Light-powered Catalyst Market Size, Growth, Report 2032

Published Date : 27 Feb 2023

The global Light-powered Catalyst market is expanding rapidly due to the increasing need for catalysts across applications such as polymers and petrochemicals, chemical synthesis, petroleum refining and environmental.

Engineers at Rice University developed a light-powered catalyst capable of breaking the strong chemical bonds found in fluorocarbons, a class of synthetic compounds that includes persistent environmental contaminants. A biohybrid photocatalyst is a novel form of catalyst that incorporates a light-harvesting protein that collects light and transmits the energy to a metal-containing catalyst. This catalyst then converts the energy into reactions that can be used to synthesize medications or transform trash into biofuels or other valuable molecules.

The growing demand for catalysts in applications such as polymers and petrochemicals, chemical synthesis, petroleum refining and environmental is fueling a global market for process optimization, yield improvement, cost-saving, and energy-saving. Furthermore, environmental catalysts help manufacturers fulfill all NOx, SOx, and CO2 emission criteria. 

Catalyst use has grown as energy trends change toward alternative fuels like biodiesel and shale gas fuel. Furthermore, companies seeking to add value to their feedstock or refining by producing value-added petrochemicals and chemicals such as methanol and polyolefins have increased demand for petrochemicals and chemicals.

Report Highlight

  • Industrial catalyst markets are often divided into three categories: chemicals, fuels, and environmental protection. The same categorization is used to discuss new potential in catalytic technology in the sections that follow.

Light-powered Catalyst Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Second Largest Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022 To 2030
Segments Covered By Raw Material and  By Product
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Regional Snapshot

Due to China's dominance in the automotive, petrochemical products, polymer, and chemical industries, Asia Pacific is predicted to account for the highest value share (33.7 percent) in 2019. Because of increased local demand and cheap manufacturing costs in contrast to the United States and European Union nations, China has emerged as a manufacturing desirable destination for petrochemical and chemical goods. Increased FDI investments and appealing development potential given by developing countries such as India and Vietnam are encouraging market expansion in the Asia Pacific area.

Market Dynamics


Catalysts are widely used in chemical synthesis because of their superior traits and qualities, such as the stimulation of alkene and alkyne activation, enantioselective processes, and increased stability. They also have excellent functional group tolerance, are cost-effective, and do not require extra ligands. All of the aforementioned factors are driving the segment's growth by boosting the usage of catalysts in chemical synthesis.

Catalysts are typically utilized in the cracking feedstock components of petroleum refining to boost the production of high-quality products, in addition to chemical synthesis. The use of a catalyst increases the optimization of hydrocracking processes while also conserving money and energy. This has aided market expansion in petroleum refinery applications.


Pharmaceutical and fine chemical makers are increasingly aiming to replace stoichiometric reagents used in synthetic transformations with catalytic methods in order to achieve greener, safer, and more cost-effective chemical processes, driven by both public demand and government requirements. This book promotes the research, development, and application of innovative catalytic techniques on a process scale, paving the way for sustainable pharmaceutical and fine chemical manufacturing.


Catalysis is critical to all critical global sectors, including energy, environment, food, health, and many more. This field is buzzing with activity as a result of substantial developments. The move from fossil to renewable feedstock, as well as the development of biorefineries, necessitates a rethinking of all industrial catalysts. Renewable resources differ chemically from fossil resources. 

The new 'green' chemistry conducts the majority of its reactions in water or other mild solvents, and it deals with 'functionalised' molecules that require completely different handling than the 'naked' hydrocarbons in fossil feedstock. Much of catalyst development is still trial and error, and researchers cannot yet make 'a prior predictions of catalytic performance.


Asia Pacific is expected to account for the greatest value share (33.7 percent) in 2019, owing to China's Looking ahead, there are numerous fascinating challenges and prospects for creating completely new catalytic technologies as well as upgrading current ones. The growing public concern about the environmental consequences of chemicals and industrial emissions necessitates the discovery and development of techniques that eliminate, or at least reduce, the usage and discharge of hazardous compounds. 

Concerns about the environment and the availability of raw materials are increasingly concentrating attention on recycling options. The idea of generating polymers that are easily recyclable is of special interest to the chemical industry.

Key Market Developments

W. R. Grace & Co (US) and Albemarle Corporation (US) acquired Albemarle Corporation's polyolefin catalysts business in April 2018, which is primarily involved in the development and manufacturing of custom-made single-site catalysts, as well as metallocenes and activators used in the production of plastic resins. It also includes a complete set of carefully tuned Ziegler-Natta catalysts for polyethylene production. 

The deal also includes manufacturing operations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Yeosu, South Korea, as well as R&D and pilot plant capabilities and a sizable intellectual property portfolio. This acquisition is expected to significantly boost Grace's position in the fastest-growing polyethylene category while also increasing their polyolefin catalysts portfolio.

Major Key Players:

  • Albemarle Corporation Johnson Matthey
  • BASF SE 
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
  • Clariant AG
  • Dorf Ketal Chemicals (I) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Exxonmobil Corporation
  • Johnson Matthey
  • W.R. Grace and Co

Market Segmentation

By Raw Material

  • Chemical compounds
  • Metals
  • Zeolites
  • Others

By Product

  • Heterogeneous Catalyst
  • Chemical synthesis
    • Chemical catalysts
    • Adsorbents
    • Syngas production
    • Others
  • Petroleum refining
    • FCC
    • Alkylation
    • Hydrotreating
    • Catalytic Reforming
    • Purification
    • Bed grading
    • Others
  • Polymers and petrochemicals
    • Ziegler Natta
    • Reaction Initiator
    • Chromium
    • Urethane
    • Solid Phosphorous Acid catalyst
    • Others
  • Environmental
    • Light-duty vehicles
    • Motorcycles
    • Heavy-duty vehicles
    • Others

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