Our Team
A global boutique consultancy, we serve our clients in two ways: via client directed projects (TCG Consulting) and via various programs and studies (TCG Resources).

Our Team

Clyde F. Payn – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr. Payn has over 30 years of technical, marketing and managerial experience concerning catalytic technologies and the catalyst industry. He formed Catalyst Consultants, Inc. (CCI) in 1984, the forerunner and largest member of The Catalyst Group, to provide comprehensive business strategy and technology based consulting services to the industry. Prior to forming CCI, Mr. Payn held the position of Business Manager, Catalyst Recovery for Johnson Matthey, Inc., in which he was involved in establishing and developing Johnson Matthey’s commercial position in the catalyst recovery market as well as initiating other new business ventures. Before joining Johnson Matthey, Mr. Payn held the position of Technical Manager for Carborundum’s New Zealand subsidiary as well as technical service, marketing and sales positions in the company’s International and U.S. operations. Mr. Payn received an NZCS in Chemistry from the Auckland Technical Institute, New Zealand, and holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

John J. Murphy – President

John Murphy is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of TCGR, the information services component of The Catalyst Group (TCG). Mr. Murphy develops, manages and contributes to member-directed programs, subscription/multi-client products and technical/commercial workshops which deliver timely, insightful and value-added information that can be used to achieve competitive advantage. Mr. Murphy, who has been with TCG since 1994, has expertise in the areas of metallocene and single-site catalyst (SSC) chemistries, cocatalyst/activator systems, combinatorial approaches to catalyst discovery and a range of other leading-edge catalytic technologies. He also has experience in alternative energy technologies, including gasification/syngas production and conversion, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals and CO2/GHG mitigation initiatives. Mr. Murphy received his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A., with a concentration in Marketing (and coursework in Innovation and Technology Management), from Lehigh University.

Steve Deutsch – Sales and Project Manager

Steve Deutsch, Sales and Project Manager, manages the development of TCGR multi-client studies on industrial topics and also provides expertise and guidance to the TCGR membership programs, the Catalytic Advances Program (CAP) and the Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion (CO2CC) Program. He has 22 years’ experience in R&D, sales, marketing, and manufacturing of specialty chemicals. Mr. Deutsch has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Christopher Dziedziak – Project Associate

Christopher Dziedziak is a Project Associate and has been with The Catalyst Group and The Catalyst Group Resources since January 2019. He helps to manage TCGR’s Catalytic Advances Program (CAP) and the CO2 Capture and Conversion Program (CO2CC), performs market research on multi-client and client-confidential reports, and aids in the preparation of reports and proposals. Chris is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. At Rutgers, Chris completed an undergraduate thesis on novel catalysts for electrochemical ammonia synthesis under the supervision of Professor G. Charles Dismukes within the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He spent a summer interning with BASF’s Refining Catalyst Group in Iselin, NJ. After finishing his degree, he worked as a Process Engineer for Hisense Photonics, overseeing a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactor for the production of fiber optic lasers.