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).