BYK, one of the world’s leading suppliers of additives and measuring instruments, is a key sponsor and co-organizer with the Royal Society of Chemistry of the one-day Heterogeneous Catalysts for Sustainable Industry workshop.
As the world shifts towards a greener and more sustainable future, the processes and reagents that the chemical industry has depended upon for years are increasingly under scrutiny. This situation offers BYK new opportunities for doing things better and cleaner while still providing customers with the high quality they are used to.
Such challenges encompass, amongst other things, finding alternatives to traditional homogeneous heavy metal-based catalyst systems, and identifying new methods for processing sustainable feedstocks.
Heterogeneous catalysts already offer significant benefits such as catalyst and product separation, reuse and recyclability. This invites them to become the basis of a new generation of environmentally benign catalysts, and requires us to look to the past and consider redesigning the more traditional zeolite- and clay-based catalysts for the new challenges.
This workshop, a collaboration between industrial- and academically-minded scientists which will take place in London on November 25, 2019, is aimed at providing a platform for new scientists to discover more about heterogeneous catalysts and surface reactivity, and for the more experienced scientists to look at future possibilities.
BYK will be sharing its knowledge of FULCAT as a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to traditional homogeneous acid catalysts. Dr. Oscar Kelly, End Use Clay Catalyst Lab Manager, will be presenting work on organic reactions which have been catalyzed by FULCAT clay catalysts.