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Industry Overview:

If the old adage “Time is money” holds true, then catalysts are more than worth their weight in gold. It is through the use of catalysts (catalysis) that we are able to control the speed of the chemical reactions crucial to every segment of modern industry. An estimated 90% of chemical manufacturing processes in the United States currently involve catalysis, and catalysts are used in the production of nearly a quarter of all commercial products. These products include polyester, petroleum, margarine, and pharmaceutical active ingredients.

In addition to accelerating the speed of reactions, catalysts are a lynchpin in environmental protection. Catalysts have a positive effect on the environmental requirements for a reaction, lowering the amount of energy required to activate the process – this, in turn, saves manufacturers on energy costs. By affecting the way in which a reaction takes place (including acting as an intermediary), catalysts can also reduce the waste byproducts that would be generated during a typical stoichiometric reaction. Because they are not, by definition, actually consumed in the reactions they accelerate, catalysts typically have a long shelf life, allowing them to be utilized again and again.

Common Applications:
  • Catalysis, chemical reactions
  • Heterogenous catalysts, biocatalysts, electrocatalysts, etc.
  • Reaction energetics
  • Hydrogenion, transition metals
  • Enzymes
  • Inhibitors, promoters, poisons, etc.
  • Transportation
  • Recycling, environmental
  • Reactants, intermediates
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With over 25 years as a top chemical industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.


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As always, you have done a superb job of understanding our staffing needs…Your ability to network within the personal and home care industry is truly impressive; but more important to me personally, are your consistent “extra mile” efforts to drive the process to completion in a very professional, disciplined manner…on both sides of the recruiting relationship.  Thanks for your contribution to our success.

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BF Goodrich
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