Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI)

An Efficient Combinatorial Approach Towards the Discovery of New Nanoparticle Catalyst Arrays: Arene Hydrogenation and Selective Ring Opening (SRO)

Before usage in all energy and fuel applications, oil sands need to be purified and transformed from the bitumenous precursor material - a process known as upgrading. In this proposal, we outline our approach towards using combinatorial chemistry and nanoscience in our search to identify new catalyst families. These catalyst families will help to upgrade oil sands in a manner that is more energy-efficient and cleaner.

Instead of making new catalysts one-by-one, we will develop what is called a "high throughput" approach. Using this approach, we make catalysts at one time and test them simultaneously, allowing us to screen many more combinations than could be done in the one-by-one approach.

Principal Investigator: Jillian Buriak
Research Team: Nicole Dehm, Xiaojiang Zhang

Project Number: COSI 2008-01
Close Date: March 31, 2010

2010 Inorganic Chemistry Article: Hydrogenation Activity under Ambient Conditions Screening of Bimetallic Heterogeneous Nanoparticle Catalysts for Arene

Jillian Buriak
University of Alberta