Supported Single-Site Catalysts for Selective Alkane Oxidation

Project: Research project

Project Details


Background Argonne’s Catalysis and Energy Conversions Theme and Northwestern University (Prof. Justin Notestein) are developing supported single-site catalysts for selective partial oxidation of gaseous hydrocarbons. The project aims to develop discrete heterometallic small clusters – the active sites – on solid supports (e.g., inorganic oxides and metal-organic frameworks). The catalyst synthesis thrust of this project will employ key synthetic capabilities already established at Argonne, which include surface organometallic chemistry and atomic layer deposition. Rigorous characterization and mechanistic evaluation of the target catalysts are critical tools that can help in optimizing the catalyst design strategy. Tasks The project involves compositional analysis of the synthesized catalysts (ICP-AES), solid-state spectroscopic characterization (e.g., diffuse-reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy), and reactivity studies under plug-flow conditions. Professor Justin Notestein will assign a Ph.D. in chemical engineering student in his lab at Northwestern to perform these tasks. Deliverables This research collaboration with Prof. Notestein’s group at Northwestern University is expected to generate and contribute to Argonne’s catalysis research portfolio.
Effective start/end date1/22/169/30/17


  • UChicago Argonne, LLC, Argonne National Laboratory (3J-30081-0057A Rev. 0057C // 3J-30081)
  • Department of Energy (3J-30081-0057A Rev. 0057C // 3J-30081)


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