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Upcoming seminars and events

Wednesday May 27: 

Webinar by Alex Miller, University of Morth Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Mechanism-Guided Development of Molecular (Photo)Electrocatalysts for Solar Fuels"

Time: 15:15 CEST (Central European Summer Time)


The prevailing paradigm in solar fuels synthesis involves using a light absorbing unit to harvest photons and deliver electrons to a dark electrocatalyst. For light-driven CO2 reduction, the electrocatalyst should rapidly generate an organic product with high selectively and at low overpotential. A new strategy in this area is introduced based on mechanistic insights into the trans effect. Looking beyond the prevailing paradigm, there are opportunities to integrate light absorption and bond formation in a single photoelectrocatalyst. Mechanistic studies of metal hydride photochemistry have elucidated the molecular-level mechanistic details of H2 evolution and hydride transfer reactions, providing a framework for developing photoelectrocatalytic H2 evolution and hydride transfer reactions.

Join by Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69318724333 

Password: 921434


Wednesday June 3: 

Webinar by Luis Arnaut, Universidade de Coimbra

"Higher activation barriers can lift exothermic rate restrictions in electron transfer and enable faster reactions"

Time: 15:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)


The dogma of chemical reactivity is that, for elementary reactions, higher barriers lead to slower reactions. In Nature Communications 9 (2018) 2903 we present intramolecular electron transfers that become faster as their apparent activation energies increase, and oppose the “inverted region” energy dependence predicted by Marcus. The deficiencies of Marcus theory are exposed and an alternative model for electron transfer is discussed. On-going research calls for a change in paradigm in the theory of electron transfer reactions.

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Meeting ID: 838 0261 5475     Password: 182829 

Previous news and events

Shedding new light on greener synthesis pathways

In October 2019, Sascha Ott, Eszter Borbas, Leif Hammarström and Jacinto Sá, received a 5-year grant of 35 million kronor from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, for their interdisciplinary project "Unexplored Approaches to Organic Photoredox Catalysis

In this new research project, the groups will focus on finding new alternatives to several reactions that are widely used in the chemical industry at present. The project objective is to develop new synthesis pathways that generate less waste, or new synthetic routes that have not been practicable before.

CAP scientists in the TV news

At the CAP meeting in Umeå, March 4, 2019, CAP researchers were discussing future hydrogen technology. We also had the chance to test drive a fuel cell vehicle that runs on hydrogen gas. Swedish public service television filmed the event, which can be watched here: Vätgasbilar spås ha nyckelroll i framtiden

The First European Congress on Photosynthesis Research was a success!

Over 400 delegates from Europe, and all over the world, discussed recent findings in natural and artificial photosynthesison June 25 - 28, 2018. To see what it was all about, go to the conference homepage: ePS1.org

One of our prominent invited speakers, Junko Yano from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was interviewed in Swedish national radio. You can listen to the program here (mostly in Swedish).

The CAP workshop 2018

Our annual workshop was held at Sigtunahöjden in Sigtuna, on April 26-27. Thanks for all the interesting presentations everyone, you made the workshop great!

Participants on the 2018 CAP workshop in Sigtuna, basking in the April sun.

An osprey was seen flying past the workshop venue.

The Ångström laboratory (in 2010)

Last updated February 1, 2020