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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

dichrom GmbH, Germany

dichrom is concentrating on the distribution and support of high quality products for liquid chromatography, synthesis and isolation. The personal and individual customer support is of substantial importance for dichrom. Here a competent and comprehensive product and application advisory service as more

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

Chemspeed Technologies AG, Switzerland

Chemspeed is a global leader in the development of innovative instruments and consumables for scientists working in research and development laboratories including a line of fully automated parallel synthesizers, instruments for high throughput solid dispensing and liquid handling, and workstations more

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Products Catalysis

A system for catalyst characterisation, kinetic and thermodynamic measurements

Integrated microreactor and quadrupole mass spectrometer manufactured by Hiden Analytical ✓ Control of Microreactor, Mass Spectrometer, Temperature and Gas Flows in one software package ✓ Ideal for catalyst characterisation and reaction testing more

Ultra-simple and ultra-precise soild density analysis

The widest available sample volume range due to multiple reference chambers ✓ Bi-directional measurements prevent elutriation of fine powder ✓ Integrated Peltier temperature control between 15 °C and 50 °C more

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

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News Catalysis

  • A stable copper catalyst for CO2 conversion

    A new catalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into chemicals or fuels has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen. They optimized already available copper catalysts to improve their selectivity and long-term stability. The results are more

  • Double-duty catalyst generates hydrogen fuel while cleaning up wastewater

    Hydrogen is a pollution-free energy source when it's extracted from water using sunlight instead of fossil fuels. But current strategies for "splitting" or breaking apart water molecules with catalysts and light require the introduction of chemical additives to expedite the process. Now, researchers more

  • Predicting the Performance of Catalysts

    Green electricity should be available as soon as possible, at best from all power outlets: electrochemical processes are the basis for a sustainable energy, but they need new, high-performance catalyst materials. Theoretical calculations help to avoid dead ends and to focus on the most promising can more

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Videos Catalysis

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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Infographics Catalysis

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

Job offers Catalysis

  • Associate Scientist Materials Modelling (m/f/d)

    Imagine what you could do? We look forward to receiving your application! What you will be doing In the challenging position as an Associate Scientist Materials Modelling you develop and apply modelling capabilities for describing and predicting materials properties and response phenomena at vario more

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q&more articles Catalysis

  • Light plus current: The formula for researching what happens to individual nanoparticles

    A combination of dark-field microscopy and electrochemistry can make individual nanoparticles in a liquid medium visible. The technique is suited to determine the activity of catalysts during their use. more

  • Micelles as a reaction environment

    Photoredox catalysis has developed into a powerful tool for the synthesis of organic compounds with diverse structures. However, the high stability of carbon-chloride bonds has long hampered the use of cheap and readily available chloroalkanes as substrates. more

  • 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

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Authors Catalysis

  • Prof. Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner

    Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner, born in 1982, studied chemistry at Marburg and Würzburg universities and received her doctorate from the Technical University Dortmund in 2009. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of California in Berkeley, she headed an Emmy Noether junior research group at the U 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

  • Prof. Dr. Burkhard König

    Burkhard König, born in 1963, received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Hamburg. He continued his scientific education as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. M. A. Bennett, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, and Prof. B. M. Trost, Stanford University. Since 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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