Toll Manufacturing & Customized Catalyst Development

At a Glance

Increase your Profitability, Manufacturing Efficiency and Flexibility

The resource-efficient production of chemicals, as well as the mitigation of harmful emissions, are largely enabled by heterogeneous catalysts. The large-scale production of catalysts, however, can be a challenge for companies and research institutes due to a lack of adequate production facilities, technological expertise and raw material supply chains.

Heraeus Precious Metals, as a leading catalyst producer, can manufacture your supported precious metal based catalysts under toll contracts. Profit from a partner with decades of experience in the development and upscaling of precious metal-based catalysts. Heraeus is well-equipped to scale-up your intellectual property (IP) from the bench scale to the level of a commercial product.

Outsourcing your company‘s catalyst production to an experienced catalyst production specialist cannot only help you to focus on your core competencies but can also improve your short- and long-term profitability

In general, production procedures can be adapted to your specific needs. If desired, the experts of Heraeus assist with the development of catalysts in joint catalyst development programs. By fostering a strong collaboration at all stages of development, testing and production, Heraeus guarantees high-quality catalyst products that are finetuned to your demands and applications.

Catalyst Examples

Your Advantages

  • Access to a large-scale catalyst production, leading to overall reduced manufacturing costs
  • Delivery of customized, high-quality catalyst products within an accelerated time to market
  • Short scale-up times and product qualification via inhouse analytics and testing facility
  • Optimizing costs by avoiding investments into capital-intensive production facilities and operations
  • A reliable supply of precious metal precursors through our precious metal supply chain and chemicals production
  • Further development and optimization of your IP together with experienced R&D

Catalyst Production Capabilities

Catalyst Production Capabilities

The production of catalysts is a sensitive process, in which each step has a direct effect on the quality and performance of the catalyst. During the manufacture of a catalyst, a support material is coated with the catalytically active substance in an aqueous solution.

Heraeus’ precursors for the catalytically active species are mainly based on Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), which offer excellent activities and selectivities. These include platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), rhodium (Rh), iridium (Ir), ruthenium (Ru), but also on the elements gold (Au), silver (Ag), and rhenium (Re).

Different materials can be used to support the precious metal species, ranging from aluminas, zirconias, titanias and other metal oxides to zeolites. These often come in various shapes and geometries, such as rings, pellets, extrudates, monoliths and powders. We also employ a variety of metallic and ceramic monoliths and foam structures.

Heraeus offers extensive technical capabilities to produce a variety of catalysts. Customized production processes can be developed to suit your requirements.

Precious Metal components
Catalyst production capabilities process

Why Heraeus Precious Metals?

With extensive expertise in the design, scaleup, manufacturing and recycling of precious metal catalysts, Heraeus is an ideal partner to help you accelerate your catalyst development and commercialization.

By establishing long-term cooperations, based on mutual trust and customer centricity, Heraeus turns your challenges into success. Heraeus is committed to your precious needs!

Our Capabilities

  • Homogeneous impregnation of extrudates, spheres or powders with precious or base metals via incipient wetness or adsorption techniques
  • Calcination of powders and pellets up to 700 °C in air or inert atmosphere (stationary or continuous flow)
  • Reduction under hydrogen atmosphere and an optional selective afterwards passivation
  • Drying of powders and pellets under mild conditions
  • Regeneration (e.g., drying, washing with water and acids)

Production of Powder-based Catalysts

Production of supported catalysts for fixed bed applications

Production of Supported Catalysts for Fixed Bed Applications

Production of supported catalysts for fixed bed applications

The Right Manufacturing Model to Help You Meet Your Needs

Each customer has unique requirements. Therefore, Heraeus provides a range of development options for custom catalyst formulation and manufacturing.

At every stage of the collaboration process, from project initiation to product delivery, we prioritize our customers’ needs. Our commitment to reliability and integrity is reflected in our reputation.

Toll Manufacturing

The procedure for manufacturing your catalyst has been defined. Heraeus produces the catalyst according to your specifications.

Toll manufacturing

Custom Manufacturing

Your catalyst has been developed but has not yet been manufactured on a commercial scale? Heraeus will assist you with upscaling your catalyst.

Custom design and joint development

Custom Design and Joint Development

Do you have an existing commercial application or a process that is under development, but you have not yet developed a final catalyst for it? Let us work closely together on your catalyst and process. With our proprietary knowledge of catalyst development and design, we can develop a new catalyst for you.

Custom design and joint development