Catalytic systems are inherently a major part of the synthesis chemists repertoire. Today there are a range of commercially available catalysts that can achieve a vast range of applications, in particular enantioselective reactions. However, scientists worldwide continue to focus on essential developments in this field in the search for more effective catalysts as well as discovering new applications.

Improved recovery and recycling of catalysts are increasingly important requirements to this research area. As too is their tolerance during multi-catalytic procedures that can lead to increasingly complex molecular products. Also of significance is the use of nature’s catalysts and the biotransformations that can be harnessed using directed evolution methods or synthesis biology techniques to bring about new processes.

Catalyst development is an essential element to all our synthesis programmes.