Our parent organization

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 a small research enterprise in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and has been established in 2013 to assist Synfuels China Technology in preparing and building up SynCat@Beijing. Among others, it has organized the recruitment of international scientific staff for the new institute. In addition it has organized several educational events on relevant scientific subjects and on scientific leadership for the staff of SynCat@Beijing, and also for other interested parties.

Syngaschem also runs its own – modest – research program in Eindhoven, where it employs three senior scientists and two PhD students, while undergraduates from a nearby Technical College frequently participate in the laboratory work as well. It has succesfully secured public funding on the National and the European level. Syngaschem has also sponsored several research projects in The Netherlands and in South Africa. Topics of interest are the molecular mechanism of the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, and the electrolysis of water.

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

Link to SynCat Ac@demy

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