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Death and Life of Catalysts: a Theory-Guided Unified Approach for Non-Critical Metal Catalyst Development

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Project "DeLiCAT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙999˙524 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙524 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2022-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 1˙973˙438.00


 Project objective

Most of the developments in catalyst are still based on serendipitous and trial-and-error approaches, in which potential systems can be overlooked simply because of the sub-optimal conditions of the initial activity assessment. Mechanistic and kinetic studies could provide a framework for a more adequate assessment of new catalysts, but such rigorous experiments are not practical for general catalyst discovery. Modern chemical theory and computations hold a promise to be employed in new efficient theory-guided approaches for rational catalyst and process development. The main aim of DeLiCat is to formulate a hierarchical computational strategy for the design and synthesis of new non-critical metal-based catalysts for sustainable chemical transformations. New, durable and cheap, yet, highly active and selective tailor-made catalyst for hydrogenation of carboxylic acids and their esters as well as for acceptorless dehydrogenation of alcohols will be developed. The research will follow an innovative strategy combining advanced chemical theory, computational screening and experimental approaches from the fields of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis in an efficient knowledge exchange loop. Computer simulations will reveal complex reaction networks that determine the “death” and the “life” of catalyst systems. These insights will be used in targeted design of novel multifunctional catalyst systems to direct the selectivity of the reaction network and to prevent deactivation paths. Complementary experimental studies will guide and validate the theoretical predictions.

DeLiCAT represents a leap forward in unified first principles-guided catalyst design for liquid phase chemical transformations. The new theoretical concepts, methodological advances as well as the novel superior catalyst systems developed here will be applicable in various areas including biomass valorization, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis as well as hydrogen technology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Pavel O. Kulyaev, Evgeny Alexandrovich Pidko
Operando modeling of multicomponent reactive solutions in homogeneous catalysis: from non‐standard free energies to reaction network control
published pages: , ISSN: 1867-3880, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201901911
ChemCatChem 2019-11-07
2019 Georgy A. Filonenko, Dapeng Sun, Manuela Weber, Christian Müller, Evgeny A. Pidko
Multicolor Organometallic Mechanophores for Polymer Imaging Driven by Exciplex Level Interactions
published pages: 9687-9692, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b04121
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/24 2019-11-07
2019 Robbert van Putten, Georgy A. Filonenko, Angela Gonzalez de Castro, Chong Liu, Manuela Weber, Christian Müller, Laurent Lefort, Evgeny Pidko
Mechanistic Complexity of Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation with Simple Mn–Diamine Catalysts
published pages: 3187-3196, ISSN: 0276-7333, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00457
Organometallics 38/16 2019-11-07
2018 Georgy A. Filonenko, Robbert van Putten, Emiel J. M. Hensen, Evgeny A. Pidko
Catalytic (de)hydrogenation promoted by non-precious metals – Co, Fe and Mn: recent advances in an emerging field
published pages: 1459-1483, ISSN: 0306-0012, DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00334J
Chemical Society Reviews 47/4 2019-06-12
2018 Nikolay Kosinov, Chong Liu, Emiel J. M. Hensen, Evgeny A. Pidko
Engineering of Transition Metal Catalysts Confined in Zeolites
published pages: 3177-3198, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01311
Chemistry of Materials 30/10 2019-06-12
2018 Chong Liu, Robbert van Putten, Pavel O. Kulyaev, Georgy A. Filonenko, Evgeny A. Pidko
Computational insights into the catalytic role of the base promoters in ester hydrogenation with homogeneous non-pincer-based Mn-P,N catalyst
published pages: 136-143, ISSN: 0021-9517, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2018.04.018
Journal of Catalysis 363 2019-06-12
2019 Robbert van Putten, Tim Wissink, Tijn Swinkels, Evgeny A. Pidko
Fuelling the hydrogen economy: Scale-up of an integrated formic acid-to-power system
published pages: , ISSN: 0360-3199, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.01.153
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2019-05-27
2018 Konstantinos D. Vogiatzis, Mikhail V. Polynski, Justin K. Kirkland, Jacob Townsend, Ali Hashemi, Chong Liu, Evgeny A. Pidko
Computational Approach to Molecular Catalysis by 3d Transition Metals: Challenges and Opportunities
published pages: 2453-2523, ISSN: 0009-2665, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00361
Chemical Reviews 119/4 2019-05-27
2018 Lukáš Grajciar, Christopher J. Heard, Anton A. Bondarenko, Mikhail V. Polynski, Jittima Meeprasert, Evgeny A. Pidko, Petr Nachtigall
Towards operando computational modeling in heterogeneous catalysis
published pages: , ISSN: 0306-0012, DOI: 10.1039/c8cs00398j
Chemical Society Reviews 2019-04-14
2018 Georgy A. Filonenko, Jody A. M. Lugger, Chong Liu, Ellen P. A. van Heeswijk, Marco M. R. M. Hendrix, Manuela Weber, Christian Müller, Emiel J. M. Hensen, Rint P. Sijbesma, Evgeny A. Pidko
Tracking Local Mechanical Impact in Heterogeneous Polymers with Direct Optical Imaging
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201809108
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019-04-14

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