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 by about 5% per year.
A catalyst expert or catalyst consultant is someone who has a 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 as 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.
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