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Hydrogen storage for transportation applications requires high volumetric and gravimetric storage capacity. B-N compounds are well suited as storage materials due to their light weight and propensity for bearing multiple protic (N-H) and hydridic (B-H) hydrogens. This critical review briefly covers the various methods of hydrogen storage, and then(More)
Dipicolinate vanadium(V) complexes oxidize lignin model complexes pinacol monomethyl ether (A), 2-phenoxyethanol (B), 1-phenyl-2-phenoxyethanol (C), and 1,2-diphenyl-2-methoxyethanol (D). With substrates having C-H bonds adjacent to the alcohol moiety (B-D), the C-H bond is broken in pyridine-d(5) solvent, yielding 2-phenoxyacetaldehyde from B,(More)
Many commercially important catalysts consist of small metal particles dispersed on inorganic oxide surfaces. Although in most cases there is no significant interaction between the metal and the support, strong bonding can be demonstrated in a recently discovered class of supported-metal catalysts. These cases typically involve group VIII metals dispersed(More)
Emerging infectious diseases are increasingly originating from wildlife. Many of these diseases have significant impacts on human health, domestic animal health, and biodiversity. Surveillance is the key to early detection of emerging diseases. A zoo based wildlife disease surveillance program developed in Australia incorporates disease information from(More)
This work began as part of a biomass conversion catalysis project with UC Santa Barbara funded by the first NSF Chemical Bonding Center, CATSB. Recognizing that catalytic aerobic oxidation of diol C-C bonds could potentially be used to break down lignocellulose, we began to synthesize oxovanadium complexes and explore their fundamental reactivity. Of course(More)
Significant advantages result from combining the disparate hydrogen release pathways for ammonia-borane (AB) dehydrogenation using ionic liquids (ILs) and transition metal catalysts. With the RuCl(2)(PMe(3))(4) catalyst precursor, AB dehydrogenation selectivity and extent are maximized in an IL with a moderately coordinating ethylsulfate anion.
The fluoroaryl phosphines P{C6H3(CF3)2-3,5}3 (La) and P(C6F5)3 (Lb) form the complexes trans-[MCl2(La)2] and trans-[MCl2(Lb)2](M = Pd or Pt) which have been isolated and fully characterised. 31P NMR studies of competition experiments show that the stability of trans-[PdCl2L2] is in the order L = Lb< La <PPh3. The crystal structure of trans-[PtCl2(La)2] is(More)