Exxon Mobil and Symyx Technologies, a leader in the development and application of high-speed materials research methods, have announced a technology alliance focused on high throughput experimentation (HTE.)
Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work together over a five-year period in a number of fields seeking faster-paced development of chemicals, lubricants and fuel products and processes.
According to a statement, the tools and techniques developed as part of this alliance will enable ExxonMobil to expand its intellectual property portfolio.
ExxonMobil’s chemical business has had ongoing collaborations with Symyx. Two years ago, ExxonMobil acquired tools for polymerisation catalyst discovery from Symyx and, for the last year, the two companies have had a collaborative agreement covering several applications in olefins technology and associated tool development.
‘High throughput experimentation has proven to be a powerful approach to discover and develop new catalysts for chemical applications in a much shorter timeframe,’ said Doug Selman, research and development vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. ‘Catalysts identified using HTE tools have been validated as significant improvements in our pilot plants and will soon be used in commercial operation.’
The research program will initially focus on implementing the methods that will accelerate and enhance ExxonMobil’s core competency in catalyst research and development. The program will establish high throughput research laboratories throughout ExxonMobil using Symyx Discovery Tools, and widely deploy Symyx’s Renaissance informatics software.
Symyx will receive royalties from the commercialisation of materials, processes and products based on discoveries made in the fields of agreement.