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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

abcr GmbH, Germany

abcr. Gute Chemie. Your competent partner for the procurement of chemicals for science, research and industry for over 25 years. Versatile range in customized units from grams to tonnes and, therefore, ideally adapted to your processes. More than 250,000 products quickly and simply available in th 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

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

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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

  • Manipulating ligands

    Noble metal aerogels (NMAs) are an emerging class of porous materials embracing nano-sized highly-active noble metals and porous structures, displaying unprecedented performance in diverse electrocatalytic processes. However, various impurities, particularly organic ligands, are often involved in th more

  • Activating palladium catalysis by light: teaching an old transition metal new tricks

    In the production of compounds, chemists have the fundamental goal of finding strategies that are most selective and avoid waste products. Breakthroughs in this area serve, among other things, to drive industrial innovation and drug development. In this context, allylic substitution reactions using more

  • Closing the carbon cycle to stop climate change

    An excessive amount of carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change. One of the best approaches is to capture and convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel such as methane. On the other hand, a sustainable way to solve the energy problem is to generate alternative energy source, however, challeng 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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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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q&more articles Catalysis

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mathies V. Evers

    Mathies Evers, born in 1989, studied chemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum, where he researched the synthesis of atom-precise molecular clusters. After his master's degree he started his doctoral thesis at the Chair of Analytical Chemistry II of Professor Dr. Kristina Tschulik and is supported by 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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