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

John J. Murphy – CEO

John Murphy is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the client confidential work of TCGC and the information services component of TCGR. For TCGC, Murphy leads the company’s efforts to provide detailed and focused consulting to its clients via proprietary project work. For TCGR, Murphy oversees the development, management, and contributions to member-directed programs, subscription/multi-client products, and technical/commercial workshops.

Having been with TCGC/TCGR since 1994, Mr. Murphy has expertise in the areas of industrial process technologies for decarbonization, sustainability and circularity as directed towards CO2/GHG mitigation and energy efficiency improvement as well as alternative energy technologies including hydrogen, biomass and other renewables. He has catalyst/process expertise in the areas of refining, petrochemicals, polymerization and environmental applications, particularly in metallocene and single-site catalyst (SSC) chemistries, activator systems, and high-throughput approaches to catalyst discovery. Mr. Murphy has consulted to most of the world’s major energy, chemical, catalyst, and process licensing companies, has numerous publications and presentations, and is frequently cited in the trade press. He received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A., with a concentration in Marketing (and coursework in Innovation and Technology Management), from Lehigh University.

Clyde F. Payn – Director/Consultant and Founder

Mr. Payn has over 40 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.

Steve Deutsch – Consultant

As Consultant, Steve Deutsch is responsible for sales and project management for TCGC as well as supporting new business development initiatives. In addition, he provides assistance to TCGR by marketing and selling membership programs, multi-client studies and publications as well as develop, sell and manage selected new program/study ideas. Mr. Deutsch has 22 years’ experience in R&D, sales, marketing, and manufacturing of specialty chemicals. He 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 – Sales & Project Manager

Christopher Dziedziak is responsible for managing TCGR’s Catalytic Advances Program (CAP) and the CO2 Capture and Conversion Program (CO2CC). In addition, he oversees the development of TCGR multi-client studies on industrial topics while supervising all aspects of market research for multi-client and client-confidential reports. Mr. Dziedziak is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. At Rutgers, he 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, Mr. Dziedziak worked as a Process Engineer for Hisense Photonics, overseeing a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactor for the production of fiber optic lasers.

George Fortman – Project Manager

George Fortman is responsible for actively developing TCGC’s consulting project engagements as well as supporting TCGR program memberships, multi-client studies and industry subscriptions. As Project Manager, he plans and manages the execution of client-driven projects for TCGC and membership- and subscription-based deliverables for TCGR. Prior to joining The Catalyst Group, Dr. Fortman held a position as a Market Manager at Arkema and was focused on driving sustainable growth in Advanced Materials, and Chemical Intermediates, for a specialty chemical business. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Miami and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Temple University.


The DIALOG GROUP® is a global professional organization of 150+ renowned experts in catalyst business and technology. Our DIALOG GROUP® Program members are handpicked based on both industry and commercial knowledge, thus ensure that each report or project specifically includes key insights and expertise from the most knowledgeable sources. These unparalleled experts include Nobel Prize winners, as well as executive suite experience including many former CEOs, CTOs, and vice presidents from several Fortune 500 organizations. Read more.


The Catalyst Group (TCG) and The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) Board of Advisors was established to deepen and expand the company’s international exposure to existing and new customers through the deployment of leading industry executives. Carlos A. Cabrera and Suleyman Ozmen, both leading, senior-management-level executives are well known subject matter experts in the fields of catalysis and thus are in an excellent position to leverage strategic, commercial development and entrepreneurial opportunities. Their combined track record includes decades of experience from within leading corporations engaging around the world. More specifically:

Carlos A. Cabrera is an independent consultant based in the greater Chicago Area. His fields of expertise include Energy, Fuels, Chemicals, Leadership, Strategy and General Management. He is a recognized world expert in the Oil and Gas and Petrochemical Industries. Mr. Cabrera has served on several US and foreign based Corporate Boards for both private and public companies. Read more.

Suleyman Ozmen has extended global downstream business experience with leading organizations (IFP, UOP, Amoco Chemicals, BP and Shell Global Solutions) in refining and petrochemical technology commercialization, licensing, intellectual property management, business and joint venture development, and service business. His specific strengths are in leading technology commercialization, concluding major licensing deals, running global sales for license, catalyst and services, and implementing business strategies. Read more.