The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center comprises four research areas:
In the synthesis of new materials research area, we make new catalysts.
This involves depositing a metal cluster or metal oxide cluster at a support by either ALD or solution exchange. The new materials then go on to be characterized and tested for catalytic activity. Modeling of the new materials occurs at the same time.
In the catalysis research area, we utilize our synthesized materials to perform catalytic reactions.
These catalytic reactions involve the following:
The quantum simulations are aimed at predicting novel materials to support and guide experimental efforts.
We utilize density functional theory- and wave function-based methods to study synthesis and catalytic reactions and aid in the characterization of the materials. In addition, we invest in new methods development aimed at addressing challenges in catalysis.
In the characterization research area, we determine Metal Organic Framework (MOF) structures and their reactivity with various precursors.
The techniques utilized include calorimetric measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission microscopy (STEM), x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS), powder x-ray diffraction, and solid State NMR, among others.