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Exploring CO2 as a Resource for the Future by Electrochemistry

PhD defence, Friday 21 February 2020, Magnus Haugaard Rønne.

2020.02.21 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Magnus Haugaard Rønne

During his studies, Magnus Rønne investigated catalysts which can be utilized for the reduction of CO2 to value added products such as fuels and chemicals. All these reactions were driven by electrochemical methods. The emphasis has been on the development of new improved catalysts which increase the rate for the electrocatalytic reduction reactions while also consuming less energy. All the catalysts studied are based on transition metal complexes, but especially the use of abundant metals such as manganese and iron has been prioritized. Additionally, in one of the presented studies Magnus Rønne and his coworkers demonstrated how it is possible to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and reduce it to the reactive C1 synthon carbon monoxide which was directly used in the synthesis of several pharmaceuticals.  

The PhD degree was completed at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 21 February 2020 at 13.15
Place: Building 1514, room 213, Aud I, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Title of PhD thesis: Carbon Dioxide Reduction with Molecular Electrocatalysts
Contact information: Magnus Haugaard Rønne, e-mail: mhr@inano.au.dk, tel.: +45 2670 9715

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Carlo Nervi, Department of Chemistry, Torino University, Italy
Professor Jan Rossmeisl, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate professor Alexander Zelikin, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Kim Daasbjerg, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Professor Troels Skrydstrup, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University

The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

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