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Physical Organic Chemistry and Circular Chemistry

Slootweg group

We combine state-of-the-art synthetic chemistry, mechanistic design and computational chemistry to enable the discovery of novel sustainable chemistry by developing novel functional molecules with unique properties based on renewable resources. In particular, we are interested in studying single-electron processes in main-group (photo)chemistry to promote the homolytic bond activation and subsequent functionalisation of challenging small molecules.

In general, we develop novel circular technologies that use chemistry as an enabling tool to target the conservation of critical raw materials as well as contribute to solving pressing waste problems. This unique approach to chemistry combines design, synthesis and mechanistic understanding with the environmental fate and impact of current products targeting safe by design (no persistent, bio­accumulative, and toxic compounds) and design for re­use, recovery and recycling.