Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

New organo-metallic catalysts for the manufacture of polymers

Posted by Universidad de Alcalá-OTRIResponsive · Patents for licensing · Spain

Summary of the technology

A research group from the Inorganic Chemistry Department of Alcalá University has developed a technology that presents a range of catalysts based on coordination complexes and organometallic, active in functionalization processes (expoditation, hydrosilylation) and polymerization of different organic substrates (olefins and cyclic esters). They are metal complexes belonging to the first transition groups (groups 4-6) and elements from the main groups (groups 1,2 and 13).
Its application is aimed at the synthesis of materials with new properties (silicon polymers, biodegradable plastics, polyesters) and the production of small molecules with high added value, used as starting products in many industrial processes (epoxides, silanes).
The group is looking for manufacturing agreements and joint venture agreements with companies from the agrofood industry, construction and petrochemicals.

New and innovative aspects

- New organo-metallic catalysts are highly selective - They are very effective in the polymerization process - The polymers obtained contain less amount of waste metal. - Biocompatible metal complexes for the synthesis of biopolymers.

Main advantages of its use

Due to its high efficiency, catalyst has to be used in small quantities allowing reaction products almost clean. This allows obtaining high quality polymers, also highly competitive in the market, because of the metal levels obtained, that are below than those required by the directives in the field of food and agriculture.

Specifications

Searching for catalytic processes directed towards the synthesis of new polymers and functionalized organic products (esters, epoxides or alkylsilane), is a topic of great interest followed by the companies of this sector. The obtaining of catalysts that can carry out these reactions more efficiently and selectively, provides a source of profits for these companies since the consumption of material and energy resources can be reduced drastically. Besides, the reduction or elimination of non-biocompatible metal charge of these polymers is essential to industrial scale, being controlled maximum permissible levels for those polymers used in food and agriculture fundamentally.

The new technology presented is develop with new catalysts based on coordination complexes and organo-metallic compounds of metals from the first groups of transition, alkali or alkaline earth metal and aluminum. Its special features allow them to be used in a wide range of sectors, including food industry, construction and petrochemicals.

Applications

  • Application for the synthesis of materials with new properties (silicon polymers, biodegradable plastics, polyesters) and the production of small molecules with high added value, used as starting products in many industrial processes (epoxides, silanes)

Intellectual property status

Secret know how

Current development status

Developed, available for demonstration

Desired business relationship

The group is looking for manufacturing agreements and joint venture agreements with companies from the agrofood industry, construction and petrochemicals. 

Related keywords

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Plastics, Polymers
  • Biopolymers
  • Plastics and Rubber related to Chemical Technology and engineering
  • Agriculture Machinery / Technology
  • Construction engineering (design, simulation)
  • Materials, components and systems for construction
  • Construction methods and equipment
  • Installations related to construction (energy, lighting, …)
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Chemicals and materials related to Oil and Gas
  • Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems
  • Plastic fabricators
  • Processes for working with plastics
  • Polymer (plastics) materials
  • Commodity chemicals and polymers
  • Construction and Building Products
  • catalysts
  • titanium
  • zirconium
  • hafnium
  • Polyolefins
  • polymers
  • complex biocompatible
  • biocompatible polymers
  • biodegradable polymers
  • polyethers
  • inorganic chemistry

About Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

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