hte tests for Unifrax

hte tests different fibrous catalyst materials for Unifrax

HEIDELBERG [July 27, 2021]

hte – the high throughput experimentation company was chosen by Unifrax, a leading manufacturer of high-performance specialty materials, to test different catalytically functionalized high-temperature fibers. Unifrax prepared a catalyst on a novel, large-surface-area fiber support called FlexCat. The aim of the study was to compare the performance of fibrous materials to a standard catalyst support that is used in industrial catalysis in a model reaction under various process conditions.

Unifrax selected hte for testing different fibrous catalyst materials in a parallel 16-fold high throughput system under different operating conditions in a model reaction. hte’s most advanced high throughput reactor systems and online analytics allow for fast analysis and evaluation of the products. hte has developed a new workflow for reproducibly loading the fibrous materials comparable to conventional catalyst supports and testing in existing equipment. In addition to catalyst activity and selectivity, the correct treatment and handling of the samples was of great importance.

"Unifrax continues to pursue its mission to provide greener, cleaner, and safer solutions for its customers and partners," commented Chad Cannan, Senior Vice President of research and development at Unifrax. “FlexCat is a revolutionary step forward for industrial catalysis that delivers on those three pillars.”

“We are pleased to have been selected by Unifrax to test alternative catalyst supports,” says Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte. "During this challenging project, hte has drawn on its wealth of experience and developed a new testing workflow, and we look forward to extending our collaboration with Unifrax in future R&D projects.”

About hte

At hte – the high throughput experimentation company, we make R&D in the area of catalysis faster and more productive. We enable cost-effective innovations and reduced time-to-market for new products, thereby allowing our customers in the energy & refining, chemical & petrochemical, and environmental industries to keep ahead of the competition.

Our technology and services comprise:

  • R&D Solutions: highly efficient contract research programs at hte’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg, German
  • Technology Solutions: integrated hardware and software solutions, enabling our customers to establish high throughput workflows in their own laboratories.

Our customers benefit from broad technical and scientific expertise, exceptional customer orientation, complete end-to-end solutions, and outstanding data quality. Our close ties with BASF guarantee long-term orientation and stability.

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About Unifrax

Unifrax is a leading global supplier of high-performance specialty materials used in thermal management, specialty filtration, battery materials, emission control and fire protection applications. Headquartered in Tonawanda, NY, Unifrax serves more than 4,000 customers through a global footprint of 31 plants operating across 12 countries. Unifrax’s portfolio of products, technologies, proprietary chemistries and processes has been developed from more than 70 years of deep application knowledge and innovation. Its products address mission critical energy efficiency, emission control, regulatory and fire safety requirements across the globe. More information is available at