Converting chlorinated products into higher value chemicals

The project aims at developing stable catalysts to enable selective conversion of undesired chlorinated products into value-added chemicals.

Chlorinated products may cause serious problems when released in the environment. Catalytic hydrodechlorination, an effective treatment to remove chlorinated pollutants, can operate at moderate conditions for the upgrading of chloromethanes to valuable products. Meanwhile, operando spectroscopic techniques will be employed to track the physicochemical changes of the solid catalyst during the reaction. The primary goal of this project is to design and develop highly durable and efficient catalysts that can facilitate the production of desired products while simultaneously recycling undesired byproducts. The project also aims to minimize the energy consumption required for the separation process and reduce the overall carbon footprint associated with the production of these compounds. Additionally, the project endeavors to promote environmental sustainability by implementing strategies to reduce waste and mitigate environmental impacts throughout the production process.