Committed to catalysis

Committed to catalysis

What is catalysis?

The company is governed by the notion that only through fundamental science can we continue to offer our clients the best, and the past 70 years offer an on-going tale of improving catalysis. But what is a catalyst? What does it do? And where are Topsoe’s catalysts and processes used? Catalysis is the process in which a catalyst promotes a chemical reaction, without being consumed by the reaction itself. 

Topsoe Catalysis Forum

What does catalysis do?

A catalytic process converts one chemical component into another. For instance, it is possible to convert natural gas into hydrogen, and hydrogen and nitrogen can be catalyzed into ammonia. When a catalyst produces a chemical process, the chemical reaction happens faster and uses much less energy. Production increases, and resources are saved.


Catalysis in industry

Catalysis is essential to the world’s industrial production. 90% of all chemical processes utilize catalysts and 60% of all industrial products are made using catalysis. Catalysis speeds up chemical processes. For example, an ammonia plant typically produces 1,000 tons of ammonia per day. Without catalysis, it would take approximately one million days to produce the same amount of ammonia.

From nano to mega

At Topsoe, our scope is broad: from nanotechnology research and development of catalysts and catalytic processes to after- sales service of our customers’ plants. Between these points is the sales process in which our sales engineers engage in detailed technical discussions with our customers to find better catalytic solutions, ensuring efficient production. In the design phase, plants and processes are designed to provide customer-specific solutions. 


Topsoe synergies

The synergy between research and development, process design, engineering, catalyst production, and sales forms the basis of the continuous optimization of our catalysts and technologies. Our catalysts and processes are developed in close collaboration between research, engineering, and production, ensuring catalysts and processes which meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

On the smallest scale

Our knowledge of chemical reactions and processes on an atomic level serves as the basis of our product development. Our research ranges from atomic-level studies to large-scale demonstrations of catalysts and processes. We strive to continuously improve our catalysts and processes while exploring and developing products in new business areas. Research and development take place in close collaboration across the company. Researchers explore the possibilities. Sales engineers uncover clients’ needs. Design engineers develop the chemical plants. And employees at the production plant optimize catalyst production.