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Synfuels China

SynCat@Beijing is founded and owned by Synfuels China Co. Ltd.

Synfuels China was established in 2006 as a spin-off from the State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion at the Institute of Coal Chemistry, which is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at Taiyuan. Its headquarter is located in the Huairou District near Beijing.

Since its start in 2006, Synfuels China has become one of the world-wide leaders in CTL technology. At the heart is a Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis process based on an iron catalyst.

Synfuels China not only has extensive experience in applied catalysis research and technology, but is also highly reputed for its computational molecular modeling work.

The CTL pilot plant at Erdos (Inner Mongolia) actually produces 5000 barrels per day of synthetic fuel, and is equipped with a CO2 capturing unit.

Syngaschem BV

Syngaschem BV is small research enterprise established in 2013 in Nuenen/Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Its mission is to promote the utilization of synthesis gas on the basis of molecular scale understanding.

Syngaschem BV engages in fundamental research on the catalysis and surface science of syngas conversion, with focus on the responsible use of coal – mainly in collaboration with Synfuels China – and on syngas as intermediate in the storage of green electricity in collaboration with the Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research DIFFER.

Syngaschem BV supports education and scientific leadership development through the SynCat Ac@demy.

Nuenen May 2014: Syngaschem BV organized a workshop together with Synfuels China to brainstorm on future research at SynCat@Beijing

Academic Network

Collaborations and partnerships between SynCat@Beijing academic institutions in China and all over the world are constantly evolving.

Syngaschem BV has officially engaged in strategic partnerships with top level University groups in Europe and South Africa. It has succesfully secured public funding on the National and the European level (see link).


C*Change, University of Cape Town
South Africa

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
South Africa

iNANO, Aarhus University

Cardiff University
United Kingdom

Currently, Syngaschem BV also collaborates with ICES, Singapore

Syngaschem’s Headquarters is presently based in the new building of the DIFFER institute, located on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. There, it builds up its SynCat@DIFFER lab.