An investigation of the effect of porous graphite carbon on selected organic reactions: merging on particle and bulk analysis
Catalysis focuses on the increase of the rate and selectivity of chemical reactions, which is a core concept in the chemical industry. A lot of these catalysts consist of toxic metals and it would be a lot more sustainable if a harmless material could be used. In this context, carbon materials are gaining interest, being more sustainable and affordable than metal-based catalysts. Catalysis by
inert two-dimensional (2D) carbon nanomaterials, such as highquality graphene or graphite, is interesting from the viewpoint of the large surface area provided and as they can be characterized using advanced characterization techniques available in surface science, including microscopy and spectroscopy tools. The overarching goal of the project is to explore the potential of
graphite powder to affect solution-based chemical reactions using a unique approach, involving a combination of supramolecular selfassembly on surfaces, bulk synthesis, and state-of-the-art
microscopy techniques. By careful choice of chemical reactions and starting products, taking into account molecule-surface and moleculemolecule interactions, we expect to achieve non-conventional control of product distribution and product yield.