A new step for sustainable Chemistry : Yale university and Rennes 1's GreenCARE Labcom, team up to develop breakthrough and green alternatives to ozonolysis

GreenCARE LabCom, a joint R&D laboratory between DEMETA and Université de Rennes 1, launches a collaboration agreement with Yale University

Greencare, joint laboratory between Université de Rennes 1 and Demeta
  1. Université de Rennes 1’s joint laboratories in the private sector
  2. A new step for sustainable chemistry and international collaboration: Rennes GreenCARE LabCom and Yale University’s partnership
  3. PhD students exchanges between Yale and Université de Rennes 1

Université de Rennes 1’s joint laboratories in the private sector

Université de Rennes 1 has initiated several joint laboratories with companies, in key research fields such as space engineering technologies, cancerology, pharmacology, enabling long-term partnerships between public and private R D structures, fostering innovation via using common ressources and technology transfert.

A new step for sustainable chemistry and international collaboration: Rennes GreenCARE LabCom and Yale University’s partnership

The objective of this joint laboratory is the development of novel catalytic technologies as alternative to ozonolysis, a dangerous and expensive process used in the chemical industry. GreenCARE technologies are based on abundant and non-toxic polymetallic catalysts, benign oxidants, as well as low pressure and low temperature processes. After 15 months of development, several patent applications have already been filed, which demonstrates the uniqueness of this technology.

Demeta and Université de Rennes 1 have decided to open their partnership to the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale, led by Prof. Paul T. Anastas. This collaboration will broaden the possible applications of the GreenCARE technologies to biobased substrates produced from lignin, a natural polymer, through a process developed by the group of Prof. Paul T. Anastas. The aim of this collaborative research is to combine the technologies of both groups to produce chemicals of industrial importance, such as monomers and dyes, including 100% biobased carbon.

PhD students exchanges between Yale and Université de Rennes 1

This partnership will also involve exchanges of PhD students to make research works in both laboratories. “In 2016, Vincent Escande spent 12 months at Yale in our laboratory,” said Prof. Paul T. Anastas. “It is with pleasure that we resume our partnership to pursue our work around the cleavage of diols and alkenes, and to develop lignin-based chemicals”.

“Initial business discussions confirmed the potential of our cleavage technology and the strong market interest for a safe alternative to ozonolysis”, continues Patrick Piot, Chief Executive Officer at Demeta. ”It will be highly beneficial to Demeta and the Université de Rennes 1 to partner with the group of Prof. Paul T. Anastas, benefiting greatly from their experience, enabling us to test our catalysts on novel and interesting substrates”.

This collaboration is set up for a period of at least two years, with co-ownership of expected joint inventions by the three partners