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A thorough overview of esters and their reductions is presented. A large focus was placed on reductions via homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation. Although several ester hydrogenation systems have been developed, the production of highly enantioenriched alcohols has generally relied upon the usage...
Bimetallicity is known to provide synergistic effects and improve catalytic performance of monometallic counterparts in a variety of applications. Conventional impregnation methods for supported catalyst preparation do not allow for the control of bimetallic nanoparticle structure or size, which...
Design, Development and Mechanistic Study of Ruthenium-Based Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of Imides and AmidesDownload
Prior mechanistic studies demonstrate that trans-[RuH2((R)-BINAP)((R,R)-dpen)] is a remarkably active carbonyl reducing agent at low-temperatures in THF-d8. This dissertation describes the monohydrogenation of cyclic meso-imides using this catalyst and related complexes under mild conditions....
Oxidation of 2-propanol in alkaline electrolytes using platinum and ruthenium-based catalysts: prototype fuel cells and electrokinetics studiesDownload
Alcohols are an attractive alternative to hydrogen fuel in fuel cells. They are energy dense, easy to store, transport, and they are readily available. Alkaline fuel cells have several kinetic advantages over acidic fuel cells, but they are sensitive to carbon dioxide. The fuel most studied in...
Molecular transition metal catalysts offer unique potential for the production of fine chemicals. Chemical processes carried out in the presence of well defined molecular catalysts often only require mild, easily accessible conditions, fewer sacrificial reagents, and can selectively produce a...
Selective ring opening of naphthenic molecules is a preferred reaction to increase cetane number of fuels, and it should result in products with no loss in molecular weight and longer alkyl side chains. Benzocyclopentane (indan) ring opening was studied under hydrogen atmospheric pressure at 609...