Focus on : Precious transition metal catalysts replacement


During the last 5 years, large price increases were observed for precious transition metal catalysts: Palladium price has increased by a factor 5 and Rhodium price by a factor 28.

Biocatalysis can replace these expensive catalysts for some reactions. Protéus by Seqens presented some examples of such replacement, using selective enzymatic steps as a cheaper and more sustainable alternative for fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals synthesis.