Organocatalysis Research Subgroup

as a part of the Supramolecular Research Group

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE)

Check out our latest publications!

J. Catal. 2019, 371, 255-261. 

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2019.01.041

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Our latest article titled "Selective Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Biomass‐Derived 5‐Hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5‐Diformylfuran: from Mechanistic Investigations to Catalyst Recovery" is featured on the cover of ChemSusChem (link).


The front cover, the table of contents, and some figure illustrations were created by Heno Hwang, scientific illustrator at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


Furthermore, The Szekely Group, our collaborators from KAUST, is featured as the cover profile in ChemSusChem (link) this month. Check out the short interview with Prof. Gyorgy Szekely about our research project and his group.

Check out our latest open access article about electrocatalytic oxidation of HMF. Congratulation to all the co-authors, and thank you for your hard work in this project.


Selective Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Biomass‐Derived 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5‐Diformylfuran: from Mechanistic Investigations to Catalyst Recovery


Peter Kisszekelyi, Dr. Rifan Hardian, Dr. Hakkim Vovusha, Binglin Chen, Prof. Xianhai Zeng, Prof. Udo Schwingenschlögl, Dr. Jozsef Kupai, Prof. Gyorgy Szekely


ChemSusChem, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.202000453




This year the annual conference of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS 2020 – Engineering Membrane Materials, Processes and Applications, 18-21 May 2020) took place in a digital form online. The group participated with an iPoster presented by Péter Kisszékelyi with our work on Cinchona-decorated cyclodextrin organocatalyst for asymmetric synthesis in a continuous-flow membrane reactor published in the Journal of Catalysis. He won the 2nd prize for his iPoster at the Processes session.


Meanwhile, Levente Cseri, a previous group member and our friend from the Szekely Group, also presented his work on Graphene oxide nanocomposite anion exchange membranes for improved electrodialysis and won the 3rd prize for his iPoster at the Materials session. His article on this topic was also featured on the front cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry A.


We would like to thank all the organizers of NAMS 2020, especially Manish Kumar, for their hard work. It was a great experience and we are looking forward to the next event.




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