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Research Highlight!

Research Highlight!

Our 2018 Angewandte article on Iron-Catalyzed Carbenoid Transfer was selected for a research highlight in SYNFACTS.

Congratulations to Janakiram, Annette and Kathrin!

Read the highlight here.

Read the original article here.


Welcome Sietske

Welcome Sietske!

Sietske Grijseels recently joined the CHOCO Group as a researcher. She is working in a collaborative project together with prof. Espen Hansen (Marbio, UiT) and prof. Kirsten Krause (AMB, UiT) with upscaling of biomass from infected plants. The proejct is funded by the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC). A warm welcome to you!


New High Pressure Multireactor

New High Pressure Multireactor

The CHOCO Group recently bought a new MBS 2500 from Parr through their Norwegian distributor Houm AS. Now we can run 9 reactions in parallell with high pressure and individual measurement of pressure. Screening of new catalysts will be much easier now!

At a ceremony with Ashot as host, she got the name Maggie after the late iron lady Margareth Thatcher

Our own postdoc Ashot Gevorgyan and the brilliant engineer Wojciech from Parr who made the instrument.



Life in Tromsø – Louise Poutot

Life in Tromsø – Louise Poutot

In the spring of 2018 the CHOCO group had a MSc student from Besançon, Louise Poutot, visiting.

What were you working on?

I had to prospect the effect of different Lewis acids on CO2, using Gaussian 09. My work had the title “Study of the Activation of Carbon Dioxide by Lewis Acids“. I worked with the theoretical team of the CHOCO Group.

How did you like working in Tromsø?

The work environment was perfect! I had a shared office with 2 others and they were really nice. Also I never worked in such a place, but I think conditions were ideal for working, everybody was really nice, there is whiteboard in corridors for researchers to work and talk together without bothering anyone in office. The athmosphere was really good and the pause room is nice and cosy, especially with the coffee machine! 

What were challenges with work/project/etc?

The biggest challenges for me were to discover a new work environment and a new country with its culture. Using new tools and being efficient were also challenging.

How was life in Tromsø?

Life in Tromsø is nice, the town is not really big, but there is a lot of things to see, visit and it’s really different compared to what I know in France. I met a lot of people. I played cardboard games, ate pizza, and discovered that somewhere on earth some people eat whale. I tasted brown cheese (hmm… Sorry Yngve but I don’t like it. At all.) I also discovered what it is to live with the midnight sun! Strange experience: snow and sun at midnight in June – an unforgettable experience!

Obviously I had a really good stay in Tromsø, and The CHOCO group is nice and warm and very welcoming. I’m happy I was there and I hope to come back. Once again Thank you all!

Thank you Louise for three months with your pleasant demeanor and your contribution to furthering research – one step at a time!

The CHOCO group thanks the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences and the Tromsø Research Foundation for contributing to finance Louise’s stay.


PhD Position in Computational Catalysis

Open PhD Position in Computational Chemistry (Catalysis) at University of Tromsø

The CHOCO group has an open PhD position. The PhD fellow will investigate and design catalysts for organometallic reactions and CO2 conversion. The candidate will employ quantum chemical methods to study the properties and mechanisms of organometallic catalysts. The insights obtained will be used to develop novel catalysts, in close collaboration with experimental chemists working in-house.

Application deadline: 14th of October, 2018. Apply HERE.


RCN report on interdisciplinary research

RCN on interdiciplinary research

The research council of Norway has published a report on interdiciplinary research in Norway. CHOCO leader Kathrin was interviewed, as well as our collaborators on the interdiciplinary iCCU project: Øyvind Stokke at the Institute for Philosophy and Hans Christian Eilertsen at the College of Fishery Sciences.

You can find the report here.

The part about the university of Tromsø is in the first link, page 39