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Carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil sources is regarded as the most significant greenhouse gas; hence, CO2 capture and conversion has attracted considerable attention in the past years. As an abundant, nontoxic, non-flammable and renewable carbon resource, CO2 is attractive as a feedstock for making fine chemicals and materials.

Supercritical CO2: Combining solvent and reagent

Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) has been shown to serve as an environmentally benign substitute for a number of solvents, for example in the industrial decaffeination of coffee beans. Starting with the continuous synthesis of propylene carbonate used as electrolyte in lithium ion batteries, we became interested in the synthesis of biscarbonates derived from biorenewables such as terpenes, oils or fats and scCO2, ultimately aiming for the sustainable production of isocyanate-free polyurethanes. Heterogeneous catalysts based on supported or polymerized catalysts were developed, thus allowing a continuous conversion of scCO2 used simultaneously as solvent and carbon source.
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Membrane reactors for CO2 refinery

Within the doctoral school CO2 Refinery we are working on catalytically active polymeric hollow-fibre membrane reactor, with direct applicability for low-temperature CO2 conversion from crude gas. Hollow-fibre membranes are fabricated in house and modified with catalytically active species. Through the optimization of the spinning process, we aim for an asymmetric, microporous hollow‐fibres, and ultimately for the development of a membrane reactor with high surface area. Eventually, this strategy provides a tool for immobilizing catalysts while simultaneously overcoming equilibrium constraints.
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Lisa Eisele

Project Assistant, MSc
Lisa obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Stuttgart. During her Master’s studies she focused on Materials Chemistry gaining more lab experience during an ERASMUS stay at CPE Lyon working with polymerizable Pickering Emulsions. While doing her Master’s thesis she worked on organic/inorganic perovskite solar cells. In January 2021 she joined the Schröder research group as a PhD student. Her work is focused on Ionic Liquid co-catalyzed photocatalytic CO2 reduction.

Ádám Márk Pálvölgyi

Group Management

Ádám obtained his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2015. After a short visiting semester in Belgium, he continued with his master studies in Hungary, where he focused on the synthesis and application of sugar-based crown ethers for asymmetric catalysis. Ádám joined the group in 2017 as a PhD student. Since finishing his PhD , he is a postdoctoral fellow in the group. His research focuses on sustainable chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, as well as on photochemical transformations.

Marie Entstrasser

Group Management
Marie is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. She helps Katharina with administrative duties and lab management.