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Annual Meeting – Analog edition in Iceland

The Annual Meeting 2020 should have been in Iceland, but was transferred to a digital platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hoped to postpone it to 2021 but that will not happen either. However we do not give up hope, and we will go to Iceland when the pandemic is over.

Monthly Seminars

January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021
No seminarNo seminar
July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021
No seminar

March 2021: Uppsala University

1st March 2021, 13:00 CET, Zoom meeting

Lecture by Pr. Marc Robert from the REACTE group at the Laboratoire d’Électrochimie Moléculaire of Université Paris Diderot, France.

Title of the lecture:
“Molecular (photo)electrochemical Reduction of CO2 with Co and Fe Complexes.
Hybrid Catalysis, Highly Reduced Products”



Reduction of carbon dioxide has as main objective the production of useful organic compounds and fuels – renewable fuels – in which solar energy would be stored. Molecular catalysts can be employed to reach this goal. They may in particular provide excellent selectivity thanks to easy tuning of the electronic properties at the metal and of the ligand second and third coordination sphere. Recently it has been shown that such molecular catalysts may also be tuned for generating highly reduced products (beyond CO and formate), leading to new exciting advancements.

Hybridization of these catalysts with conductive or semi-conductive materials may lead to enhance stability and new catalytic properties, as well as inclusion of molecular catalysts in devices for applications. This approach bridges between homogeneous and heterogeneous, and it raises new fundamental questions that may further lead to breakthrough in CO2 reduction chemistry.

Our recent results in these various areas will be discussed.


  1. E. Boutin, M. Robert, Trends in Chemistry, 2021, in press.
  2. P. B. Pati, E. Boutin, R. Wang, S. Diring, S. Jobic, N. Barreau, F. Odobel, M. Robert, Nat. Commun. 2020, 11:3499.
  3. B. Ma, G. Chen, C. Fave, L. Chen, R. Kuriki, K. Maeda, O. Ishitani, T-C. Lau, J. Bonin, M. Robert,  Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 6188-6195.
  4. S. Ren, D. Joulie, D. Salvatore, K. Torbensen, M. Wang, M. Robert, C. Berlinguette, Science 2019, 365, 367-369.
  5. E. Boutin, M. Wang, J. C. Lin, M. Mesnage, D. Mendoza, B. Lassalle-Kaiser, C. Hahn, T. F. Jaramillo, M. Robert, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 16172-16176.
  6. Z. Guo, C. Cometto, G. Chen, L. Chen, B. Ma, H. Fan, T. Groizard, W-L. Man, S-M. Yiu, K-C. Lau, T-C. Lau, M. Robert, Nat. Catal. 2019, 2, 801-808.


Talk by NordCO2 PhD student Simon S. Perdersen from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University, Denmark.

This talk is reserved for the NordCO2 members and is accessed via Gather.

april 2021: helsinki University

28th April 2021, 09:00 CET

Lecture by Prof. Matthias Beller, Head of the Department of Applied Homogeneous Catalysis at the Liebniz-Institut für Katalyse (LIKAT), Germany.

Title of the lecture:
“Unifying Concepts for the Development of Catalysts for Small Molecule Activation”




28th April 2021, 10:00 CET

Presentation of the 9 research groups part of the C1 Value Programme from the Academy of Finland.




28th April 2021, 12:00 CET

Lecture by Prof. Walter Leitner, Director of the Division of Molecular Catalysis at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany.

Title of the lecture:
“Power-to-X catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen for fuels and chemicals”



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May 2021: University of OslO

10th May 2021, 13:00 CET

Lecture by Dr. Aleix Comas-Vives from the Modelling of Heterogeneous Catalysts research group at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.


June 2021: University of Tromsø

23rd June 2021, 14:00 CET

Lecture by NordCO2 Associated PI and Assoc. Prof. Nina Lock from the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark.





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