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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Solid base catalysis of hydrocarbon functionalization for sustainable chemical synthesis

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

PI: Matthew Kanan, Chemistry


Reducing the climate impact of the global chemical industry will require renewable, non-fossil fuel feedstocks. This project will investigate a new concept for the catalytic insertion of CO2 into hydrocarbon C–H bonds to form carboxylic acids and their derivatives. To date, the reaction has required excess amounts of extremely resource-intensive reagents. Here, the use of porous solid-base materials may eliminate other reagents and generate no waste byproducts.