The objectives of our group are to design and develop new base-metal catalysts for sustainable chemical processes. Current topics include: 1) tandem catalysis for renewable resource conversion, i.e. ethanol upgrading and high-value chemicals from wood and agricultural wood waste; and 2) green routes to hydrofluorocarbons for applications in pharmaceuticals, agriculture and refrigeration/blowing agents. Our students employ a variety of analytical techniques and work with computational chemistry collaborators in an effort to parlay increased understanding into improved catalyst activity, selectivity and lifetime.
Graduate programs in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences/Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Lab website: http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/rbaker/index.html