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Collaborators | CadiCat OS

CADICAT connects collaborators form all around the world, merging excellent experties in organic chemistry, material science, catalysis, calculations, photochemistry and electrochemistry.

Nina Lock

Associate Professor, CADIAC, Aarhus Univeristy


Nina has a strong background in synthesis and characterization of nanoporous materials (including MOFs). She is developing novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials with heterogeneous and photocatalytic properties to be applied in CO2 reduction and conversion

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Xinming Hu

CADIAC, Aarhus Univeristy


Xinming Hu has interdisciplinary education and research background in environmental science, chemistry, and materials science. His expertise involves the design and synthesis of functional building blocks, preparation of porous carbons and polymers, gas adsorption, and electrocatalytic CO2 conversion.


Kim Daasbjerg

CADIAC, Aarhus Univeristy


Kim Daasbjerg’s expertise includes the development of surface modification tools as applied to the study of polymer brushes, responsive polymers, coatings, smart hybrid materials and composites involving in one or the other way carbon based substrates. Development of graphene production and its functionalization to exploit extraordinary properties of this carbon allotrope in materials science. Finally, the combined expertise in electrochemistry, modification of surfaces, polymer brushes, and carbon materials is employed to meet a scientifically difficult challenge of great societal importance in terms of converting the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, to useful building blocks for the chemical industry or the energy sector.

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Troels Skrydstrup

CADIAC, Aarhus Univerisity


Troels Skrydstrup is head of the centre of excellence “Carbon Dioxide Activation Centre (CADIAC)”. He focuses on the development of new synthetic methods, transition metal catalyzed reactions, synthesis with single electron reducing agents and synthesis of peptide analogs. The group interest has greatly expanded towards using CO and CO2 as useful building blocks for important compounds used on an industrial scale.

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Kathrin Helen Hopmann

CHOCO, Arctic Univeristy of Norway


The group of Kathrin Hopmann is applying experimental organic chemistry and theoretical quantum chemistry tools in the investigation and development of selective organometallic catalysts. Current research projects involve computational studies of enzymatic activity (site.uit.no/marval) and experimental and theoretical studies of transition metal-catalyzed processes (deFACTO, www.hylleraas.no), including conversion of CO2 to higher value products (site.uit.no/choco, site.uit.no/nordco2, site.uit.no/iccu).

CHOCO (Catalysts for Homogeneous conversion of CO2, site.uit.no/choco) is a research team headed by leader Dr. Kathrin H. Hopmann and Co-leader Dr. Annette Bayer that combines computational and experimental approaches to develop novel catalysts for chemical conversion of CO2 into other molecules. The main focus is on homogeneous catalysis, but also biocatalytic approaches are explored.

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Annette Bayer 

CHOCO, Arctic Univeristy of Norway


Her research focus on sustainable development by synthesis and catalysis. She uses sustainable resources like natural products and carbon dioxide to solve important challenges to modern society like antimicrobial resistance and the development of a society independent of fossil resources.

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Jiwoong Lee

Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen


His research touches a variety of topics: CO2 capturing and its catalytic functionalization towards valuable products, desalination of with smart materials, organic porous polymers, and membrane systems. He develops the use of heterogeneous solid materials [metal-organic frameworks (MOF), inorganic metal nanoparticles, functionalized polymers, in combination with high-performance organo- and organometallic catalysts] for many real-world applications for organic reactions. The group is also focused on the development of unprecedented asymmetric catalytic protocols and methodology development including fluorination of organic compounds for agrochemical and pharmaceutical applications.

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Mu-Hyun Baik (Mookie) 

Department of Chemistry, KAIST


He is interested in understanding how organometallic catalysts work and exploit the knowledge to design new useful reactions. Specifically, he develops realistic computer models to study complex chemical reactions as C-H activation catalysis ( Rh, Ir, Ru, Fe, Co systems), chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity control of carbocyclizations, the impacts of redox non-innocence in chemical reactivity, CO2 reduction and H2O oxidation catalyses and automated discovery methods.

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Marc Robert

Laboratoire d’electrochimie molèculaire, Université Paris Diderot


His research aim at the general understanding of all aspects of electron transfer chemistry coupled to molecular changes such as proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) or bond cleavage or bond formation through  the synergistic use of experimental electrochemical studies, photochemical studies, and of theoretical descriptions of the mechanistic models. He is investigating the electrochemical activation by metal complexes of small molecules such as H2, O2, H2O, CO2. For all of these reactions, the coupling of electron and proton transfers is likely to play a crucial role, both in terms of mechanism, efficiency, and products distribution.

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Matthias Beller

Applied homogenous catalysis department, LIKAT


Head of the department of applied homogeneous catalysis (LIKAT), He focuses on the development of new, environmentally benign catalysts and synthetic protocols as well as their application in industry with the aim to transfer the results from model studies and mechanistic investigations to specific chemical products or processes. His research reaches various topics: palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of aryl halides, (enantio) selective oxidations, application of catalysts for the synthesis of biologically active agents as well as catalytic carbonylations, catalytic epoxidations and aminations. The department comprehends the groups of Organic Bulk Chemicals (Dr. Ralf Jackstell),Transition Metal-Catalyzed Synthesis of Fine Chemicals (Dr. Helfried Neumann), Redox reactions (Dr. Kathrin Junge), Theory of Catalysis (Dr. habil. Haijun Jiao), Catalysis for Energy (Dr. Henrik Junge). Ultimately, the attention to heterogeneous catalysis is growing as a more cost effective, efficient and green approach in all the listed topics and leads to the development of heterogeneous photochemical and electrochemical catalyst using abundant, cheap and green sources.

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Henrik Junge

Catalysis for enegy, LIKAT


Henrik Junge is group leader “Catalysis for Energy” at LIKAT. His main interests are the development of technologies allowing for the chemical application and storage of fluctuating energies (wind and sun) which are becoming essential due to their increasing role in the sufficient and sustainable energy supply. Besides the generation of hydrogen, also carbon based, energy rich materials and industrially relevant intermediates like carbon monoxide, formic acid, methanol and methane are in the focus. These can be synthesized by an “artificial photosynthesis” utilizing carbon dioxide, are suitable for long term storage and compatible with the already existing infrastructure. The relevant techniques include classical hydrogenation/dehydrogenation as well as photocatalytic and electrocatalytic reactions, whereas the catalyst development includes molecularly defined organometallic complexes and tailor made heterogeneous materials.

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Annette-Enrica Surkus

Catalysis for enegy, LIKAT


Annette-Enrica Surkus has experiences in the use of electrochemistry to study reactions, identify mechanisms, characterize catalytically active materials, and in the development of sensors. In recent years, her research has focused on energy-related topics, such fuel cells (e.g. ORR), alkaline and acidic water electrolysis (HER, OER) and electrochemical CO2 reduction (eCRR). Her expertise comprises also the development of novel suitable heterogeneous materials for these electrochemical applications.

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Martin Prechtl


Martin Prechtl is a Professor of Chemistry at Roskilde University. His group develops molecular and nanoscale metal catalysts for application in (de)hydrogenation reactions.

Based on his achievements about C1-molecule activation he works on activation for the conversion of formaldehyde, formic acid, MeOH and CO2. He received several recognitions, among those he is a FRSC and a Humboldt-Fellow and he holds the Ernst-Haage-Prize 2014 of the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion for his achievements on formaldehyde reforming.

He published the book “Nanocatalysis in Ionic Liquids” as editor for Wiley, and authored more than 60 articles and book chapters, holds two patents on formaldehyde and gave over 130 oral presentations on conferences or as invited lecture at research institutions.

Before Roskilde he performed research in Wuppertal, Bridgetown, São Paulo, Aachen (PhD awarded in 2007), Mülheim/Ruhr (PhD), Porto Alegre (postdoc: 2007-2010), Berlin (postdoc: 2010) and Cologne (Venia Legendi for Inorganic Chemistry awarded in 2015).

He enjoys outdoor activities, sports, poetry, cooking, and studying Scandinavian and Romance languages and their derivatives like Mirandese, Papiamento, Talian or Bajan.

Onofrio Scialdone

Università degli Studi di Palermo


Onofrio Scialdone’s expertise includes the development of electrochemical methods for the synthesis of fine chemicals, the treatment of wastewater and the generation of energy. In particular, he was involved in the investigation of several approaches for wastewater treatment including direct and indirect anodic oxidation, electro-Fenton, abatement by electro-generated active chlorine and coupled approaches. In the frame of the synthesis of chemicals he focused his attention mainly on the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to formic acid and carbon monoxide, on electro-carboxylation processes and on the synthesis and modification of polymers. He worked with various kind of reactors including microfluidic and pressurized ones. His expertise includes also the generation of electric energy by reverse electrodialysis using salinity gradients and the study of various kinds of chemical reactions helped by pressurized fluids.


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