Université de Strasbourg

New supported catalysts

New catalysts based on commercially available open cell polyurethane foams for a green and selective chemistry

USIAS fellows: David Edouard, Loïc Jierry and Vincent Ritleng

In the current ecological and economical context, the search for an ever cleaner, more selective and energetically cheaper chemistry has become crucial. In industry, a catalyst is used for the majority of chemical reactions, and catalysts are of critical importance for an efficient reaction and the resulting chemical production. This project aims to develop new catalysts using cellular polyurethane foams. These elastomeric foams, which are commercially available in high tonnage and at low cost, are particularly resistant to mechanical and chemical stresses and possess properties that allow for an intimate reagent mixture and, consequently,  milder reaction conditions. The scientific challenge consists of modifying this support in order to robustly anchor catalysts, at minimum cost, without losing the intrinsic properties of the foam that are conducive to a “green” evolution of the chemical reactions. The resulting new catalytic object will be tested in model reactions in order to establish a proof of concept.

The project brings together three junior researchers from the University of Strasbourg who work in very different areas of research (organometallic catalysis, surface sciences / material chemistry, and chemical engineering). Thre are many potential areas of use in research and the chemical industry. Moreover, this project could lead to the emergence of a new area of research dedicated to catalytic open cell foams based on elastomeric materials.

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