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    Basolo Medal: Prof. Clifford P. Kubiak (UCSD) "Multi-electron catalytic transformations of CO2: toward liquid fuels."

    October 30, 2015
    4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Northwestern University - Chemistry Bldg
    2145 Sheridan Rd
    Evanston, IL 60208


    The Basolo lecture this year honors Clifford P. Kubiak of UCSD. The Basolo award is given each year to an inorganic chemist in honor and appreciation of Fred Basolo's contributions to the field.


    • 4:30 pm          Refereshments served (Tech LR3)
    • 4:45-5:50 pm  Welcome & Introduction
    • 5:00-6:00 pm  Multi-electron catalytic transformations of CO2 toward liquid fuels
    • 6:00-7:00 pm  Wine and Hors D'oeuvres (James L. Allen Center)
    • 7:00-8:00 pm  Dinner and ACS General Meeting
    • 8:00 pm          Presentation of the Basolo Medal


    Registration is required for reception & dinner which will take place at the James L. Allen Center (2169 Campus Dr. Evanston, IL)


    Multi-electron catalytic transformations of CO2 toward liquid fuels

    Prof. Clifford P. Kubiak

    University of California-San Diego


    Electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2 are of interest in the production of solar fuels, and as a means of mitigating atmospheric CO2. In this lecture, the major accomplishments in the activation and chemical reduction of CO2 will be presented. This will be in part a historical account of the early breakthroughs in the activation of CO2, its (limited) use as a ligand, and its reduction by molecular and heterogeneous electrocatalysts. The lecture will then introduce recent new approaches to developing catalysts for the reduction of CO2 including those with proton relays in associated ligands to manage proton transport, those designed to undergo proton coupled electron transfer for efficient H-atom transfers, supramolecular catalyst assemblies that use non-covalent interactions to direct catalyst centers toward sybstrate activation, artificial metalloprotein electrocatalysts, and Metal Organic Framework (MOF) electrocatalyst materials. The general properties of molecular catalysts on conducting substrates under bias as probed by surface spectroscopies will be discussed to highlight to challenges to researchers attempting to do catalysis at an electrified interface. The question of which solar fuels should be made from CO2 will be discussed. Unlike water splitting where a single reduced product (H2) is obtained, the reduction of CO2 can produce CO, HCOOH, H2CO, CH3OH, CH4, as well as many C2 and higher products. Which product(s) will be produced from solar energy, is not presently known. Results from several recent approaches to producing higher value solar fuels from CO2 including synthetic biology and tandem catalysis will be presented. 


    Clifford P. Kubiak received a Sc. B. degree with honors in chemistry from Brown University (1975) and a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of Rochester (1980), where he worked with Richard Eisenberg. Kubiak was a postdoctoral associate with Mark S. Wrighton at M. I. T. (1980-81) and subsequently became a faculty member at Purdue University from 1982 – 1998. He moved to UCSD in 1998 as Harold C. Urey Professor, and served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (2002-2006). Kubiak was named Distinguished Professor at UCSD in 2008. He has held visiting appointments at Tohoku University, University of Chicago, University of Erlangen, and University of Paris Diderot. He has been Visiting Associate in Chemistry – JCAP at California Institute of Technology since 2012. Kubiak was the recipient of the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2012), Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in Photochemistry (2013), and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2014). He has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Accounts of Chemical Research, Inorganic Chemistry, and Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing and is the author of 230 scientifi c articles. Kubiak’s research is in catalytic transformations of CO2, artifi cial photosynthesis, ultrafast electron transfer within the ground states of inorganic mixed valence systems, and theoretical and experimental investigations of electrical conductivity of molecular assemblies.


    $35.00 Member

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - natural canvas

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

    $0.00 Lecture only