Symrise green lab to focus on synthesis of new molecules

By Michelle Yeomans

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German manufacturer is opening a catalysis laboratory

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The German flavour and fragrance manufacturer is opening a catalysis laboratory that it says will focus on advancing its strategic research focus in green chemistry and investigating the synthesis of new molecules.

As consumers continue to demand a constant supply of high-quality products through environmentally compatible processes from the industry, Symrise says it is making it a priority to focus on the backwards integration of its key raw materials and principles of green chemistry.

The company adds that the lab will also enable it to expand its technological expertise, develop chemical processes and optimize existing ones for aroma molecules with less environmental impact.

"Catalysis is a key technology for the design of environmentally benign processes with reduced energy consumption and waste production, it will particularly broaden our capacities in green chemistry​," say reps.

Innovative technology is key

The new facility supported by European funding for regional development acknowledged by the N-Bank Niedersachsen, will see a key technology implemented to enable catalyst screening, long-term stability tests and process-optimization studies. 

With this technology, Symrise experts say they will focus on a process of continuous operation as well as batch experiments to design a consistent running schedule that will look at developing chemical processes and optimize existing ones for aroma molecules.

Torsten Kulke, vice president of global innovation fragrance & oral care at Symrise reiterates: “The opening of our catalysis lab underpins our commitment towards sustainability and innovation.”

"Within the new facilities, we will deploy green chemistry principles to minimize resource utilization and we will extend our innovation horizon through growing our know-how in state-of-the art process development,” ​he adds.

In addition, the laboratory will receive equipment for the preparation and modification of heterogeneous catalysts to build up a catalyst library and expertise.

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