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Oxynitrox® S100, Arkema’s new organic oxidization catalyst


26/06/2006, In line with its ongoing development drive in the field of catalysis, Arkema has launched Oxynitrox® S100, a new organic oxidization catalyst produced industrially by a patented process. The result of Arkema’s innovation, this latest oxidization catalyst makes its own contribution to the demands of modern chemistry which makes environmental protection a priority.

The Oxynitrox® S100 catalyst offers countless prospects in fine chemicals, in particular with its capacity to steer the selective oxidization of primary alcohols into aldehydes. It can also lead in a fully controlled mode to the formation of corresponding acids. Additionally, secondary alcohols can be converted into ketones.
An entirely organic product, Oxynitrox® S100 contains no metallic element, but proves as effective as other traditional metallic oxidization catalysts based on ruthenium, molybdenum, silver or cerium. Oxynitrox® S100 has the chemical structure of a nitroxide type polymer, and its development is a logical reflection of Arkema’s desire to offer a comprehensive technological platform based on nitroxyl radicals and their applications. Its specific polymer structure makes it recyclable. It is easy to separate from the other reaction products, and can perform in consecutive oxidization reactions without losing any of its efficacy. Oxynitrox® S100 also affords savings in energy consumption as it enables optimum performance at ambient temperature.
Oxynitrox® S100 has already been successfully tested in the oxidization of various alcohols such as octanol-1, octanol-2, cyclo-octanol, 1-phenyl ethanol, and benzyl alcohol.
The applications of Oxynitrox® S100 primarily concern the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, fragrance, food and electronics markets. This product can also play a role in the modification of cellulose and its derivatives.

Oxynitrox® S100 will be presented officially in October 2006 at the upcoming CPhI tradeshow in Paris.

Oxynitrox® is a registered trademark belonging to the Arkema Group.

A global chemical player, Arkema combines 3 related and integrated business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,400 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.


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