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One of the greatest challenges confronted by all societies today is to integrate environmental sustainability with economic growth and welfare. The Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC) will take on this challenge through a unique and multifaceted research effort merging strong nanoscience and chemistry competences in transition-metal catalysis, surface chemistry, electrochemistry, and hybrid organic/inorganic materials with the aim of developing new and efficient catalytic systems for converting CO2 into high-value compounds. The synthesis of a range of carboxylate-containing compounds, such as alkyl, alkenyl and aryl acids and other derivatives, as well as related compounds encompassing aldehydes and alcohols will be pursued. All represent valuable feedstocks to commodities such as plastics, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals etc., and all currently originate from fossil sources. The outcome of this research endeavour will lead to new fundamental scientific knowledge on how to specifically activate carbon dioxide under mild and environmentally friendly reaction conditions, and to transform this under-utilised resource to value-added bulk chemicals in energy efficient manners, which, ultimately, can contribute to make our society carbon‑neutral. 


Reduction and Oxidation with Carbon Dioxide

Since 2014, we have been working on utilizing CO2 as a C1-building block in organic synthesis. One of our main goals has been to investigate the chemical reductions and oxidations with CO2, both chemically, photochemically and electrochemically.  

Palladium and Nickel Catalyzed Carbonylations

Besides from developing new and efficient protocols for the conversion of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, we also like to utilize the carbon monoxide by developing new transition metal catalyzed carbonylation reactions. During the last years our research has focused on late stage carbon isotope labeling, by employing nickel and palladium catalysis in carbonylative reactions.

Direct Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide

Along with our interest in developing reactions which can reduce carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, we have also been engaged in developing procedures which utilize CO2 directly.