Franco Faucher Rose Hills
Immobilizing Iron Ions Using Porous Supports for Catalysis
Metal catalysts are extremely useful, however, there are many practical challenges that impede their use. One of these challenges is that most metal catalysts are prepared from precious metals; meaning that they might not be practically affordable. In order to circumvent the rising costs of metals and achieve recyclability, I will be synthesizing Dendrimer Encapsulated Nanoparticles (DENs) made of earth-abundant metals and precious metals. After synthesis of the DENs, a majority of time will be devoted to small-scale reactions. The small-scale reactions will help identify optimal conditions for the catalysts in addition to refining the catalytic activity. Creating viable catalysts from earth abundant metals could reduce the overall cost of many materials and products used by people every day.