Janine Baums


Janine Baums

M. Sc.
Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Technical Chemistry


Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38B 341

Worringerweg 1

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-20122
Fax Fax: +49 241 80-22561


Development of Polyphosphines for CO2 Activation at Molecular Catalysts

The exploitation of fossil carbon is not only limited by its finite nature and therefore unsustainable, but also leads to the steady increase of the atmospheres CO2 content, which, in turn, facilitates climate change. Utilizing CO2 as a resource enables a closed carbon cycle and thus offers solutions to both aspects of this problem.

Transition metals in molecular form show high activity for the catalytic activation and conversion of CO2. Porous organic polymers (POPs) based on ligand motifs are able to immobilize catalytically active metal complexes and thereby offer an opportunity to take advantage of the favorable properties of both homogenous and heterogenous catalysts. Through incorporating defined coordination sides within the polymer, the metal centers chemical environment can be defined and tuned. Moreover, because of its solid state, it offers a high stability and straightforward removal from the reaction mixture, which simplifies recycling.

Research focus

  • single site catalysts
  • base‑free CO2 activation
  • polyphosphines