Umicore and Solvias enter catalysis agreement

Catalyst manufacturing company Umicore of Belgium and Swiss technology provider Solvias have entered a long-term cooperation that will allow access to each company's asymmetric catalysis technologies. Through this collaboration, chiral ligands and chiral metal complexes will be made available at industrial scale.

Catalyst manufacturing company Umicore of Belgium and Swiss technology provider Solvias have entered a long-term cooperation that will allow access to each company's asymmetric catalysis technologies. Through this collaboration, chiral ligands and chiral metal complexes will be made available at industrial scale.

The companies say the collaboration will simplify access to and industrial scale use of both ligand and metal-ligand technologies for the Butiphane, Josiphos, Mandyphos, MeOBIPHEP, Taniaphos and Walphos ligand families.

The ligands, including respective licences, will be available from Solvias, while the related chiral metal-ligand complexes, including licences, will be available through Umicore. Clients now have the choice of using either in-situ ligand technologies or employing ready-to-use chiral metal-ligand complexes in their processes.

The agreement underlines Umicore's focus on emerging applications for organometallic precious metals chemistry in general and in homogeneous catalyst technologies in particular. Besides chiral catalysts, Umicore Business Line Precious Metals Chemistry develops catalysts for metathesis applications and for C-X coupling reactions, and provides systems for precious metals separation and recovery for homogeneous catalysis processes.

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