Metadynamics-Biased ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study of Heterogeneous CO2 Reduction via Surface Frustrated Lewis Pairs

Congratulations to Mireille Ghoussoub for publishing her first paper entitled “Metadynamics-Biased ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study of Heterogeneous CO2 Reduction via Surface Frustrated Lewis Pairs” in the elite journal ACS Catalysis. Mireille investigated theoretically the effect of temperature on the surface FLP-driven RWGS reaction, CO2 + H2 à CO + H2O. She successfully probed for the first time the mechanism of the RGWS reaction over the defect laden In2O3−x(OH)y surface at finite temperatures of 20 and 180 °C. She was able to map the free energy surfaces for the entire reaction pathway, transition states and locations of energy minima, illustrated in the diagram, to obtain the energetics for the activation of H2 and the capture and reduction of CO2. Her results attest to the interesting types of surface chemistry that can be enabled by FLP surface sites, exemplified in this study by the heterogeneous RWGS reaction.

The full article can be read on the ACS Catalysis website.

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Prof. Ozin is Honored in the Fifth Annual Edith M. Flanigen Honeywell UOP Invitational Lecture in Material Science Series

Edith M. Flanigen joined Union Carbide in 1952 after earning her Master of Science in inorganic chemistry from Syracuse University. Her breakthrough discovery and development of molecular sieves led to significant advances in inorganic materials and the petrochemical industry. The Edith M. Flanigen Honeywell UOP Invitational Lecture in Materials Science Series was created by UOP to honor Edith’s creativity and achievements. This year, Prof. Ozin was awarded the opportunity to deliver the fifth annual lecture of this series. Congratulations Geoff!

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Nanostructured Indium Oxide Coated Silicon Nanowire Arrays: A Hybrid Photothermal/Photochemical Approach to Solar Fuels

A paper by Laura, Paul, and Abdinoor reports the use of a hybrid catalyst consisting of In2O3-x(OH)y grown on an ultrablack vertically aligned Si nanowire support to reduce CO2 to CO. The ultrablack support improves light harvesting efficiency by converting the excess solar spectrum into heat to drive the catalytic reaction. This study provides a general advance into the design of catalysts for solar fuels.

The full article can be read on the ACS Nano website.

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Heterogeneous reduction of carbon dioxide by hydride-terminated silicon nanocrystals

Wei and Chenxi’s latest paper published in Nature Communications reports the use of hydride terminated Si nanocrystals as a heterogeneous reducing agent for converting CO2 to CO. Congratulations!

The full article can be read on the Nature Communications website.

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h-index 100!

Congrats to Geoff for achieving an h-index of 100 and everyone involved with the Ozin group for making this possible!

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Grasping Our Growing Gigatonne CO2 Challenge

Geoff brings up the growing CO2 problem facing us in his latest opinion piece on MaterialsViews. A breakdown of the possible short, medium, and long term solutions is presented here.

The full article can be read on the Materials Views website.

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Advanced Science Impact Factor 6.00!

After only 1.5 years after its launch, Advanced Science has received its first impact factor of 6.00!

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Surface Analogs of Molecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs in Heterogeneous CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysis

A perspective by Dr. Kulbir Kaur Ghuman has been published in ACS Catalysis. Here, she details the design of heterogeneous CO2 hydrogenation catalysts with surface Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs),using a molecular FLP strategy

The full perspective can be found on the ACS Catalysis website.

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Professor Ozin is Recognized as One of the Most Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering!

Geoff is listed among the most highly cited researchers in materials science and engineering according to Elsevier Scopus data. Congratulation Geoff!

The full list can be found on the MSES website.

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Graduate Scholarships and Post-doctoral Fellowships Available

The materials chemistry research group encourages top-rank post doctoral fellows, both national and international, to apply for the
elite Banting and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships to support their work in our group.

The applications can be found on the Banting and Vanier websites.

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