A natural approach to the chemical industry

A sustainable chemical process developed by researchers at theUniversity of Amsterdam and Radboud University in Nijmegen and partnersSynthon could lead to higher reaction rates, substantially biggeryields, and less waste. The development of the process, for whichSynthon has a patent pending was supported by NWO ACTS (AdvancedChemical Technologies for Sustainability). The one-pot approachdeveloped by the Dutch team combines a metal-catalyzed conversion withan enzymic step at optimized pH and temperature. The overall reactiontimes were shorter when the process was carried out using a one-potapproach and yields were higher than when each step was carried outseparately.