Date of Award
University Scholars Director
First Advisor/Committee Member
Samantha J. Robinson
Second Advisor/Committee Member
catalysis, hydrogenation, electrochemistry
To lessen environmentalstrain and decrease dependency on noble metals for catalysis, first-row metals are continuously being explored as alternative catalysts for reactions of interest, particularly those that close the carbon cycle or promote fuel production. Recently, homogeneous cobalt catalysts have been shown to be viable options for effective hydrogenation of C-O double bonds, with cobalt-triphos being of particular interest. Here, we report the characterization of synthesized a cobalt-triphos complex by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy. Analysis of the electrochemistry of the cobalt-triphos complex suggests promising electrocatalytic capability for the hydrogenation of acetone to produce isopropanol.
Molina, Joselyn G., "Synthesis and Characterization of a Homogeneous Cobalt Catalyst for the Hydrogenation of Acetone to Isopropanol" (2019). Honors Projects. 92.