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Catalysis Well Represented at American Chemical Society 2008 Spring Meeting

(April 2008)

Collaboration and communication with the scientific community are key features of the research done at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Institute for Integrated Catalysis. Scientists from IIC gave 16 talks at the Spring 2008 American Chemical Society National Meeting. This 5-day meeting typically draws more than 11,500 chemists, chemical engineers, and other professionals from around the world.

At the conference, the catalysis talks spanned the range from theory to characterization to new process chemistry. For example, PNNL’s Dr. Bruce Garrett discussed the theory and computational research needed to advance catalysis for energy production and use. This is just one talk based on the IIC’s work on the Department of Energy’s basic research needs report on catalysis for energy.

The IIC’s Dr. Yongsoon Shin presented his research team’s successful synthesis of alloys or bimetallic nanoparticles on cellulose nanocrystals. Alloys are particularly important as they often exhibit better catalytic properties than their monometallic counterparts. The team’s never-before-seen configurations of metal crystals show promise for a number of catalytic applications.

Dr. Guosheng Li from the IIC gave a talk on a prototype high-throughput reactor designed and built to screen and characterize catalysts. Built in DOE’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory by IIC and other PNNL staff, this reactor integrates a Fourier transform infrared imaging technique with Raman spectroscopy under operando conditions.

Discussing the results of these and other discoveries at the American Chemical Society Meeting and other events is an important part of sharing our expertise with the broader research community.

For a detailed list of the talks given by members of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis, see 235th ACS Technical Abstracts .

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