CEN Webinars: Stronger Bonds

Global Challenges in Chemicals & Energy - Standardizing & Accelerating R&D


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

USA 11:00 a.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. CDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT / 15:00 GMT


Who should attend?

• Researchers / Scientific Advisors / Chief Scientists / Competence Managers / R&D Managers

• Laboratory Managers / Directors / Supervisors


Michael Schneider, Ph.D.,
Sr VP Business Development
Chemspeed Technologies


Ann M. Thayer, Ph.D.
Senior Correspondent


Global challenges in chemicals and energy comprise:

• increasing constraints in chemicals and energy supply from fossils

• increasing constraints by regulations (CO2 emission, global warming, …)

• increasing energy demand e.g. spurred by the dynamic growths in the BRIC countries

• e.g. by 2020 China is projected to consume more than 50% of the global energy

Corresponding R+D organizations need to cope with the challenges typically with the same amount of resources. The only way out of this "catch 22" is to standardize and accelerate R+D via enabling technologies. Case studies and success stories on the applications of enabling, automated tools will address:

• catalyst development by incipient wetness / excessive liquid impregnation, precipitation, zeolite synthesis for e.g. hydrogenation, alkylation, isomerization, oxidation, cracking catalysts

• organic and organometallic catalyst synthesis and screening for e.g. polyolefins, rubbers, fine / specialty chemicals

• solution, emulsion, suspension, mass polymerization for e.g. latexes, polycarbonates, polyurethanes, polyimides

• catalyst testing / optimization in batch, semi-continuous, continuous mode

• enhanced development of alternative energy solutions (e.g. solar cell, battery, and fuel cell materials) and renewable chemicals (e.g. from biomass and C1-chemistry)

Key Learning Objectives:

• How to cope with the challenges in chemicals and energy R+D

• How to generate more / unexpected opportunities in R+D, e.g. better catalysts, new catalysts

• How to sustainably standardize and accelerate in materials R+D

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