What We Do
World leading expertise in metal catalyst synthesis allows researchers to demonstrate rational, scalable, bottom-up syntheses of supported single metal and bimetallic catalysts with previously unachievable control of metal nanoparticle size and metal1-metal2 interactions. You can find more information on the CERCAS website.
Goals: Fundamental Research to Streamline Catalyst Development
- Study of the mechanisms of metal deposition and nanoparticle genesis and stabilization.
- Predicting supported nanoparticle size, shape, and composition; "better nanoparticles through computation."
- Precise control of single and bimetallic catalytic sites for specific reactions.
Research Thrust Areas
- Fundamental Studies of Metal Deposition - In-Situ spectroscopy and microscopy of metal deposition and nanoparticle formation
- Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Solid-Solid Bonding - Predicting sintering/wetting and particle size, shape and composition.
- Precision site synthesis for specific reactions - Simple, scalable synthesis of mono- and mulit-metallic catalytic sites in well dispersed supported nanoparticles.
Want To Find Out More About This Unique NSF Partnership?
Dr. Larry Hornak, the NSF I/UCRC program director, gives an in depth explanation of the project and its research in this PowerPoint presentation.