The developer of new generation catalysts for green chemistry, Demeta, has opened its Green Care joint R&D lab, Labcom. The first objective of the Green Care Labcom is to use polymetallic catalysis to develop a process of oxidative cleavage of alkenes that is intended to replace dangerous processes such as ozonolysis or the use of toxic osmium catalysts.
Rennes/France — The project has been realized in partnership with Université de Rennes 1, CNRS-Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes and the support of Satt Ouest Valorisation. According to Christophe Darcel, Professor at the Université de Rennes 1, the partners already had very promising results that would be patented soon.
Oxidative cleavage of alkenes is a challenging reaction for the chemical industry. Most current processes, such as ozonolysis, are often efficient, but done under harsh conditions making them expensive, but also hazardous and polluting. Applications range from the production of fine chemicals and esters, to the synthesis of pharmaceutical intermediates, flavors & fragrances, etc.
Patrick Piot, Chief Executive Officer at Demeta added that polymetallic catalysis was a revolutionary domain that was just taking off within the chemical industry. By combining two or more metals within the same catalytic system, one could achieve very high efficiency, while using abundant, low-cost and non-toxic metals, he said. With this joint R&D lab, the company wanted to position itself at the fore front of this technology.
The joint R&D lab was awarded the selective “Labcom” label awarded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and is also supported by the local “Région Bretagne”. Altogether, a team of eight scientists will work on this technology development program, which ultimately will be industrialized by Demeta.