Volker holds a Ph.D. in catalytic nanochemistry from the Cambridge University Department of Chemistry (Brian F. G. Johnson). Among others, he has worked as a scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Germany, and as a JSPS Research Fellow in Japan, authoring close to 30 publications and receiving multiple prestigious awards for his work. Prior to co-founding Cambridge NanoCat, he has also been a strategy consultant in nanotechnology for the European Commission and scientific co-advisor to the Romanian government.
Fully Automatic Organic Synthesis
Our mission at Cambridge NanoCat is to develop a scalable solution for the fast and fully automatic synthesis of organic small molecules. Once this development is done, we will be in the position to deliver world’s first molecular 3D printer.
To achieve this goal, we make use of two key technologies that have gained tremendous attention over the past years, namely microreactor systems, which offer a wide range of advantages over traditional batch reactors in terms of facilitating and controlling the reaction process, and a novel type of nanodimensional catalysts with as yet unachievable chemical stability. These catalysts have proven to be an extremely potent alternative to both traditional heterogeneous catalysts and standard nanocatalysts. Cambridge Nanocat combines these technologies with an external neuronal network into a device for the highly predictable synthesis of organic structures. Moreover, by automatising the traditional laboratory process, we are able to achieve improved catalytic efficiencies, as well as reduced reaction times and waste materials.
Apart from introducing our project and some of its scientific achievements so far, the talk will give an overview over the tech-entrepreneurial process - from a personal perspective and with valuable insights for the entrepreneur-to-be.