New enzymes for transformation of fatty acids
Oils and fats are the most important raw materials for the chemical industry. Modern biotechnology methods are now extensively applied to fatty acid compounds for selective functionalization of alkyl chains. Scientists at the University of Göttingen isolated and developed new enzymes for strategic transformation of fatty acids.
New enzymatic carbon dioxide capture from exhaust fumes.
Reduction of the greenhouse gas CO2 is one of the most important challenges for an eco-friendly and sustainable production of energy. In recent years, biotechnological approaches have become a more and more important. Scientists at the University of Göttingen have developed a new biocatalytic approach for CO2 fixation.
Proline-based catalyst for CO2/epoxid copolymerisation
Despite its relatively high costs polycarbonates are in many cases the first choice if high quality synthetics are needed. Scientists from the Georg August University in Göttingen developed a highly active catalyst, which allows for the synthesis of polycarbonates out of CO2 under simple reaction conditions. Thus the technology allows a cost saving production of polycarbonates, while binding CO2.
New antibiotics that are degradable in the environment
Today, a wide range of pharmaceuticals can be found in waste waters, surface waters, groundwater and also drinking water. Particularly critical are antibiotics as accumulation promotes the development of resistance. Scientists at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg developed new and environmentally degradable antibiotics.
New class of reagents for Alkynylation and Cyanation
Alkynes have a great importance in complex chemical synthesis. Currently used reagents for alkynylation are often highly explosive and do not allow for intramolecular site specific alkynylation. Scientists from the University of Göttingen succeeded to develop save, selective and efficient reagents for alkynylation.
Re-Programmable, biodegradable polymeric material made from renewable resources
Scientists at the university of Göttingen developed a material which can be easily transformed into many different stable 3D shapes multiple times. It is is completely based on renewable resources will be degraded in the envirnoment, can be easily recycled and even re-used in other applications.