Expansion of the Guerbet Reaction Towards Group 7 Metal Catalysts and Triglyceride Substrates

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Chemistry


The project will explore (i) the selective trimerization and tetramerization of alpha-olefins and (ii) the chain growth of C4+ alcohols using so-called Guerbert or hydrogen-borrowing chemistry. The programme will be discovery orientated and will make use of ligand libraries used in other BP funded projects in the Wass group for the selective coupling of ethanol, ethanol/methanol and C1 units to alcohols and diols.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/P510452/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1953076 Studentship EP/P510452/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021 Ashley King
EP/R511857/1 01/10/2017 31/12/2022
1953076 Studentship EP/R511857/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021 Ashley King
Description Ongoing collaboration with BP chemicals Ltd 
Organisation BP (British Petroleum)
Department BP Chemicals
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Tests of a variety of catalysts for industrially relevant reactions
Collaborator Contribution Guidance about where to direct research and help with complex analysis
Impact No outputs to report yet
Start Year 2017