Welcome to APHLab – Sustainable Synthesis

Research interests

The finite nature and environmental burden of fossil feedstocks will amongst others lead to a
return to biomass-derived raw materials for chemical production. Synthetic processes will need to become more energy-efficient and and less waste generating to minimize the negative impact on the environment
and the global carbon cycle.

The goal of our research is the development of sustainable methods for the synthesis of organic functional molecules. Our approach to sustainability is based on two principles: 1) Use of renewable feedstocks, 2) electrosynthesis. More specifically, we aim to use naturally abundant functionalities for electrochemical carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond formation.

Electrosynthesis is an inherently safe and eco-friendly way of producing chemical compounds, the building blocks of every commodity. It uses electrical power to fuel chemical reactions. The use of chemical oxidants and reductants can be avoided and thus generation of waste. In combination with regenerative electric energy, it represents a sustainable technology for chemical production.