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Catalysis

Accelerating or facilitating chemical reactions is pivotal for many conversions and industrial processes. Hydrocarbon cracking in oil refineries, the reduction of nitrogen oxides in car emissions by means of the platinum catalytic converter, the oxidation of hydrogen in fuel cells, biocatalytical enzymatic conversions or ammonia synthesis are only a few examples of how much industry relies on potent catalysts.

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ChiroBlock GmbH, Germany

Contract research on chemical syntheses and research chemicals. Since 1999 we have been a reliable partner of research departments serving the life-scinece industries and companies engaged in cosmetics, new materials, sensors - with a demand for new molecules and exclusively developed synthesis rout more

News Catalysis

  • Towards a new design paradigm for high-performance catalysts

    Mark Greiner and Travis Jones from the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Fritz-Haber Institute, along with a team of international researchers, have recently made a discovery that could transform the way chemicals are synthesized. The chemical industry relies on high-perfo more

  • Ready-to-use recipe for turning plant waste into gasoline

    Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven, Belgium, already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now the researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline. In 2014, at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, researche more

  • Catalysts combination opens doors to making useful compounds

    Researchers have developed a new method that aids in the process of making valuable compounds by using a unique combination of catalysts. Huimin Zhao, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and leader of the Biosystems Design research theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biol more

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Videos Catalysis

Oxybromination of methane over vanadium phosphate

ETH Zurich scientists have discovered a new catalyst that allows the easy conversion of natural gas constituents into precursors for the production of fuels or complex chemicals, such as polymers or pharmaceuticals. The new catalyst is extremely stable and results in fewer unwanted by-products. ... more

Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabric ... more

Industrial implementation of the ammonia synthesis - How does it work?

In September 1913, the first industrial-scale ammonia production plant came on stream at BASF in Ludwigshafen. The Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis, which was first successfully operated at BASF Ludwigshafen in September 1913, was the decisive step into the age of mineral fertilizers. T ... more

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  • Water instead of mineral oil

    Optical active substances made from chiral catalysis form the basis of many drugs. Expensive precious-metal catalysts are required for the chemical production, which due to their thermal instability decompose at high temperatures and can therefore only be used once. The innovative process of DexLeChem GmbH makes it possible for the first time to use these precious-metal catalysts made from rhodium, ruthenium or iridium more than once, without modifying them. At the same time, reaction occurs in aqueous solutions instead of mineral-oil-based solvents, which increases the sustainability of the process. This is a milestone in catalysis and a real opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry. more

Authors Catalysis

  • Dr.-Ing. Henriette Nowothnick

    born in 1980, studied Chemistry at the Berlin University of Technology. She received a doctorate in 2010 in the research group of Prof. R. Schomäcker on the control of the reaction process of the Suzuki coupling in micro emulsions with the aim of catalyst and product separation. From 2011 to 2012, s more

  • Dipl. Ing. Sonja Jost

    born in 1980, studied Industrial Engineering / Technical Chemistry at the Berlin University of Technology. From 2006 to 2011, she received various research fellowships in the field of homogeneous chiral catalysis. From 2011 to 2012, she was the project manager of a project receiving third-party fund more

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Catalysis

Catalysis In chemistry and biology , catalysis is the acceleration (increase in rate ) of a chemical reaction by means of a substance called a catalyst, which is itself not consumed by the overall reaction. More generally, one may at times cal ... more

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