Main goal of the project
Creating a new type of chemical reactor for molecular synthesis, inspired by the way living cells act.
Molecular synthesis, the construction of complex chemical compounds from simpler ones, is at the heart of many production sectors, including pharmaceutical, agricultural, chemical, and food industries. Current chemical synthesis processes require several reaction steps and produce vast amounts of waste. This is inefficient and not sustainable. Living cells, however, can synthesize an enormous variety of complex products in a single ‘cell reactor’, without the need for many intermediate steps. With nature as their example, participants in the Classy project intend to revolutionize chemical synthesis, aiming for close to zero waste streams and a sustainable, green ‘chemical factory of the future’.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement number 862081.