Dr. Safak Bulut

Dr. Safak Bulut

Research topic: Ionic liquids and Green Chemistry

Contact: safak.bulut(@)mmk.su.se





Born and raised in Tarsus, on the southern coast of Turkey, Dr. Bulut completed his undergraduate chemistry education at the University of Paderborn. He completed his PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Freiburg with a topic based on ionic liquids. Dr. Bulut has since held postdoctoral positions in various groups at EPFL (Switzerland) and ICCAS (Beijing, China) and worked on catalysis, biomass conversion, metal-organic frameworks and CO2 conversion. Most recently Dr. Bulut started to work at Stockholm University as Researcher and developing ionic materials such as ionic liquids as advanced smart materials. His work includes the design, synthesis, chemical characterization of ionic materials as well as their properties.

In general, Dr. Bulut is interested in promising organic/inorganic material-classes such as ionic liquids, nanoparticles, metal-organic frameworks and their applications in sustainable processes.

  1. F. Zhang, S. Bulut,* X. Shen, M. Dong, Y. Wang, X. Cheng, H. Liu,* B. Han, “Halogen-free Fixation of Carbon Dioxide into Cyclic Carbonates via Bifunctional Organocatalysts”, Green Chemistry 2021, 23, 1147–1153.


  1. S. Yang, L. Peng, D. T. Sun, M. Asgari, E. Oveisi, O. Trukhina, S. Bulut, A. Jamali, W. L. Queen, “A New Post-Synthetic Polymerization Strategy Makes Metal-Organic Frameworks More Stable”, Chemical Science 2019, 10, 4542–4549.


  1. M. Asgari, R. Semino, P. Schouwink, I. Kochetygov, O. Trukhina, J. D. Tarver, S. Bulut, S. Yang, C. M. Brown, M. Ceriotti, W. L. Queen, “An In-Situ Neutron Diffraction and DFT Study of Hydrogen Adsorption in a Sodalite-Type Metal–Organic Framework, Cu-BTTri”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 1147–1154.


  1. S. Yang, L. Peng, S. Bulut, W. L. Queen, “Review Article: Recent Advances of MOFs and MOF-Derived Materials in Thermally-Driven Organic Transformations”, Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 2161.


  1. S. Yang, L. Peng, D. T. Sun, E. Oveisi, S. Bulut, W. L. Queen, “Metal–Organic-Framework-Derived Co3S4 Hollow Nanoboxes for the Selective Reduction of Nitroarenes”, ChemSusChem 2018, 11, 3131–3138.


  1. S. Bulut, S. Siankevich, A. P. van Muyden, D. T. L. Alexander, G. Savoglidis, J. Zhang, V. Hatzimanikatis, N. Yan, P. J. Dyson, “Efficient cleavage of aryl ether C−O linkages by Rh-Ni and Ru-Ni nanoscale catalysts operating in water”, Chemical Science 2018, 9, 5530−5535 (selected by the editors as cover article).


  1. I. Kochetygov,+ S. Bulut,+ M. Asgari, W. L. Queen, “Selective CO2 Adsorption by a New Metal-Organic Framework: Synergy of Open Metal Sites and Saturated Imidazolinium Backbone”, Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 10527−10535. (+ equal contribution)


  1. S. Bulut, W. L. Queen, “Catalyst-free Synthesis of Aryl Diamines via a Three-Step Reaction Process”, J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 3806−3818.


  1. S. Yang, L. Peng, E. Oveisi, S. Bulut, D. T. Sun, M. Asgari, O. Trukhina, W. L. Queen, “MOF-derived cobalt phosphide/carbon nanocubes for selective hydrogenation of nitroarenes to anilines”, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 4234−4238 (selected by the editors as hot paper and cover article).


  1. L. Peng, M. Asgari, P. Miéville, P. Schouwink, S. Bulut, D. T. Sun, Z. Zhou, P. Pattison, W. van Beek, W. L. Queen, “Using predefined M3(µ3-O) clusters as building blocks for an isostructural series of metal-organic frameworks”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 23957−23966.


  1. S. Das, F. D. Bobbink, S. Bulut, M. Soudani, P. J. Dyson, “Thiazolium Carbene Catalyst for the Fixation of CO2 onto Amines”, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 2497−2500.


  1. S. Bulut, Z. Fei, S. Siankevich, J. Zhang, N. Yan, P. J. Dyson, “Aqueous-phase hydrogenation of alkenes and arenes: the growing role of nanoscale catalysts”, Catalysis Today 2015, 247, 96−103.


  1. S. Verevkin, D. Zaitsau, V. Emel’yanenko, A. Yermalayeu, Ch. Schick, H. Liu, E. Maginn, S. Bulut, I. Krossing, R. Kalb, “Making Sense of Enthalpy of Vaporization Trends for Ionic Liquids: New Experimental and Simulation Data Show a Simple Linear Relationship and Help Reconcile Previous Data”, J. Phys. Chem. B 2013, 117, 6473−6486.


  1. W. Beichel, Y. Yu, G. Dlubek, R. Krause-Rehberg, J. Pionteck, D. Pfefferkorn, S. Bulut, D. Bejan, Ch. Friedrich, I Krossing, “Free volume in ionic liquids: a connection of experimentally accessible observables from PALS and PVT experiments with the molecular structure from XRD data”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 8821–8830.


  1. Y. Yu, W. Beichel, G. Dlubek, R. Krause-Rehberg, M. Paluch, J. Pionteck, D. Pfefferkorn, S. Bulut, Ch. Friedrich, N. Pogodina, I. Krossing, “Free volume and phase transitions of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium based ionic liquids from positron lifetime spectroscopy”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14, 6856–6868.


  1. S. Bulut, M. A. Ab Rani, T. Welton, P. D. Lickiss, I. Krossing, “Preparation of [Al(hfip)4]-based ionic liquids (hfip = OC(H)(CF3)2) with siloxane-functionalized cations and their physical properties in comparison with their [Tf2N] analogues”, ChemPhysChem 2012, 13, 1802−1805.


  1. S. Bulut, P. Klose, I. Krossing, “Na[B(hfip)4] (hfip = OC(H)(CF3)2): a weakly coordinating anion salt and its first application to prepare ionic liquids”, Dalton Trans. 2011, 40, 8114−8124.


  1. S. Bulut, P. Eiden, W. Beichel, J. M. Slattery, T. Beyersdorff, T. Schubert and I. Krossing, “Temperature Dependence of the Viscosity and Conductivity of Mildly Functionalized and Non-Functionalized [Tf2N] Ionic Liquids”, ChemPhysChem 2011, 12, 2296–2310.


  1. P. Eiden, S. Bulut, T. Köchner, Ch. Friedrich, T. Schubert, I. Krossing, “In Silico Predictions of the Temperature Dependent Viscosities, and Electrical Conductivities of Functionalized and Non-Functionalized Ionic Liquids”, J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 115, 300–309.


  1. S. Bulut, P. Klose, M.-M. Huang, H. Weingärtner, P. J. Dyson, G. Laurenczy, Ch. Friedrich, J. Menz, K. Kümmerer, I. Krossing, “Synthesis of Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids with the Weakly Coordinating [Al(ORF)4] Anion (RF=C(H)(CF3)2) and the Determination of Their Principal Physical Properties”, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 13139–13154 (listed by Wiley as one of the hottest papers in Green and Sustainable Chemistry).


  1. G. Dlubek, Yang Yu, R. Krause-Rehberg, W. Beichel, S. Bulut, N. Pogodina, I. Krossing, Ch. Friedrich, “Free volume in imidazolium triflimide ([C3MIM][NTf2]) ionic liquid from positron lifetime: Amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states”, J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 133, 124502−124511.


  1. M.-M. Huang, S. Bulut, I. Krossing, H. Weingärtner, “Are hydrodynamic models suited for describing the reorientational dynamics of ions in ionic liquids? A case study of methylimidazolium tetra(hexafluoroisopropoxy)aluminates”, J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 133, 101101−101104 (selected by the editors of the Journal as a hot article and featured on the website of J. Chem. Phys. in 2010).


  1. U. Preiss, S. Bulut, I. Krossing, “In Silico Prediction of the Melting Points of Ionic Liquids from Thermodynamic Considerations: A Case Study on 67 Salts with a Melting Point Range of 337 °C”, J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 11133–11140.


Conference contributions
  1. I. Kochetygov, S. Bulut, W. L. Queen, “Metal-Organic Frameworks Bearing N-Heterocyclic Carbene Functionality for CO2 Binding and Conversion”, (Poster), NRG2018 “Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Research”, Crans-Montana/Switzerland, 2018.


  1. S. Bulut, W. L. Queen, “Ionic Liquids with Aluminate and Borate based Weakly Coordinating Anions”, (Lecture), 28th National Chemistry Congress, Mersin/Turkey, 2016.


  1. S. Bulut, P. J. Dyson, “Conversion of Lignin into useful Chemicals”, (Poster), Swiss Chemical Society Fall Meeting – Lausanne/Switzerland, Chimia 2013, 67, Nr. 7/8, 564.


  1. S. Bulut, S. Siankevich, N. Yan, P. J. Dyson, “Conversion of Lignin into useful Chemicals – A Challenge over Catalyst Development”, (Poster), Progress Report Meeting NRP 66 “Resource Wood”, Magglingen/Switzerland, 2013.


  1. S. Bulut, P. Klose, H. Weingärtner, P. J. Dyson, I. Krossing, “Novel ILs with Alkoxyaluminate and Alkoxyborate Anions: [MIII(OCH(CF3)2)4] (M = Al, B) Synthesis, Characterization and Physical Properties”, (Poster), 15. Vortragstagung der Wöhler-Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie der GDCh, Freiburg i. Br./Germany, 2010.


  1. P. Eiden, S. Bulut, I. Krossing, “Prediction of Viscosity and Electrical Conductivity of Ionic Liquids”, (Poster), EUCHEM Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids, Bamberg/Germany, 2010.


  1. M. Bürchner, W. Beichel, S. Bulut, P. Eiden, U. Preiss, I. Krossing, “The molecular and the free volume”, (Poster), Winterschool − DFG Schwerpunktprogramm SPP 1191 “Ionic Liquids”, Universität Rostock/Germany, 2009.


  1. Krossing, C. Friedrich, U. Preiss, S. Bulut, “The Prediction of Melting Points of Ionic Liquids”, (Poster), Jahrestreffen des DFG Schwerpunktprogramms SPP 1191 “Ionic Liquids”, Potsdam/Germany, 2009.


  1. M. Bürchner, P. Eiden, S. Bulut, D. Himmel, U. Preiss, I. Krossing, “Vorhersage physikalischer Eigenschaften und experimentelle Studien an Ionischen Flüssigkeiten”, (Poster), Tag der Forschung, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br./Germany, 2009.


  1. S. Bulut, I. Krossing, “ILs with [Al(OCH(CF3)2)4] as anion: Synthesis and Physical Properties”, (Lecture), 13. Deutscher Fluortag, Schmitten-Taunus/Germany, 2008.


  1. N. Trapp, K. Guttsche, T. Köchner, S. Bulut, P. Klose, H. Scherer, I. Krossing, “Entwicklung neuer schwach koordinierender Anionen und starker Lewis-Säuren”, (Poster), Tag der Forschung, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br./Germany, 2008.


  1. S. Bulut, I. Krossing, “New Ionic Liquids with [Al(OCH(CF3)2)4] as anion and their physical properties”, (Lecture), Jahrestreffen des DFG Schwerpunktprogramms SPP 1191 “Ionic Liquids”, Bamberg/Germany, 2007.


  1. S. Bulut, J. M. Slattery, I. Krossing, “Vorhersage der physikochemischen Eigenschaften von ionischen Flüssigkeiten: Ein auf Volumen basierter Ansatz”, (Lecture), 16. Kolloquium des Freiburger Materialforschungszentrums, Rust/Germany, 2007.


  1. S. Bulut, J. M. Slattery, I. Krossing, “How to predict the physical properties of ionic liquids; including melting points, viscosities, conductivities and densities”, (Poster), GDCh Wissenschaftsforum Chemie, Universität Ulm/Germany, 2007.


  1. S. Bulut, J. M. Slattery, I. Krossing, “Understanding and Predicting the Properties of Ionic Liquids”, (Poster), Tag der Forschung, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br./Germany, 2007.