Demeta and Rennes 1 University are joining forces to launch the GreenCare R&D centre.
The mission of this GreenCARE R&D center will be to pursue the work done by Dr. Vincent Escande at Yale University with Prof. Paul Anastas, namely polymetallic catalysis applied to alkene oxidative cleavage, with the goal to become the leader in this field.
The excellency of this new research project has been recognized through the extremely competitive “LabCom” labelling and funding program of the French National Research Agency (ANR). It also benefits from a significant support from the local Région Bretagne.
Polymetallic catalysis applied to alkenes oxidative cleavage
Led by Vincent Escande, the GreenCARE lab aims to achieve the alkenes oxidative cleavage, with the goal to industrialize this technology within 3 years.
Selective oxidations of alkenes are central to the chemical industry. By adding value to the transformed molecules, these reactions enable the production of numerous derivatives of interest, in various fields such as plasticizers, lubricants, monomers for polyesters and polyamides, as well as cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients.
Although very efficient, the current processes used for oxidation of alkenes into diols and their oxidative cleavage are strongly criticized due to the major industrial risks they represent. The reagents required by these conventional processes are expensive, highly toxic, dangerous and very polluting.
Polymetallic catalysis is a breakthrough catalytic strategy that combines two metals to generate synergies and improve chemical processes. Polymetallic catalysis allows chemical processes that are safer for the environment and less expensive than conventional systems.