Catalysis forms one of the principles of green chemistry. This course will introduce catalysis as a tool for conducting chemistry with minimal environmental impact, describe the methods used for assessing catalyst activity and devising more efficient catalysts, and understanding the mechanisms of catalyzed reactions. It will survey the most well understood processes as well as some cutting edge reactions that are still not well understood. Characterization methods of catalysts will be described and examples will be chosen from the primary literature for discussion in a problem-based, self-directed learning format.
Students should have an appropriate background that includes courses covering transition metal chemistry (Chem 3211). Further course information is available to students through Brightspace/D2L.
Contact Prof. Chris Kozak for more information or a detailed course outline.