New Catalysts for Upgrading CO2: Beyond Kolbe-Schmitt

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Chemistry

Abstract

This project is industrial and confidential, therefore the abstract provided below is brief and vague. This is to not void the confidentiality agreement set out as a part of this project.
The use of carbon dioxide as a C1 chemical feedstock represents an attractive objective but one with significant challenges, not least the thermodynamics of any proposed reaction. A reaction that holds significant promise, not least in that it is commercially operated, is the Kolbe-Schmitt (K-S) reaction for the production of salicyclic acid. This reaction is particularly interesting in that a new C-C bond is formed. It is also striking that the accepted mechanism
implicates the concerted, cooperative activation of carbon dioxide is a manner very reminiscent of modern frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) catalysts. We propose that the application of modern cooperative catalysis design principles will be able to greatly increase the scope.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S513763/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023
1934312 Studentship EP/S513763/1 25/09/2017 30/09/2021 Samuel Bates