National Science Centre’s OPUS13 project No. 2017/25/B/ST5/02484

Development of new pathways for CO2 utilization:
From a common waste to a valuable chemical feedstock

Project leader: Prof. Janusz Lewiński

Project duration: January 2018 – January 2021

Project value: PLN 1 376 000




Project description

Carbon dioxide is the most abundant and important C-1 building block in Nature. Simultaneously, the carbon dioxide is one of the most spreading greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Therefore, in regard to the fight with global warming the decrease of its concentration is now a very important issue. One of the most challenging strategy for decreasing CO2 amount is its direct transformation into useful and value-added products. This strategy changes the role of CO2 from an unwonted waste to a commonly available chemical feedstock and, as such, it is a fast developing area of research with potentially far-reaching technological applications. The project aims at more advanced understanding of the CO2 activation and fixation processes and development of new pathways for rational carbon dioxide transformation into valuable products and materials of desired functionality.


Vijay Gupta, PostDoc Zygmunt Drużyński, PhD Student
Krzesimir Korona, PhD Student Maciej Jacyna, Master Student

Collaborating groups

  1. Dr. David Fairen-Jimenez, Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
  2. Prof. Andrzej Katrusiak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
  3. Dr. Jacinto Sá, Department of Chemistry–Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University
  4. Prof. Erwin Reisner, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge


  1. A. Tulewicz, M. Wolska-Pietkiewicz, M. Jędrzejewska, T. Ratajczyk, I. Justyniak, J. Lewinski
    Towards extended zinc ethylsulfinate networks by stepwise insertion of sulfur dioxide into Zn‐C bonds
    Chemistry – A European Journal, 2019, 25, 14072-14080.  WWW  Cover!


Currently, there is no open recruitment