Bridging Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electro-catalysis: Catalytic Reactions Involving Oxygen

Meeting Program – February 2015

Dr. Umit S. Ozkan
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
The Ohio State University

Umit Ozkan
Abstract
Catalytic reactions that involve oxygen can be found in a large number of processes, including those in energy-related applications, in emission control and in processes important for the chemical industry. Whether the catalytic reaction is an oxygen insertion step as in a selective oxidation reaction, or an oxygen removal step as in a hydrodeoxygenation reaction, oxygen has proven to be a very challenging component, often determining the selectivity of the reaction. Some examples from our laboratories that bridge catalysis and electro-catalysis will be discussed, ranging from oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes to oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.