Catalysts on textiles

Federal Ministry for Climate Action promotes UDE project

© UDE/Frank Preuß (l.), privat (r.)

Hardly anything works in the chemical industry without catalysts. The UDE Faculty of Chemistry and the German Textile Research Center North-West (DTNW) are investigating how their use could be optimized in the "OrgKatTex" project. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action is funding the project with 501,000 euros; the UDE is receiving 229,000 euros of this.

Catalysts are used in about 90 percent of all chemical processes today to accelerate reactions or make them possible at all. These reactions are often carried out in a liquid, such as an organic solvent. In university research, catalysts are usually used that are dissolved in the solvent (homogeneous catalysis). Companies, on the other hand, prefer catalysts fixed to surfaces (heterogeneous catalysis), which do not have to be separated from the product at great expense after the reaction.