Homogeneous and Interfacial Catalysis in 3D Controlled Environment


Project Leader(s):
Marek Pruski

Principal Investigators:
Andreja Bakac, Marek Pruski, Aaron Sadow, Igor Slowing

Key Scientific Personnel:
Takeshi Kobayashi, Oleg Pestovsky, Javier Vela


This collaborative research effort is geared toward bringing together the best features of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for developing new catalytic principles. Novel silica-based, single-site mesoporous catalysts with controlled, nanostructured morphology and surface properties will be prepared. The control of specific chemical properties, spatial distribution, and concentrations of various catalytic functional groups on the pore walls will be achieved. The catalytic activity of these single-site heterogeneous catalysts will be examined. Detailed mechanistic studies of such systems will be carried out in an effort to recognize the key factors that determine selectivity, reactivity and kinetics of both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic reactions.


This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences through the Ames Laboratory.  The Ames Laboratory is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Iowa State University under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.


Alvarado S R; Guo Y J; Ruberu T P A; Bakac A; Vela J . 2012. Photochemical versus Thermal Synthesis of Cobalt Oxyhydroxide Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 116:10382-10389. abstract
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Klobukowski E R; Angelici R J; Woo L K . 2012. Bulk Gold-Catalyzed Reactions of Isocyanides, Amines, and Amine N-Oxides. Organometallics. 31:2785-2792. abstract
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Marchuk K; Guo Y J; Sun W; Vela J; Fang N . 2012. High-Precision Tracking with Non-blinking Quantum Dots Resolves Nanoscale Vertical Displacement. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 134:6108-6111. abstract
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Wang C J; Liu D J; Evans J W . 2012. Schloegl's second model for autocatalysis on hypercubic lattices: Dimension dependence of generic two-phase coexistence. Physical Review E. 85:041109. abstract
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Hara K; Akahane S; Wiench J W; Burgin B R; Ishito N; Lin V S Y; Fukuoka A; Pruski M . 2012. Selective and Efficient Silylation of Mesoporous Silica: A Quantitative Assessment of Synthetic Strategies by Solid-State NMR. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 116:7083-7090. abstract
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Klobukowski E R; Angelici R J; Woo L K . 2012. Bulk Gold-Catalyzed Oxidations of Amines and Benzyl Alcohol Using Amine N-Oxides as Oxidants. Catalysis Letters. 142:161-167. abstract
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Manna K; Kruse M L; Sadow A D . 2011. Concerted C-N/C-H Bond Formation in Highly Enantioselective Yttrium(III)-Catalyzed Hydroamination. ACS Catalysis. 1:1637-1642. abstract
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Szajna-Fuller E; Bakac A . 2011. Kinetics and mechanism of the reduction of a macrocyclic Rh(III) complex by chromium(II) ions: pH-controlled selectivity to rhodium(II) vs. rhodium(III) hydride. Dalton Transactions. 40:10598-10602. abstract
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Wu K; Mukherjee D; Ellern A; Sadow A D; Geiger W E . 2011. Anodic electrochemistry of Mn and Re tricarbonyl complexes of tris(oxazolinyl)phenyl borate ligands: comparison to tris(pyrazolyl) borate complexes. New Journal of Chemistry. 35:2169-2178. abstract
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Tsai C H; Vivero-Escoto J L; Slowing I I; Fang I J; Trewyn B G; Lin V S Y . 2011. Surfactant-assisted controlled release of hydrophobic drugs using anionic surfactant templated mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Biomaterials. 32:6234-6244. abstract
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