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; Tavasoli E; Vela J . 2014. Inorganic chemistry solutions to semiconductor nanocrystal problems. Coordination Chemistry Reviews. 263:182-196. abstract
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Althaus S M; Mao K M; Stringer J A; Kobayashi T; Pruski M . 2014. Indirectly detected heteronuclear correlation solid-state NMR spectroscopy of naturally abundant N-15 nuclei. Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. 57-58:17-21. abstract
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Carraher J M; Ellern A; Bakac A . 2014. Preparation and reactivity of macrocyclic rhodium(III) alkyl complexes. Inorganica Chimica Acta. 409:254-258. abstract
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Kandel K; Frederickson C; Smith E A; Lee Y J; Slowing I I . 2013. Bifunctional Adsorbent-Catalytic Nanoparticles for the Refining of Renewable Feedstocks. ACS Catalysis. 3:2750-2758. abstract
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Kobayashi T; Mao K; Paluch P; Nowak-Krol A; Sniechowska J; Nishiyama Y; Gryko D T; Potrzebowski M J; Pruski M . 2013. Study of Intermolecular Interactions in the Corrole Matrix by Solid-State NMR under 100 kHz MAS and Theoretical Calculations. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition. 52:14108-14111. abstract
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Fang X K; Hansen L; Haso F; Yin P C; Pandey A; Engelhardt L; Slowing I; Li T; Liu T B; Luban M; Johnston D C . 2013. {Mo24Fe12} Macrocycles: Anion Templation with Large Polyoxometalate Guests. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition. 52:10500-10504. abstract
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Carraher J M; Bakac A . 2013. Alkyl group versus hydrogen atom transfer from metal alkyls to macrocyclic rhodium complexes. Chemical Communications. 49:6099-6101. abstract
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Kandel K; Althaus S M; Pruski M; Slowing I I; BravoSuarez J J; Kidder M K; Schwartz V . 2013. Supported Hybrid Enzyme-Organocatalysts for Upgrading the Carbon Content of Alcohols. Novel Materials for Catalysis and Fuels Processing. 1132:261-271. abstract
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Bakac A; Pestovsky O; Durfey B L; Kristian K E . 2013. Kinetics and thermodynamics of nitric oxide binding to transition metal complexes. Relationship to dioxygen binding. Chemical Science. 4:2185-2192. abstract
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Manna K; Everett W C; Schoendorff G; Ellern A; Windus T L; Sadow A D . 2013. Highly Enantioselective Zirconium-Catalyzed Cyclization of Aminoalkenes. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 135:7235-7250. abstract
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