Multi-metal catalysts enable sustainable production of aromatic building blocks
Aromatic building blocks are essential for the production of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and plastics, but they are mostly derived from fossil resources. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the BiMetaCat project is developing novel base metal catalysts for converting lignin-derived compounds into aromatic building blocks. The bimetallic catalysts will be designed to specifically target the robust aromatic C–O ether bonds. The project plans to synthesise new ligand frameworks that can host two low-valent base metals that strongly bind to and activate aromatics. In contrast to conventional homogeneous catalysts, the newly designed catalysts will have active sites close to each other that will work together to make or break chemical bonds.
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