National Science Centre Grant OPUS 8 no.UMO-2014/15/B/ST5/02094

Chemoselective hydrogenation of vitamins and fragrances precursors with transition metal nanoparticles grafted on resins

Project leader: dr hab. Jacinto Sa

The catalytic hydrogenation is the most widely used method for the reduction of organic compounds, thus the development of chemoselective catalysts based on cheap and abundant 3d transition metals will create an almost immediate interest from fine chemicals and pharmaceutical companies, either to replace the currently used platinum group metal catalysts or to derive novel synthetic routes. Our research focus is vitamins and fragrance precursors because they are among the fast growing chemical industries, with considerable demand for novel or improved heterogeneous catalysts in order to fulfill the legal requirements for greener and sustainable processes.