RESEARCH INTERESTS

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Our group focuses on the development of homogeneous molecular and single-site supported catalysts for the conversion of small organic molecules. Interests span from processes relevant to energy and large commodity chemicals to higher value fine chemical synthesis. We prepare new inorganic and organometallic complexes and probe their reactivity in both new stoichiometric reactions as well as catalytic conversions. In addition to the synthesis and characterization of new complexes and study of reactivity, we also place significant effort toward mechanistic studies.

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CATALYTIC ALKYLATION AND ALKENYLATION OF ARENES

Alkyl- and alkenylated arenes are used in detergents and surfactants, polymers and many other industrial applications. Current industrial processes are indirect and energy intensive. Our group works on developing transition metal catalysts for the transformation of unactivated olefins and arenes to alkyl- and alkenylated arenes.

Arene Alkenylation

 

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ELECTROCATALYTIC CONVERSION OF SMALL MOLECULES

The ability to perform catalysis using electricity over thermal energy would provide a transition to renewable energy. Our group focuses on the synthesis and study of transition metal electrocatalysts for water oxidation that are amenable to immobilization onto conductive materials.

Heterogenized Surface

 

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SELECTIVE PARTIAL OXIDATION OF HYDROCARBONS

Oxidized hydrocarbons are industrially synthesized products used as fuels and in a variety of other chemical applications. Current routes to industrially produce oxidized hydrocarbons are indirect, wasteful and energy intensive. Our group works to develop transition metal complexes for hydrocarbon oxidation and to understand the mechanisms related to the processes. This includes oxidation of hydrocarbons such as methane, ethane and benzene.

Methanol Oxidation