The Grapperhaus Research Group is an interdisciplinary group focused on the synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of metal complexes for applications in the catalysis, renewable energy, and metal-containing therapeutics. The general focus of the group is Inorganic Chemistry, but the group also includes researchers with interests in Organic Synthesis, Computation, Biochemistry, and Engineering. The group collaborates closely with colleagues in the Department of Chemistry, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, and the Medical School. There are several projects ongoing in the group; some current projects include:
Ligand-Assisted Electrocatalysts for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction
Hydrogen serves as a promising alternative carbon-free fuel and is an essential building block for industrial and agricultural processes. Currently, 95% of industrial H2 derives from unsustainable fossil-fuel cracking. The catalysts in this project employ a ligand-centered approach. A major advantage of the ligand-assisted approach is that the organic framework functions as the active site allowing the development of catalysts that are metal-free or promoted by sustainable transition- (Ni, Cu) or non-transition metals (Zn). This project is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (1665136).
Roll-to-roll Manufacturing of Continuous Perovskite Modules
|Perovskite solar cell research focuses on making the material that absorbs photons, called the absorber, more durable and efficient. This project will investigate the applicability of low-cost roll-to-roll manufacturing techniques for perovskite modules. The team will employ rapid deposition and annealing techniques, which are the processes used to deposit the absorber layer onto a substrate and then heating and cooling it to toughen the absorber. The team will then study the performance of the absorber layer and use the same techniques on the remainder of the device layers. The team aims to use these techniques to create a high throughput manufacturing process for perovskite modules in a commercial roll-to-roll facility. This project is currently funded by the Department of Energy.|
Interested in joining the group?
Prospective graduate students are encouraged to e-mail Prof. Grapperhaus about upcoming openings for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Fellowships, and Graduate Research Assistants. All applications are evaluated by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee, which begins reviewing full applications for Fall Semester in January.
Current undergraduates should e-mail Prof. Grapperhaus about Undergraduate Research Opportunities. It is recommended to do this the before semester registration begins.
Post-doctoral openings will be posted on the Grapperhaus Research Group main page when available.
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