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REALCAT, 'Advanced High Throughput Technologies Platform for Biorefineries Catalysts Design', is a novel high throughput platform primarily dedicated to the development of all the forms of catalytic reactions (chemical catalysis, namely heterogeneous and homogeneous, as well as biotechnologies) and their novel innovative combinations (hybrid catalysis).

It includes the preparation, the characterization of (i) compounds with biological activity and (ii) solids and molecular compounds, as well as subsequent advanced catalytic performance tests. It thus includes a top level high throughput screening equipment, composed of tools for rapid characterization, series of parallel reactors, and fast / ultra-fast analytical devices.

This project received ¤ 8.7 million funding from the French Government, managed by the National Research Agency (ANR) within the Future Investments program (PIA) under the contract ANR-11-EQPX-0037 attributed end 2011. The platform will be fully operational early 2014.

REALCAT is open to external users, either academics and/or industrials, and the platform is therefore open to collaborations or for renting, with respective staggered access fees under a secured and confidential environment. The platform is highly versatile, and, in addition to catalysts for biorefineries, we can run projects for many different kinds of homogeneous, heterogeneous and biotechnological catalytic applications in gas, liquid or gas-liquid phases, involving a large variety of reactions (synthesis, functionalization, polymerization, etc.) for a wide spectrum of applications (solvents, monomers, polymers, fine chemicals for industrial, food, feed, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, etc.). It can even run projects dedicated to the synthesis of materials, namely organic, inorganic or hybrid solids (e.g., MOFs) for non-catalytic applications. If you wish to know more about REALCAT, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to discuss with you about the terms of use and to design a collaborative action plan.