The institute ChemTech with Prof. Vanoli and Prof. Marti has a longstanding and successful collaboration with Prof. Luca Bernardi from the Department of Industrial Chemistry “Toso Montanari” at the University of Bologna via the exchange of Bachelor and Master students.

The Bachelor students Luce Albergati and Joël Roeske worked during their Bachelor thesis on novel alginate gel beads as heterogeneous enantioselective catalysts. Part of this work was now just published in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry and the publication was recognized as “Very Important Paper”.

An organic catalyst derived from quinine was entrapped in alginate gels and the resulting catalyst beads are very efficient and highly selective for an asymmetric Michael reaction. This work represents the first utilization of alginates, which are abundant and renewable biopolymers, for catalyst support for asymmetric organocatalytic processes. 

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9 September 2019