Access to Accelerated Catalyst Testing
Did you know that we have more than 700 reactors available in our laboratories in Amsterdam? This includes various high-throughput, multi-parallel catalyst testing platforms, both fixed-bed and batch.
These reactors are based on our unique Flowrence Technology platform. With this in-house technology platform, we are able to perform parallel high-throughput catalyst testing tailored for the various R&D stages of a catalyst in line with customers’ objectives.
No matter what R&D stage you are in – from early discovery to commercial evaluation – we generate outstandingly accurate and repeatable data for you. Hence, small changes in catalyst behavior can be readily detected and catalysts can be reliably differentiated. Another valuable feature is the usefulness of the results – test results correlate with those from larger-scale experiments and even the data from commercial plants. Moreover, there is the ability to generate far more data than traditionally possible, leading to a clearer and deeper insights into catalyst behavior and process performance.
We have many ways in which we can apply our capabilities and expertise to serve your R&D needs. How we do so, is entirely up to you. Our concern is that you benefit from enhanced technical decision-making, which ultimately translates into greater competitiveness and profitability.
Defined catalyst testing projects for short-term demands
Customers ask us to conduct well-defined catalyst testing projects, often part of more extensive R&D programs. We help customers devise the most appropriate catalyst testing solutions in line with their specific catalyst and process testing objectives. We take pride in our ability to deal with short lead times and turn out results quickly.
Depending on the R&D stage of the catalyst development, we have dedicated testing systems available, varying from 4- to 64-fold flow reactors in parallel, and a multitude of parallel batch reactors. Different operating conditions can be varied in line with the requirements needed. Project duration can vary from just a few weeks up to multi-year programs.
In the table typical catalyst testing requirements per R&D stage are presented.
Research collaborations for long-term success
We are accustomed to working in integrated teams with customers to formulate experimentation strategies around specific R&D objectives and, ultimately, to deliver them.
The collaborations benefit from having (high-throughput) catalyst testing equipment, catalyst preparation, well-qualified experts and a top-class data analytical capability all under the same roof.
Our experts have a reputation for unconventional thinking and boast an impressive track record of developing novel approaches to seemingly intractable R&D challenges.
Our testing services can be supported by:
- Consulting on catalysts & chemistries
- Design of experimentation
- Catalyst preparation
- Analytical method development
- Workflow integration, data analysis and modelling
Obviously, catalyst and process IP stay with the customer with all Flowrence Technology Service projects.
The Top 5 – Reasons Why…
Reviewing the projects we have executed with our customers in recent years, we identify the following top 5 reasons why customers outsource their research to us.
1. Long duration catalyst life testing
Customers face various testing needs that compete with each other. Especially long duration catalyst aging test, occupying testing equipment for a very long time, are often hampered by the limited availability of dedicated equipment. Customers outsource this type of testing to us and value it as reliable and cost-effective.
2. Extend capacity
This can vary from accommodating temporary single testing constraint up to long-term, dedicated multi-year testing programs. Avantium guarantees consistent and reliable data customers can believe in. The Avantium laboratories are located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
3. Optimize design-of-experimentation or solve exotic testing challenges
We have already found solutions to many exotic R&D challenges. For our experts, nothing’s off limits. We are known as unconventional thinkers with a unique way of working. Read a practical example around handling sensitive chemistry below.
4. Industrially scalable results
Refineries and chemical plants make their catalyst selection based on our testing results. They value that we are the leading independent testing company. Our testing facilities are also used in the process development phase and demonstrate high reproducibility with bench-scale reactors. More relevant data can be obtained safely in a shorter time at lower costs.
5. Staff constraints
The access to state of the art technology and well-qualified experts offers peace of mind. Effective collaboration is safeguarded by our focus on customer needs and objectives. We are easy to work with, result oriented and we deliver timely.