Catalysts represent a key technology to make industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. In fact, over 80% of all industrial chemical processes involve the use of one or more catalysts. Supported precious metal-based catalysts have widespread applications in the chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries due to their outstanding activities and selectivities.
Chemical Process Catalysts
Advancing your Processes with Heterogeneous Precious Metal-based Catalysts
Catalysts have a vital role to play in our efforts to decarbonize and advance our economy. At Heraeus, we provide reliable and efficient precious metal-based catalyst solutions that are tailored to your needs.
Chemical Process Catalysts based on Precious Metals
Heraeus Delivers Customized Catalyst Solutions
Heraeus offers deep technical know-how on precious metal-based catalysts and can deliver customized catalyst solutions to our customers. Furthermore, Heraeus provides integrated precious metal recycling solutions, which can help you to significantly lower your carbon footprint. At a time when the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industries are subject to extensive transformations, we are determined to provide you with high-quality, cost-efficient and sustainable precious metal-based catalyst solutions to help you tackle your challenges effectively.
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The emergence of hydrogen (H2) as an energy carrier will undoubtedly lead to new challenges and opportunities on the catalyst front.
Heraeus offers leading precious metal-based catalyst solutions for the generation of hydrogen via electrolysis, combustion of hydrogen in fuel cells, decomposition of hydrogen carriers such as ammonia (NH3), hydrogenation/dehydrogenation of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs), hydrogen and oxygen purification, methanation, as well as H2 burners.
Renewable Feedstocks - Green Chemistry
Sustainable and renewable feedstocks, such as biomass and plastic waste, are gaining importance in the chemical industry and can help to gradually replace fossil feedstocks. Heraeus has developed precious metal-based catalysts that are suitable for the conversion of various biomass feedstocks into value-added bio-based chemicals.
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Heraeus also provides catalyst solutions for the upgrading of biomass-derived biogas to biomethane.
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Many industrial processes and applications require feed gases of the highest purity and quality. Precious metal-based catalysts are essential for the manufacture of high purity industrial gases.
HeraPur© catalysts can be used for a variety of applications, ranging from the removal of harmful greenhouse gases, such as nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4), to the deep removal of carbon monoxide (CO) from synthesis gas streams.
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Precious metal-based catalysts are an integral part of chemical manufacturing and downstream processing.
Heraeus offers precious metal catalysts for a variety of (selective) hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, oxidation, reduction, methanation, and reforming reactions. We are also a leading catalyst provider for the industrial production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) via the anthraquinone process.
Fine Chemicals, Agro and Pharma
Precious metal-based catalyst technologies play an important role in the production of several fine and specialty chemical products, which are found in the flavors & fragrances, herbicides, and pesticides industries. In the pharmaceutical industry, catalyst materials find application in the syntheses of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) – highly complex, organic molecules that are derived via multi-step syntheses.
Space Propulsion Systems
With the strong recent increase in commercial space products and services, the demand for catalyst technologies that are used in the propulsion systems of rockets and satellites is rising. Heraeus has established itself as a market leader for iridium-based (Ir) catalyst systems that are utilized in the decomposition of the propellant hydrazine. Our platinum-based catalysts (Pt) also find application in the decomposition of green propellant alternatives, such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
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