Reaction & Synthesis

Making a desired product generally involves the transformation of raw materials via a chemical process. This typically occurs by reacting the materials or using another means to create the final product. Success in achieving such transformations more often than not requires sophisticated design and careful setting and control of operating conditions.



The High-Tech Battle Against Fugitive Emissions Takes Shape

How major players like Chevron, Wacker and Shell are using drones, robots and optimization systems to meet the challenge.
Hideyo Takahashi and Kumi Tozawa/Tokyo University of Science
Photoreactor with Liquid Chromatography

Innovative Reactors Show Promise for Chemical Industry

Already proven in drug manufacturing, new developments could improve efficiencies, performance for chemical applications.
Industrial furnace and heat exchanger cracking hydrocarbons in factory on sky sunset background, Close up of equipment in petrochemical plant

Oscillations Govern Fischer-Tropsch Rate and Yield

Researchers discovered the catalytic reaction at the heart of the more than 100-year-old process doesn’t have one steady state but rather undergoes self-sustained oscillations...
Joel Hallberg/ University of Wisconsin–Madison
Huber Lab

Catalyst Breakthroughs: Transforming Plastics and Photocatalysis

The latest catalyst research looks to address plastic waste and renewable energy challenges.



Partnership Aims To Develop Novel Electrocatalysts For Green Hydrogen

Aug. 22, 2022
Sibanye-Stillwater and Heraeus enter into a partnership to develop and commercialize novel electrolyzer catalysts for the production of green hydrogen.

Rice Engineers Enhance Catalyst That Breaks Down “Forever Chemicals”

Aug. 2, 2022
Chemical engineers fine-tune design of PFOA-destroying nanoparticles.

Sinocompound Catalysts Reaches Licensing Agreement With Dalhousie

April 22, 2022
Sincocompound extends non-PGM catalyst range through new licensing agreement with Dalhousie University.

China’s Lihuayi Group Taps Clariant Petrochemical Catalysts

April 4, 2022
Clariant’s catalysts business is awarded new contracts by China’s Lihuayi Group for upcoming petrochemicals production units.

Enhanced Flow Powers Ammonia-Fueled Vehicles

March 8, 2024
Researchers have been working on designing engines where ammonia can be used as a standalone fuel.

Technique Promises Dramatic Efficiency Boost for Chemical Processing Reactions

Feb. 16, 2024
Practical applications could lead to significantly more efficient production of various chemical materials with minimal energy input.

Chemical Reactor Uses Microwaves to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Feb. 16, 2024
Reactor technology could slash energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Cobalt Nanoclusters Hold Promise For Single-Atom Catalysis

Jan. 31, 2024
Researchers demonstrate the successful formation of functional nanoclusters using cobalt atom deposition on two-dimensional arrays of crown ether ring molecules.