Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern presents 16th Hála-Lecture on Processes to Separate Enantiomers

November 10, 2014

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, director and head of the research group Physical and Chemical Foundations of Process Engineering at the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg will give the 16th Eduard Hála Lecture at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague.

In the pharmaceutical, fine chemical, food and agrochemical industries, due to the homochirality of life, there is a large interest in producing pure enantiomers. This is a challenging task since highly enantioselective synthesis methods are difficult to develop. The lecture will introduce to essential thermodynamic properties required for a rational development of enantioselective separation processes, in particular the different types of phase diagrams of chiral compounds. Since the occurence of conglomerates is very limited and most frequently racemic compounds are formed, successful crystallization processes require enriched feed solutions. This enrichment can be provided either by a partially selective synthesis or by a suitable first separation process.

As a tribute to Professor Hála, the annual Eduard Hála Lectures have been organized since 1990 by the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals (ICPF). The lectures are delivered by renowned specialists in topics studied at the institute. The Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals (ICPF) is one of the six institutes constituting the Section of Chemical Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The Institute functions as a center for advanced research in chemical, biochemical, catalytic and environmental engineering and it acts as a graduate school for PhD. studies in the fields of chemical engineering, physical chemistry, industrial chemistry, and biotechnology.

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