AbstractA Brussels-based multinational active in consumer goods is interested in developing new polyol (poly-hydroxy) materials with unique chemical architectures using their proprietary unsaturated materials obtained from renewable sources. The company is seeking development partners (industry/academia) with expertise in catalytic hydroformylation-hydrogenation chemistry. The company is open to different kinds of collaboration.
DetailsA Brussels-based multinational active in consumer goods is interested in developing new polyol (poly-hydroxy) materials with unique chemical architectures using their proprietary unsaturated materials obtained from renewable sources.
It is well known in the industry to use 2-step chemical transformation process of hydroformylation followed by hydrogenation of unsaturated triglycerides and fatty acid esters to generate new primary alcohol groups. They would like to explore and expand the same chemistry transformations on other chemical entities for potential use in various fields. They are interested in expertise and capabilities related to these chemical transformations catalytically to introduce new hydroxyl groups at unsaturation sites to obtain polyol esters. Examples of polyol esters are: triglycerides, neopentaglycol esters, pentaerythritol esters, trimethylolpropane esters, etc.
Technical Specifications / Specific technical requirements:
With such objectives, the company is seeking development partners with:
• Expertise in catalytic hydroformylation-hydrogenation chemistry
• Capability to carry out proof of concept and development experiments
• Capability to chemically characterize reaction products
• Capability to scale up chemistry to produce several hundred gram-to-kg reaction batches to generate prototypes to enable evaluation studies.
The desired outcomes are:
• Collaboration with academic, industrial, and/or national lab partner.
• Effective catalytic hydroformylation -hydrogenation chemistry suitable for their proprietary technology that meets the following criteria:
i. Low-to-moderate temperature (non-distillable, heat-sensitive substrate when subjected to several hours of high heat)
ii. Ligand-catalyst to achieve olefin-to-polyol transformation w/o the need for a separate hydrogenation step.
iii. Easy catalyst-ligand separation and recycle.
The company is not interested in solely theoretical input.