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GreenCARE UR1/CNRS/ISCR/DEMETA LabCom opening ceremony: an innovative synergy

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GreenCARE UR1/CNRS/ISCR/DEMETA LabCom opening ceremony: an innovative synergy

« Joint lab » GreenCARE :
New Catalysts for Green Chemistry

Rennes, France, May, 29th, 2018 – The University of Rennes 1, the CNRS and DEMETA, organized the official opening of its GreenCARE joint R&D lab (“LabCom”.) Their main objective of GreeCARE is to design new polymetallic catalysts and develop less expensive, more efficient and sustainable processes for the oxidation of alkenes. First patents are expected mid-2018.

From left to right :
Up
Dominique Bouvier, DEMETA President
David Alis, University of Rennes 1 President
Claire-Marie Pradier, CNRS Chemistry Institute scientific Deputy Director
Patrick Piot, DEMETA General manager
Bernard Pouliquen, Vice-President in charge of Higher Education, Research and Digital Transition, Région Bretagne

Down
Pierre le Cloirec, ENSCR Director
Franck Teston, Director of Partnership Relations - ‎Ouest Valorisation SATT
Jean-François Carpentier, University of Rennes 1 Research Vice-President
Christophe Darcel, Professor at University of Rennes 1
Patrick Piot, DEMETA General manager


The University of Rennes 1, the CNRS and Demeta (a chemical company from Rennes, France) have signed a five year agreement in January 2018, dealing with the design of a new generation of polymetallic catalysts for alkene oxidation.
Oxidative cleavage of alkenes is a challenging reaction for the chemical industry. Most current processes, such as ozonolysis or osmium catalytic cleavage, are often efficient, but performed under harsh conditions making them really expensive, but also hazardous and polluting.
The target of this joint lab will be the design of a new generation of polymetallic catalysts involving abundant low-cost and non-toxic metals and their applications in the production of fine chemicals and esters, and in the synthesis of pharmaceutical intermediates, flavors & fragrances, etc.
These research topics dealing with transition metals including the non-noble ones are part of a long tradition of catalysis at Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences (ISCR).

Financial contributors

This joint R&D lab was awarded the highly selective “LabCom” label from French ANR and is also strongly supported by the local “Région Bretagne”, and the l’Association Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie (CIFRE fellowships). The team of eight scientists is localized in the Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences, a joint research unit (Université de Rennes1/CNRS/ENSCR/INSA Rennes).

Contacts

GreenCARE Labcom managers
Christophe Darcel (Université de Rennes 1) – christophe.darcel@univ-rennes1.fr
Vincent Escande (Demeta) – vincent.escande@univ-rennes1.fr ; vincent.escande@demeta-solutions.com

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