Catalysis


Inventing new methods and tools with less energy to manipulate chemical bonds

Catalytic transformations stand at the forefront of chemistry – these reactions can significantly reduce the input of energy to manipulate chemical bonds opening up novel reaction pathways. Cutting-edge research is focused on developing novel homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts derived from organic and inorganic molecules as well as atomically defined solid-solution interfaces. Knowledge gained through these studies will allow for increased efficiency in the production of new medicines, activation of chemical species and the conversion of solar energy.  See more faculty interested in this theme »

Faculty

Masaki Uchida Lyudmila Bronstein M. Kevin Brown Kenneth Caulton Silas Cook Trevor Douglas Caroline Chick Jarrold Liang-shi Li Dennis Peters Jonathan Raff Krishnan Raghavachari Sara E. Skrabalak Jeremy Smith Thomas Snaddon Steven L. Tait Jeffrey Zaleski

Research

Catalytic Incorporation of CO2 into Organic Molecules

Carbon dioxide is one of the most abundant and inexpensive carbon sources available, rendering it attractive as a feedstock chemical. Despite this potential, however, efficient chemical reactions that incorporate this simple molecule into organic compounds...
Combining Advantages of Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysts

Combining Advantages of Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysts

A study to combine advantages of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts is underway in the laboratories of Prof. Steve Tait. Graduate student researchers are working with atomic-resolution scanning probe microscopes and supersonic molecular beams to...
Saving Our Planet, One Electron at a Time

Saving Our Planet, One Electron at a Time

Professor Dennis Peters and his research group have recently reported the remediation of a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) via the use of electrogenerated nickel(I) and cobalt(I) catalysts which can completely dechlorinate a CFC, thereby eliminating from the...