Granular Activated Carbon Catalysts (GACC)

Applied Catalysts offers several GACC products for chemical processes tailored to chemical applications. GACC products have a high surface area, tunable acidity, high-packing density, and proven performance. Applied Catalysts is known for rapid response, and excellent quality at the volumes required.

Our Process for GACC

Applied Catalysts has an extensive database of known catalytic applications which utilize GACC products. We can help you screen and select the right ACC for your application and scale the catalyst for commercial use.

How Granular Activated Carbon Catalysts Benefit You?

Granular Activated Carbon catalysts can be used for many chemistries. These particulate catalysts are an alternative to ACMC catalysts and are advantaged at high pH (>pH 10).

Granular activated carbon catalysts (GACC) can be manufactured from several GAC support types, or a customer can specify other granular carbon supports that can be used in manufactured catalysts.

Standard products include GAC-Pd, GAC-Ni, GAC-Pt, GAC-Rh and GAC-Ru at various wt% loadings.

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Other Services

Catalyst Development

Applied Catalysts offers catalyst development services based on heterogeneous catalysts. Combining our testing services with our catalyst development services accelerates project success and maximizes value creation for the customer.

Process Development

Our years of experience and expertise as a leading catalytic technology provider offers process development based on various process steps. Applied Catalysts clearly understands the market dynamics and works effortlessly to meet and address them.

Systems Scaleup

Applied Catalysts offers process flowsheets using Chemcad simulation software and systems scale-up by partnering with Engineering Firms and Systems Manufacturers.

Process Catalysts

Chemical Catalysts

The GAC catalyst is crucial in several chemical and industrial processes. These chemical catalysts are essential in manufacturing industrial products, including detergents, pharmaceutical products, and synthetic clothing.

Custom Catalysts

Applied Catalysts has years of experience and expertise with a proven record of custom catalyst manufacturing services that meet the needs. We have a foundation of experts and chemists supporting design and processing needs from manufacturing to development.

Catalytic Processes


The hydrogenation process involves the addition of hydrogen to organic substrates. The functional groups being converted in the organic substrates can be olefinic (unsaturated) to aliphatic groups, aromatic compounds to aliphatic compounds, nitro groups to amines, nitrile groups to amines, acids to aldehydes, and aldehydes and ketones to alcohols and ethers. Hydrogenation can also be used to remove sulfur, nitrogen, and chlorine content in molecules.

Reductive Alkylation

As a provider of catalytic technology, Applied Catalysts provides metal catalysts used in the reductive alkylation process which involves the addition of alkyl groups to amines, and amines to carbonyl containing compounds.

Oxidation to Chemicals

Applied Catalysts GACC catalysts can also be used to oxidize organic substrates to other chemicals. There are many oxidation reactions of interest, including transformations of bio-mass to chemicals.


Catalysis forms the backbone of several industrial processes. This is where Applied Catalysts assists as a provider of catalytic technology. Other catalyst processes in industrial processes include producing ammonia and synthesizing drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.

Industries Served


Applied Catalysts serves bio-renewable industries to develop, scale up and help commercialize bio-based products and processes. ACMC catalytic reactors can be used for bio-mass transformations, several fine chemical products, including pharmaceuticals and detergents.

Specialty Chemicals

Applied Catalysts provides solutions to specialty chemical manufacturers to blend two or more fine chemicals that produce a mixture with a specific function. These solutions result in the manufacturing of high-performance thermoplastics and cosmetic chemicals.

Fine Chemical Catalysts

Applied Catalysts serves several industries that manufacture fine chemical products, including active pharmaceutical ingredients, alkaloids, and biocides. Our catalytic solutions are designed to meet current market needs, and we continuously work to meet them.


We provide catalytic technological solutions to several oleochemical industries in the region. Applied Catalysts provide continuous hydrogenation process solutions to convert unsaturated fatty acids into partially or fully saturated fatty acids.


Applied Catalysts is looking to provide polymer hydrogenation catalysts, systems and services to rubber, elastomer, and other hydrogenated polymers. Applications include tires, synthetic fibers and plastics, fiberglass, and silicone heart valves.


Granular activated carbon in the GAC catalyst is crucial to the pharmaceutical industry in manufacturing pharmaceutical products such as antibiotics and steroid hormones. Applied Catalysts solutions help these industries selectively convert functional molecule groups into new production.

Applied Catalysts' GACC are often advantaged for many process chemistries

Here is what we can offer in regards to GACC:

  • less prone to by-product formation
  • more stable at low and high pH
  • carbon properties can impact process selectivity in some cases
  • broad range of active metal and promoter options

We are committed to applying world-class catalyst technology for the chemistry of interest using internal and industry standard catalysts – assuring the best available catalysts for each application, whether we produce the catalysts or sourced from world-class vendors.

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Applied Catalysts

Has provided a broad array of catalysts,

along with development, testing and troubleshooting services, to enhance clean air and chemical process applications.