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Catalytic activation of chemical feedstock

The projects offered are the following:

Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s):
Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren

Project Title:
Oligomerization and polymerization of acetylene gas

Reference:
ICIQ-CAT-2001

Description:
The objective is to develop new metal catalysts for the oligomerization and polymerization of acetylene gas in the presence of a variety of alkenes as promoters under simple experimental conditions (room temperature, 1 atm).

 

Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s):
Prof. Marcos García-Suero

Project Title:
New catalytic C—C bond cleavage in organic chemistry

Reference:
ICIQ-CAT-2002

Description:
The discovery and development of general platforms for the modification of C—C bonds is of high interest across chemical and biological sciences. New fundamental approaches to tackle the well-known problems related with the catalytic and selective C—C bond activation are needed. General future strategies should allow synthetic chemists to look at a molecule and consider simply which C—C bond(s) should be broken to facilitate the direct synthesis of a molecule. This project will explore an innovative solution for the catalytic C—C bond cleavage in organic matter and explore its application in the synthesis of complex molecules as well as in the late-stage skeletal editing of complex architectures, such as medically relevant agents, biomolecules, functional materials. In addition, this project will exploit the selective C—C bond activation in the development of new approaches for radio-labelling.

 

Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s):
Dr. Mónica H. Pérez-Temprano

Project Title:
Rational Design of Catalytic C-H Functionalizations Based on First-Row Metals

Reference:
ICIQ-CAT-2003

Description:
The sustainable synthesis of relevant organic scaffolds for their use in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and materials sectors constitutes one of the most urgent challenges that the chemical community needs to overcome. In this context, precious transition metals have played a crucial role, especially boosting the C–H activation of readily available starting materials. In sharp contrast, the development of catalytic systems based on more cost-effective first-row metals, still remains underexploited. The aim of this project is to expand the synthetic toolkit by unlocking innovative bond-forming reactions using sustainable earth-abundant first-row metal catalysts applying rational design approaches.

 

If you are interested in applying for a I2:ICIQ Impulsion Fellowship to work on one of the project topics, please contact the main supervisor and the project manager (info@iciq-impulsion.eu).

Renewable energies from sunlight

The projects offered are the following:

Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s):
Prof. Antoni Llobet

Project Title:
Renewable solar fuels generation based on light driven molecular redox catalysis

Reference:
ICIQ-EN-2001

Description:
The research work to be developed is framed within the field of light induced redox catalysis with MOLECULAR transition metal complexes with a special focus on the water oxidation and CO2 reduction processes.
The overall objective is to develop powerful MOLECULAR catalysts that can be anchored on photoanodes and photocathodes to improve their overall performance. The final goal is to build a photoelectrochemical cell for the generation of solar fuels.

 

Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s):
Prof. Pau BallesterProf. J.R. Galán-MascarósProf. Emilio Palomares

Project Title:
CO2Cat: Soft and supramolecular materials for sustainable (photo)electrochemical conversion of CO2

Reference:
ICIQ-EN-2002

Description:
CO2Cat aims to use soft catalysts for the efficient and selective CO2 (photo)electrocatalytic conversion into C1, C2 and other hydrocarbon homologues and alcohols. First, we will design and synthesise organic polymer- and MOF and COF materials with catalytic activity for CO2 reduction to CO in solution and gas phase, where electrical currents in the milliamp (mA) range can be registered. The nature of the active site will be modified, for instance by tuning the hydrophobic/hydrophilic environment at the semiconductor electrode using functional groups that will enhance the selectivity of the reaction. After, we will focus on the study of the electro catalytic reactions at the surface of the structured semiconductor electrodes used in an industry-relevant reactor (hundreds of mA) for the reduction of CO2 into synthetic fuels.

 

Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s):
Prof. Julio Lloret-FillolProf. Emilio Palomares

Project Title:
MolandMat: Molecular materials for the conversion of CO2 into added value chemical products

Reference:
ICIQ-EN-2003

Description:
MolandMat aims to use molecular materials as catalysts for the efficient and selective CO2 (photo)electrocatalytic conversion. We will design and characterise in operando conditions single and multi-site catalysts high robust activity for CO2 reduction to CO and larger hydrocarbons and alcohols in solution and gas phase, where electrical currents in the milliamp (mA) range can be registered (proof-of-principle). The nature of the active site will be studied under operando conditions using electrochemistry, surface and time resolved spectroscopy. After, we will focus on the study of the electrocatalytic reactions at the surface of the structured semiconductor electrodes used in an industry-relevant reactor (hundreds of mA) for the reduction of CO2 into synthetic fuels.

 

If you are interested in applying for a I2:ICIQ Impulsion Fellowship to work on one of the project topics, please contact the main supervisor and the project manager (info@iciq-impulsion.eu).