Albemarle opens new laboratory facility in Louisiana, US


Albemarle Corporation has opened a new laboratory facility and expanded applications capabilities at its Process Development Center (PDC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the US.

The new 5,400 square feet facility is designed to meet the R&D efforts of Albemarle's polyolefin catalyst portfolio.

Albemarle catalyst global business unit global R&D director Peggy Matherne said due to the increased demand for catalyst technologies, the company has invested in expansions and enhanced capabilities at R&D facilities in Baton Rouge.

"The new 5,400 square feet facility is designed to meet the R&D efforts of Albemarle's polyolefin catalyst portfolio."

"These new facilities, which will host eight new chemical synthesis stations, will be instrumental in helping us achieve our aggressive growth goals," Matherne added.

In addition to the new facility, Albemarle has also implemented a new Parallel Polymerization Reactor (PPR) system at the PDC to help its R&D team in the discovery, development and commercialisation of polyolefin catalysts.

Performance Catalyst Solutions R&D director Edgar Steenwinkel said the new PPR system will accelerate the optimisation of new polyolefin catalysts.

"As a result, we can expect a considerable decrease in time-to-market for these innovative catalyst systems that are tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers," Steenwinkel added.

As part of the PDC upgrades, the Polymer Lab and the High Throughput Lab were also expanded. The PDC presently provides a combination of laboratory synthesis and analysis, product development, pilot plant and commercial scale-up and full-scale manufacturing.