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Development and Mechanistic Study of Copper-Based Water Oxidation Catalysts
Water oxidation is a challenging reaction that has great importance for alternative energy and fuel generation. Although several water oxidation catalysts have been discovered, much improvement is needed for the technology to be viable on a global scale. In recent years, there has been focus in the development of catalysts ...
Manganese(II) in Semiconductor Nanocrystals
The following chapters describe the state of II-VI semiconductor nanocrystal preparation. Introduction of transition metal dopants gave rise to new materials and provided an insight into both physical and chemical properties of these semiconductor nanocrystals. Mn(II) and Co(II) dopants were used to probe the spatial position ...
Solar Water Oxidation by Composite Cobalt-Based Catalyst/Oxide Semiconductor Photoanodes
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is an attractive approach to capturing and storing the earth's abundant solar energy influx. The challenging four-electron water-oxidation half-cell reaction has hindered this technology, giving rise to slow water oxidation kinetics at the photoanode surfaces relative to competitive ...
Synthesis of Electrophilic Rhodium and Iridium Complexes and Investigation of Reactivity for C-H Bond Activation and Functionalization
Direct methods for the transformation of alkanes into alcohols, alkenes, amines and other functionalized products would have a great impact on industrial processes. In this thesis the work described is aimed at developing electrophilic Rh and Ir systems to promote C-H bond activation and functionalization of alkanes and ...