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.
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
from Cambridge University and is currently working with DSM Fine Chemicals as a Competency Manager for 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 Specialty Chemicals group will be focusing on their Grignard reagents used as homogenous catalysis
and coupling chemistry.