Catexel collaborates with the University of Girona on catalysis research project

We are excited to announce our first collaboration with the University of Girona on a new market research project. The EU funded project will assess the applicability of novel iron/manganese based catalysts for specific oxidations and copper-based catalysts for C-C and C-X coupling reactions of organic compounds.

The initial studies were carried out by research groups at the University, led by Professor Miguel Costas and Professor Xavier Ribas who are both highly regarded experts in their respective fields of selective oxidation reactions and copper-based coupling reactions.

Whilst there is clear proof of principle for the different catalysts developed in these groups to carry out the oxidation reactions and C-C and C-X coupling reactions respectively, there is currently no information on the suitability of these catalysts in different field of applications. Potential application areas have been identified in pharmaceutical synthesis, fine chemical synthesis or even synthesis for agrochemical compounds and Catexel was approached to collaborate on the research project on the back of our success in technology commercialisation.

To help undertake the analysis of the market landscape where these reactions could be of commercial interest, we have hired a dedicated market research intern, Jorn Steen. Over the next six months, Jorn will be based in Leiden with our technical team and will be working closely with the team in Girona to carry out in-depth background research into literature and patents, detailed market landscape analysis as well as exploring different potential application areas for the chemistry. Jorn recently completed his MSc in Chemistry at the University of Groningen, having studied track catalysis and green chemistry with a focus on organic and inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy.

Once the research stage has been completed, Catexel’s commercial team will provide the University with a detailed go-to-market report with recommendations on specific target processes and applications, based on the commercial and technical viability of the catalysts.

This latest collaboration demonstrates our commitment to working with partners in industry and academia to deliver safer, faster, cleaner technologies to market as well as giving the next generation of chemists the opportunity to get involved new research projects. We look forward to sharing the results of the research later this year.

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