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ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries and grow the bioeconomy in the United States.

Our current research encompasses the following five themes:

  • Upgrading of synthesis gas and synthesis gas-derived intermediates
  • Catalytic fast pyrolysis
  • Upgrading of lignin, carbohydrates, and other biologically derived intermediates

We invite industry and academia to engage with ChemCatBio to tackle challenges associated with these core research themes, to leverage our capabilities and expertise to overcome any process-specific obstacle, or to collaboratively generate new advanced capabilities.

There are many ways to engage with ChemCatBio, including competitively selected projects funded by the DOE or standard national lab partnerships. Please contact us and our concierge service will put you in touch with the best resource.


Join us for the next ChemCatBio webinar—Simulation and Modeling of Bioenergy Conversion from the Atomic to Process Scales—on November 14. Get more information and register today.

Join ChemCatBio for a tutorial workshop on the Catalyst Cost Estimation Tool at the 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting this fall. Learn more and watch a video overview.

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Partnership Successes

Our partnerships between industry and DOE laboratories accelerate technology development, decreasing the time-to-market.

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Johnson Matthey — National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Through a joint effort to improve catalysts for biomass conversion processes, discoveries have resulted in increased yields, which is critical to improving process economics.

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Petrobras — National Renewable Energy Laboratory

As a result of Petrobras's proprietary co-processing technology and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's analysis, Ensyn received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for commercial-scale production of its co-processed renewable diesel.

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