Geometric and Electronic Structure Contributions to Cu/O2 Reactivity

Seminar series
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Mon, Apr 29 4:00pm
2033 Young Hall
Speaker Professor Edward I. Solomon
Stanford University
Dept. of Chemistry

Abstract: Copper active sites in (Bio)Inorganic Chemistry are involved in reversible dioxygen binding, O2 activation for electrophilic aromatic attack and hydrogen atom abstraction, and the four electron reduction of O2 to water.  These have unique spectroscopic features reflecting novel geometric and electronic structures that are key to reactivity.  This presentation will provide an overview of this chemistry/spectroscopy/electronic structure/reactivity and extend the concepts developed to the active site in oxygen-activated Cu/ZSM-5 which selectively oxidizes methane to methanol at low temperature.