The primary focus of the company is to perform research and development for clients. This can be directed experiments where the client has an excellent vision of the type of work to be done. However, most projects require us to be involved in the experimental planning and design, either working with the client’s technical staff or internally at KPM. This allows companies to off load technical aspects of a project that may have moved beyond their core competencies while still allowing for excellent interaction on the project.
At the core of the work is reaction mechanism analysis –answering the questions “Will this work?” or “How can we promote this reaction or product?”. The lab work is often assisted by thermodynamic calculations of the proposed process and this work often provides improved reaction routes for consideration. Connected to this is the design of unit operations to perform these reactions. KPM provides this service, either internally or in association with an engineering company, depending on the level of detail required. This allows the client to get a clearer vision of the process, not just from a chemistry basis, but involving a techno-economic assessment.
At the conclusion of lab-based work, KPM also provides facilities to carry out large scale mini-pilots to focus on key aspects of the project and ensure that there are no roadblocks to move to a full pilot operation.