Project

Selective Aerobic Oxidations with Gold Catalysis

Publisher

Supervisor

Location

Greater Copenhagen area

The aim of the project is to develop novel gold-nanoparticle-catalysts for production of renewable chemicals.

Until recently metallic gold was considered essentially unreactive. However, during the last decade it has been shown that gold nano-sized particles are surprisingly active and selective catalysts for several oxidation reactions with molecular oxygen in particular. Oxygen is considered a “green” oxidant because it produces water as the only by-product. From an economic point of view, aerobic oxidation is also very attractive due to the low cost of air and its unlimited accessibility. In organic chemistry, the oxidation of alcohols is one of the most important reactions. However, many of these oxidations are usually carried out using stoichiometric amounts of high-valent metal oxides, e.g. manganese or chromium oxides, which produce a huge amount of waste in term of metal atoms. To provide a practical and environmentally friendly alternative to these classical oxidations we have invested considerable effort in the development of aerobic oxidations.

Projects at all levels are offered within Renewable Chemicals regarding gold-catalyzed conversion of renewable alcohols into carboxylic acids and derivatives as exemplified above. Depending on project direction and aim, projects will take place in cooperation with Danish companies

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Contact

Company / Organization

DTU Kemi

Name

Søren Kegnæs

Position

Professor

Mail

skk@kemi.dtu.dk

Supervisor info

BSc in Chemistry and Technology

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical and Bio Engineering (prev. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

Teknologi og økonomi (kemi)

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical and Bio Engineering (prev. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

Teknologi og økonomi (kemi)

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc Eng in Applied Chemistry

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Supervisor

Søren Kegnæs

ECTS credits

5 - 35

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

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