Silver salts for energy-efficient organic reactions like isomerization, dehydrogenation, cracking and coupling

A Slovenian research institute together with a Polish university offers technology for optimisation of organic reactions. This is achieved by innovative preparation of silver salts and hydrates as reagents for organic reactions (isomerization, dehydrogenation, cracking and coupling). The technology is ecological and energy-efficient. Companies from petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental sector are sought for licence or technical cooperation agreement.
Modifications of organic compounds such as isomerization (including cyclization and ring opening) dehydrogenation (including aromatization), cracking (breaking of C-C bonds) and coupling (formation of C-C bonds) are common reactions in petrochemical, chemical and petrochemical industry. These are also important in treating wastes consisting toxic hydrocarbons and their derivatives, or hazardous materials, such as persistent organic pollutants, carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons, industrial wastes, wastes from nuclear industry, and other. Some of the reactions of major industrial importance are listed below: - isomerization of light alkanes - isomerization of light paraffin - dehydrogenation of propane to propene - dehydrogenation of aliphatic hydrocarbons - dehydrogenation of propane - thermal cracking Researchers of the Slovenian institute in cooperation with researchers of the Polish university have developed an effective method to modify the molecular structures of organic compounds, including isomerization, dehydrogenation, cracking and coupling of organic compounds in a simple synthesis reaction, which result in breaking and/or the formation of new carbon-carbon bonds. This is accomplished by using silver salts and hydrates e.g. silver sulphate as reagent, allowing processing of these reactions in the simple one-pot synthesis (i.e., direct one-step synthesis). The research group has developed an effective process for the electrochemical synthesis of the silver salts of high purity. The process of silver salts synthesis is schematically depicted in the attached photo. The researchers are looking for companies from chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and environmental sector, who are interested in licence or technical cooperation agreement. In the case of licence agreement, the companies are supposed to include the silver salts and hydrates technology in their industrial process. If the company is interested in further development of the technology, researcher partners would enter into technical cooperation agreement with such company.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
Type of partner: Sought are companies from chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and environmental sector. Role of partner: In the case of license agreement implementation of silver salt technology to the reactions of organic compounds. Cooperation in the industrial sized scale-up of the process and joint development during the pilot phase in the case of technical cooperation agreement.
Stage of Development: 
Available for demonstration
IPR Status: 
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
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