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This issue of Organometallics is on CO2 conversion!

This issue of Organometallics is on CO2 conversion!

The latest issue of the journal Organometallics, published just yesterday, is a special issue on CO2 conversion, with our own Assoc. Prof. Kathrin H. Hopmann as editor. Be sure to read the editorial she has written with Prof. N. Iwasawa from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Prof. N. Hazari from Yale University !
She also designed the cover in collaboration with Dr. J. Darmon from Princeton University.

The article from Marc Obst, Ashot Gevorgyan, Annette Bayer, and Kathrin Hopmann on Copper-Catalyzed Carboxylations is also included in this issue. Congratulations!

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Open position!

Open position at UiB

A one year researcher position in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction is now opening at the University of Bergen (Norway). The position is part of the NordCO2 consortium that CHOCO is leading. You can apply here until the 29th of January.

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New Article on Copper-catalyzed carboxylation

New Article on Copper-catalyzed carboxylation

Congratulations to  Marc Obst, Ashot Gevorgyan, Annette Bayer, and Kathrin Hopmann on their recently published article!

Abstract
The copper-NHC-catalyzed carboxylation of organoboranes with CO2 was investigated using computational and experimental methods. The DFT and DLPNO-CCSD(T) results indicate that nonbenzylic substrates are converted via an inner-sphere carboxylation of an organocopper intermediate, whereas benzylic substrates may simultaneously proceed along both inner- and outer-sphere CO2 insertion pathways. Interestingly, the computations predict that two conceptually different carboxylation mechanisms are possible for benzylic organoboranes, one being copper-catalyzed and one being mediated by the reaction additive CsF. Our experimental evaluation of the computed reactions confirms that carboxylation of nonbenzylic substrates requires copper catalysis, whereas benzylic substrates can be carboxylated with and without copper.

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For more articles by the CHOCO group, visit our Publications page!

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FriPro Grant to PI Kathrin

FriPro Grant to PI Kathrin

The CHOCO group was selected to receive a FriPro Individual Research Grant in the 2019 call of the Research Council of Norway. The project has the title “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Selective CO2 conversion via chiral CO2 trapping” and is set to be funded with 12 Million NOK. CHOCO PI Kathrin is project leader on the project and PI Annette is part of the project team.

https://www.forskningsradet.no/…/soknadsresultat-forskerpr…/

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Annual out-of-town meeting

Annual out-of-town meeting

The CHOCO group is annually going out of town for a two day group meeting with focus on team building and career development. This year we went fishing, followed by a session on grant writing. Indeed, both were challenging! We caught only 1 fish, which was shared at our international dinner, where each group member brought a dish. The group members then learned about funding schemes, reviewer comments and had to judge 5 real grant applications. The excellent comments showed that these students will make great grant writers!

 

 

 

 

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NordCO2 Summer School

NordCO2 Summer School

Two members from our group participated in the rather late Summer School in October in Uppsala, Sweden. Assoc Prof II Aina Nova gave a lecture on homogenous reduction of CO2 to Methanol.

Read more about the summer school here.

   

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