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Catalytic Incorporation of CO2 into Organic Molecules

Carbon dioxide is one of the most abundant and inexpensive carbon sources available, rendering it attractive as a feedstock chemical. Despite this potential, however, efficient chemical reactions that incorporate this simple molecule into organic compounds are rather limited. Professor Kevin Brown and his group have initiated a program of research focused on inventing novel reactions and catalysts that will facilitate the introduction of CO2 into organic frameworks. These studies will ultimately render fine chemicals cheaper and introduce novel chemical reactions that will facilitate the synthesis of new biologically important molecules.