HTExplore to Offer High Throughput Research Services for Polyolefin and Organometallic Catalysis Research

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Freeslate collaborates with the Federico II University of Naples to spin-off new company

Professor Vincenzo Busico of the Federico II University of Naples, in collaboration with Freeslate, Inc., the leading provider of high throughput research solutions, today announced the launch of HTExplore. HTExplore will utilize Freeslate high throughput research (HTR) tools to provide research services for polyolefin and organometallic catalysis research. Services will range from outsourced catalyst discovery and/or optimization to consultative, specialized training to lab staff interested in conducting high throughput catalyst research in their own labs. Additionally, HTExplore will serve as a test lab and demonstration center for Freeslate.

“Through this collaboration with Freeslate we can offer high throughput research capabilities to academic and industrial labs that are not yet in a position to acquire and use these powerful tools” said Professor Busico, founder of HTExplore. “HTR will ultimately become part of the routine toolkit for fundamental and applied scientists, but adopting it at a state-of-the-art level can require specialized skills and be capital-intensive; in our view, HTExplore can effectively lower these activation barriers. Moreover, by working with Freeslate we can support the development of new tools that will accelerate further progress in the field.”

“Professor Busico’s group at the Laboratory of Stereoselective Polymerizations (LSP) is recognized globally as a leading research center in polyolefin catalysis and for its application of high throughput research” said John S. Senaldi, CEO of Freeslate. “We’re excited about the opportunity to work closely with HTExplore and Professor Busico to extend the use of HTR and make it more widely available to scientists everywhere.”

Freeslate has supplied HTExplore with a Parallel Pressure Reactor (which adds to the PPR already in operation at LSP) and a Rapid GPC. The PPR, which facilitates up to 48 experiments per run, is designed for the screening of organometallic catalysts under realistic process conditions in a protected glovebox environment. Supporting the PPR is the Rapid GPC which allows for the assessment of key polymer properties. Combined, the system can accelerate the entire polyolefin research cycle and will enable researchers to make dramatic gains in productivity and innovation.

About Freeslate
Freeslate is a privately held company that provides products and related services for high throughput research. Based on its proprietary laboratory automation platforms, high throughput pressure reactors, and integrated Lab Execution and Analysis (LEA) software suite, the company enables dramatic gains in its customers’ productivity and innovation by delivering seamlessly integrated automation solutions. Freeslate leverages its scientific expertise through its team of Ph.D. scientists, engineers, and software developers with directly relevant experience in the industries it serves. Collaborating with customers for more than a decade, the business has provided high throughput research solutions for the pharmaceutical, chemical, and energy industries. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with direct sales and service in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

About HTExplore
HTExplore s.r.l. is a privately held limited liability company established in January 2013 as an Academic Spin-off of the Federico II University of Naples (Italy). The company, originated from the Laboratory of Stereoselective Polymerizations (LSP), a research structure of the Department of Chemical Sciences directed by Prof. Vincenzo Busico, aims to provide state-of-the-art High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) services in organometallic catalysis, with a focus on the HTE fine-tuning and optimization of olefin polymerization catalysts and processes. In the start-up phase, HTExplore will be incubated in the Department of Chemical Sciences of the home University. HTExplore has employed its own, highly trained, specialized lab staff, and has dedicated HTE platforms provided by Freeslate in the framework of a strategic alliance. Currently, its HTE workflow includes a Parallel Pressure Reactor (PPR 48) and a Rapid GPC platform, integrated with advanced tools for product characterizations, among which is a Bruker Avance III 400 NMR spectrometer equipped with a high-temperature cryoprobe and a robotic pre-heated sample-changer, ensuring a 13C NMR analysis throughput adequate to the PPR. For more information, visit

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