An approach inspired by nature can enable synthetic catalysts to be produced more efficiently. Bas de Bruin will be showing how in his inaugural lecture, where he will explain the applicability of radical reactivity to sustainable catalysts.
The use of catalysts is crucial to the production of medicines, agricultural products (such as insecticides) and other chemical products such as paint and plastics. Catalysts enable chemical reactions to be carried out faster, more selectively and at lower temperatures and pressure, as well as reducing costs, energy use and waste. The application and improvement of catalysts is becoming increasingly important, partly due to increasing pressure to use natural resources and energy sources more sparingly. Sourcing alternative chemical materials also depends on the development of new selective catalysts. Scarcity of resources is an important factor in this.
Dr B. de Bruin, professor of Bio-inspired sustainable catalysis: Een radicale aanpak van katalyse? Natuurlijk!.
This event is open to the public.
(Please note: this inaugural lecture will be held in Dutch.)