Development and Commercial Application of Novel Catalyst and Forward Osmosis Technologies
Preston A. Chase
Director of Academic Business Development
Room: C2 361 (Reading Room)
Host: Graham Murphy
Abstract: Progressing academic research from the initial invention discovery at the bench to industrial application requires significant efforts, including, for example, scaling of materials for testing, development and validation of new systems of a base technology, and optimization of processes. GreenCentre Canada is a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research in the area of Green Chemistry, providing facilities for both academic and industrial partners to evaluate, develop and ultimately find commercial application for novel Green chemical technologies.
To highlight the path towards industrial applications, three projects that have been advanced at GreenCentre will be presented: the development and scale-up of highly active ester hydrogenation catalysts, the immobilization of a number of homogeneous catalysts for application in flow reactors directed to pharmaceuticals generation, and the development and process optimization of a low energy forward osmosis process. Each will have the contribution of the original inventors and additional efforts of GreenCentre to directly address specific industry-based challenges highlighted.
Bio: Preston has 10 years of experience in the technical and commercial development of chemical technologies and an award-winning researcher. Prior to his current position, Preston was a Senior Scientist at GreenCentre Canada managing a variety of early-stage technology projects and Product Development Manager for a GreenCentre spin-off company. Preston has extensive experience in sales and marketing of new products and processes with a broad expertise in catalysis, materials, synthesis, green solvents and water treatment. Preston received a PhD from the University of Calgary under the supervision of Warren Piers and was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Gerard van Koten. Following this, Preston joined the lab of Doug Stephan and was involved in initial discoveries in catalytic Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) chemistry.