Date of Award
Level of Access Assigned by Author
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Brian G. Frederick
Second Committee Member
François G. Amar
Third Committee Member
Robert J. Lad
Additional Committee Members
Thomas J. Schwartz
Carl. P. Tripp
Heterogeneous catalysis, including thermal- and photocatalysis, is a key technology toward developing industrial processes for a sustainable future. Therefore, the study of surface reactions and catalyst properties includes most studies in this area. There has been extensive work put into developing experimental and computational tools to understand surface and interface phenomena, describe mechanistic chemical transformations, and simulate the behavior of surface reactions to develop better catalysts and more efficient processes.
This thesis describes experimental and theoretical investigations to explain the reaction mechanism of ethanol conversion to value-added products over an MgO/SiO2 catalyst, a kinetic model describing the surface changes during pretreatment of WO3 as hydrogenation and hydrodeoxygenation catalyst, and a fundamental study of the electronic structure of sulfur-doped TiO2 to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of this material.
The main goal of all the chapters of this thesis is to generate knowledge of these heterogeneous catalysis systems and add a small step in the bridge toward a sustainable future.
Rahmani Chokanlu, Amir, "Nanomaterials for Sustainability: Using Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemistry for Microkinetic Modeling of Thermo- and Photo- Catalysts" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3569.
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