The pioneering work of Steven Ley on polymer-supported reagents and
technology has helped change the way we achieve cleaner chemical
processes. The concepts and
techniques invented in Cambridge allow more sustainable processes to be
concomitant reduction in purification steps, shorter reaction times and
diminished solvent usage.
The work has led to a spin-out company (Reaxa), seeded the creation of a
number of other
companies, and resulted in the development of several devices for
continuous flow synthesis that
are now commercially available via Mettler-Toledo (USA) and Cambridge
Reactor Design (UK).
This technology is having an impact in industry, with continuous flow
processing increasingly being
used for full-scale commercial production.