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EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research position in CO2 Chemistry

Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research position in the groups of Dr Jason B Love and Professor Polly L Arnold. You will work in a highly collaborative team across the EaStCHEM critical mass research area in homogeneous catalysis.

The project is based on recent work using d- and f-block complexes for the electroreduction, functionalisation, and polymerisation of carbon oxygenates, in particular carbon dioxide (Chem. Commun, 2012, JACS 2011

Papers by CO2Chem in Chimica Oggi

Two papers by CO2Chem management group members on CCU have been published in Chimica Oggi. Mike North the network co-chair, has a paper on Synthesis of cyclic carbonates from CO2 emissions in the Mar/Apr 2012 editions Catalysis Supplement. Whilst Peter Styring (Network chair) and Katy Armstrong (network manager) have a paper on Catalytic carbon dioxide conversions to value-added chemicals in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue.

Chimica Oggi 

Postdoctoral positions in ionic liquids at Queens University, Belfast

Queens University, Belfast have just advertised for 4 postdoctoral positions (see ) to work on developing ionic liquid solutions to industrial challenges within the oil/gas industry,with the closing date for applications of 8 Dec 2011.

Due to the nature of the sponsorship, they can’t say anything more specific about the nature of the project at this stage, other than it will be a fantastic opportunity to work at a cutting interface of industrially focussed chemistry and chemical engineering.

Candidates with experience working with ionic liquids, separations,catalysis, and or practical chemical engineering, chemometrics would be  highly valuable, along with the ability to work effectively within a team environment.

Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the green economy

The Centre for Low Carbon Futures has today released a report providing the first comprehensive technical and economic assessment of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) as a viable but poorly understood option for reducing carbon emissions.

The report is a collaboration between CO2Chem, a UK research council project aimed at developing a UK community towards a sustainable chemical feedstock supply by 2050, the University of Sheffield in the UK and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).

Rather than treating CO2 as waste, as is the case with carbon capture and storage (CCS), the CCU process converts it into commercially viable products such as bio-oils, chemicals, fertilisers and fuels. These could replace fossil fuel based products further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve  waste treatment. CCU includes using waste CO2 as a chemical feedstock for the synthesis of other chemicals, as a chemical source of carbon for mineral carbonation reactions to produce construction materials, and as a nutrient and CO2 source to make algae grow and supply fuels and chemicals.  However the technology is in the research and development phase, is not yet commercialised on a large scale and requires more investment to make this happen.

For more details visit CCU in the green economy



Network event – Using CO2 as a sustainable feedstock for the fine chemicals industry

21st Sept 2011, 10am -5pm

Newcastle University

This is the third in a series of one day meetings organised by the EPSRC grand challenge network CO2Chem and is being organised by the University Research Centre in Catalysis and Intensified Processing at Newcastle University as one of the events to mark the launch of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.

Following a launch meeting in September 2010 in London, previous CO2Chem meetings have focussed on ‘CO2 to Bulk Chemicals’ and ‘Carbon Capture Research. This meeting will focus on the applications of CO2 in the production of smaller scale but higher value chemicals associated with the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.

For more information visit – CO2 to fine chemicals event

Bayer CO2 utilisation video

Bayer has launched a pilot plant in Leverkusen which uses carbon dioxide for the production of plastics with the help of a new catalyst. This is the process that was described at the CO2Chem meeting on Bulk Chemicals in Manchester in January 2011.

German investment in CO2 utilisation

After the CO2 to Bulk Chemicals meeting there was a realisation of how much investment has been made in Germany. Below are two interesting documents from Germany outlining the interest in CO2 utilisation and it’s potential.