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Earth-abundant materials as next-generation catalytic platforms for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass

Grant number: 15/23900-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2016
Effective date (End): July 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Daniela Zanchet
Grantee:Daniela Zanchet
Host Investigator: Yuriy Roman
Host Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States  


The primary objective of this proposal is to devise and implement efficient catalytic strategies for the conversion of cellulosic feeds into chemical and fuel precursors using earth-abundant catalysts. Biomass-derived molecules are intrinsically hydrogen deficient due to their large oxygen content and require redox-active centers to introduce hydrogen atoms into their structure. Although supported platinum group metals (PGMs) exhibit exceptional catalytic activity for such reactions, their use in new global scale biomass-conversion processes is limited due to scarcity, high costs, and low hydrothermal stability. Therefore, a strong focus in this project will be placed on the characterization and applications of next-generation earth-abundant catalysts that can serve as replacements for precious metals during the conversion of cellulose. Focusing on the strengths of the complementarity with Prof. Yuriy Roman from MIT, this project is a required step to consolidate a fruitful collaborative work that aims to deliver a strong fundamental catalyst design framework that will lead to high impact scientific discoveries, opening up opportunities for the development of new technologies.

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Scientific publications (7)
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SHETTY, MANISH; ZANCHET, DANIELA; GREEN, WILLIAM H.; ROMAN-LESHKOV, YURIY. Cooperative Co-0/Co-II Sites Stabilized by a Perovskite Matrix Enable Selective C-O and C-C bond Hydrogenolysis of Oxygenated Arenes. CHEMSUSCHEM, v. 12, n. 10, p. 2171-2175, . (15/23900-2)
LIU, YIFEI; GOELTL, FLORIAN; RO, INSOO; BALL, MADELYN R.; SENER, CANAN; ARAGAO, ISAIAS BARBOSA; ZANCHET, DANIELA; HUBER, GEORGE W.; MAVRIKAKIS, MANOS; DUMESIC, JAMES A.. Synthesis Gas Conversion over Rh-Based Catalysts Promoted by Fe and Mn. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 7, n. 7, p. 4550-4563, . (15/23900-2, 15/20477-1)
RO, INSOO; ARAGAO, ISAIAS B.; CHADA, JOSEPH P.; LIU, YIFEI; RIVERA-DONES, KEISHLA R.; BALL, MADELYN R.; ZANCHET, DANIELA; DUMESIC, JAMES A.; HUBER, GEORGE W.. The role of Pt-FexOy interfacial sites for CO oxidation. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, v. 358, p. 19-26, . (15/23900-2, 15/20477-1, 14/21988-7)
GARG, AARON; MILINA, MARIA; BALL, MADELYN; ZANCHET, DANIELA; HUNT, SEAN T.; DUMESIC, JAMES A.; ROMAN-LESHKOV, YURIY. Transition-Metal Nitride Core@Noble-Metal Shell Nanoparticles as Highly CO Tolerant Catalysts. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, v. 56, n. 30, p. 8828-8833, . (15/23900-2, 15/50375-6)
GARG, AARON; GONCALVES, DANIELLE S.; LIU, YUSU; WANG, ZHENSHU; WANG, LINXI; YOO, JONG SUK; KOLPAK, ALEXIE; RIOUX, ROBERT M.; ZANCHET, DANIELA; ROMAN-LESHKOV, YURIY. Impact of Transition Metal Carbide and Nitride Supports on the Electronic Structure of Thin Platinum Overlayers. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 9, n. 8, p. 7090-7098, . (15/50375-6, 15/23900-2)
ARAGAO, ISAIAS BARBOSA; RO, INSOO; LIU, YIFEI; BALL, MADELYN; HUBER, GEORGE W.; ZANCHET, DANIELA; DUMESIC, JAMES A.. Catalysts synthesized by selective deposition of Fe onto Pt for the water-gas shift reaction. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 222, p. 182-190, . (15/23900-2, 15/20477-1, 14/21988-7)
IIDA, TAKAYUKI; ZANCHET, DANIELA; OHARA, KOJI; WAKIHARA, TORU; ROMAN-LESHKOV, YURIY. Concerted Bimetallic Nanocluster Synthesis and Encapsulation via Induced Zeolite Framework Demetallation for Shape and Substrate Selective Heterogeneous Catalysis. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, v. 57, n. 22, p. 6454-6458, . (15/23900-2)

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