Catalyst R&D programs should be aimed at satisfying a specific, well-defined need. Fundamental research can help us understand how catalysts work and how they can be improved in a laboratory environment. Applied research is aimed at developing new and improved catalysts for a specific application. Depending on the targets of the R&D projects, the objectives may be defined in terms of catalyst properties such as higher activity, selectivity, stability and improved mechanical strength, or other factors, such as a new manufacturing route, higher throughput, alternate raw materials and lower costs.
Depending on the exact objectives of the R&D project, Catalyst Intelligence can assist in setting quantitative targets and defining an efficient R&D program; mapping the prior art (literature studies), designing the experimental program and evaluating the test results are all aimed at achieving the set goal as efficiently as possible. Collaboration between the client laboratory and selected third party laboratories and research institutions may be the key to improved research efficiency and more rapid innovation in catalysis.