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
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.