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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.

Companies Catalysis

chemPUR Feinchemikalien und Forschungsbedarf GmbH, Germany

ChemPur delivers more than 3,500 metals and compounds, inorganic specialty chemicals, nano powder, as well as more than 100,000 organic intermediates. Our range of products include precious metal compounds and rare earth compounds, precious metal semi-finished products, sputtering targets from meta more

Fluxana GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

FLUXANA® - XRF Application Solutions Our clients are X-ray fluorescence (XRF) users. This spectroscopic method is employed for elemental analysis as it enables determination of the inorganic components in a substance/product. The method is applied throughout the entire quality assurance industry as more

Dr. Paul Lohmann GmbH & Co. KGaA, Germany

Dr. Paul Lohmann® is a medium-sized, owner-managed manufacturer and developer of mineral salts based in Emmerthal The product portfolio comprises over 400 different Salts, from Aluminium to Zinc, in a total of over 7,000 different specifications. Dr. Paul Lohmann® supplies its special salts to custo more

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Quality Chemicals and Expert Support from Research to Production

Explore our broad range of chemicals for every stage of product development, and see how you can benefit from our technical and regulatory expertise more

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Smart Coatings – Smart, Functional, Responsive

Self-healing coating surfaces and tamper-evident security are two of the many benefits that your products can achieve by incorporating microencapsulation more

News Catalysis

  • Nanopatterns of proteins detected by cryo-electron microscopy

    A team from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) used cryo electron microscopy to detect regular, two-dimensional structures in the form of Pascal triangles in a shock frozen protein material.  The samples have been synthesized by a Chinese research group. The method of cryo electron microscopy has the po more

  • A first-of-its-kind catalyst mimics natural processes to break down plastics

    While plastics recycling is not new science, current processes don't make it economically worthwhile-- waste plastics get "down-cycled" into lower grade, less useful material. It's a challenge that continues to be an obstacle in tackling a growing global pollution crisis in single use plastics. A mu more

  • LiU researchers first to develop an organic battery

    Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have for the first time demonstrated an organic battery. It is of a type known as a "redox flow battery", with a large capacity that can be used to store energy from wind turbines and solar cells, and as a power bank for car more

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The key to chemical transformations

Chemist Xile Hu is awarded the National Latsis Prize 2017, Xile Hu is Professor of Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He is honored for his impressive scientific career and outstanding research on the fundamental understanding of catalysis. more

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

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The Chemistry of Vehicle Emissions Reduction & The Volkswagen Scandal

Volkswagen have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The company admitted to installing a ‘defeat device’ in millions of cars which made it appear in emissions tests that they emitted far lower levels of particular pollutants than they actually did in normal road conditions. Plenty of article more

Making Reactions Faster

How different factors can affect how quickly a reaction happens is a common topic in the chemistry curriculum. This graphic serves as a convenient summary for teachers and students alike of what these different factors are, and how and why they affect the rate of a reaction. However, it’s not only o 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

  • Light-regulated production of biodegradable plastics

    Light is a powerful tool to manipulate a vast variety of chemical processes. The use of specific photo-chromic molecules allows chemists to perform reactions in a reversible fashion with a high spatio-temporal resolution. more

  • Customized ligands pave the way for new reaction pathways

    For the first time, an efficient catalyst for palladium-catalyzed C–C bonding between aryl chlorides and alkyl lithium compounds has been found. This reaction enables simpler synthesis routes for important products, such as pharmaceuticals, while avoiding much salt waste. more

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Authors Catalysis

  • 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

  • Dr. Maciej Giedyk

    Maciej Giedyk, born in 1988, graduated with a Master's of Engineering degree in chemistry from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2012. He completed his PhD studies at the Institute of Organic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Professor Dorota Gryko in 2016, more

  • Fabian Eisenreich

    Fabian Eisenreich, born in 1988, studied chemistry at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he completed his bachelor and master thesis in the group of Professor Stefan Hecht while being supported during his studies by the Deutschlandstipendium. In the same research group in December 2014, he st 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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