Sustainable Catalysis


The use of catalysts is widely spread in order to save energy and improve the performance of the processes they are applied for. However, here, new and green alternatives to metal catalysts are sought with the use of biocatalysts or organocatalyst in the context of the sustainable chemistry. The design and fabrication of enzyme-polymer hybrids, either as bioconjugates or enzyme nanogels, has given rise to efficient and stable catalysts in several applications such as chemical transformations, biosensing or production of energy.

Organocatalysis offer the possibility of replacing polluting metallic catalysts in many polymerizations.   Research is focused on the development of organocatalysts for step-growth polymerizations, as well as for depolymerization. 

Coordinator: Haritz Sardon