Examples

As a further inspiration for what CSI can do for you, the examples below are based on requests received from our customers.

  • A polymer producer finds that due to stricter environmental rules, the polymerisation catalyst they are using cannot be used any more because it ends up in the product. The reaction kinetics of an array of alternative catalysts is tested under production conditions so the best environmentally friendly catalyst can be used in the future with minimal influence on the properties of the polymer and its production process.
  • A company producing adsorbent materials finds that a competitor has developed an improved adsorbent. To beat the competition, the sales department has sold a batch of an even better absorbent, but the R&D department has not yet developed it. To speed up development, the R&D department decides to develop and pilot-test new absorbents simultaneously, but there is no time to construct and automate a pilot plant. Using our associated lab facilities, a manually operated bench-scale pilot plant is designed and built. The company sends samples of experimental adsorbents to Bulgaria, where they are tested in the pilot setup in shifts 24 h/day for 200 h. The tested samples are then sent back to the company by courier for analysis.
  • An SME producing specialty glues for a niche market is threatened by competition from a large multinational chemical company that can offer a more complete range of glues that covers all the needs of the customers in the niche market. The SME needs to develop an additional product range to be able to fulfil all the needs of its customers, but cannot free the necessary staff in its R&D department for such a large project. CSI can provide the workforce with the right knowledge and experience to do the fundamental research work needed, after which the SME can carry on in order to development the results obtained into a new range of products that fulfils the needs of its customers.
  • A producer of oxygen storage materials finds that with their own equipment, their materials cannot be characterised such that oxygen release rate and capacity can be predicted in a satisfactory way. There is no budget for buying new equipment. Using facilities at our associated laboratories, a new characterisation method is developed that successfully characterises oxygen release rate and capacity under realistic conditions. Samples are sent by courier and characterised by the new method, and results are sent back by email.
  • A producer of catalysts for the chemical industry has developed a new version of one of their best-selling catalysts. However, it meets scepticism from their conservative customers because the experience with this new catalyst is still limited and this makes it difficult to sell by their sales department. In cooperation with CSI, a copy of the company’s pilot plant for this catalyst is built at a research institute, and all the tests ever performed on the old catalyst are repeated on the new catalyst. Thus the characteristics of the new catalysts are as well known as the old catalyst in the parameter space investigated.
  • A chemical company has developed a new form in which trace metals can be added to animal feed so that their uptake is improved, but lacks facilities for testing on real animals to prove this. Through an associated laboratory, three pig control groups are formed in a commercial pig nursery which are fed with feed in which the trace metal is added in the standard form, in the new form developed by the chemical company, and in a form developed by a competitor that is suspected to be falsely claiming it to be an improvement.
  • A large consumer products company is looking for a way to disinfect surfaces from spore forming bacteria such as Clostridium Difficile without using agressive chemicals, so that the disinfectant is safe for skin contact. CSI and its partners develop a disinfectant based on photodynamic inactivation. The disinfectant is an organic dye that adsorbs preferentially on the bacterial spores and that can convert light into singlet oxygen. By exposing the treated surface to ambient light, the spores are killed by the singlet oxygen, while the rest of the surface is not affected because the dye does not absorb here.