Precious metal-free catalysts for clean energy conversion and development of fuels from renewable sources
Das, P., M. L. Helm, and S. C. Chmely.  2014.  Abstract from scientific meeting.

Reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels is a major challenge for scientists. At the same time, the use of first row transition metals preferred for their higher abundance and lower cost and toxicity is highlighted in recent chemical literature.1​Therefore, the development of earth-abundant transition metal catalysts for the sustainable processes of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels such as clean energy conversion and development of fuels from renewable sources is of great importance. Usage of energy from renewable sources (wind, solar) is a carbon-neutral process, but the very nature of their intermittent supply requires the development of electrocatalysts that will store energy in chemical bonds for future energy needs. The poster will describe author's postdoctoral work with Dr. Monte Helm at PNNL on the development of Ni-based electrocatalysts for hydrogen production (energy storage) and oxidation (energy release). The poster will further discuss the author's current postdoctoral research on organometallic iron catalysts towards the development of platform chemicals and fuels from renewable sources (e.g. non-edible biomass) in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen Chmely. The author's ideas and plans for an independent career and teaching philosophies will also be presented.