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About the Center

About the Center

The Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC) is a center of excellence established in 2015 at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University, which is funded through a generous grant from the Danish National Research Foundation. Two local teams directed by Prof. Troels Skrydstrup and Prof. Kim Daasbjerg in collaboration with two outstanding international groups headed by Prof. Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan, USA, and Prof. Matthias Beller at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany, explore new chemical methods relying on transition metal catalysis for the activation of carbon dioxide in order to provide sustainable solutions for the exploitation of this gaseous molecule as a valuable reagent for chemical synthesis of industrial significance.

 

In more details, the objective of the Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC) is to unveil fundamentally new science for the activation of CO2, thereby providing smart sus­tainable solutions for the exploitation of this molecule as a valuable C1-feedstock to high-value chemicals of industrial importance both in small- and large-scale synthesis. Only through an international and multi-disciplinary effort can this ambitious objective be achieved, combining expertise from four research teams in catalysis, materials chemistry, surface chem­istry and electrochemistry. We are investigating materials not only displaying catalytic activity with high selec­tivity and efficiency properties for CO2 conversion, but also materials that can absorb CO2, thus assuring a sufficiently high “concentration” of CO2 close to the catalyst. By merging the worlds of homogeneous catalysis with surface and materials science, we will be able to identify more advanced systems, which through optimized and controlled catalysis, transport processes and product formation, are able to deliver the desired high-value products in a sustainable man­ner. It is our goal to change the perception of CO2 as a problematic combustion product to a valuable resource ranging from bulk and fine chemical synthesis to carbon isotope labeling.