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In-Situ Imaging of Cu 2O/Cu(111) Reduction Under Near Ambient Pressure CO 

                By studying the structural changes of catalysts under Near Ambient Pressure conditions, we can better understand how the catalysts perform.


Size-Selected Deposition of Transition Metal Sulfides Using a Cluster Beam Apparatus for Nanocatalysis Studies 
              W e are interested in forming materials on the nanoscale where reactivity and selectivity may increase as a consequence of particle size, structure and composition.


Metal Nanoparticles Supported on Oxide Surfaces 
              The primary focus of this project is to build model catalytic systems that can be used to understand the role of particle-support interaction and particle morphology for understanding and improving catalysts.


Photooxidation of Organic Molecules on TiO 2(110) 
              The goal of this project is to determine if the surface initiates reactions and learn how the desorbing species partitions energy.  


Two-Photon Photoemission on a Metal-Molecule Interface 
               In our laboratory we use 2PPE to investigate the electronic configuration at the molecule-metal interface which is essential for charge transfer in molecular electronics.


Transition Metal Nanoparticles via a Diblock Copolymer Reverse Micelle Approach 
                This technique allows for control over particle size as well as creating well ordered depositions.   


The Theoretical Study of Methanol Synthesis from Carbon Dioxide 
                The goal of this project is to understand the mechanism of methanol synthesis from carbon dioxide by means of density functional theory calculations.


Heterogenous Catalysis for Synthesis of Ethanol and Higher Alcohols from Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen 
                 The goal of this research project is to modify a relatively new and highly efficient methanol synthesis catalysis to produce ethanol and higher alcohols.


In Situ Studies of Photocatalytic Water Splitting using Infrared Spectroscopy 
                  The goal of this project is to investigate the mechanism of water splitting on semiconductor surfaces using spectroscopic  methods.

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