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Anellotech & Johnson Matthey to Co-develop Advanced Catalyst Systems for Bio-based Aromatics

Published on 2015-02-11. Author : SpecialChem

LONDON, England and PEARL RIVER, New York, USA -- Anellotech, Inc. and Johnson Matthey Process Technologies have announced an alliance to co-develop advanced catalyst systems for Anellotech’s Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis (CFP) Process for production of bio-based benzene, toluene and paraxylene for the chemical industry. 

Anellotech is an emerging leader in developing new technologies to create low-cost, green bio-based chemicals from non-food biomass. Johnson Matthey Process Technologies is a division of Johnson Matthey Plc and a leading global supplier of catalysts, licensed technologies and other services to the petrochemical, syngas, oil refining and gas processing industries. 

“This strategic alliance with Johnson Matthey Process Technologies is a major advance in Anellotech’s program to provide the most competitive bio-based route to basic aromatic chemicals,” said David Sudolsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anellotech, Inc. “We are excited to align with a company like Johnson Matthey and to take one more significant step in making bio-based basic chemicals a commercial reality.”

“Johnson Matthey Process Technologies is thrilled about the prospect of co-developing advanced catalyst systems with Anellotech for its CFP Process”, said Geoff Otterman, Division Director of Johnson Matthey Process Technologies. “Johnson Matthey sees this as an opportunity to extend its portfolio of bio-based catalysts and process technologies for the production of chemicals from renewable feedstocks”. 

The two partners will collaborate in three major areas: On the technical development of an optimal catalyst for Anellotech’s CFP Process; for the supply of high-quality catalysts manufactured for use in the testing and development of the CFP Process, and to manage subsequent commercial implementation. 

Anellotech’s newly-developed green aromatics products are “drop-in” replacements for petroleum-derived aromatics and have use in a variety of valuable derivative applications. 

About Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is one of the global specialty chemicals companies underpinned by science, technology and its people. One of the leaders in sustainable technologies, many of the group’s products enhance the quality of life of millions through their beneficial impact on the environment, human health and wellbeing. In catalysis, it is a supplier of both precious and base metal catalysts and offers products for a diverse range of industries: from fuel cells and environmental catalysts to petrochemicals, edible oils and specialist oil and gas purification. Johnson Matthey also supplies a full range of catalysts for synthesis gas (syngas), ammonia, methanol and hydrogen, substitute natural gas (SNG) and manufactures custom Fischer-Tropsch catalysts and FCC Additives under its KATALCOJM, INTERCATJM and PURASPECJM product brands. 

About Anellotech

Anellotech is a green innovation and technology company that has developed a catalytic fast pyrolysis process for inexpensively and safely producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. Anellotech's bio-sourced drop-in products can replace their identical petroleum-based equivalents to enable widespread, economical production of green packaging and plastics. The company was founded in 2008; its R&D and corporate headquarters are located in Pearl River, New York. 

Source: Anellotech 

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