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Industrial Partnerships—Directed Funding Assistance Projects

ChemCatBio's industrial partnerships help overcome targeted barriers to commercialization. Explore ChemCatBio’s complete R&D portfolio.

The presentations below were reviewed by industry, academia, and federal agencies as part of the biannual BETO Peer Review process. ChemCatBio began participating in this review process in 2017, one year after the consortium was formed.

Active Projects (Phase II)

Visolis—Low-Pressure Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for Bioproduct Upgrading

Develop hydrogenolysis catalyst that can operate at low pressures and demonstrate conversion of a fermentation-derived C6 intermediate to a high-value chemical monomer.

2021 Low-Pressure Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for Bioproduct Upgrading BETO Peer Review

2019 Low-Pressure Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for Bioproduct Upgrading BETO Peer Review

Sironix—Catalytic Process Intensification of Bio-Renewable Surfactants Platform

Develop low-cost hydrophobic tails for price parity with fatty acids and novel furan-tail coupling strategies, using techno-economic analysis to assess cost of a range of tail options linked to surfactant performance.

2021 Catalytic Process Intensification of Bio-Renewable Surfactants Platform BETO Peer Review

2019 Catalytic Process Intensification of Bio-Renewable Surfactants Platform BETO Peer Review

Opus 12—Catalyst Development for Selective Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to High-Value Chemical Precursors

Enable the scalable synthesis and reactor integration of high-performance metal nanoparticle catalysts for deployment in commercial electrocatalytic CO2 reduction applications.

2021 Catalyst Development for Selective Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to High-Value Chemical Precursors BETO Peer Review

2019 Catalyst Development for Selective Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to High-Value Chemical Precursors BETO Peer Review

Completed Projects (Phase I)

Gevo Inc.—Tactical Aviation Fuels

Diversify the Gevo product suite to synthesize an energy dense fuel from bio-derived olefins in order to provide a performance-advantaged jet fuel.

2019 Tactical Aviation Fuels BETO Peer Review

Gevo Inc.—Comprehensive Characterization of Mixed Metal Oxide Catalysts for Enhanced Catalyst Lifetime During Bio-Based C2–C6 Oxygenates to Olefins Processes

Identify key mixed metal oxide catalyst features that influence catalyst deactivation by leveraging synthesis and characterization capabilities and expertise across multiple U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.

2019 Comprehensive Characterization of Mixed Metal Oxide Catalysts BETO Peer Review

Forge Nano and Johnson Matthey—Enhanced Catalyst Durability and Sulfur Tolerance by Atomic Layer Deposition

Develop sulfur tolerance relationships for dopant platinum-group metal support interfaces based on first principles and demonstrate the value of atomic layer deposition catalyst durability when upgrading biologically derived muconic acid with prolonged time-on-stream.

2019 Enhanced Catalyst Durability and Sulfur Tolerance by Atomic Layer Deposition BETO Peer Review

LanzaTech—Improved Value of the Gasoline and Fuel Oil Co-Product Fractions Generated by the Alcohol-to-Jet Process

Increase the value of the current PNNL/LanzaTech alcohol-to-jet process by increasing the research octane number of the lighter-than-jet gasoline fraction above 98 and creating a synthetic lubricant base oil from the heavier-than-jet fraction.

2019 Improved Value of the Gasoline and Fuel Oil Co-Product Fractions Generated by the Alcohol-to-Jet Process BETO Peer Review

LanzaTech—Terephthalic Acid Synthesis from Ethanol via p-Methyl Benzaldehyde

Develop the catalytic conversion of ethanol to chemical intermediates to establish the path for an economical and renewable production of terephthalic acid and phthalic anhydride.

2019 Terephthalic Acid Synthesis from Ethanol via p-Methyl Benzaldehyde BETO Peer Review

Vertimass—Advanced Characterizations to Accelerate Commercial Catalyst Development for Ethanol Upgrading Technology

Provide valuable characterization information to accelerate Vertimass commercial catalysts development for ethanol upgrading to fungible fuels and valuable chemicals.

2019 Advanced Characterizations to Accelerate Commercial Catalyst Development for Ethanol Upgrading Technology BETO Peer Review