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!
We are staying home but still going 🙂
The CHOCO group meetings have started again last week, and this morning we add 13 people on Zoom witnessing Ljiljana’s presentation.
Congratulations to Aya on a nice paper from her PhD work!
Here you can find a new approach on how to improve difficult carbonylative couplings:
Ismael A, Skrystrup T, Bayer A. Org. Bioorg. Chem., 2020, published. Carbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura couplings of sterically hindered aryl halides: Synthesis of 2-aroylbenzoate derivatives.
New Article Published by the CHOCO Group!
Our manuscript on the formal C-H carboxylation of unactivated arene was accepted in Chemistry A European Journal!
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.
Looking for a PhD position?
CHOCO will soon open 2 computational PhD positions (3 years each) as part of our ITN consortium Co2perate. Submission will open on January 25th!
Read more and apply (from Jan. 25th) at Position 1 and Position 2
New Article on Copper-catalyzed carboxylation
Congratulations to Marc Obst, Ashot Gevorgyan, Annette Bayer, and Kathrin Hopmann on their recently published article!
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.
For more articles by the CHOCO group, visit our Publications page!
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!
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.