Aleksandra will work on homogeneous catalysis problems, especially on non-linear effects. She will also contribute to our research in heterogeneous catalysis. Good luck Sasha!
Happy to announce new paper from our group:
Z-isomerization of retinoids through combination of monochromatic photoisomerization and metal catalysis
Catalytic Z-isomerization of retinoids to their thermodynamically less stable Z-isomer remains a challenge. In this report, we present a photochemical approach for the catalytic Z-isomerization of retinoids using monochromatic wavelength UV irradiation treatment. We have developed a straightforward approach for the synthesis of Z-retinoids in high yield, overcoming common obstacles normally associated with their synthesis. Calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) have allowed us to correlate the experimentally observed Z-isomer distribution of retinoids with the energies of chemically important intermediates, which include ground- and excited-state potential energy surfaces. We also demonstrate the application of the current method by synthesizing gram-scale quantities of 9-cis-retinyl acetate 9Z-a. Operational simplicity and gram-scale ability make this chemistry a very practical solution to the problem of Z-isomer retinoid synthesis.
We are hiring! We look for a skilled PhD student and post-doctoral researcher to join CoopCat team. Student positions are available as well. See details in Jobs section!
Our work on catalytic E/Z isomerization of retinoids was just accepted in Dalton Transactions! It is already online as ‘just accepted’ unformated paper:
This work is a result of our collaboration with Prof. Palczewski group at UC Irvine.
Happy to share press releases about our two recent papers:
Adam was a guest of Cezary Łasiczka in TOK FM radio. He talked about perspectives of hydrogen production and its use as a fuel.
You can listen the podcast HERE (only in Polish sorry).
Welcome to the website of the CoopCat project group led by Adam Kubas in the Institute of Physical Chemistry. We are part of the Modern Heterogeneous Catalysis Group (MoHCa).