Bringing molecules together: Photoredox chemistry squeezed into small pores
This research proposal of Bettina Baumgartner aims to make chemical reactions more energy efficient. The goal is to convert CO2 and CH4 into basic chemicals using only sunlight. It is a translation of biological processes that help to convert molecules, such as photosynthesis. Experimental setups based on spectroscopy will be developed to study photoreactions on nanosecond timescales. This will lead to new insights, and eventually help to improve the efficiency of the photoreactions. The researcher will use small, confined spaces in materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
Congrats to Bettina Baumgartner for obtaining a prestigious VENI NWO grant! Bettina aims to convert CO2 & CH4 into chemicals using sunlight & metal organic frameworks. Spectroscopy is used to study photoreactions on nanosecond timescales.