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Selective production of valuable chemicals by electro-nano-catalysts

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Project "SELECTRON" data sheet

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address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 200˙194 €
 EC max contribution 200˙194 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-27   to  2019-04-26


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 200˙194.00


 Project objective

To minimise the impact of mankind on the environment while ensuring economically viable industrial activities, greener processes are needed. In particular, developing selective synthesis routes of valuable chemicals with limited waste in the production is a major challenge faced by industry. As a case study, Haldor Topsøe, world expert in catalysis and secondment host in the project, aims to produce the valuable chemical dimethyl carbonate (DMC) without CO2 emission. Within this framework, the SELECTRON project will develop an electro-nano-catalyst for the selective and green production of DMC from methanol and CO. First, a nanotoolbox and a new synthesis route will be developed using a microwave reactor synthesis to provide Pt, Au, Ag, Cu nanocatalysts with controlled shape and structure. Second, the electrocatalytic properties of these catalysts for production of dimethyl carbonate will be assessed for the first time by state-of-the-art electrochemical and chemical characterisation but also more advanced technique like spectro-electrochemistry in parallel to theoretical simulation. Based on the knowledge gained on the electrocatalytic mechanism, a stable and selective catalyst will finally be produced. This highly interdisciplinary project will benefit from my strong background in nanomaterials design and synthesis, electrochemistry and catalysis, the complementary expertise of the host group in spectro-electro-chemistry, expertise of collaborators in theoretical simulation, and the strong commitment of Haldor Topsøe to bridge the gap academia-industry in order to develop a green production method for valuable chemicals like DMC. I will develop the required skills to become an independent expert in the emerging field of green production of valuable chemicals by electro-nano-catalysis, thus fulfilling H2020’s goal to generate leading expertise and innovation in green technologies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Jonathan Quinson, Laura Kacenauskaite, Jan Bucher, Søren B. Simonsen, Luise Theil Kuhn, Mehtap Oezaslan, Sebastian Kunz, Matthias Arenz
Controlled Synthesis of Surfactant‐Free Water‐Dispersible Colloidal Platinum Nanoparticles by the Co4Cat Process
published pages: 1229-1239, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201802897
ChemSusChem 12/6 2019-07-26
2018 Jonathan Quinson, Laura Kacenauskaite, Troels L. Christiansen, Tom Vosch, Matthias Arenz, Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen
Spatially Localized Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Platinum Nanocrystals Obtained Using UV Light
published pages: 10351-10356, ISSN: 2470-1343, DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01613
ACS Omega 3/8 2019-05-09
2018 Jonathan Quinson, Sara Neumann, Tanja Wannmacher, Laura Kacenauskaite, Masanori Inaba, Jan Bucher, Francesco Bizzotto, Søren B. Simonsen, Luise Theil Kuhn, Dajana Bujak, Alessandro Zana, Matthias Arenz, Sebastian Kunz
Colloids for Catalysts: A Concept for the Preparation of Superior Catalysts of Industrial Relevance
published pages: 12338-12341, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201807450
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/38 2019-05-09
2018 Jonathan Quinson, Masanori Inaba, Sarah Neumann, Andreas A. Swane, J. Bucher, Søren B. Simonsen, Luise Theil Kuhn, Jacob J. K. Kirkensgaard, Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen, Mehtap Oezaslan, Sebastian Kunz, Matthias Arenz
Investigating Particle Size Effects in Catalysis by Applying a Size-Controlled and Surfactant-Free Synthesis of Colloidal Nanoparticles in Alkaline Ethylene Glycol: Case Study of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction on Pt
published pages: 6627-6635, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b00694
ACS Catalysis 8/7 2019-05-09
2018 Jonathan Quinson, Melanie Röefzaad, Davide Deiana, Thomas W. Hansen, Jakob B. Wagner, Markus Nesselberger, Andrew S. Crampton, Claron J. Ridge, Florian F. Schweinberger, Ueli Heiz, Matthias Arenz
Electrochemical stability of subnanometer Pt clusters
published pages: 211-217, ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2018.04.211
Electrochimica Acta 277 2019-05-09
2018 Masanori Inaba, Jonathan Quinson, Jan Rudolf Bucher, Matthias Arenz
On the Preparation and Testing of Fuel Cell Catalysts Using the Thin Film Rotating Disk Electrode Method
published pages: , ISSN: 1940-087X, DOI: 10.3791/57105
Journal of Visualized Experiments 133 2019-05-09

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