“Science and Serendipity in Heterogeneous Catalysis Research”
In the first part of the presentation I will talk about our recent progress on the understanding of the two-dimensional dispersion of group V metal oxides on silica. Anchoring mechanisms, as well as practical ways to improve dispersion beyond the current state-of-the-art will be addressed. Oxidative dehydrogenation of propane (ODHP) is used as a structure-sensitive reaction, showing a linear increase in space-time-yield as a function of two-dimensional surface coverage. Breakthrough materials for ODHP, showing unprecedented selectivity, will be outlined.
In the second part of the talk I will summarize our quest for the nature of the active sites in Snβ using advanced ex and in situ characterization techniques.
366 Colburn Lab
University of Delaware
150 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716
University of Delaware CCST
September 18, 2015