Project Overview

Activation of Molecular Oxygen by Transition Metal Species Insertion of O2 into MR (M = Ni, Pd, Pt; R = H, CH3)

Faculty Sponsor

Jason Keith (




Specifically all students primary project will be working on: Activation of Molecular Oxygen by Transition Metal Species: Insertion of O2 into M-R (M = Ni, Pd, Pt; R = H, CH3) O2 activation is an important process in alternative energy such as the chemistry at the cathode of a fuel cell as well as an important step in oxidative functionalization of organic materials with relevance in pharmaceuticals, energy and beyond. In additional more experienced students will have a secondary project involving one of the following tasks: • ClOx Remediation and Environmental Cleanup • H2 activation and Energy Storage • Modeling X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Student Qualifications

Positions for several students of various levels of experience are possible. Completion of Chem 212 and Chem 333/334 is ideal but not required and students of all levels may apply. Ideally these positions would have a combination of students that are learning these methods for the first time and students with prior research experience in my lab. All projects are ideal for students with an interest in future Chem 481/482 in my group but would be beneficial for anyone moving on in chemistry. Successful work should result in a co-authorship in a future publication.

Number of Student Researchers

6 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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