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Methanol Synthesis

Increasing plant efficiency and lifetime productivity

Methanol is an important platform molecule for chemicals and energy. Not only is it a C1 building block for base chemicals (e.g. formaldehyde), but also a starting material for innovative processes like methanol to olefin (MTO) and methanol to propylene (MTP). Furthermore, methanol has clearly arrived in the energy sector, and plays an increasingly important role in fuel blending, ship fuel, methanol to gasoline (MTG), power to methanol (PTM), and other projects addressing the general need for higher sustainability.

Clariant has been developing, producing, and marketing highly active and selective catalysts for methanol production for well over 50 years, continuously improving catalyst performance to serve changing market needs.

We offer a complete range of methanol synthesis catalysts and technologies and support you with comprehensive technical services to ensure their optimal performance. Our customers benefit from higher lifetime productivity, lower by-product formation, and reduced feedstock and energy consumption.

Since the early 1970s, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction and Clariant Catalysts have been in a strategic collaboration, which has led to many innovations over the last 50 years. Our close partnership allows us to offer customers turnkey solutions for highly efficient methanol production.

Our Portfolio

Methanol Synthesis

  • MegaMax 800

    MegaMax® 800 is a state-of-the-art methanol synthesis catalyst that offers much higher activity than previous solutions – even at low reactor temperatures and pressures.

  • MegaMax 900

    MegaMax® 900 is Clariant’s latest generation of methanol synthesis catalysts.

  • MegaZonE

    Clariant’s efforts to continuously improve methanol catalyst performance are not limited solely to catalyst formulation, but also focus on the overall process and how the catalysts can be optimally utilized in the complete reactor system.


Clariant’s portfolio of methanol process catalysts also include:

Our ReforSafE Services

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Clariant Catalysts provides high-tech monitoring and catalyst solutions to help Syngas plants to perform at their full potential to be competitive. Our ReforSafETM is an advanced technical service solution for a comprehensive reformer survey and performance optimization.


Learn more about our Methanol and Sorbent Catalysts

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Read our latest Articles and News

  • Clariant & Air Liquide present MegaZonE™: Novel catalyst layering technology for enhanced methanol synthesis performance

    Clariant’s long-term partnership with Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has resulted in another major breakthrough in methanol synthesis: the MegaZonE technology. Based on Clariant’s MegaMax® catalyst series, this innovative method uses several layers of catalysts with different activity levels to optimize heat management and overall catalyst performance in the methanol synthesis reactor. Furthermore, the properties of each catalyst layer are tailored to the specific conditions along the reaction pathway, which results in a significantly longer catalyst lifetime (by up to 2 years) and an increased cumulative methanol production (up to 15%), thus potentially leading to monetary benefits of up to several million US dollars. With this performance outlook, MegaZonE was successfully applied to two world-scale methanol plants in Asia this year, showing already excellent and stable performance.

  • Clariant’s MegaMax® 800 catalyst achieved an outstanding performance at CNOOC’s Davy methanol plant in Hainan, China

    Clariant has been awarded another major contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for its high-performance methanol synthesis catalyst, MegaMax 800. The Chinese oil and gas producer first used the catalyst at their Fudao plant in 2018, achieving record accumulative methanol production and plant reliability. The catalyst’s excellent performance has now resulted in its reorder which completed refilling and start-up in June 2021.

  • Clariant contributes to China's carbon neutrality goal with innovative MegaMax® catalyst for CO2-based methanol synthesis

    Clariant's MegaMax catalyst series for CO2-based methanol production helps China reach its carbon neutrality target. Capturing and converting CO2 emissions is a cornerstone of the technology roadmap for addressing climate change. Synthesizing methanol from CO2 is a particularly valuable approach because methanol forms a building block for thousands of chemical products such as plastics, paints, cosmetics, and fuels — including providing an energy storage carrier for hydrogen.

  • Clariant’s MegaMax® 800 catalyst set production record at Baofeng Energy’s methanol plant

    Clariant’s methanol synthesis catalyst, MegaMax 800, has demonstrated its excellent performance at the methanol synthesis plant in the

  • Clariant Catalysts powers Ineratec’s green fuel production technology

    Clariant has joined forces with Ineratec in the challenge for a greener future. The companies have entered a partnership to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Clariant will provide its extensive catalysis expertise and broad portfolio of syngas conditioning and upgrading catalysts to support Ineratec’s groundbreaking gas-to-liquid technology.

  • Impressive start for Clariant’s MegaMax® 800 methanol synthesis catalyst in Yinchuan, China

    Another success story for MegaMax 800. Clariant’s next-generation methanol synthesis catalyst is delivering exceptional performance at the coal-to-liquid plant of China Energy Corporation (CHN Energy) Ningxia Coal Industry Co Ltd (NCIC), located in Yinchuan, Ningxia Province, China. Installed at the plant in August 2018, MegaMax 800 achieved an anticipated operation load of 102 percent after just two months. The new catalyst’s fast and favorable start is due to its 40 percent higher productivity compared to previous generations.


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