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Bioinspired Catalysts for Commercial Applications (BIOXCAT)
Date du début: 1 mai 2014, Date de fin: 31 juil. 2015 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

Research developed in the ERC-funded project BIDECASEOX ERC-239910 has led to the discovery of particularly active catalysts with potential broad applicability in various commercial fields. These catalysts mediate challenging oxidation transformations under sustainable conditions, and constitute necessary alternatives to toxic, expensive and large waste-producing traditional stoichiometric oxidants widely employed nowadays. These catalysts are expected to rise a broad interest in organic synthesis both in fine and bulk chemistry, as well as in technological applications involving oxidative degradation of organic molecules. The latter include oxidation of cellulosic and other colour polysaccharide molecules, with applications in wood pulp treatment, paper bleaching and development of detergents for textiles. The PoC project aims to make these catalysts available to industry and investors to ensure a successful commercialization of the compounds. With the aim of accelerating the market access of these catalysts, the present Proof of Concept (PoC) project, named BIOXCAT, will target to study the feasibility of bringing these compounds into a pre-commercial stage. This will be achieved by scaling-up current mg-scale production methods to establish economically optimized kilogram scale procedures, and by validation of their use in model reactions of technological applications. None of this activies is included in the ERC grant. PoC activity will also include an analysis of intellectual property protection needs within the field of application, as well as initiating any patent filling procedure required to provide an adequate protection of the different applications for the catalysts. A market study will also be conducted to identify specific potential uses of these compounds, and a review of potential commercialization partners to enable exploitation of the catalysts into the market.