Ongoing PhD

New redox mediators and improved electrocatalytic materials for the functionalization of CH-bonds by electrosynthesis

Carbon-Hydrogen bonds are the most common bonds that occur in organic chemistry, they’re generally very strong, and unreactive. Because of the high dissociation energy associated with C-H bond activation ( the C-H bond dissociation in alkanes is 2.2-2.7 (V vs SHE)), molecules already containing functional groups will have them react at lower potentials, rendering late stage C-H functionalization useless. Chemical C-H activation is difficult to achieve, especially with C(sp3)-H bonds, it is expensive and associated with generation of a lot of waste.

Development of Cu/M-C electrocatalysts for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to hydrocarbons and alcohols

The development of energy-efficient catalysts for the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) to CO and ethylene has reached several critical milestones recently, making industrial implementation of the technique more relevant than ever before. Within this scope, we investigate an important class of non-noble metals as potential industrial electrocatalysts for the selective conversion of CO2 to ethylene and alcohols, namely carbon-supported copper-based electrodes (Cu/M-C).

BECO2Me “Bringing the Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to formic acid towards an industrial feasibility by unraveling the fundamental role of the supporting Material”

Return BECO2Me “Bringing the Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to formic acid towards an industrial feasibility by unraveling the fundamental role of the supporting Material” September 2018 – September 2022 Researcher: Kevin Van Daele Lowering the atmospheric CO2 concentrations and reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions are two of the greatest scientific challenges faced by our current generation. …

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Feasibility Study Towards An industrial CO2 Electrolyzer Design (STACkED)

Return Feasibility Study Towards An industrial CO2 Electrolyzer Design (STACkED) 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2021 Researcher: Bert De Mot By 2050 80% of Europe’s electricity should be produced through renewables. The vast majority of this (up to 65%) would be provided by solar photovoltaics and on- or offshore wind farms, with a production that is clearly subject …

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