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What the olefin metathesis is?

Olefin metathesis is a chemical reaction in which molecules containing carbon-carbon double bonds, also known as olefins, exchange their substituents to yield new value-added products.



The broad applicability of the reaction and its significance for both academic research and the  development of commercially viable compounds were recognized soon after its discovery and resulted in the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Prof. Grubbs, Prof. Chauvin, and Prof. Schrock for “the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis”.

„Metathesis is used daily in the chemical industry, mainly in the development of pharmaceuticals and of advanced plastic materials. Thanks to the Laureates’ contributions, synthesis methods have been developed that are more efficient (fewer reaction steps, fewer resources required, less wastage), simpler to use (stable in air, at normal temperatures and pressures) and environmentally friendlier (non-injurious solvents, less hazardous waste products).”

Nobel Prize Press Release

Common Metathesis Reactions

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How are Apeiron's products different?

Ethylene resistant

Our CAAC-type catalysts are exceptionally ethylene-stable which makes them perfect for industrial applications.


Ethylene scissor

Ethenolysis of long chain fatty acid esters with ethylene can be achieved at very low catalyst loadings, allowing for the development cost-efficient high-volume processes.


Catalysts compatible with aqueous media enable polypeptide synthesis, DNA and mRNA modification, as well as preparation of specialty polymers.

Trace Ru removal

Scalable sequestration of ruthenium residues after the end of a metathesis reaction to levels below 10 ppm in order to comply with GMP regulations.

Exceptional latency

Stable and fully formulated resins with long shelf-life of up to 6 months.

Unique properties

Our catalytic systems allow for the production of scent-free polymers that can be used in the production of car interiors.

Benefits from deploying metathesis technology gained by our partners

„the cheapest and most efficient way of API production”

Pharmaceutical company manufacturing
new generation drugs

„replacement of steel parts with 4x lighter polymer components considerably reduced CO₂ footprint”

Automotive OEM manufacturing
polymer components

„access to value-added specialty chemicals derived from plants”

Oil seed processing company manufacturing
bio-based specialty chemicals 

The big picture

Apeiron’s olefin metathesis technology platform was developed to provide robust and scalable solutions for sustainable and cost-efficient production of new and existing chemical products.

Our goal is remain a position of a preferred partner and a reliable catalyst supplier to various sectors of the chemical industry.

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