Turning CO2 into drugs
Posted by Charles II on December 12, 2010
(Propiolic acid from Wikimedia)
Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the world’s first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, have reported another breakthrough in their quest to develop green technologies for pharmaceuticals synthesis. They have devised a new environmentally friendly technique to transform carbon dioxide, an abundant and renewable carbon source, into highly functionalized propiolic acids, which are basic building blocks for the synthesis of a wide range of pharmaceuticals such as cholesterol-reducing drugs and peptidomimetic and other small molecule inhibitors that may be used, for example, to kill cancer cells.
Basically, acetylene + CO2 —> propiolic acid in the presence of a catalyst.
So, exactly why is this advance coming out of… Singapore?
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