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PlasCO₂ project: Greenhouse gas transformed into a raw material

Innovative process could significantly reduce energy requirements for the production important chemical products


Evonik has launched the PlasCO2 project together with three partners. The aim is to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material in the production of C4 chemicals. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project with more than €1.8 million. PlasCO2 stands for ...


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Conductors in the molecule: LIKAT simplifies method that prevents premature degradation of drugs in the body

Chemical process of deuteration greatly simplified


What people ingest is broken down biochemically by the organism in the metabolism: valuable substances are digested, less essential ones are discarded and excreted. In the case of drugs, this degradation sometimes begins before they can fully develop their healing effect. Chemists try to prevent ...


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Storing hydrogen fuel in salts — a step toward ‘cleaner’ energy production

This technique paves the way for large-scale hydrogen storage in solids


Hydrogen gas could someday replace fossil fuels as a “clean” energy source, producing only water and energy. However, handling large quantities of gaseous hydrogen is cumbersome, and converting it to a liquid requires vessels that can withstand extremely high pressures. Now, researchers reporting ...


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Evonik and LIKAT Discover New Variant of Hydroformylation

This opens up a cost-effective and environmentally friendly route to aldehydes and alcohols


A team of researchers from Evonik and the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) has once again achieved a breakthrough in the field of hydroformylation. Hydroformylation is one of the most important reactions in industrial organic chemistry. Unsaturated compounds are converted with synthesis ...


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Enzyme and Metal Combined for Future Catalysts

The Best of Two Worlds


As biocatalysts, enzymes manage the metabolism of all living things. They do this extremely precisely, because even a single incorrectly converted substance could have fatal consequences for the organism. Young researchers from the Leibniz Science Campus ComBioCat are using this selective ...


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Sniffer Dog for Drug Degradation Products

Deuteriation: Hot Topic in Chemical Research


Drugs that we take are chemically altered as they are degraded in the body. In the case of newly developed active ingredients it is important to know which degradation products (metabolites) are formed in the process, because these can be incompatible or even harmful. To detect such metabolites, ...


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"Magic" combination for more effective hydrogenations

The activity of this “magic” combination came as a real surprise


Hydrogen (H2) is the smallest chemical molecule and a beacon of hope for a more environmentally friendly energy transition in the coming years. In addition, it is already used in a variety of industrial processes - so-called hydrogenations - for the environmentally friendly production of chemical ...


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Alchemy for aromatics

New solutions for fluorine chemistry


Two new catalysts for aromatics refinement using fluorine compounds and a new fluorine building block are among the results achieved at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock (LIKAT) in the past year. In laboratories around the world, fluorine is considered a hot element when it comes to ...


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New synthesis for a classic base note in perfumery

Functionalization of terpenes


Ambrocenide®, which imparts woody-amber base notes to perfumes, can be produced more efficiently in the future than before: with less effort and higher yields. The process for this was developed at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock, Germany, in collaboration with Symrise ...


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Hybrids of Protein and Metal Complex

Making chemical processes for the production of commonplace chemicals more sustainable, environmentally friendly and economical


How can chemical processes for the production of commonplace chemicals be made more sustainable, environmentally friendly and economical than before? For example, without high temperatures and organic solvents? The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock has found an answer for the ...


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