Developments in sustainable C-C bond forming reactions

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Chemistry


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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2127584 Studentship EP/S513763/1 30/09/2018 29/09/2022 Samuel Bates