Our network of renewable chemical experts collaborate on client projects to deliver a valuable solution or advice. Below is a short list of our typical renewable chemical engagements. Click here for a complete list of all our services.
Industrial Biotechnology and Fermentation – process development and scale up of fermentation and downstream processes to pilot scale, demonstration scale, and on the design, installation and startup of commercial operations.
Broad Technical Leadership – Technical strategy and project management across multiple disciplines; organic synthesis, chiral chemistry, biocatalysis, synthetic biology, fermentation and strain development, industrial biotechnology and renewable / biobased chemicals. Business & Technology Alignment for effective execution.
Commercial and technological Assessments – Corporations, Venture capital or investment houses that require independent evaluations on the business as well as technology underlying an acquisition, investment or funding decision. We generally supply a team including business, market, legal, and of course technical.
Short term or interim expertise – New companies that do not have full time technical staff at the executive level, but still require a strategic technical plan. Small or virtual companies that need interim senior staff to implement specific technical projects, or that need to manage projects requiring diverse technologies at separate locations. Established biotech, pharma, and chemical companies that wish to introduce new, interdisciplinary technology and do not yet have the internal organizational structure to do so.
Development of Renewable Products – Design and development of new consumer products. Sourcing and promoting the development of renewable materials. Identifying new applications and opportunities for renewable materials. Laboratory to create customized, formulated products based on renewable materials; and perform testing. Design of renewable supply chains for industry & consumer products.
Market Studies – Evaluations of Market size, market share, market segmentation, and supply chain intelligence. Qualitative analysis as well as quantitative analysis typically oriented towards a specific product, material or technology of interest.
Process Technologies – Experience in continuous flow, multistage reactor design. Provide agitation, mixing and bioreactor design, including equipment specification and bid evaluation. Cross platform experience including biofuel conversion process, cellulosic/corn ethanol, biodiesel esterification process, biocatalyst, industrial enzymes, nutraceuticals/supplements, bio based chemicals, bio lubricants, and biopolymers. CO2 and gas conversion processing using biotech or catalysis.
Detail design reviews/deployment – Experience with process design, PFD, P&ID, HAZOP and techno-economic simulations using HYSYS Aspen, and work on the development and optimization of both small, and large integrated process systems (including establishing design and operating parameters for commercial versions of prototype systems).
Advanced Ceramic Materials – Canada – Developed a novel materials process to modify ceramic structure leading to the unique properties, such as combination of high density and high thermal shock resistance, high level of toughness, hardness, chemical and wear resistance, and modified thermal and electrical properties. The technology exhibits the potential to extend the performance of advanced ceramic materials and subsequent products in structural and electronic applications.
Executive Recruiting – Biomass to Chemicals –U.S. – University spin-off company required a Chief Technical Officer to launch its new R&D organization. Served as interim CTO to develop the novel biomass upgrading process to demonstration plant. Activities included technical planning, budgeting, partner interactions, catalyst development, establishing a laboratory, reactor design, safety and experimental protocols, IP development, and staffing.
Executive Recruiting – U.S. – Specialized recruitment to source professionals (plant managers, chemists and other professionals) at various locations in U.S.
Expert Witness Evaluation and Testimony – Worldwide – Many of our experts have evaluated matters within their specialty and testified as expert witnesses on a wide variety of biomass and bioenergy projects.
Grant Proposals – Bioproducts – U.S. – Aided a multinational company co-developing a novel process for producing Omega-3 fatty acids in writing a grant proposal. Worked with scientists from the two organizations in developing a proposal that covered the Innovation, Competitor Evaluation, Development Timeline, Market Analysis, Budget, and Commercialization Plans, including over 60 technical references.
High-Temperature Superconductors – Ukraine – Research of High-temperature (High-Tc) superconductors including syntheses, films preparation, and investigating properties of superconducting phases in the Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O systems.
Plant Design & Construction – Biochemicals & Bioproducts – Canada – Design and fabrication of a 30 t/d wood feed capacity biomass to food additives production plant via biomass pyrolysis.
Semiconductor and Optical Materials – Russia & Ukraine – Research of the ternary compounds including syntheses, single crystal growth, phase equilibrium, properties; theories of formations of the complex compounds, crystallographic classification, and changing properties; and predicting the possibility of the existence of the new compounds and their crystal structure and properties. The developed complex compounds from the Tl – Pb – Te, Tl – Ta – S, and AI – BIII – CVI systems (AI – Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Ag, Cu; BIII – Ga, In, Tl; and CVI – S, Se, Te) are promising semiconductor, electro-optic, nonlinear-optic, luminescence, pyroelectric, and piezoelectric materials.
Site Location – Biochemicals & Bioproducts – U.S. – Located suitable tolling facilities for Industrial biotech products, Focus was primarily large scale fermentation and downstream processing.
Technology Development – Bio-derived Fillers into Polymers – U.S. – The incorporation of bio-derived inexpensive fillers into polymers of various kinds has been accomplished, reducing polymer cost, improving performance, reduced petroleum-derived content, and bringing new markets for biomass form invasive species and food processing and agricultural wastes
Technology Development – Biomass Energy Balance Modeling – U.S. & Canada – Process and Mass & Energy Balance Modelling are critical in understanding, development, and optimization of the biomass/waste conversion into clean energy products. Process and Mass & Energy Balance Modelling has been developed and applied for variety biomass/waste conversion and scrubbing/cleaning systems processes.
Technology Development – Biomass/Waste-to-Energy Technologies – Canada – In response to global environmental challenges, various Biomass/Waste-to-Energy technologies, such as gasification, pyrolysis, steam reformation, and Gas-to-Liquide technologies, have been researched and developed to produce clean energy and higher value products from waste feedstocks (e.g. biomass, municipal solid waste, industrial waste, medical waste, sewage sludge, used tires, etc.).
Technology Development – Scrubbing & Cleaning Systems – Canada – investigated variety alloys and composite materials considering economic factors and harsh conditions (e.g. high temperature, mechanical stress, acid gases) during waste-to-energy processing to optimize the materials selections for processing reactors and scrubbing/cleaning system.
Technology Development – Scrubbing & Cleaning Systems – Canada – The Biomass/Waste-to-Energy technologies produce pollutants (e.g. tar, acid gases, ammonia, dioxins, furans, heavy metals, and particulate matter). Therefore, effective scrubbing/ cleaning systems have been researched and developed to remove contaminants from the usable fuel products in order to produce clean renewable energy and protect air, water, and land.
Technology Development & Marketing – Biofuels – Worldwide – Managed a $20 million effort to design, develop and patent various alternative fuels and fuel additives within the biofuels and fossil fuels industry. Designed a marketing strategy for the demonstration and market introduction of the alternative fuel formulations and additive packages both in the United State and in Europe and Asia. Managed the intellectual property through developing a patents and trade secrets based strategy. Lead the R&D team for the laboratory research and product development efforts under the project. Supported raising capital to support all phases of the program.
Technology Evaluation – Enzymes – U.S. – Evaluated the relative and potential enzyme performance, maintained mathematical model that estimates fermentation production cost to assess performance of industrial enzyme value relative to catalyst activity, capital and operating costs.
Technology Evaluation – Hydrothermal Carbonization of Digestate – Europe – A comprehensive literature review on using digestate from an anaerobic reactor as a feedstock for hydrothermal carbonization was prepared for a European entrepreneur looking into a venture in Australia.
Technology Vetting – Biofuels & Bioproducts – U.S. – Evaluated path-breaking technology for producing transport fuels and chemicals for consortium of international industries. Competitive domain for the new technology was evaluated to determine the potential impact and threats from other existing and emerging technologies, and recommendations for technical strategy, market entry and alliances were presented. R&D strategy was developed and commercialization continues.
Technology Vetting – Bioplastic – U.S. – Review of current state of the art and prospects for future investments in biomass derived plastic materials. Included suggestions for new materials and projects that led to the preparation of two IP proposals.
Technology Vetting – CO2 to Fuels – U.S. – Conversion of solar energy and CO2 to chemical energy in the form of CO and O2, is being pursued by a national laboratory group. Fundamental materials issues, process integration, and ceramic manufacturing aspects were evaluated as part of the external advisory board. The three year program achieved its primary objective of demonstrating the technical feasibility of the benchmark energy efficiency, which was a new record for the field. The process continues to be advanced under industrial leadership.
Technology Vetting – Hydrothermal Carbonization – Europe – The scope of this study was a synthesis of the commercial status of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) ventures based on information available from the public literature, including company websites and trade-industry publications. The report is interactive, with embedded hyperlinks to major references and company websites using or developing HTC processes. In addition, an estimate of the commercial status of each venture was included. The best-in-class ventures were contacted to request further information, and each venture was analyzed and recommendations made to the client.
Testing Protocols – Catalysts – U.S. – Assisted university spin-out company developing selective oxidation catalysts in establishing rigorous testing protocols. Evaluation of the testing infrastructure included process control and monitoring, reactor design and operation, product analysis, and safety systems. The revised experimental station will be used for catalyst optimization and scale-up studies. Reliable and reproducible data were produced to establish the potential of the new process.
Thermal Cracking – U.S. – A key intermediate in the preparation of a high value coating product was purified by controlled thermal cracking by an international polymers company. Energy savings of 35% was realized by closely controlling and optimizing the heat transfer to the cracking process and intensifying the process operation. Statistically designed experiments were designed that validated kinetic models to ready the process for commercial implementation. The process is being scaled up to commercial scale.
Venture Capital Audit – Startup – U.S. – Assisted venture capital group in conducting due diligence prior to its multi-million dollar investment in a fine chemicals start-up. Conducted a thorough technical critique of the highly complex, multi-step, chemical processing of nine distinct chemical synthesis routes proposed for potential commercialization. Risk areas evaluated included process chemistry, scale-up, reactor design, economic potential, and intellectual property landscape. On the basis of the technical due diligence the VC invested in the company and successfully cashed out its investment when the company was acquired by a global specialty chemicals company.