A greener way to produce medication? The National Autonomous University of Mexico did it!By Fernanda Duque Hernández
Mexican researchers making chemical processes more clean and efficient.
Researchers of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s (UNAM) School of Chemistry have found a way to improve the chemical processing of a group of compounds called imidazoles – a key component in drugs prescribed to treat allergies, fungal infections and arterial hypertension.
UNAM Professor, Juventino Garcia, explained to Mexican daily Milenio that imidazoles are organic compounds present in many medical substances such as antibiotics. The regular process to obtain this chemical component is expensive, inefficient and tends to cause pollution.
What the UNAM researchers have done is to simplify the process using raw materials such as nickel which have a lower cost than the materials normally used. While these materials might not be entirely clean, they are used in quantities that are much lower in quantity and therefore in environmental impact than traditionally used substances.
Professor García added that they’ve started this project following the latest global trend of green chemistry. They are also interested in discovering new generations of antibiotics and medicines that do not generate resistance in patients.
This method has already been patented and researchers believe that it can be used to create other chemical intermediaries as well as applying it to the preparation of other materials. The goal is to implement more effective, green and economic processes for the pharmaceutical industry.
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