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20 December, 2013 - 14:38 By Tony Quested

Green chemistry alliance links Suffolk with China

NJUT-China

Vapourtec, based in Suffolk, has signed a pioneering, three-year agreement with Nanjing University of Technology (NJUT) in China to establish a joint operation in the fast growing, hitech field of flow chemistry.

The partnership involves the establishment of a dedicated flow chemistry research lab at the Chinese university officially named ‘Vapourtec and Tegent-NJUT Joint Research Centre for Micro-fluidics Technology’.

The specific aim of the research lab is to manufacture useful chemical compounds from bio-mass using Vapourtec-manufactured technology including their R-series systems.

Vapourtec founder and MD Duncan Guthrie explained: “This is an industry first as far as we are aware and will see Vapourtec and our partner in China, Tegent sharing knowledge and resources with chemists at NJUT to develop the use and capability of flow chemistry processes in the Far East.

“The Chinese have, for many centuries, been innovators in the field of Green Chemistry with the highly successful isolation in the 1980s of anti-malaria drug Artemisinin being a perfect demonstration of their capabilities.

“Their ancient wisdom and knowledge of plant properties and applications is now forming an important part of the planned flow chemistry research at Nanjing University of Technology.”

Founded in 2003, Vapourtec has its development labs at Bury St Edmunds and a regional office in Kuala Lumpur and has received over 100 citations within peer review publications.

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