Beating enzymes at chemical catalysis


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To make the production of plastics and other chemical processes less energy-intensive and waste-producing, Max Bols (KU Leuven) turns to nature. Enzymes, the catalysts of living cells, hold the key to improve chemical processes, as he explains in this video. 

Max Bols
KU Leuven

For someone who as a kid would never believe you could make plastics out of messy gases and liquids, chemistry would’ve been too far of a stretch for Max Bols. A master in Bioscience engineering seemed an appropriate alternative to a binge-watch of ‘how it’s made’. Max then opted for a PhD in chemical catalysis at the Centre for Surface Science and Catalysis where he studies materials that help convert … gases to liquids. There he uses spectroscopy to look at what you cannot see and synthetic chemistry to make what you cannot touch.

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