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Evonik and Solvias renew catalyst license agreement

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Catalysts Business Line of Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.de) and Solvias AG (Basel, Switzerland; www.solvias.com) have renewed their license agreement for vanadium-doped precious metal powder catalysts for the hydrogenation of nitro compounds. Evonik will continue to market these catalysts, which were developed by Solvias, on an exclusive basis but the underlying business model has been greatly simplified effective October 1, 2009. “Anyone purchasing these catalysts from Evonik now automatically acquires the right to utilize the technology,” explains Jürgen Krauter, head of marketing at Evonik’s Catalysts Business Line. “Additional license agreements and fees will no longer be necessary. What remains is a high-performing technology that converts even complicated nitro compounds into amines reliably and with high yields.”  The vanadium-doped precious metal powder catalysts can be used for selective hydrogenation of nitro aromatics. Their advantage compared with other catalysts is that they do not target the halogen substituents in the target molecule. That makes handling nitro compounds safer and generates fewer by-products. For highly complex nitro aromatics Evonik offers…
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