UvA catalysis researchers win the Science Park New Ideas Prize 2010
Dr. N.R. Shiju and prof.dr. Gadi Rothenberg have won the UvA Science Park New Ideas Prize contest 2010 with their finding of ‘A new catalyst for making nylons’. Their new catalyst and process gives a straightforward route to making nylons that reduces waste and demands less raw material. The catalyst has also been patented by the University of Amsterdam. The researchers are now in dialogue with possible industrial partners in an effort to turn the discovery into a commercial process.
Incidentally, this is the third time that researchers from the Heteregeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry group have won prizes in the New Ideas Contest (also in 2006 and 2008).