Life Sciences

Life Sciences products help to improve the quality and standard of living with applications including food and feed, pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals, cosmetics and care specialties. Our growing and aging population and our environment demanding efficient, economic and sustainable production of all molecules for the life sciences industry, catalysts are called for as a key enabler for today and in the future.

For Evonik, a global presence, customer proximity, and long-term trustful partnerships are vital key factors for success in many applications of the Life Sciences market segment. As a result, we’ve become the preferred partner in delivering catalysts that contribute tangibly to value creation. In a wide range of the applications, we are able to fine-tune catalyst performance parameters like activity, selectivity, and filterability with high precision. Beyond this, we are driven by sustainability concerns focusing on optimizing our products and processes, in this respect, to help you achieve your sustainability goals. By enhancing your processes’ yield and efficiency, our catalysts can make a difference by offering more of the desired products with fewer resources - be it time, energy, or raw materials.

Applications

As the world's population grows, so does the demand for food, living space, and arable land. Plants do not only serve as food; they are also used as renewable alternative for fossil feedstock. Thus, highly efficient but eco-friendly crop cultivation will become increasingly important for a sustainable future.

The environment requires efficient agrichemicals that work at low doses with minimized negative environmental impact. Our catalysts help to produce such cutting-edge ingredients through highly selective processes, and your business can profit from our cost-efficient solution.

We support a wide range of catalytic reactions with our extensive experience in hydrogenation, oxidation, isomerization or dehydrogenation of functional groups and in CC-coupling reactions. Our Product Finder can help you select the right catalyst from our broad portfolio of proprietary catalysts for many common reaction types used in the production of agrichemicals.

Benefits at a glance by choosing our catalysts:

  • We support your production chain flexibly from our global network of production facilities.
  • You can choose from a comprehensive portfolio of proprietary catalysts for many common reaction types, or our application experts help you find or fine-tune a perfect match for your process.
  • We offer comprehensive metal management services and a local closed loop to refine precious metal containing catalysts.

Enhanced consciousness for environmental challenges and changes in consumer preferences have transformed our global food and feed production. As a result, there is a high demand for sustainable healthy nutrition and overall improved food experiences.

Our catalysts can help you create compelling flavors and sweeteners, as well as functional food and dietary supplements. We offer you a wide range of catalysts to enable the best possible route to the desired product. Their high activity, selectivity, and very good filterability are value-creating features.

Polyol sweeteners are manufactured by hydrogenation of natural sugars, facilitated either by a nickel or ruthenium catalyst. We offer different molybdenum promoted activated base metal catalysts (e. g. Metalyst® MC 813) and ruthenium on carbon catalysts (Noblyst® P3060 or Noblyst® P3059) for this purpose that are tailored to specific raw materials and process technologies. Palladium on carbon catalyst from the Noblyst® P1000 series enable the hydrogenation of hops to make the beer more resistant to UV light.

Fats and their calcium salts are used in animal feed to improve pelletization, reduce dusting, increase the energy content and to improve palatability. Full and partial hydrogenation allows the use of local fat and oil sources as well as recycled frying oils. MONCAT™ 2021 is the preferred catalyst for the hydrogenation of triglycerides, and MONCAT™ 1991 is preferred for free fatty acid hydrogenation before conversion to the respective calcium salt.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Get all necessary certificates and documents for the safe use of our catalysts in food applications.
  • We provide additional support in selecting a suitable catalyst to enable the best possible synthesis of the desired products.

The pharmaceutical industry is constantly developing new active substances. Also, off-patent generic APIs are manufactured on large scale.  Since most APIs are produced by complex multi-step syntheses, selectivity is the major challenge, and an optimized yield in each step is essential for the economic viability of any synthetic route.

We support both research-focused pharmaceutical originators and Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) by providing and developing standard and tailor-made catalysts.

Removal of protection groups is crucial in producing pharmaceutical compounds. Palladium on carbon from the Noblyst® P1000 series typically achieves excellent results under mild reaction conditions for most deprotection reactions. Noblyst® P1092 is well known for its selective hydrogenation of an aromatic carbonyl to methylene groups. Catalysts from our Noblyst® P8000 series contain a secondary or even tertiary metal to supplement the primary catalytically active precious metal and are designed to further increase the specific selectivity of a catalytic hydrogenation.

You can search and discover our large variety of catalysts for many other reaction types by using our Product Finder!

Your benefits at a glance:

  • We offer precise and quick development or fine-tuning of catalysts to provide the perfect solution for your synthesis challenge.
  • To identify a suitable catalyst from our extensive proprietary product portfolio, we can offer either our classical Pharma kit with 12 catalyst samples or our High Throughput Testing Unit (HTS) capable of scanning large number of catalysts r to find the most suitable one for your needs.
  • For precious metal containing catalysts, we offer our comprehensive metal management services and a local closed loop for refining precious metal.

Edible oils are mainly vegetable based and sometimes animal based oils, which have been refined and modified to remove undesirable impurities in order to make them suitable for human consumption. These processes may include plant extraction, bleaching, deodorization and hydrogenation to improve their functionality, taste and storage stability. Edible oils are hydrogenated in the form of triglycerides to produce fully hydrogenated oils (FHO). Due to trans fatty acid regulations, partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) will be replaced by FHO in edible oils by mid-term. However, we still offer MONCAT 2021 to manufacture PHO for non-edible oleochemical uses.

FHO can be used for food preparation or for interesterification with unsaturated oils to create the desired melting point and texture, which makes them an important ingredient in functional foods (“trans fatty acid (TFA) free”) and oleochemicals.

Our MONCAT™ catalysts are supported reduced nickel catalysts embedded in hydrogenated vegetable oils. They are free of water, easy to handle and provide high yields of the desired products.

MONCAT™ 2021 is our main and preferred catalyst for FHO and PHO, but we also provide other catalysts for more specific hydrogenation applications.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • We offer the right technical solutions to achieve more sustainable processes through improved catalyst performance.
  • Due to regulations in using trans fatty acids, there is a need for developing new technologies to make standard products with a broader range of raw materials. With that in mind, we bundle our improved catalysts with our technical advice regarding this issue.
  • We offer spent nickel catalyst recycling solutions to optimize your production processes.

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