Industries served

Improving performance, anticipating the industry’s needs

Avantium has demonstrated the validity and commercial viability of its technology by successfully providing research services and systems to more than 70 companies worldwide, including many industry leaders in the fields of refinery & energy, chemicals and renewables industry. We have become a leading renewable chemicals company by understanding and even anticipating the needs of the oil and chemical industries, which continue to invest in improving existing chemical production processes by optimizing their catalytic processes or seeking out technological breakthroughs. By expanding the scope of experimentation, we also help increase the chances of successful returns on R&D investments.

Read our paper on refinery catalyst testing

Refining & Energy

The refining and energy sectors face countless daunting challenges – from the depletion of raw materials to energy efficiency, fuel quality and addressing their environmental footprint. These challenges require a greater focus on both optimization of existing processes and the development of entirely new ones. Avantium addresses this industry need by offering a wide variety of R&D solutions for the development and optimization of catalytic processes for the conversion of crudes, production of fuels and/or increasing fuels quality.

Our solutions include:

  • Refinery Catalyst Testing
  • Hydrotreating (HDS, HDN, HDO, HDA) of Gasoil, Resid, Vegetable Oil and Pyrolysis Oil
  • Hydrocracking of Gasoil and (FT) waxes
  • ULSD
  • Isomerisation
  • Fischer Tropsch (CTL, BTL, GTL)
  • Reforming
  • Steam Reforming
  • Water-Gas-Shift (WGS)
  • Oxidative coupling
  • Syngas to Methanol
  • Hydrogenation of vegetable oils


One of the key challenges facing the chemical industry is to explore and develop new ways how to use alternative and renewable feedstocks. Much can be done to tackle this issue by optimizing existing catalysts and catalytic process. However, sometimes reducing energy and environment impact requires the adaptation of entirely new processes.

Avantium’s extensive experience with a large variety of applications in catalysis and process research for chemicals includes:

  • Selective Oxidation
  • Syngas to chemicals (alcohols, linear alkanes, olefins, methanol, DME, etc.)
  • Selective Hydrogenation
  • Isomerisation
  • Carbonylation
  • Aromatization
  • Metathesis
  • Dehydration
  • Polycondensation
  • Oxidative coupling
  • Ethanol conversion
  • Diels-Alder chemistry
  • C-H activation


While most companies recognize the need to create new products derived from chemical processes based on renewable feedstock, they want these products and processes to be equal if not better than what they are currently using, in both performance and price. Our YXY technology is proof that this is possible. Backed by the enormous promise of YXY, we are dedicated to seeking out new catalysts that either dramatically improve existing products and processes or change the game entirely.

We offer methods to develop and optimize the following applications:

  • Oxidation
  • Dehydration
  • Polycondensation
  • Monomer synthesis