MPI of Colloids and Interfaces: Inexpensive production of anti-malaria drug due to new synthesising method
Known anti-malaria drug synthesised with the help of oxygen and light should make it possible to produce the best anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, more economically and in sufficient volumes for all patients in the future.
Picture: François Lévesque from the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces: Max Planck scientists have discovered a very simple way of synthesising the artemisinin molecule, which is known as an anti-malaria drug from traditional Chinese medicine and has an extremely complex chemical structure. The discovery will pave the way for an inexpensive and large-scale production of artemisinin in the future. © Peter H. Seeberger