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From Greenhouse Gas to Energy Carrier ‒ Electrocatalytic CO2 Conversion

PhD defence, Friday, 15 October, 2021, Monica Rohde Madsen.

2021.10.15 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Monica Rohde Madsen

During her PhD studies, Monica Rohde Madsen investigated molecular catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of CO2. Electrocatalysis shows promise as a green technology for the conversion of CO2 to value-added chemicals, as electricity can be derived from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and water power. Monica Rohde Madsen studied how external and internal factors affect the product selectivity of transition metal complexes when employed as catalysts in the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction. Specifically, catalyst design and reaction conditions have been optimized to enhance the conversion of CO2 to formic acid, which is a safe and stable energy carrier. Hence, Monica’s work gives new perspectives for the utilization of CO2, as it becomes a valuable alternative to fossil fuels in its reduced form.

The PhD study was completed at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 15 October 2021 at 13:15
Place: Building 1514, room 213, Auditorium I, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C., Denmark
Title of PhD thesis: Electrochemical CO2 Reduction with Bipyridine-Based Molecular Catalysts
Contact information: Monica Rohde Madsen, e-mail: mm@inano.au.dk, tel.: +45 40 95 16 94


Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Carlo Nervi, Department of Chemistry, University of Turin, Italy
Associate Professor Torben Lund, Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, Denmark
Associate Professor Elena Ferapontova (chairman), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Kim Daasbjerg, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor:
Professor Troels Skrydstrup, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Katrinebjergvej 89F, building 5132, 8200 Aarhus N.

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