University of Graz uses 3D printed steel reactor to convert greenhouse gas into sleeping sickness drug

University of Graz uses 3D printed steel reactor to convert greenhouse gas into sleeping sickness drug

Researchers from the University of Graz in Austria are using a 3D printed reactor system to transform fluoroform, a harmful greenhouse gas, into eflornithine, a drug used to treat African trypanosomiasis (better known as sleeping sickness). Last month, we wrote about how researchers from Graz’s CC FLOW consortium had developed a novel 3D printed steel reactor which was capable of turning fluoroform—a greenhouse gas produced through the manufacturing of fluoropolymers like Teflon—into a synthetic building block using flow chemistry. Now, using the same 3D printed reactor system, the researchers have demonstrated the ability to transform the Teflon waste product […]

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