C4 Chemistry innovation
To ensure sustainability for our customers, we focus our efforts on optimizing processes, developing new products and supporting specific customer projects with our technical expertise.
WE HAVE A STRONG TECHNOLOGY POSITION
Our networked production enables us to obtain almost 100-per cent value generation from our raw materials.
In order to increase the value, the efficiency and the sustainability of the C4 process chain even further, we continue to develop our procedures. As the industry leader in this area, we employ approx. 70 experts for hydroformylation, oligomerization and esterification.
We generate approx. two thirds of our current product sales on the basis of our in-house developments. This also includes diversification of our plasticizer portfolio. We protect this know-how with more than 240 active patents and patent applications.
WE OPERATE HIGHLY MODERN APPLICATION LABORATORIES
In our state-of-the-art application laboratory, our experts develop new plasticizers and work on improved formulations. With our technological know-how and our modern analysis and testing procedures, we accompany and support numerous customer projects.
“And the winner is…”
in this case, the idea is not directly from Performance Materials, but our Performance
Intermediates Business Line has now been nominated for the Evonik Innovation Award for the third year in a row. And this latest nomination shows: We are at the forefront of innovation!
WE LIVE UP TO OPEN INNOVATION - ROMEO A NEW REACTOR CONCEPT TO DRASTICALLY REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION & EMISSIONS
Our colleague Prof. Dr. Robert Franke is project coordinator of the research & innovation project ROMEO, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.
Check out the official project webpage for detailed information.
In the field of innovation, we are breaking new ground by relying on targeted monitoring of processes using spectroscopic inline analysis technologies.
Dr. Alexander Braecher, Dr. Thomas Quell and Prof. Dr. Robert Franke optimize oxo processes within the C4-Verbund. For this purpose, existing data is collected and usefully supplemented by the collection of new data, including the use of spectroscopic inline analysis technologies. These data form the basis for targeted monitoring of the processes supported by their process engineering colleagues (VT-C PAT).
The specific optimizations are very comprehensive: a combination of detailed monitoring and continuous optimization of analytical methods enables the collection of relevant data in more regular intervals.
Therefore, two technologies are basically necessary: On the one hand the implementation of fully automated inline sensors, on the other hand the application of the Data Analytics Software Suite KNIME, which has been used for various purposes within PI's research for several years.
INNOVATION DRIVES THE FUTURE OF C4 CHEMISTRY