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Leuven Chemistry, Catalysis and Chemical Technology Research Centre

Research Unit

Lifecycle:1 Jul 2009  →  Today
Organisation profile:

Research topics of this unit are:
Catalysis of organic reactions with heterogeneous, homogeneous or bio-catalysts. The focal points of the research are zeolites as catalysts, layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as catalysts, Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs), nanoparticles of precious metals (Au, Pd, ...), Palladium, Osmium, Manganese, Tungsten and Molybdenum catalysts.
Important investigated reactions are oxidations: epoxidations, hydroxylations, alcohol oxidations, incorporation of carbon dioxide into organic molecules, dynamic kinetic resolution of alcohols and amines, selective hydrogenation of polyfunctional molecules, new routes in functionalization of aromatics via C-H activation.
Physicochemical characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, including surface titration with MS, FT-IR, ESR and fluorescence spectroscopy, ...
Analysis of organic components, with GC, GCMS, LCMS
Synthesis of organic compounds with biological activity

Keywords:Catalysis, Chemical Technology, Chemistry
Disciplines:Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Theoretical and computational chemistry, Other chemical sciences, Catalysis and reacting systems engineering, Chemical product design and formulation, General chemical and biochemical engineering, Process engineering, Separation and membrane technologies, Transport phenomena, Other (bio)chemical engineering