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Cerion Enterprises
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Business: Cerion Enterprises

Location: Rochester, NY

# of Employees: 22

Year Business Founded: Started in June 2009

Summary of Story:

Understanding how a ceria additive increases fuel efficiency is the goal of a collaborative research project between an Alfred University professor and Cerion Enterprises, LLC.

Cerion continues to support the work of Dr. Alastair Cormack, the Van Derck Frechette Professor of Ceramic Science in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University. Dr. Cormack’s research group is using computational techniques to simulate the structure and energetics of ceria-based nanoparticles.

Cerion’s GO2 catalyst is an eco-friendly diesel fuel additive that decreases fuel consumption by a minimum of 8% while also reducing harmful emissions and particular matter.

A primary goal of Dr. Cormack’s research is to provide a deeper understanding of the atomic scale mechanisms responsible for the extraordinary performance of these nanoparticles. A secondary goal is to develop a computer-based approach for designing other nanoparticle catalysts. Ideally, the simulation would reduce the number of laboratory experiments needed for new technological developments.

“The insight and guidance that Dr. Cormack’s calculations provide is an integral part of our research program for the production of higher reactivity catalytic nano materials that approach the limits of solid state chemistry”, said Dr. Kenneth Reed, Chief Technology Officer.

“This research is a perfect example of how computational tools can provide significant insight into materials that is unattainable by more traditional experimental methods,” noted Dr. Matthew Hall, project co-sponsor Director. “We are thrilled to be working with Cerion Enterprises and look forward to helping advance the science of combustion catalysts.”

The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred University is also partially supporting Dr. Cormack’s project with Cerion Enterprises.




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