Chemists from the University of Silesia in cooperation with the scientists from Synthos S.A. have developed new compounds in the form of p-vinylbenzyls. The scientists are mainly interested in the properties of these extraordinary compounds. Some of them are known to exhibit strong adsorption on the surface of dental enamel, thanks to which they may be used as a new type of filling material or binder in reconstruction of teeth.
The traditional methods for the synthesis of p-vinylbenzyls were time-consuming and expensive, because they consist of many stages. Therefore, the scientists developed a single-stage, simple and efficient method to obtain these compounds, which will enable their industrial-scale production. The solution was covered by patent protection, and the entities co-authorised to dispose of this solution are the University of Silesia in Katowice and Synthos S.A.
The authors of the invention are chemists from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at the University of Silesia: Assoc. Prof. Eng. Ewa Schab-Balcerzak, Assoc. Prof. Eng. Jacek Nycz, as well as scientists from Synthos S.A.: Dr. Eng. Małgorzata Wiązek and Dr. Eng. Filip Kondratowicz.