Prof. Xiao-Bing Lu, State Key Laboratory of Fine chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, China
Prof. Da-Gang Yu, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, China
Prof. Dr. Tadashi Ema, Okayama University, Japan
Homogeneous catalysis, Carbon dioxide, Organic chemistry
Though carbon dioxide represents a waste material, its use as a carbon feedstock in organic synthesis has aroused global interest. This compound is a cheap source of carbon and unlimitedly available, and thus provides a viable starting point within the context of sustainable catalysis. This symposium will focus on recent trends in homogeneous catalysis to valorize carbon dioxide into value-added organic compounds including fine chemicals and polymers through innovative and attractive catalytic methodologies. The crucial use of catalysts based on coordination compounds/metal complexes will be highlighted as these enable the precise control over both reactivity and selectivity profiles. The information disclosed at this symposium should set the stage for intensive discussion among all participants to push this area forward with a clear focus on expanding the portfolio of carbon-based compounds and materials that can be derived from this small molecule.