• Functionalization methane molescules

    June 26, 2018

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CCGS bike ride to Minnehaha Falls and bike
The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students enjoy a group ride to Minnehaha Falls and back to the University. Watch for announcements about future bike rides. Rides are open to everyone in the department. No biker is left behind!

Uncovering a missing link from methane to methanol

This image depicts the selective functionalization of methane molecules, a chemical process that makes them more technologically desirable. The methane molecules are shown as one gray carbon atom connected to four white hydrogen atoms. The orange crystals

Microscopic crystalline structures, called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. Massimiliano "Max" Delferro, Ph.D., Catalysis Science Program Group leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, and Omar Farha, associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, have demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs. This work was a result of their joint efforts in the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, a DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. This research was published in Nature Catalysis.

Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Aug. 21, 2018

Logo for the ACS National Meeting in Boston, August 2018
You're invited to the University of Minnesota Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Seaport Boston Hotel, Lighthouse II Meeting Room, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210. ACS event number for ticket sales: SE14. Ticket price: $5. Tickets can be purchased along with your ACS meeting registration, or added to an existing registration.