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:
This project develops more sustainable systems to capture carbon dioxide and convert it to fuels or other chemical products. A series of co-catalysts are under development that utilizie metal-ligand cooperativity through the incorporation of neighboring Lewis acid and Lewis base sites. The project will investigate the factors influencing product distribution, reaction mechanism, and reactivity between the co-catalyst and electrode. The project is part of a collaboration with Dr. Joshua Spurgeon, the Solar Fuels team leader in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at UofL. This project is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (1955268).
|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.|
|This project is a collaboration between the Grapperhaus Group and Dr. Joshua Spurgeon, theme leader for Solar Fuels at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, in conjunction with the University of North Dakota’s Institute for Energy Studies. This project will pursue the development of a stable and efficient method to convert the CO2 directly from a power plant exhaust stream, which would aid in making the overall process more cost-effective. These contaminants can degrade the performance of an electrolysis reactor, making the direct electrochemical conversion of flue gas CO2 a challenging prospect. The team is working on novel molecular catalysts to guide the selectivity of the reaction within a new high-performance reactor designed for use with both water and organic solvent. This research is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).|
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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