Announcements

September 2019
Our CSU Mathematics colleagues, Derek Handwerk and Prof. Patrick Shipman, along with Chris, Saim, and Rick, have had their first collaboration paper on Mechanism-Enabled Population Balance Modeling accepted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! Well done to everyone involved!

Paper Title Coming Soon!

August 2019
Chris, Saim, and Rick’s review (Part 1) was accepted into the journal Chemistry of Materials!
LaMer’s 1950 Model for Particle Formation of Instantaneous Nucleation and Diffusion-Controlled Growth: A Historical Look at the Models Origins, Assumptions, Equations, and Underlying Sulfur Sol Formation Kinetics Data

July 2019
Rob (joint student in the Reynolds Group), Rick and co-authors had their paper accepted into the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry!
Copper ion vs copper metal-organic framework catalyzed NO release from bioavailable S-Nitrosoglutathione en route to biomedical applications: Direct 1H NMR monitoring in water allowing identification of the distinct, true reaction stoichiometries and thiol dependencies

May 2019
Saim and Rick’s paper was accepted into the Journal of Physical Chemistry C!
Nanoparticle Formation Kinetics and Mechanistic Studies Important to Mechanism-Based Particle-Size Control: Evidence for Ligand-Based Slowing of the Autocatalytic Surface Growth Step Plus Postulated Mechanisms

April 2019
Chris and Rick’s paper was published in Chem. Mater.! Congrats on your FIRST paper Chris!
Nucleation Kinetics and Molecular Mechanism in Transition-Metal Nanoparticle Formation: The Intriguing, Informative Case of a Bimetallic Precursor, {[(1,5-COD)IrI•HPO4]2}2-
Dr. Jillian Buriak, editor-in-chief of the journal Chemistry of Materials gave the HACH lecture at CSU. Afterwards, Dr. Buriak and Chris took a picture with his recently published journal article. It can be seen on the Chemistry of Materials Twitter page!!

February 2019
Chris gave a fantastic 4th-year research seminar!
Nucleation Kinetics and Molecular Mechanism of {[(1,5-COD)IrI(HPO4)]2}2- as a Bimetallic Precursor to Ir(0)~125 Nanoparticles

November 2018
Former group member Dr. Joe Mondloch’s paper with Drs. Ozkar and Finke was published in ACS Omega!
“Weakly Ligated, Labile Ligand” Nanoparticles: The Case of Ir(0)n•(H+Cl)m

September 2018
Dr. Scott Folkman’s paper with his collaborators from The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society!
Electrochemically Driven Water-Oxidation Catalysis Beginning with Six Exemplary Cobalt Polyoxometalates: Is It Molecular, Homogeneous Catalysis or Electrode-Bound, Heterogeneous CoOx Catalysis?

May 2018
Carly passed her Preliminary Oral Examination and has been advanced to PhD Candidacy!

Our fearless leader, Dr. Finke, has been awarded a Graduate School Council Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award! He was selected as 1 of 5 to receive this honor from 31 nominated faculty. Well done Rick and thank you for all that you do for us!!

March 2018
Scott successfully defended his PhD dissertation!!
CONGRATULATIONS DR. FOLKMAN!!

February 2018
Rick and former group member Prof. Murielle Watzky’s paper was accepted into ACS Omega!
Gold Nanoparticle Formation Kinetics and Mechanism: A Critical Analysis of the “Redox Crystallization” Mechanism

January 2018
Scott’s paper was accepted into Inorganic Chemistry!
Alcohol Solvent Effects in the Synthesis of Co3O4 Metal-Oxide Nanoparticles: Disproof of a Surface-Ligand Thermodynamic Effect en Route to Alternative Kinetic and Thermodynamic Explanations

December 2017
Saim and Rick’s paper was accepted into the Journal of Physical Chemistry C!
Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized by Microwave Heating: A Kinetic and Mechanistic Re-Analysis and Re-Interpretation

George passed his Preliminary Oral Examination and has been advanced to PhD Candidacy!

November 2017
Scott’s paper was accepted into ACS Catalysis!
Electrochemical Water Oxidation Catalysis Beginning with Co(II) Polyoxometalates: The Case of the Precatalyst Co4V2W18O6810-

Chris presented a poster at the CSU Graduate Student Showcase
Experimental Investigation of Low-Order Nucleation Across Catalytically Active Nanoparticles

October 2017
Scott presented a talk at the ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in Loveland.
Crystalline Co3O4 nanoparticle synthesis and the role of alcohol solvents: Evidence for a wholly kinetic, and not a surface ligand thermodynamic, alcohol solvent effect

September 2017
Former group member Dr. Eric Finney and Rick’s paper was accepted into Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research!
Catalyst Sintering Kinetics Data: Is There a Minimal Chemical Mechanism Underlying Kinetics Previously Fit by Empirical Power-Law Expressions-and if So, What Are Its Implications?

Saim and Rick’s paper was accepted into the Journal of Physical Chemistry A!
A Classic Azo-Dye Agglomeration System: Evidence for Slow, Continuous Nucleation, Autocatalytic Agglomerative Growth, Plus the Effects of Dust Removal by Microfiltration on the Kinetics

Carly passed her 2nd-year literature seminar. Great job Carly!
Increasing Organic Photocathode Efficiency for Solar Energy Conversion by Tuning the Hole Extraction Layer

August 2017
Joel’s review was accepted into the Journal of Materials Chemistry A!
Water-oxidation photoanodes using organic light-harvesting materials: a review

July 2017
Joel’s paper was accepted into ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!
Sensitization of Nanocrystalline Metal Oxides with a Phosphonate-Functionalized Perylene Diimide for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation with a CoOx Catalyst

June 2017
Saim and Rick’s paper was accepted into Langmuir!
Dust Effect on Nucleation Kinetics and Nanoparticle Product Size Distributions: Illustrative Case Study of a Prototype Ir(0)n Transition-Metal Nanoparticle Formation System

April 2017
Saim and Rick’s paper was accepted into the Journal of the American Chemical Society!
Nanoparticle Nucleation Is Termolecular in Metal and Involves Hydrogen: Evidence for a Kinetically Effective Nucleus of Three {Ir3H2x•P2W15Nb3O62}6- in Ir(0)n Nanoparticle Formation from [(1,5-COD)Ir•P2W15Nb3O62]8- Plus Dihydrogen

Chris passed his Preliminary Oral Examination and has been advanced to PhD Candidacy!

March 2017
Joel successfully defended his PhD Dissertation!!
CONGRATULATIONS DR. KIRNER!!!

Scott gave an outstanding 4th-year research seminar!
Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation Catalysis Beginning with Cobalt Polyoxometalates: Searching for the True Catalyst

February 2017
Former group member and now UNC professor Dr. Murielle Watzky and Rick’s paper was accepted into the Journal of Physical Chemistry C!
Sigmoidal Nucleation and Growth Curves Across Nature Fit by the Finke-Watzky Model of Slow Continuous Nucleation and Autocatalytic Growth: Explicit Formulas for the Lag and Growth Times Plus Other Key Insights

December 2016
Carly Jewell has joined the Finke Group to work on dye-sensitized solar cells!

July 2016
Patrick’s paper was accepted into ACS Catalysis!
Synthesis of Heterogeneeous Ir0~600-900/γ-Al2O3 in One Pot From the Precatalyst Ir(1,5-COD)Cl/γ-Al2O3: Discovery of Two Competing Trace ‘Ethyl Acetate Effects’ on the Nucleation Step and Resultant Product

June 2016
George Baumgartel has joined the Finke Group to work on dye-sensitized solar cells!

May 2016
Scott’s paper was accepted into Inorganic Chemistry!
Cobalt Polyoxometalate Co4V2W18O6810-: A Critical Investigation of Its Synthesis, Purity, and Observed 51V Quadrupolar NMR

April 2016
Saim and Rick’s paper was accepted into Langmuir!
Palladium(0) Nanoparticle Formation, Stabilization, and Mechanistic Studies: Pd(acac)2 as a Preferred Precursor, [Bu4N]2HPO4 Stabilizer, plus the Stoichiometry, Kinetics, and Minimal, Four-Step Mechanism of the Palladium Nanoparticle Formation and Subsequent Agglomeration Reactions

December 2015
Chris Whitehead has joined the Finke Group to work on nucleation and growth of nanoparticles!

August 2015
Scott presented a talk at the National ACS Meeting in Boston.
Electrochemically drive water-oxidation catalysis beginning with cobalt-polyoxometalates: Determination of the true, homogeneous vs. heterogeneous catalyst

May 2015
Ercan’s paper was accepted into ACS Catalysis!
Determination of the Dominant Catalyst Derived from the Classic [RhCp*Cl2]2 Precatalyst System: Is it Single-Metal Rh1Cp*-Based, Subnanometer Rh4 Cluster-Based, or Rh(0)n Nanoparticle-Based Cyclohexene Hydrogenation Catalysis at Room Temperature and Mild Pressures

April 2015
Will’s paper was accepted into Inorganica Chimica Acta!
The story of a mechanism-based solution to an ireeproducible synthesis resulting in an unexpected closed-system requirement for the LiBEt3H-based reduction: The case of the novel subnanometer cluster, [Ir(1,5-COD)(μ-​H)]4, and the resulting improved, independently repeatable, reliable synthesis

Adam’s paper was accepted into ACS Catalysis!
Unintuitive Inverse Dependence of the Apparent Turnover Frequency on Precatalyst Concentration: A Quantitative Explanation in the Case of Ziegler-Type Nanoparticle Catalysts Made from [(1,5-COD)Ir(μ-O2C8H15)]2 and AlEt3

March 2015
Patrick presented a talk at the National ACS Meeting in Denver.
Two 4-step mechanisms for nanoparticle nucleation, growth, bimolecular agglomeration and then autocatalytic agglomeration or secondary autocatalytic growth

December 2014
Will’s paper was accepted into the Journal of the American Chemical Society!
Nucleation is Second Order: An Apparent Kinetically Effective Nucleus of Two for Ir(0)n Nanoparticle Formation from [(1,5-COD)IrI•P2W15Nb3O62]8- Plus Hydrogen

August 2014
Rick presented a talk at the National ACS Meeting in San Francisco.
Two 4-step mechanisms for nanocluster nucleation, growth, bimolecular agglomeration, and then autocatalytic agglomeration or secondary autocatalytic growth

March 2014
Jordan’s paper was accepted into ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!
Visible-Light-Assisted Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation by Thin Films of a Phosphonate-Functionalized Perylene Diimide Plus CoOx Cocatalyst

February 2014
Jordan’s paper was accepted into ACS Catalysis!
Distinguishing Homogeneous from Heterogeneous Water Oxidation Catalysis when Beginning with Polyoxometalates” was accepted into ACS Catalysis

Will’s paper was accepted into Inorganic Chemistry!
Triniobium, Wells-Dawson-Type Polyoxoanion, [(n-C4H9)4N]9P2W15Nb3O62: Improvements in the Synthesis, Its Reliability, the Purity of the Product, and the Detailed Synthetic Procedure

January – 2014
Jordan’s paper was accepted into ACS Catalysis!
Water Oxidation Catalysis Beginning with Co4(H2O)2(PW9O34)210- When Driven by the Chemical Oxidant Ruthenium(III)tris(2,2’-bipyridine): Stoichiometry, Kinetic, and Mechanistic Studies en Route to Identifying the True Catalyst

Patrick’s paper was accepted into the Journal of the American Chemical Society!
A Four-Step Mechanism for the Formation of Supported-Nanoparticle Heterogeneous Catalysts in Contact with Solution: The Conversion of Ir(1,5-COD)Cl/γ-Al2O3 to Ir(0)~170/γ-Al2O3

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