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 basic and applied aspects of catalysis and catalytic processes. This was accomplished with major funding of well over $13,000,000 from various sources such as science foundations and industrial partners. The Blechner Center played a key role in the Center of Excellence funded by the Israel Science Foundation, participated in three different programs of the European Framework Programs and is part of the I-CORE program in renewable fuels. Researchers at the Blechner Center have developed a novel process for converting vegetable and algae oils to advanced green diesel and jet fuels and a novel process for producing zero-sulfur diesel.