Hydrogen Cyanide in an Industrial and Academic Setting

PhD defence, Friday 24 March 2017, PhD student Steffan Kvist Kristensen.

2017.03.24 | Karen Konradi

Steffan Kvist Kristensen

During his PhD studies, Steffan Kvist Kristensen has examined the use of hydrogen cyanide in catalytic and non-catalytic processes. Although hydrogen cyanide industrially is used on a multi ton scale, its use in an academic setting is minimal. This is mainly due to its toxicity and its handling difficulties, since hydrogen cyanide is a flammable liquid with a boiling point just above room temperature (b.p. 25.6 °). Steffan Kvist Kristensen has during his PhD studies developed a system, which makes it possible to handle and measure out hydrogen cyanide under safe conditions. This system has throughout the PhD studies been used in transition metal catalyzed reactions involving palladium and nickel. In collaboration with Haldor Topsøe, Steffan Kvist Kristensen has developed a procedure to convert biomass into chemically relevant amino alcohols. Essential to this invention is the use of hydrogen cyanide.

The PhD degree was completed at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Science and Technology, Aarhus University under The Department of Chemistry, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This resume was prepared by the PhD Student.

Time: Friday, 24 March 2017 at 13.15

Place: Building 1514, room 213, Lecture Theatre I, Department of Chemistry, Langelandsgade 140, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C.

Title of dissertation: Taming HCN - A Method Development

Contact information: Steffan Kvist Kristensen, e-mail: skk@chem.au.dk

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Hans-Günther Schmalz, Department für Chemie, Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany

Professor Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

Associate Professor Steen Uttrup Pedersen, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University

Main supervisor: Professor Troels Skrydstrup, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defense is public.

The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, room 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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