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Green chemistry: sustainable synthetic methods employing catalysis, benign solvents, safer reagents, and bio-renewable feedstock

Grant number: 20/00354-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2020
Effective date (End): February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Cooperation agreement: GlaxoSmithKline
Principal researcher:Lucia Helena Mascaro Sales
Grantee:Byanca Stefani Salvati
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/50249-8 - Green chemistry: sustainable synthetic methods employing benign solvents, safer reagents, and bio-renewable feedstock, AP.PCPE


The use of renewable energy, such as from the sun, is considered a viable alternative to excessive consumption of fossil fuels. However, the use of renewable energy on a large scale is still a challenge due to its intermittency. A solution to solve the lack of correspondence between demand and consumption is to obtain fuels from totally renewable sources, which can be generated from abundant compounds, such as CO2 and H2O, using the renewable energy as source. The study of semiconductors and the presence of multiphase co-catalysts are interesting strategies for designing photocatalysts and active photoelectrodes to obtain renewable fuels. In this context, this project proposes the preparation of BiVO4 by microwave, and to evaluate the effect of adding nickel and iron toward the photocatalytic activity for CO2 reduction. (AU)

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