Catalysis and Separation Science
We design, synthesize, and characterize ligands and organometallic complexes for catalysis. We conduct structure-function studies of complex molecular and material systems including hydrogen storage media and biomass for renewable energy. (ligand and catalyst synthesis, tandem catalysis, novel reaction media).
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Advanced in Catalysis
Conversion of non-food based plant biomass into transportation fuels and chemical feed-stocks is a growing area of research that will help decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and move towards a more carbon neutral fuel economy.
Researchers are exploring the possibility of replacing the normally used noble metal catalysts with earth-abundant metals such as cobalt.