Dow, S�d-Chemie to develop catalysts

The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich., and S�d-Chemie Group of Munich, Germany, will begin a joint research program in April to develop catalysts that can be used to convert synthesis gas derived from biomass into hydrocarbons for the production of liquid fuels and chemicals. Dow scientists in Terneuzen, Netherlands, will work with S�d-Chemie scientists in Germany and the U.S. to focus on making the process of converting syngas to hydrocarbons more efficient and economically viable.