Activation of carbon dioxide with highly Lewis acidic compounds
Recruting institution: FSU
Diploma-delivering institutions: FSU, UPS
Thesis co-directors: Matthias Westerhausen (FSU, Jena, DE), Sébastien Bontemps (LCC, Toulouse, FR)
Secondment host: IFP Energie Nouvelles (FR)
Synthesis of hydrides and alkyl derivatives of alkali, alkaline earth and earth elements in order to activate carbon dioxide, with a particular attention to calcium compounds.[1,2] This project will benefit from the complementary expertise of the two groups on earth abundant compounds and CO2 chemistry. The most promising complexes will be tested at IFPEN in various processes of interest.
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The 4e-reduction of CO2 is the most difficult but the one giving rise to the most versatile reactivity. We expect to disclose new and selective 4e-reduction systems with alkali, alkaline earth and earth elements with TOF equal or higher than the best reported to date of about 100 h-1, and exploit such results to further enlarge the scope of CO2 transformations in C-C bond formation. The PhD student will be trained in various field spanning from isolation of highly sensitive complexes to gas handling and academic and industrial catalytic reactions.
 G. Jin, C. G. Werncke, Y. Escudié, S. Sabo-Etienne, S. Bontemps, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 9563–9566.
PhD Student - ESR6
My name is Wimonsiri HUADSAI, I am originally from Thailand, and I did my Bachelor’s degree at Mahidol University. I then moved to France and I have completed my Master’s degree at the University of Rennes I in the field of Catalysis, molecule and Green Chemistry. I am very passionate about the environment and the Earth we live in, and I believe that chemistry and sustainability must work together to solve environmental problems! That is why, for my PhD, I am going to work on the topic of Carbon dioxide activation with highly Lewis acidic compounds at FSU Jena University.