Dr. Carl J.G. van der Grift


Dr. Carl van der Grift is the founder of Catalyst Intelligence. Prior to founding Catalyst Intelligence, Van der Grift was catalyst scientist at SHELL Research, Technical Service Manager and Managing Director at Catalyst Recovery Europe S.A., General Manager at Catalyst Recovery Singapore Pte Ltd., and Division Vice President (HPC) hydro-processing catalysts at Albemarle. During his time at Albemarle he served on the boards of Eurecat (a catalyst services company) and NipponKetjen (a hydro-processing catalyst producer). Van der Grift co-authored several patents in the area of catalyst manufacturing.


After obtaining his PhD in chemistry from the University of Utrecht (1990), Dr van der Grift joined SHELL Research in Amsterdam as catalyst scientist. In 1996 he joined Catalyst Recovery Europe S.A. in Luxembourg as Sales and Technical Service Manager.  In 1999, he became the General Manager at this SHELL-owned catalyst services company. In 2004, the company was divested to Porocel, a privately-owned American company, and van der Grift continued to work at Porocel as Managing Director Catalyst Recovery Europe S.A., and General Manager at Catalyst Recovery Singapore Pte Ltd. During his time at CRI and Porocel van der Grift was in contact with most of the refineries in Europe and in Asia-Pacific as well as all global catalyst producers.  These contacts focused on catalyst regeneration and re-use, rejuvenation, pre-reclaim regeneration, fresh catalyst manufacturing and ex-situ pre-sulphurization.  In 2010, van der Grift joined Albemarle, a US-based global chemicals and catalysts producer, where he served as Global Business Director HPC (Hydro-processing catalysts) and later Division Vice President HPC. During his time at Albemarle, van der Grift was also serving on the board of directors at Eurecat (a global catalyst services company) and NipponKetjen (a Japan-based fresh catalyst producer). In 2016, van der Grift founded Catalyst Intelligence to focus on improvement opportunities in the industry. Together with a group of highly motivated, like-minded specialists he provides consulting services to catalyst users, catalyst producers and financial investors.  In 2020, van der Grift co-founded Galores B.V. a Netherlands based technology company focused on monetization of associated petroleum gas and reduction of gas flaring.: After 30+ years in the industry, he remains fascinated about the enormous value catalysts create for users and producers whether it is in traditional oil refining, renewables processing, spent lube re-refining, plastics recycling or even in E-fuels production.


  • PhD Chemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (1990)
  • MSc Chemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (1986)




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