The Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development, founded in 1995 at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, is committed to conducting catalysis research and development that combines exploratory research leading to novel technology and projects for industrial applications. The combination and proper balance between exploratory research, industrial projects and short-term jobs provide a strong basis for achieving its objectives.
The researchers at Blechner Center have developed the infrastructure and the expertise required to deal with a wide variety of challenging topics related to fundamental and applied aspects of catalysis and catalytic processes. This was accomplished with major funding of well over $15,000,000 from various sources such as science foundations and industrial partners. Among the vast state-of-the-art R&D equipment operated at the Blechner Center, two mini-pilot units are employed in various commercial projects.
The Blechner Center has taken a bold and successful initiative, focusing on conversion of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels and chemicals. Researchers at the Blechner Center have developed novel, proprietary catalytic processes for converting CO2 to alternative, fungible liquid fuels and chemicals. Those processes, based on CO2 and various sources for hydrogen as feedstock with the implementation of proprietary catalysts and process design, are in advanced development stages and expected to be commercialized within the next 5 years.