This page presents the current and upcoming activities organised by the consortium. For past events, check our Previous Activities page.

Annual Meeting 2022

15th – 19th August 2022, Hveragerði 🇮🇸

Volcano news! The Fagradalsfjall volcano has started an eruption on the 4th of August. We are investigating possibilites…

Finally!
This year’s Annual Meeting is the long-awaited meeting in Iceland, organised by UoI. The meeting will run over the course of three days from Tuesday 16th August, with Monday 15th and Friday 19th travelling days. The meeting will include presentations by researchers, students and PIs, spread over four sessions:

  • P1: CO2 to chemicals: carbonylation and carboxylation reactions
  • P2: CO2 dimerization reactions
  • P3: CO2 reduction to fuels (CO, alcohols, hydrocarbons, olefins, …)
  • P4: Incorporation and immobilization of catalysts into MOFs and solid supports

In addition to the scientific programme, there will also be visits to the firm Carbon Recycling International, the Blue Lagoon, and The Golden Circle with Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir.

On Monday we will gather for dinner in Reykjavík, and spend the night at the  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura. We will be hosted (from Tuesday) at the Hótel Örk which is a conference hotel in a small town called Hveragerði 40 min from Reykjavik. It is a nice location close to the beautiful places for which visits are planned. The town itself has a few small geysers and other interesting sights.

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Travel information

Summer School 2022 – Computational Molecular Design

9th – 11th May 2022, Bergen 🇳🇴

The 2022 NordCO2 Summer School is organised by UiB around the theme of “Computational molecular Design”. The school will run across 3 days (lunchtime to lunchtime) with lectures and exercise sessions.

Lecturers:

  • Pr. Vidar R. Jensen (UiB)
  • Dr. Marco Foscato (UiB)
  • Pr. David Balcells (UiO)
  • Jonas Ekeli (UiB)
  • Simen Reine (UiO)

Locations:

Accommodation will be at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, near Bryggen in Bergen city centre. Lectures will be held at the Department of Chemistry, in the Natural Sciences building of the University of Bergen. Between the two is a 25-minutes walk, public transportation is also available (see here, travel time around 20 minutes). Dinner on Monday will be at Bryggeloftet and at Zupperia on Tuesday.

Programme

Travel information

Monthly Seminars

The NordCO2 Monthly Seminars is a series of lectures by experts in the fields relevant to the NordCO2 consortium as well as student talks about their recently published works. The seminars are organised each month by a different institution from the NordCO2 consortium, and the lectures are often accessible to the public. The seminars are held in Zoom, and registration links are in the description of each event.

February 2022: aarhus university 🇩🇰 25th February 2022, 13:00 CET
Guest lecture by Dr. Davide Audisio from the 14C-labelling laboratory (LMC) of the Frédéric Joliot Institute for Life Sciences, France.
Title of the lecture:
“Late-stage carbon isotope labelling”
Abstract:
Carbon-14 radiolabelling is a unique tool that, in association with b-counting and b-imaging technologies, provides vital knowledge on the fate of synthetic organic molecules such as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. Traditional multistep synthesis and the associated costs have limited its utilization. Recently, we have explored late-stage carbon isotope labeling technologies starting from readily available 14C sources such as [14C]CO2, [14C]CO and [14C]CN. In this context, we have developed transitions metal catalyzed and photocatalysed methodologies to enable effective carbon-isotope exchange on carboxylic acid derivatives and nitrile containing molecules. These reactions expand the concept of late-stage carbon radiolabeling and provide a direct access to end-use labeled pharmaceuticals.
References
  1. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 5659-5665
  2. ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 2968−2976
  3. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 13490-13495
  4. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 780-784.
April 2022: Helsinki University 🇫🇮 11th April 2022, 14:15 CET
Guest Lecture by Pr. Bernhard Rieger.
Title of the lecture:
“Materials & Energy – On the Role of CO2 in the 21st Century”

Student talk by PhD student Aleski Sahari.
Title:
“Titanium Isopropoxide-mediated cis-selective synthesis of 3,4-substituted butyrolactones from CO2
June 2022: University of Oslo 🇳🇴
2nd June 2022, 14:30 CET

Guest Lecture by Pr. Veronique Van Speybroeck from the Center for Molecular Modelling at Ghent University, Belgium.
Title of the lecture:
“A molecular modeling perspective on the C1 chemistry for light olefin and aromatics formation over zeolites”



Student talk by PhD student Tomas Cordero Lanzac (UiO).
Title:
“Kinetics of CO2 hydrogenation to propane over a PdZn/ZrO2 + SAPO-34 catalyst “