Hydrocarbon reforming and metal cluster chemistries
In extensively petroleum-based community, effective natural gas and petroleum conversion are achieved by advanced heterogeneous catalysts. Our target is to address issues of catalysts for reforming reactions and hydrogen energy carrier associated with hydrogen economy. Chemistries for hydrogenation-dehydrogenation, as well as oxidation reactions are elucidated.
We synthesize the metal clusters with possibly multiple components in uniform and well-defined size and shape with narrow-size distribution. Reaction mechanism and site requirements for catalyst surfaces using rigorous kinetic analyses including isotope studies. Highly active and durable catalysts are designed at a molecular level to regulate reaction pathway for improved selectivity.