Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit (Julia Khusnutdinova)
Front row (left to right): Chika Azama, Shubham Deolka, Julia Khusnutdinova, Pradnya Patil, Luca Nencini;
Back row: Abhishek Dubey, Orestes Rivada-Wheelaghan, Eugene Khaskin, Georgy Filonenko, Sebastien Lapointe
Our group is interested in developing transition metal complexes with modular properties controlled through ligand design (photoluminescent properties, redox reactivity). Eventually, we plan to use these properties in the design of new stimuli-responsive polymers.
We also work on developing homogeneous catalysts for reactions relevant to renewable energy production (e.g. carbon dioxide reduction to liquid fuel) and environmentally benign, “green” transformations.
Course highlights: "Inorganic Electrochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications in Renewable Energy Catalysis"
Now that the class is almost finished (except for the final exam tomorrow), I'll introduce the highlights of my course "Inorganic Electrochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications in Renewable Energy Catalysis". This is a graduate level course for chemistry students that includes both lectures and laboratory experiments. In the class, we introduced basic principles of electrochemistry, and discusses modern research in the application of transition metal complexes in electrocatalysis for renewable energy storage and production. See the highlights of some of the lab experiments and a syllabus below. Read more...
Finally, we had our last laboratory experiment in “Inorganic Electrochemistry” class, during which we collected some entertaining experiments for the end of the year: oscillating reactions, electroplating, and diffusion-limited aggregation. Read more...
With some delay, updates from the last labs in “Inorganic Electrochemistry” class that I teach this semester. In the lecture, we covered briefly electrochemiluminescence and chemiluminescence, so in the following lab, we tried to see both, ECL by following experiments from Bard’s papers, and for chemiluminescence, just playing with luminol and different catalysts. Almost entire lab was done in the dark. Luckily, we can shut the windows in the teaching lab (luxury we can’t afford in most of the new research labs full of glass walls…) Read more...