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Innovative Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation:
Toward 'Green' Chemistry

Objective

My proposed research projects will focus on sustainable Organic Chemistry, including various aspects of (Asymmetric) Catalysis as a ‘green’ key technology. This approach is relevant to the global mission of the European Union in that it aims at advancing fundamental science in view of a sustainable and environmentally friendly society.

Significant further developments in the field of (Asymmetric) Catalysis rely on:
(I) the discovery of innovative (chiral) catalysts,
(II) the invention of unprecedented modes for the catalytic activation of strong bonds, and
(III) the careful elucidation of the involved reaction mechanisms.

In this context, my proposed research programs will contribute to the following exciting areas:
(1) Exploration of (chiral) compounds bearing an element in its unusually low-oxidation or low-valent state, in order to develop innovative catalysts for (asymmetric) synthesis, e.g. unprecedented direct-type bond transformations. This approach saves resources and minimizes waste production.
(2) Exploration of (chiral) potentially ambiphilic elements, displaying ‘switchable’ acid–base reactivity, for the catalytic activation of strong bonds in small molecules. This intriguing unexplored concept may be exploited in view of:
(a) catalytic (asymmetric) reactions employing e.g. ‘molecular hydrogen’ and ‘carbon dioxide’ for effective ‘green’ material transformations;
(b) ‘molecular hydrogen storage’;
(c) ‘carbon dioxide fixation’.
(3) Exploration of Organic Chemistry, particularly (Asymmetric) Catalysis, in water or alternative ‘green’ solvents (abundant & renewable), such as hydroxylated organic solvents (glycerol, propylene glycol, lactate esters), but also in view of uncovering unprecedented reactivities and unique selectivities.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIG
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Funding Scheme

MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Administrative Contact
Manolo Perez (Mr.)