Hydrogenation is one of the most common catalytic reactions widely used in the chemicals industry. It involves the addition of hydrogen across unsaturated organic molecules with the aim to reduce or saturate bonds. Alkene and alkyne functional groups are common in various chemical entities, and can be used as intermediates to other groups. For instance, fully reducing either an alkene or alkyne can lead to an alkane chemical backbone. To achieve this reaction, one could consider using Wilkinson’s catalyst (Rh(PPh3)3Cl), a well-known example of a homogeneous catalyst that has found extensive use in the chemicals industry to reduce an alkene to an alkane.
As well as these famous examples, it is also possible to perform regioselective reactions. Performing these asymmetric reactions requires detailed expertise in chemical reaction development and an understanding of the product being formed. At Umicore PMC, we are always looking to help companies develop new chemistries and uncover new routes to important chemicals. We’d love to hear from you and discover how we can help you develop the industrial reactions you need.