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Katchem spol. s r.o., Czech Republic (KAT)


Katchem is a Czech based SME with 13 employees, funded in 1990 as a spin-off of the Institute of Inorganic chemistry of Czech Academy of Sciences. Katchem is one of the worldwide leading companies in the field of synthesis of special boron containing compounds, namely labelled boron hydrides, and the only producer of decaborane, octa-decaborane, o-carborane.

Its main fields of business are: (i) laboratory preparation of some less available boranes and their derivatives and research of their further use in new applications in research, medicine and electrical industry, (ii) transfer of laboratory syntheses to pilot-plant scale and put those with high commercial potential into manufacture operations, (iii) preparation of 10B isotope enriched boron compounds especially for cancer treatment by Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) and other applications, (iv) research and development of new synthetic methods for the preparation of e.g. Na10BD4, 7Li11BH4, 10B-decaborane 10B10H14. Most production is exported besides Europe to the U.S. and Japan.

On the pictures you can view Katchem Ltd. new research facilitys in Kralupy nad Vltavou.

Katchem has multiyear experiences with preparation of different types of boron hydrides including the labelled ones and also in participating on research projects. It steadily takes part on the projects in the Czech Republic mostly as coordinator and also it took part on FP5 and FP6 projects (CALIXPART: Selective extraction of long lived nuclides from HALW by organized matrices: removal of MA. (NAS complt. to C.n°FIKW-CT2000-00088, FP 5), EUROPART: EUROpean research program for the PARTitioning of minor actinides from high active wastes issuing the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels. (FI6W-CT-2003-508854 , FP6) as co-partner (special chemical materials supplier).

In WP1, Katchem will supply basic and specially labelled boron compounds for analytical investigations to the project, and in WP4 special boron based compounds with well defined kinds and levels of impurities for investigation of their effects on hydrogen sorption kinetics, as requested by the partners. In addition Katchem will contribute to the development of cost effective and/or novel routes for synthesis of boron based hydrogen storage materials in collaboration with the BOR4STORE partners, also giving advice on synthesis routes from the point of view of an SME. Finally, Katchem will undertake to upscale certain routes to the kg scale and find "cheap"/budget priced sources for boron compounds.

Further information


Key personnel

Ing. Roman Keder, PhD.

Was research leader of grant FRVS (Higher Education Development Fund) on the theme „New ligands and complexes based on imidazolylpyridines“. Research worker at the Institute of chemical technology Prague for three years. Expert chemist in Katchem Ltd. in field of boron compounds synthesis.

Ing. Otomar Kříž, PhD.

In 1970-2010 scientist of Institute of Inorganic chemistry of Czech Academy of Sciences: applied research mainly in the synthesis, chemistry and properties of aluminium and boron complex hydrides. Since 1990 Executive Head of SME company Katchem Ltd and manager of Katchem boron laboratories – development and production boranes, carboranes, boron hydrides, also 10B, 11B, 2H and 7Li labelled.

Ing. Dalibor Fukala

Chemist – specialist in chemical technologies – mainly synthesis and analysis of boranes and boron hydrides.

Experimental and/or theoretical techniques

Katchem has well equipped laboratories, in which can synthesize various special borane compounds in laboratory and in pilot plant scale.

Selected patents

  • Čásenský B., Kříž O.: Process for making Aminoboranes; PV 1996 – 3478; Czech Patent 290388
  • Čásenský B., Kříž O.: Way of purification of raw dimethylaninborane; PV 1997 – 3084; Czech Patent 292042
  • Plešek J., Čásenský B.: Way of production of alkali salt 7,8-dicarba-nido-undecaborate; PV 2004 – 723; Czech Patent 296047