Covestro and RWTH Aachen University, Germany, are extending their partnership in catalysis research. Covestro will contribute a total of 12 million euros over the next seven years to fund the CAT Catalytic Center, operated jointly by the two partners.
The facility was established in 2007. Currently, it has 25 employees engaged in basic research into innovative technologies, with a focus on fundamental, long-term issues in catalysis research. Scientific director is Professor Walter Leitner, Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry at RWTH. In recognition of their successful partnership, the researchers at RWTH and Covestro have received several joint awards.
The greatest achievement by the CAT Catalytic Center has been the utilization of carbon dioxide as a new raw material in plastics production. The partners developed a catalytic method and brought it relatively quickly to the point of market introduction. Covestro opened this year a plant with an annual production capacity of 5,000 metric tons at its Dormagen site where CO2 is used as component for manufacturing polyurethane foam.
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ChemistryViews.org 18 June 2016.
Covestro launches industrial production of plastics using carbon dioxide