Presentation Title

A Study of Molybdenum Catalysts for Deoxydehydration of Vicinal Diols

Faculty Mentor

Alex John

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 9

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

Abstract

Fossil resources are getting increasingly scarce in today’s society and a new form of renewable matter is now more desirable than ever. One viable form of renewable matter can be derived from biomass. We are looking into deoxydehydration (DODH) reactions in order to develop a way to derive renewable matter from biomass. This reaction eliminates vicinal diols and creates a carbon-carbon double bond instead. Rhenium has been proven to work well in DODH reactions, however, it is a very scarce and expensive resource. Therefore, we are researching the properties of Molybdenum catalysts for DODH reactions. Although Molybdenum is not as effective as Rhenium, it is much more affordable to use. By utilizing molybdenum catalysts for deoxydehydration (DODH) reactions, we are developing a way to convert certain plant matter such as cellulose into petroleum hydrocarbons. By exploring the potential of molybdenum complexes supported over ancillary ligands, we can understand ligand effects on DODH reactivity. Our efforts in this direction using tripodal amine bisphenolate ligands will be discussed.

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Nov 18th, 2:15 PM Nov 18th, 3:15 PM

A Study of Molybdenum Catalysts for Deoxydehydration of Vicinal Diols

BSC-Ursa Minor 9

Fossil resources are getting increasingly scarce in today’s society and a new form of renewable matter is now more desirable than ever. One viable form of renewable matter can be derived from biomass. We are looking into deoxydehydration (DODH) reactions in order to develop a way to derive renewable matter from biomass. This reaction eliminates vicinal diols and creates a carbon-carbon double bond instead. Rhenium has been proven to work well in DODH reactions, however, it is a very scarce and expensive resource. Therefore, we are researching the properties of Molybdenum catalysts for DODH reactions. Although Molybdenum is not as effective as Rhenium, it is much more affordable to use. By utilizing molybdenum catalysts for deoxydehydration (DODH) reactions, we are developing a way to convert certain plant matter such as cellulose into petroleum hydrocarbons. By exploring the potential of molybdenum complexes supported over ancillary ligands, we can understand ligand effects on DODH reactivity. Our efforts in this direction using tripodal amine bisphenolate ligands will be discussed.