Baton Rouge-based specialty chemical maker Albemarle Corp. will soon release a new catalyst for hydrocracking, a process used to make diesel and jet fuel. Albemarle and partner UOP are in the final stages of pilot plant testing. The new catalyst will be rolled out worldwide during the second half of the year.

The new catalyst reduces nitrogen content and boosts performance, according to Edwin Berends, vice president of Albemarle’s refining solutions research and technology group.

The new technology was developed by Albemarle and Nippon Ketjen.