• Growing role of chemical production in industrial energy demand

    Growing role of chemical production in industrial energy demand

    http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/energy/energyoutlook

  • Hollow nanoporous gold microspheres

    Hollow nanoporous gold microspheres

    False-color SEM image of hollow nanoporous gold microsphere that is highly active for selective alcohol oxidation

  • Gold activated by oxygen for synthesis

    Gold activated by oxygen for synthesis

    Schematic mechanism for dimethylformamide synthesis from methanol coupling with dimethyl amine via a (CH3)2N intermediate on Au.

  • Theoretical simulation of photochemical processes

    that drive the excitation of semiconductor catalyst.

  • Water facilitates oxygen mobility on gold surfaces via transient hydroxyl pairs

    Water facilitates oxygen mobility on gold surfaces via transient hydroxyl pairs

    Under controlled conditions, water and oxygen react to create a dynamic surface on Au(110) that may enhance catalytic activity

  • Reaction of methoxy to formaldehyde has a high-energy transition state, in contrast to that in the longer chain systems.

    Kinetics of anhydrous dehydrogenation of alcohols on Cu

    Reaction of methoxy to formaldehyde has a high-energy transition state, in contrast to that in the longer chain systems.

  • Luneau image

    Enhancing catalytic performance of dilute metal alloy nano materials

    Dilute alloy catalysts are highly dynamic systems that can be tuned and maintained in an active state

  • OConnor image

    Species migration enhances reactivity on a bimetallic oxide surface

    The presence of PdOx facilitates Ag oxide reduction by H2 involving intermediate migration & reaction-mediated PdAg intermixing

  • Walenta image

    Regulating photochemical selectivity with temperature

    Isobutanol on TiO2(110)

  • OConnor PNAS image

    Dense hydrogen phase promotes hydrogen atom spillover

    The formation of a dense hydrogen phase on palladium islands is critical for hydrogen atom migration to the silver host

Addressing global challenges in reducing energy costs and in developing alternative energy sources is critical to the future.  The research in the Friend group focuses on important catalytic reactions and on making new materials with key chemical functionality by controlling the chemical and physical properties of interfaces.

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