Immobilizing Iron Ions Using Porous Supports for Catalysis

Summer 2017

Franco Faucher : Chemistry

Mentor: Gabor Somorjai

Metal catalysts are extremely useful, however, there are many practical challenges that impede their use. One of these challenges is that most metal catalysts are prepared from precious metals; meaning that they might not be practically affordable. In order to circumvent the rising costs of metals and achieve recyclability, I will be synthesizing Dendrimer Encapsulated Nanoparticles (DENs) made of earth-abundant metals and precious metals. After synthesis of the DENs, a majority of time will be devoted to small-scale reactions. The small-scale reactions will help identify optimal conditions for the catalysts in addition to refining the catalytic activity. Creating viable catalysts from earth abundant metals could reduce the overall cost of many materials and products used by people every day.

I would like to thank the Rose Hill Foundation for supporting SURF and my project. The skills my fellows and I have learned have already proved to be fruitful in many contexts. The completion of the application, project, and presentation have all taught me how to become a better scientist, leader, and professional. My chances of success in applying to graduate school have been increased greatly by the SURF program. The SURF program has left an immense mark on my life and without the support of the Rose Hills Foundations it never could have happened. Thank you!