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Recently, Mercachem was involved in the development and production of a vinylindanone monomer, which was subsequently applied in the polymeric synthesis of chemisorbents with a high density of ninhydrin groups. For Utrecht University, we converted a three-step synthetic route, which involved purification by column chromatography, into a robust, one-step synthesis, with only filtration through a silica plug required for purification. Using a Suzuki–Molander route to couple 5-bromo-1-indanone with potassium vinyltrifluoroborate, our chemist obtained the vinylindanone monomer in higher yield and purity than that produced with the original route. 

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