Catalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Value-Added Chemicals

01 October 2014 → 30 September 2019
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Catalysis and reacting systems engineering
    • Chemical product design and formulation
    • General chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Separation and membrane technologies
    • Transport phenomena
    • Other (bio)chemical engineering
Project description

The discovery of efficient technologies enabling the use of CO2 as starting material for the synthesis of valueadded

chemicals is one of the biggest challenges of our time. We aim to establish a state-of-the-art catalytic

research network within UGent to tackle this challenge by studying the reductive coupling of CO2 with olefins and

super-dry reforming using molecularly engineered homogeneous/heterogeneous catalysts.

The specific target in this proposal is the conversion of carbon dioxide into value-added chemical building blocks

using metal catalysts. For this purpose, we have gathered a multidisciplinary team of scientists at different stages of

their career, several of whom recently joined UGent. We propose to use the GOA as a hub to combine expertise and

generate unique synergies to explore two main CCU reactions: Reductive Coupling of CO2 and Olefins (1), and

Super-Dry Reforming (2).