The advantage of interfacing the inorganic catalyst
with biology is you have an unprecedented platform for chemical synthesis that you don't have with inorganic catalysts
alone," said Brendan Coln, a graduate student in systems biology in the Silver lab and a co-author of the paper.
The main objectives of the project are (i) to understand by a catalysis by design approach the requirements for inorganic catalyst
systems to speed up elementary reaction steps and valorise biomass with a focus on conversion of cellulose into fuels and chemicals; (ii) using these nanoscale insights to develop novel catalysts based on abundant elements for the conversion of biomass and (iii) to develop three proof of concept studies at laboratory scale to convert cellulose/sugar feedstocks into fuels and chemicals - specific attention will be paid to catalyst robustness.
Accordingly, the practical feasibility of microwave assisted solvent-free protocols in various organic transformations by the mediation of inorganic catalysts
provided a number of advantages of environmental interest, including easy isolation and recovery from the reaction medium.
The SDA said the scope of substances exempted from registration should be extended to impurities, inorganic catalysts
, homogenous and heterogeneous alloys, byproducts formed incidentally by chemical interaction between components in a preparation and articles.
Bernal, (15) Smirnova, (16) and Cairns-Smith (17) emphasized the role of catalytic properties of inorganic catalysts
in the synthesis of earliest living systems.
Enzymes that withstand the assault of high heat--or acidity, alkalinity, and salt--could improve upon many of the inorganic catalysts
now used in chemical manufacturing.