Gary J. (Jimmy) Wells is a Principal Researcher in the EO catalyst research and development group of CRI Catalyst Co. He completed undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2003, he joined Shell in the EO/glycols process support group in Houston, Texas, where he developed and deployed advanced process monitoring tools to manufacturing sites. Since 2007, Dr. Wells has worked as a catalyst performance modeler at CRI. He integrates research and development results into models for customer guidance, supports the deployment and performance monitoring of new catalysts, and leads a cooperative team with process design and licensing staff to co-optimize new catalysts with the EO/glycols process.
The markets for ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) continue to see attractive growth. This means that at least one or two new plants will need to be constructed every year if the industry is to meet forecast demand.