XiMo offers wide variety of solutions to the following existing and emerging markets:
- Flavors & Fragrances
- Renewable: oils & waxes
- Surface treatments
- New Materials
- Fine chemicals
Oleﬁn metathesis opens up new industrial avenues to important petrochemicals, oleochemicals, polymers and specialty chemicals. Wide variety of structures can be created through its many variations (cross-metathesis, CM, ring-closing metathesis, RCM, ring-opening metathesis polymerization, ROMP etc.) from natural hydrocarbon or renewable sources. There are several advantageous features of olefin metathesis reactions including versatility, high atom economy, low level of waste generation, etc. More commercial applications are on the way; valuable products can be synthesized via metathesis reactions, such as biologically active compounds (e.g. fragrances, pharmaceuticals, insect pheromones, etc.), oils, waxes or advanced polymeric materials (surfactants, lubricants and highly regular polymers).
Wide variety of structures can be created through its many variations (cross-metathesis, CM, ring-closing metathesis, RCM, ring-opening metathesis polymerization, ROMP etc.) from natural hydrocarbon or renewable sources.
There are several advantageous features of olefin metathesis reactions including versatility, high atom economy, low level of waste generation, etc.Close
green & selective
The agrochemical industry utilizes many organic chemistry processes during the production of pesticides (herbicides) providing novel, economical synthetic pathways for industrial production of agrochemicals (link to Solution) through involving metathesis pathways. Mo, W-catalyst are proved superior to yield olefins with high Z-selectivity, which is often required for the biological activity.
Sex pheromones that provide increasingly used, enviromental friendly alternatives to the pesticides often contains olefins with double bonds in Z-configuration.Close
Flavors & Fragrances
established & limitless
The use of XiMo catalysts in this market allows access to natural products that were previously too expensive to use, lowers overall manufacturing costs, and leads to the discovery of new families of fragrances. The array of uses for XiMo’s technology in the flavors and fragrances industry is virtually limitless.
Broad, existing knowledge in the field of flavors and fragrances means that the application of XiMo catalysts requires less R&D effort by partner companies. This market is dominated by a handful of players, four of which account for more than 50% of worldwide flavor and fragrance sales. We work with partner companies providing exclusive use of XiMo catalysts to develop specific projects and products across the fragrance and flavor market.Close
functional & accessible
XiMo’s technology supplies pharmaceutical chemists with an arsenal of low-loading catalysts for use in R&D and production. XiMo catalysts offer novel cost-effective alternatives with the prospects that they soon become a standard and favored tool in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical ingredients.
The market for manufacturing pharmaceutical ingredients is characterized by high dropout rates during development, long development lead times, and extreme caution with regard to product changes. We understand the pharmaceutical industry and the cost barriers associated with adopting new technologies. Metathesis has been used in R&D for epithilone derivatives pertaining to cancer drugs and new hepatitis C drugs. We will keep the barrier to use XiMo technology low and will enter such projects on terms that are compelling to our partners.Close
vast & growing
The application of XiMo catalysts to the field of polymers and plastics is vast. This market is highly commoditized with severe cost pressures on the main product categories. The possible applications of XiMo catalysts in this industry are broad, yet remain unused and undiscovered.
XiMo partners with polymer and plastics companies to explore the use of Mo and W catalysts by giving partner companies limited exclusivity in their particular field. We work with our client to encourage intensive product development leading to new products using our technology. There are several emerging application of metathesis in polymerization (e.g. Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), a byproduct of petroleum cracking, is a cheap monomer for ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) leading to highly regular polymers (link Technology); the polymerization of allyl succinic anhydride (ASA) leads to biodegradable polymers, or recently a metathesis route was devised to convert allylic monomers to a high density jet and missile fuel.Close
Renewable: oils & waxes
broad & expanding
The ways in which XiMo catalysts can be applied to the oils and waxes industry—a subset of bio renewables—is extensive. In addition to the applications already identified by the XiMo team, many more possible uses of our catalysts are under development for the industry. In fact, with a large variety of these uses still undiscovered, the role of metathesis in the oil and wax market continues to expand.
XiMo understands that this market is highly specialized and that product development requires in-depth knowledge. We recognize that the development of specialty oil and wax products is a voyage of testing and discovery. We encourage our partners to explore the use of XiMo catalysts and offer them limited, exclusive use of XiMo’s technology in their particular field as we work together to bring their products to market.
Hydrogenated Metathesized Natural Oils provide a novel access to waxes, candles and cosmetics with tailored properties from renewable sources.
9-decanoic acid methyl esters (DAME) is considered as a potential candidate for a future green solvent. 9-DAME is naturally derived that contributes to its popularity in manufacturing various products related to flavors, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, etc. Since 9-DAME is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid it can be used also as a solvent. 9-DAME can be manufactured from renewable sources making use of metathesis transformations.
Metathesis provides access to non-ionic surfactants targeted to displace solvents such as N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), methylene chloride, glycol ethers, benzyl alcohol, etc. There is a high demand for the chemical industry to apply “greener solvents” particularly that have low volatility, that are non-halogenated/non toxic, and preferably biodegradable or recyclable.