50 years in catalysis. Lessons learned
•Industrial research should apply a multiple approach including fundamental research.•The individual scientist should be ensured a room for initiative.•Research should be managed by motivation – not by control.•Universities should focus on long-term frontier research and not be directed of political pressure of being relevant.•We need the courage to formulate new concepts of catalysis with the risk of failure.
Management of responsive research is a difficult balance between order and chaos. It is essential that each scientist has a room for initiative. Public research policy should focus on frontier research and not force universities into “non applicable applied research”. Long-term basic research is important for a high tech company to establish a two-way collaboration with academia and to ensure future options for the company. The challenges to industrial catalysis are discussed in terms of a SWOT analysis.
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Journal: Catalysis Today - Volume 272, 1 September 2016, Pages 2–5