Oxidation (to Chemicals)

Selective oxidation reactions are very common in process chemical and pharmaceutical applications for upgrading intermediates to higher-value products. Applied Catalysts have catalysts that can be used for this class of chemistry, and in-house testing can demonstrate chemistries of interest.


Selective oxidations are a vital part of the chemical toolkit used to produce chemical products at a low cost and with less waste. The catalyst tunes the oxidation to the desired part of the molecule, leaving other parts alone, delivering the target product to the customer while avoiding complete oxidation to carbon dioxide and water.


It is sometimes challenging to optimize the catalyst and process for a highly selective oxidation process. Applied Catalysts is positioned to assist customers with proprietary and industry catalysts and to develop the lab, pilot, and commercial scale process.

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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.

Catalyst Testing

Applied Catalysts offers catalytic process development services, including catalyst screening and process parameter optimization to yield high activity, selectivity and lifetime.

Process Development

Applied Catalysts offers catalytic process development services, including catalyst screening and process parameter optimization to yield high activity, selectivity and lifetime.

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

In addition to the ACMC monolith based catalysts, Applied Catalysts can provide particulate catalysts to solve the customers catalytic needs. Applied Catalysts will provide Industry Standard catalysts when available from a number of participating Catalyst Vendors in addition to proprietary catalysts manufactured by Applied Catalysts.

Custom Catalysts

With a proven record of Custom Catalyst manufacturing services and a foundation of knowledgeable chemists and researchers, Applied Catalysts’ monolithic catalyst supports even the most challenging design and processing needs from manufacturing to development, ensuring high performance.

Applications Supported

CO2 Capture

Using an activated carbon monolith catalyst for CO2 capture has a number of advantages. First, activated carbon in the monolith can absorb and desorb CO2. Second, activated carbon is a high-capacity support for other base adsorbants, such as alkali or alkaline earth metal carbonates or amine-functionalized polymers.

Chemical Processes

ACMC catalysts can be used for continuous chemical processes, including hydrogenation of organic liquids and gases, reductive alkylation, amination, Fischer-Tropsch hydrocarbons, and oxygenates and acids, hydrochlorination, hydrodenitrogenation, and hydrodesulfurization. Our solutions are aimed at supporting activated carbon monoliths used in the chemical process.

Catalyst Processes


The hydrogenation process involves the addition of hydrogen to organic substrates. The functional groups being converted in the organic substrates can be olefinic 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

Activated carbon monolith 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, everal fine chemical products, including pharmaceuticals.

Specialty Chemicals

Applied Catalysts serves several specialty chemical industries that deal with specialty chemicals, including adhesives and cosmetic additives. The catalytic reactors convert a reactant of a single or more chemical reactions into a product or multiple products.

Fine Chemical Catalysts

Applied Catalysts is well-conversant with the market’s needs and works effortlessly to meet them as a leader in catalytic technology for fine chemical products. These fine chemicals include active pharmaceutical ingredients and biocides.


As a catalytic technology leader in oleochemistry serving several oleochemical industries, Applied Catalysts carbon catalysts offer the conversion of unsaturated fatty acids into saturated fatty acids due to their susceptibility to hydrogenation.


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


The manufacture of pharmaceuticals often contains one or more catalytic hydrogenation steps. Monolith catalysts convert the functional group of a molecule selectively into a new one to produce the starting material for the next synthetic step. Applied Catalysts can provide ACMC monolith-based catalysts for continuous flow process chemistry, enhancing the sustainability and low cost of manufacturing pharmaceutical products.


Here is what you can expect:

  • catalysts proposed for your process based on internal or external catalyst options, including catalyst development, if needed
  • Lab scale proof of concept or validation testing in our lab or yours
  • semi-pilot and show-tube demonstrations, and pilot production runs for market development
  • engineer and fabricate modular pilot and commercial systems

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