The petrochemical landscape is growing in productivity and demand and the challenges of environmentally responsible operations globally. Transformative technologies like hydraulic fracturing have opened up vast reserves of domestic petrochemical feedstocks (gas and gas liquids) and are pushing the market to transform its processes, reaction chemistry, and kinetics to improve productivity in the face of more stringent product specifications and environmental issues.

This market transformation is impacting all components of the value chain and it offers advantages for forward-thinking companies that pursue transformative research. Competitive advantages will come not just from technological breakthroughs but also from innovative policies and business practices and from revelations about the important cultural and local community interactions with facilities.