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.