Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., M.S., B.S., University of Yaounde'
Office: Pursley Hall 217
Although energy from fossil fuels is essential to our current quality of life, the environmental impacts resulting from the overproduction of CO2 is exacerbating the pace of climate change and global warming. This situation has prompted the development of new strategies to curtail the release of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Our research focuses on the development of new catalytic systems that can enable the reductive functionalization of CO2 into value-added chemicals. Our approach consists in using metal nanoparticles dispersed and stabilized in organically modified silicates (ORMOSILs) as catalysts for these processes. Considering the coating properties of siloxanes, these catalysts can find application in industrial continue flow processes, which offer many advantages over traditional batch reactors, including a high surface-to-volume ratio, better heat and mass transfer, and more control over the reaction conditions.
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