Catalysis

Energetically efficient (de-)hydrogenations

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Support from: ACS-PRF, Pitt CRDF

Current Students: Mitch Groenenboom, Karthikeyan Saravanan, Yasemin Basdogan

Overview: Environmental consequences of increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere make the development of renewable fuel technologies imperative. Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to more active molecules is one approach to produce an alternative fuel and reduce CO2 release into the atmosphere. There is a growing body of literature implicating aromatic N-heterocycles as co-catalysts for CO

Hetero-bimetallic catalysis

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We worked in collaboration with Neal Mankad’s group at the University of Illinois Chicago to model reaction pathways for C-H borylation. 

Published work:  
Parmelee, S .R.; Mazzacano, T. J.; Zhu, Y.; Mankad, N. P.; Keith, J. A. “A Heterobimetallic Mechanism for C-H Borylation Elucidated from Experimental and Computational Data.” ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 3689-3699. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b00275