Seed 11: Supramolecular structure and interface design via tailored molecular recognition

Summary: Rational catalytic materials design requires deep structure-function insight, which is often obscured by synthetic methods that provide insufficient control over structure homogeneity across length scales. In this proposal, we introduce a new synthetic approach to achieving uniform, tunable metal
nanostructure/support composite catalysts based on molecular recognition. The molecularly-precise interfaces afforded by this approach will enable elucidation of the electronic and structural environments needed to effectively facilitate thermodynamically and kinetically complex processes like CO2 reduction. Such information is paramount to developing efficient catalysts that enable new reaction pathways.

Principal Investigator:  Marcella Lusardi (CBE)

Seed start and end date: 
December 1, 2022 - November 30, 2023