Sasol Group is an integrated chemical and energy company, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with sales of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2021. Sasol is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NYSE), with over 30,000 employees in 33 countries.
Since it was founded in 1950, Sasol group has been committed to use synthetic process to convert coal or natural gas to fuel or chemicals. After experiencing a low oil price crisis of the 1980s, Sasol has committed to the development of new technology in the past 40 years. The value chain expanded to downstream of high value-added fine chemical industry. Sasol has become a leader from upstream coal chemical industry to commodity petrochemicals and specialty chemical industry. In the downstream specialty chemical industry, Sasol is the world's largest producer of long chain alcohols and high-end FT waxes, as well as an expert in downstream specialty applications of various high-value olefins and alumina.
Topic 1 Bio-surfactants and the synthesis and application of its feedstock
Surfactants are indispensable additives in many industries, such as coatings, household chemicals, personal care, textiles, water treatment and so on. Usually surfactants are produced based on fossil feedstocks (oil, gas, coal), which have some carbon footprint.
We hope to find technologies to produce surfactants from bio based raw materials, or technologies to replace existing fossil resource based chemicals with chemicals produced from biomass (such as bio-based fatty alcohols, olefin, ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, etc.).
Topic 2 New techniques for producing specialty chemicals based on CO2 as a feedstock
Among all kinds of carbon reduction technologies, the utilization of CO2 is the field in the spot light today. In the field of CO2 utilization, some technologies have been developed to produce chemicals using CO2 as a feedstock. But many of these projects produce commodity chemicals such as methanol, etc.
We hope to find technologies that use CO2 as a feedstock to produce specialty chemicals, including long-chain olefins, fatty alcohols, esters, and more.