Navigation Links
U of A chemistry team produces a 'game-changing' catalyst
Date:9/27/2011

University of Alberta chemistry researchers have discovered an active catalyst that has the potential to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of manufacturing processes used to make products such as agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

The research, led by U of A chemistry professor Steven Bergens, targeted the organic compound amide, a raw material used by many industries to make a variety of chemical products. Bergens and his research team found that combining hydrogen with the catalyst ruthenium could produce a variety of desired chemical products efficiently, safety and without creating potentially environmentally dangerous waste.

The new catalyst is considered to be "green" because it can be produced easily by any industry, avoiding the expense of shipping tons of catalytic chemicals by truck or rail. The waste produced by this catalyst is mostly hydrogen and can be reused, turned into water or recycled as heating energy.

Researchers around the world have been working for more than 50 years to find a catalytic system for this vital class of reaction that operates efficiently and produces little to no waste.

Currently industries such as agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals must ship huge quantities of highly volatile catalytic chemicals for mass production of their products. The waste produced is expensive to process and can be hazardous to the environment.

Bergens says the discovery of a cheap catalyst with minimal and reusable waste is a "game changer" with the potential to revolutionize the chemical industry.


'/>"/>

Contact: Brian Murphy
brian.murphy@ualberta.ca
780-492-6041
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Scientists solve long-standing plant biochemistry mystery
2. Live from the scene: Biochemistry in action
3. Computational chemistry shows the way to safer biofuels
4. Acclaimed chemistry professor wins 2 major awards
5. For the love of trees: Book tells all about forest hydrology, biogeochemistry
6. Pocket chemistry: DNA helps glucose meters measure more than sugar
7. Click chemistry with copper -- a biocompatible version
8. Low dose naltrexone (LDN): Harnessing the bodys own chemistry to treat human ovarian cancer
9. Obese dieters brain chemistry works against their weight-loss efforts
10. NIST tunes metasurface with fluid in new concept for sensing and chemistry
11. U of Alberta research group recognized with national chemistry awards
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  Catholic Health Services ... Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for achieving Stage ... Model sm . In addition, CHS previously earned ... hospitals using an electronic medical record (EMR). ... high level of EMR usage in an outpatient ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... VILNIUS, Lithuania , March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... identification and object recognition technologies, today announced the ... development kit (SDK), which provides improved facial recognition ... safety cameras on a single computer. The new ... algorithms to improve accuracy, and it utilizes a ...
(Date:3/16/2017)... -- CeBIT 2017 - Against identity fraud with DERMALOG solutions "Made in ... ... Used combined in one project, multi-biometric solutions provide a crucial contribution against identity fraud. (PRNewsFoto/Dermalog ... Used combined in one project, multi-biometric solutions provide ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... L3 Clinical ... announce the company is now a certified iMedNet eClinical and Electronic Data Capture ... the company’s clinical research team to build, customize and manage clinical trial data ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... Services and Metrology Partners.     , Covalent’s Analytical Services unit provides high-quality ... can be measured within 24 hours of receipt. There are no price premiums, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... 2017  Dante Labs announced today the offer of whole ... $900). While American individuals have been able to access WGS ... access WGS below EUR 1,000. The sequencing includes ... information to make informed decisions about disease monitoring, prevention, nutrition, ... ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... The University of Connecticut, ... funding to three startups through the UConn Innovation Fund. The $1.5 million UConn ... affiliated with UConn. , The UConn Innovation Fund provides investments of up to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: