Open PhD position at UiT/Norway

PhD in the CHOCO research group in Tromsø


PhD Candidate in Computational Chemistry (Catalyst Design)

The PhD fellow will employ quantum chemical methods to investigate and design catalysts for converting CO2. As of today, chemical synthesis is largely based on starting materials coming from fossil-based resources such as oil. Oil is finite and will eventually be depleted, implying that new sources of chemical starting materials are needed.

CO2 is an abundant and sustainable molecule that has the potential to be used on a large scale in chemical synthesis, but only if catalysts are developed that are able to activate CO2. The PhD fellow will computationally model organic and organometallic complexes and their ability to convert CO2 to other products. Promising systems will be tested in the laboratory by experimental chemists in the CHOCO group.

For more details, contact Assoc. Prof. Kathrin Hopmann (, and see

To apply, click on the link below and click on “Apply” at the top of the page:

Closing date: 1st of August 2019

New FET-Open Grant to the Hammarström Group

The NordCO2 PI Leif Hammarström is coordinating a new EU funded project funded through the FET open call. The FET calls for ambitious innovations that has a radical vision and represents a technological breakthrough.

There is no doubt Hammarström fullfills these criteria trying to make fuels from CO2 using artificial photosynthesis inside soap bubbles. NordCO2 congratulate Hammarström and his collaborators from 6 different countries in Europe with the new project called Sofia. 

Read more about SoFiA here.

New Perspective article from the Martín-Matute Group

The Martín-Matute group has been working on Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for quite some time and has published a perspecive in JACS on MOFs as catalysts for organic synthesis. The perspective gives examples from emerging solutions for using MOFs in catalysis and highlights areas where using MOFs may have the largest impact in the future. Read the article HERE