What do catalyst experts or catalyst consultants do? First, let’s define “catalyst”. A catalyst is a material that is added to a chemical or biological process to improve the yield of a desired product. Since the catalyst is not consumed in the process, it can be used many, many times for the same process. There are solid catalysts and liquid catalysts, and in some cases even gases can be catalysts. The chemical, fuels, pharma, and food industries employ catalysts in the production of everything from plastics to drugs to fuels to dietary supplements. About $20 billion worth of catalysts are sold each year, and the market is growing about 5% per year.
A catalyst expert or catalyst consultant is someone who has significant background in the area of catalysis, through education and/or experience. They typically have degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry or specific expertise in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, or materials science. During their careers they may be involved in designing, manufacturing, testing, scaling-up, analyzing, or commercializing catalysts, or several of these activities.
The catalyst expert may assist clients in evaluating catalytic processes and investors in selecting the right catalyst technology or catalyst vendor and in preparing due diligence/feasibility studies and loan/grant applications. During the R&D stage, seasoned catalyst experts can provide insights into advantaged techniques for developing catalysts and knowledge of the vast array of prior work that is relevant to the client’s interests. During the process design stage, the catalyst expert may perform a peer review of the design, prepare risk assessments, and assist with vetting vendors. During plant construction, the catalyst expert might assist with construction oversight of the catalyst handling facility and provide commissioning reports. They may also provide operator training, start-up assistance, and management to assist in making the facilities run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. In matters involving catalyst litigation, the consultant may serve an expert witness and assist the attorneys with understanding the processes and related technical issues and may testify in court about catalyst technology, performance, compositions, and related matters.
Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) offers a wide range of services in biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, feedstocks, and hemp/cannabis. The company has business and financial services like due diligence, feedstock availability, grants and loans and bio market research. The company also offers technical and engineering related services like techno economic analysis, environmental evaluations, feasibility studies, risk analysis and expert witness engagements. The company also has strategic partnerships in place to assist clients with insurance, legal, accounting, plant fabrication, feedstock procurement. With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting also have catalyst experts as well as experts in activated carbon, advanced biofuels, agricultural waste, bio based chemicals, bio jet fuel, bio market assessment, biocatalysis, biomarket assessment, biomass technologies, bioplastics, biopolymers, carbonization, co2, cogeneration, combined heat power, effluent wastewater treatment, elastomers, emerging renewable technologies, energy markets, fermentation, Fischer Tropsch, food waste, forestry biomass, fuel cells, gas fermentation, gas to liquids, gasification, green diesel, industrial enzymes, jet fuels, low carbon fuels, marine biofuels, medical waste, methane, municipal solid waste, nutraceuticals, organic synthesis, plastics, pulp and paper, renewable biomass, renewable diesel, renewable hydrogen, renewable process design, renewable technologies, sewage treatment, solid recovered fuels, solid state fermentation, surfactants, syngas, synthetic biology, synthetic diesel, thermal conversion, waste to energy, and woody biomass.
Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information. See also: Catalysts & Enzymes in Biofuels Production