This proposal targets a step-change in homogenous catalysis
by approaching it from a new perspective.
The first hard-earned award of the evening was presented to DSM Pharmaceutical Products for their project, "Achieving Substantial Carbon Dioxide Footprint Reduction for the Scale-Up of a Drug Intermediate: An Application of Organic Process Development, Biocatalysis and Homogenous Catalysis
Andre de Vries, Competence Manager for Homogenous Catalysis
at DSM, explained: "This project involved scientists covering all relevant areas of organic process development, including biocatalysis and homogenous catalysis
Professor Mike Green, of Sasol, added: "Competency levels in homogenous catalysis
in South Africa are not meeting the requirements of Sasol.
His patents include work on development of water treatment chemicals, cationic polymers, homogenous catalysis
, concrete admixtures, cement additives and fireproofing and waterproofing materials.
The step change in homogenous catalysis
which this proposal seeks to bring about is to open up catalytic bond modification processes based on redox chemistry (oxidative addition/reductive elimination) to Main Group metals.