Learning to Love CO2

22 December 2017

1 hour

Ji-Woong Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry
University of Copenhagen

Host: Carlos Afonso
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Amphitheater B

Currently, more than 13 gigatonnes of CO2 are released annually into the atmosphere as a result of fossil fuel combustion, causing ocean acidification and climate unpredictability. Anthropogenic CO2 emission is seemingly hard to diminish in the near future and, therefore, CO2-capture and sequestration or CO2-functionalization can be viable solutions to address this issue. To use CO2 as a chemical feedstock, namely as a C1 building block, it is essential to equip the process with a nucleophilic catalyst or a highly active reagent, as exemplified by Grignard carboxylation reactions and some recent progress in metal-catalyzed reactions. In this seminar, I will display how we can utilize CO2 not only as a chemical feedstock but also as a stimuli for desalination process. The obtained knowledge in CO2 activation and desalination will be beneficial in supramolecular chemistry, biology, CO2 functionalization catalysis and CO2 sequestration processes.