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Upcoming seminars and events

Wednesday November 18: 

Webinar by Prof. Oliver Wenger from University of Basel

"Molybdenum pretends to be ruthenium: New photoactive d6 metal complexes"


Ruthenium(II) polypyridine complexes are widely known class of luminophores with diverse applications ranging from lighting and solar energy conversion to phototherapy and synthetic photochemistry. The low-spin valence electron configuration of Ru(II) combined with energetically low-lying pi-antibonding orbitals on the polypyridine ligands are the key to the favorable photophysical and photochemical properties of this compound class. Mo(0) is isoelectronic to Ru(II) and can be stabilized by diisocyanide chelate ligands, resulting in complexes that exhibit similar metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) luminescence and photo-reactivity. The photophysical properties and photochemical applications of new Mo(0) and Cr(0) diisocyanide complexes will be discussed against the background of related research on photoactive Fe(II) complexes. 

Time: 15:15 

Place: Zoom

Meeting ID: 63518912607

 Monday December 7: CAP meeting

Time: 9 - 12

Place: Zoom (by invitation only)

Agenda: tba

 A zoom invitation will be sent to members of CAP only.

Previous news and events

Haining Tian doubly awarded in 2019 and 2020

 Haining Tian  was awarded the prestigious Göran Gustafsson Prize in 2020, and also was awarded Wallenberg Academy Fellow in Engineering and Technology 2019, for his work on catalysis and solar fuels.

Read more about Haining at the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation webpage, and on the Tian group webpage.

Shedding new light on greener synthesis pathways

In October 2019, Sascha Ott, Eszter Borbas, Leif Hammarström and Jacinto Sá, received a 5-year grant of 35 million kronor from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, for their interdisciplinary project "Unexplored Approaches to Organic Photoredox Catalysis

In this new research project, the groups will focus on finding new alternatives to several reactions that are widely used in the chemical industry at present. The project objective is to develop new synthesis pathways that generate less waste, or new synthetic routes that have not been practicable before.

CAP scientists in the TV news

At the CAP meeting in Umeå, March 4, 2019, CAP researchers were discussing future hydrogen technology. We also had the chance to test drive a fuel cell vehicle that runs on hydrogen gas. Swedish public service television filmed the event, which can be watched here: Vätgasbilar spås ha nyckelroll i framtiden

The First European Congress on Photosynthesis Research was a success!

Over 400 delegates from Europe, and all over the world, discussed recent findings in natural and artificial photosynthesison June 25 - 28, 2018. To see what it was all about, go to the conference homepage: ePS1.org

One of our prominent invited speakers, Junko Yano from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was interviewed in Swedish national radio. You can listen to the program here (mostly in Swedish).

The CAP workshop 2018

Our annual workshop was held at Sigtunahöjden in Sigtuna, on April 26-27. Thanks for all the interesting presentations everyone, you made the workshop great!

Participants on the 2018 CAP workshop in Sigtuna, basking in the April sun.

An osprey was seen flying past the workshop venue.

The Ångström laboratory (in 2010)

Last updated October 27, 2020