Faculty mentor: Caroline Saouma
As the world continues to rely on fossil fuels, it is imperative that new carbon sources are found. Ideally, CO2 can be used as such a source due to it’s abundance in the atmosphere which causes negative effects on the environment. However, CO2 is not reactive, necessitating the need for catalysts that can help convert CO2 into value added chemicals. This research invokes the use of a triphosphine pincer complex with a ruthenium metal center. The observed product after hydrogenation is formate.
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