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The Industrial Adsorbents Business – 2022 Update: Commercial Strategy, Technical and R&D Assessment in Refining, Chemicals/Syngas, Natural Gas, Industrial Gases and GHG/CO2


New Multi-Client Study Proposal

TCGR to Document New and Evolving Applications for Adsorption-based Industrial Separations
and Identify Resultant Opportunities in CO2/GHG, Plastics Recycling and Renewable Energy…

View Proposal Here (PDF format) 

The Industrial Adsorbents Business – 2022 Update: Commercial
Strategy, Technical and R&D Assessment in Refining,
Chemicals/Syngas, Natural Gas, Industrial Gases and GHG/CO2

More so than ever, industrial adsorbents play a vital role in today’s state-of-art petrochemicals/chemicals, liquid fuels, and gases production.  They are also an increasingly important component in the capture and clean-up of GHG/CO2 from flue gases (as part of the drive to NetZero and other ESG-related commitments). Until recently, these materials have garnered less attention than catalysts and reactor/process technologies, perhaps because the market by many has been considered mature – this is by no means any longer the case!  From both a scientific and industrial perspective, adsorbents are poised to play an increasingly value-added role.

Specifically, improved adsorbent separations are increasingly vital to process cost improvements and greater energy efficiency, with the chemical/petrochemical industrial sector contributing over 11% of total CO2 emissions.  Both feedstock and energy costs are rising at the same time that more stringent industrial environmental regulations are being enacted, including CO2/GHG emissions reductions. This is also providing impetus to improve feedstock pre-treatment and post-treatment standards. Alternatives to, and hybrid systems of, will continue to compete against adsorbent separations, including membranes, absorption solutions and other catalytic destruct systems. Understanding this balance will be important to investment decisions. As a result, there is a significant need, as well as opportunities to be analyzed in this growing commercial application globally, including assessing consolidation.

Across the refining, chemicals/syngas, natural gas, industrial gases and GHG/CO2 segments, known as the “process industries,” there are a number of global suppliers as well as a number of niche players, as shown in Table 1. These include process licensors where specialties demand royalties (e.g. UOP/Honeywell or Axens), as well as suppliers of advanced materials commanding premiums but also commodities.

Table 1
Large Adsorbent Suppliers, by Material


Information from suppliers is openly provided for many important applications in refining, petrochemicals and natural gas. However, little is readily available for the practitioner/end user to compare the relative merits of products offered between suppliers. In addition, from a supplier’s competitive benchmarking perspective, little is easily available for comparative purposes between suppliers’ equivalents. This proprietary industrial nature and complexity has significant implications on technological and commercial progress, and is a major impetus for this study.

TCGR’s study will discuss the impact on the adsorbent market changes and opportunities due to the following major on-going drivers and events:

  • Climate change and methane capture technologies
  • The use of renewable energy to produce H2 for utilization both as a more broadly used transportation, industrial and power generating fuel and to transport and store renewable energy
  • The use of the same H2 to produce NH3 which can substitute for heavier polluting fuels (e.g. bunker C fuel oil)
  • Similar to the long-standing recycling of lube oils, the emerging Plastics Recycling and Chemical Recycling technologies will need a range of adsorptive processing steps for purifying and upgrading product streams (e.g. pyrolysis oils).
  • COVID and the resultant step change increase demand for Medical Grade Oxygen
  • Demand for EV Batteries and increase in Lithium prices (a key battery and adsorbent raw material)
  • Commercialization of Direct Air CO2 Capture (DAC)

In this proposed study, The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) will provide industrial practitioners with the best independent market application build-up analysis performed in the last ten (10) years. It will discuss the major changes and future opportunities in the markets and the landscape of adsorbent suppliers  It will be assembled by a team of industry professionals with over one hundred combined years of commercial experience, from the process and licensing businesses. TCGR’s assessment is a “must have,” industrially sourced analysis for addressing the current and future industry needs in adsorbent-based industrial separations from a practical perspective.  This study, “for the industry, by the industry,” is scheduled for completion within 3-4 months of study launch.

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As it does in each of its industrially-focused multi-client studies, TCGR will seek input from “charter” subscribers (i.e., those who sign up prior to study launch) to help shape the report’s final scope/TofC so that it covers and emphasizes the most pertinent content due to the rapid pace of change that might be of interest, as depicted in Sections III-V  in the preliminary TofC.

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Notice to Subscribers

Due to the complementary nature of this study to TCGR’s previous reports in this area, namely the 2019 and 2017 editions of “The Separations Report,” TCGR is offering a discount of $1,000 off The Industrial Adsorbents Business – 2022 Update” to subscribers of either of those studies. Subscribers are requested to contact John Murphy at +1 215.628.4447 or jmurphy@catalystgrp.com if further details are required or to determine if your organization is entitled. When completing the order form, please make sure to indicate your company’s subscription to the earlier report(s).

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Additional information, including the 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 Murphy at +1.215.628.4447 or jmurphy@catalystgrp.com.

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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.


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