certain research and development, technical services and commercial employees will join Grace. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed and the transaction is not expected to change Grace’s 2019 financial outlook provided on April 25, 2019.

“Over the past decade, we have seen terrific progress and benefits for our customers by incorporating Rive zeolite technology in certain FCC catalyst applications,” says Tom Petti, Grace’s president, refining technologies. “As demand for petrochemicals grows, the addition of Rive’s patented technology allows us to offer our customers greater flexibility in converting crude oil to petrochemical feedstocks. That delivers real value to our global refinery customers.”

Rive Technology, Inc. was founded in 2006 to commercialize Molecular Highway zeolite technology for catalytic processes, such as those used in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units in oil refineries. Invented at MIT by Dr. Javier Garcia-Martinez, Rive’s technology reportedly improves traditional zeolite catalysts through the introduction of novel channels of medium pore size (“molecular highways”), which enhance the diffusivity of these materials leading to higher value product yields, improved process efficiency and increased refinery profitability, according to Grace.

In 2010, Rive and Grace entered a joint development and commercialization program to combine Rive’s technology with Grace’s capabilities in FCC catalyst formulation and manufacturing. Rive and Grace are currently marketing and selling FCC catalysts to many refiners, according to Grace.

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