The Separations Report: Commercial, Technical and R&D Assessment in Refining, Petrochemical/Syngas, Natural Gas and Industrial Gases
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The Separations Report: Commercial, Technical and R&D Assessment in Refining, Petrochemical/Syngas, Natural Gas and Industrial Gases

New Multi-Client Proposal from TCGR!

“The Separations Report: Commercial, Technical and R&D Assessment in Refining,
Petrochemical/Syngas, Natural Gas and Industrial Gases”

This TCGR assessment was launched in May 2017 and is slated for completion in September 2017. The study’s scope, and specific contents (as depicted in the TofC on pages 6-7 of the proposal, available via download below) reflect the inputs from a group of “charter” subscribers who have indicated their priorities for coverage, areas to be expanded/deepened and focal points for emphasis in opportunity identification. These are leading industrial developers, suppliers and end users in separations technologies, including membranes, adsorbents, distillation and other approaches (e.g., liquid/liquid).

Traditional separations and purification processes have relied on thermal technologies such as distillation and physical/chemical adsorption. The phase-change transformations in distillation and the constant pressurization/depressurization cycles of adsorption require significant energy input. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the chemicals separations processes commonly employed today reportedly account for about half of U.S. industrial energy use and 10-15% of the U.S.’s total energy consumption (see Figure 1). This large energy usage and monetary cost is driving the need to develop more energy efficient separations technology. As an added incentive, the potential for global carbon taxes will further increase the need to reduce the reliance on energy-intensive separations processes.

Figure 1
Source: Nature, Volume 532, pp 435

Developments for more efficient adsorbents and adsorption processes are the goal of many technology providers and new membrane based processes that don’t require thermal or physical (pressure) energy to separate components have become a focus too. As separations as a whole shifts from the thermal based distillation processes to rely more on adsorbents/membranes, it’s important to document the advances in technology, the new market opportunities and competitive opportunities/threats that arise.

Following in the footsteps of The Intelligence Report (see:, The Catalyst Group Resources’ (TCGR’s) biennial catalyst industry study that’s been in production for 32 years, TCGR’s new biennial report series, The Separations Report will be a new “gold standard” for the separations industry. TCGR is creating the definitive resource for information about the market size and growth for separation and purification within industrial processes. Key focus will be paid to which incumbent technologies are at risk of replacement due to cost, integration, etc. and the advances in technology that are driving the change/growth. The Separations Report will go beyond statistics to provide competitive insight and analysis vital to stakeholders in the refining, petrochemicals/syngas, natural gas and industrial gases markets while also providing strategic guidance for innovation, growth and investment opportunities across the entire value chain.

TCGR’s study will document and assess, on both scientific and techno-economic bases, recent developments in separation and purification technologies and compare them to current industrial state-of-the-art alternatives with the objective of providing insightful, timely advice in both R&D/technical and commercial directions.

Topics included are:

  • Market size/growth
  • Application advances by industry
  • Technical advances, by type, in adsorbents, membranes, reactive separations and distillation
  • Strategic analysis and competitive implications

This newly launched study compliments an ongoing portfolio of similarly well received studies that The Catalyst Group Resources has delivered to clients over recent years. This growing experience demonstrates TCGR’s unique capability, resources and expertise to deliver exceptional insight.

Additional information, including the complete study proposal, the preliminary Table of Contents and the Order Form, can be downloaded via the link below. For additional study details or to subscribe, please contact John J. Murphy at +1.215.628.4447 or


As it does in each of its industrially-focused multi-client studies, TCGR has sought input from “charter” subscribers to help shape the report’s final scope/TofC by delineating areas of particular interest, including the applications by industry and separations method.

The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a member of The Catalyst Group, is dedicated to monitoring and analyzing technical and commercial developments in catalysis as they apply to the global refining, petrochemical, fine/specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer/elastomer and environmental industries.