Global Challenges in Chemicals and Energy – Standardizing and Accelerating R&D

On 19th March 2013 Chemspeed held a webinar, organized by Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), with more than 200 live attendees.

Global Challenges in Chemicals and Energy – Standardising and Accelerating R&D


  • Global challenges in chemicals and energy comprise:
  • Increasing constraints in supply from fossil fuels
  • Increasing constraints by regulations (CO2 emission, global warming, …)
  • Increasing demand spurred by the dynamic growth in the BRICS countries
  • By 2020 China is projected to consume more than 50% of global energy.

Correspondingly, R&D organizations need to cope with these 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 address:

  • Inorganic catalyst preparation by incipient wetness and excessive liquid impregnation, pH-controlled (co-)precipitation (mixed oxides), hydrothermal treatment (zeolites) and screening, e.g. hydrogenation, alkylation, isomerization, oxidation, cracking
  • Organic and organometallic catalyst synthesis and screening, e.g. polyolefins, rubbers, fine and speciality chemicals
  • Solution, emulsion, suspension, mass, pressure polymerization, e.g. latexes, polycarbonates, polyurethanes, polyimides
  • Catalyst testing / optimization in batch, semi-continuous, continuous mode
  • Alternative energy solutions (e.g. solar cell, battery, fuel cell, H2 storage materials) and renewable chemicals (e.g. from biomass, CO2)

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Schneider, Sr VP Business Development (e-mail, +41 61 8169500)

May 10, 2013