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Werner Bonrath

Chemical Sciences, Nutritional Sciences

Competence Manager and Principal Scientist, Chemo Catalysis for Nutrition
Werner Bonrath

I’m currently working on...

A number of different projects, including developing new types of Lindlar catalysts, modifying approaches to isoprenoids as building blocks for vitamins A and E, and creating new aroma compounds. I’m also involved in projects to do with C-C bond formation by the Saucy-Marbet reaction – a technology that is unique to DSM.

The aspect of my work that excites and inspires me the most is...

Finding and inventing new solutions to “real” problems. I also like working and interacting with other scientists, so that together we can find solutions that clearly benefit chemical processes.

The breakthrough I would most like to see made in my field is...

The development of a multifunctional catalyst that is applicable for several different reaction types, and that is compatible with enzymes – especially in aqueous conditions.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrogenation and ethynylation reactions
  • Saucy-Marbet technology
  • Friedel-Crafts reactions
  • Acid-base catalysis
  • Application of non-classical methods, such as:
    • Sonochemistry
    • Microwave applications
    • Reactions in supercritical fluids
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Münster (Germany)
  • Ph.D., Max-Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr (Germany)
  • Habilitation and venia legendi in Technical Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany)

Based in:

Kaiseraugst, Switzerland