Design, Synthesis and Application of Luminescent Transition Metal Complexes for Photocatalytic Activation of Carbon Dioxide

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The chemical fixation of carbon dioxide to useful substances or organic compounds has receivedconsiderable attentions as carbon dioxide is an economical and sustainable carbon source. To date,the industrial uses of carbon dioxide as starting materials for the production of organiccompounds are limited because most of the transformation processes of CO2 are kineticallyunfavorable. Therefore, the developments of efficient catalytic processes particularly thosecapable of using renewable energy for chemical transformation of CO2 are highly desirable andimportant for the practical applications.In this project, a new photocatalytic process for efficient utilization of CO2 in the production of awide variety of carbamate esters, which belong to biologically important family of organiccompounds, will be developed. This process is much more environmental friendly compared tothe current industrial productions of carbamate esters, which rely on the highly toxic phosgene(COCl2). Based on the mechanistic studies of these novel photocatalytic reactions, optimizationsof the reaction conditions for different synthetic applications and the design of new photocatalystsas well as recyclable catalytic systems will be accomplished. It is anticipated that the newphotocatalysts including the solid-supported photocatalysts developed in this project should alsocontribute to the enhancement of related photocatalytic processes. In short, this project shouldprovide new initiative towards chemical transformation of CO2, solar energy utilization as well asthe design of new photocatalytic systems.


Project number9042237
Grant typeGRF
Effective start/end date1/10/1531/03/20

    Research areas

  • MLCT,Photocatalysis,carbon dioxide,photophysics,