Chemistry & Physics

Dr. Brandon Quillian receives internal grant to support his catalyst research.
Dr. Brandon Quillian, chemistry, has been awarded $1944 from the Armstrong Research and Scholarship Committee to support his research agenda.  The project, titled “The Next Generation of Non-oxidative Addition Olefin Hydroarylation Catalysts: Examining the Impact of pi-Donating Heteroscorpionates on the Catalytic Cycle” is designed to investigate catalysts which will afford new technologies for the refinement of petroleum.  The goal of this work is to use highlight a potentially effective method for coupling ethylene and benzene with greater selectivity and at lower temperatures than is presently available. This catalyst would provide a greener route to the preparation of this type compound.