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NSF Center for Integrated Catalysis Webinar Series: Matthew Conley

Inorganic, Seminars

March 16, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Flyer: Prof. Matthew Conley Flyer

Title: An Organometallic Perspective on Surface Functionalization

Abstract: Generation of catalytically active sites on “inert” oxide supports is a robust methodology used by chemical industry togenerate heterogeneous catalysts that mediate most large-scale chemical processes. One of the most important, yetprosaic, features of some heterogeneous catalysts is the inability of active sites to “move” on the support, whichgenerates reactive site-isolated active sites that can have higher activity or selectivity than related homogeneouscatalysts. As chemists, how can we leverage this property in catalyst design? In this webinar I will describeimmobilization of organometallic species onto functionalized surfaces as a method to understand relevant industrialmodels for common Ziegler-type olefin polymerization catalysts (e.g. Cp 2 ZrCl 2 /AlR 3 /oxide) and to more generallyaccess cationic surface species.