Electro organic and Materials Electrochemistry Overview


Electrochemical synthesis offers an environment friendly technology with unique selectivity towards oxidation, reduction and functionalisation. CECRI has developed many electro-organic processes over the years in this field. Some of the process that were commercialised include Amino guanidine bicarbonate, Unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine, Calcium gluconate and Pottassium iodate. Around 12 licences were issued for Calcium gluconate alone.

Some of these technologies developed more than two decades age need upgradation. More effective anode and cathode materials are now available. Some separators like porous pot and asbestos should now be replaced with ion-exchange membranes and other new separator materials. Rotating electrodes and batch cells should be replaced by flow cells with higher space time yields.

Fortunately, such updated modern flow cells are now commercially available. Some of the process like Calcium gluconate and Pottassium iodate still receives enquiries from industries and entrepreneurs. Efforts to update a few commercially viable process of current interest are in progress. This upgradation can be speeded up wherever financial support and customer interest are available.