- COFUND Marie Curie Research Fellow
- Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia
- PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bath
Dr Wakeham’s goal is to increase the value of carbon dioxide through homogeneous catalysis. Currently considered a major contributing factor to the increase in global temperatures and a waste product from the combustion of fossil fuels. Catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into value-added products represents an opportunity to reuse carbon that is currently released into the atmosphere.
Dr Wakeham is working on low-cost novel catalysts for the valorisation (increase of value) of CO2 in homogenous phase. Synthesising a range of well-defined, relatively inexpensive iron, molybdenum and tungsten complexes, to test their ability to activate hydrogen and effect the reduction of CO2 to produce formic acid.