High throughput methods in the discovery and application of nanoporous materials
The aims of this work were the application of high throughput methods to the discovery of novel nanoporous materials, and the development of new high throughput methodologies using nanoporous materials as catalyst supports. Chapter 4 details the mapping of the geometrically and catalytically interesting titanosilicate phase space by the use of high throughput hydrothermal methods. A previously unidentified material was discovered using these techniques. Chapter 3 discusses the heterogenization of ligands for molecular catalysts in nanoporous materials, and their use as selective oxidation catalysts. Diverse, perfectly selective, catalyst systems were identified. Chapter 5 deals with the manipulation of nanopores of films using an electric field. This work shows that accessible, micelle-templated structures can be easily created using existing methods and a strong electric field. Finally, Chapter 6 examines the applications of these, and other, films as supports for spatially addressable libraries of porphyrin-based molecular oxidation catalysts. Microlitre volume multi-well reactors were created that allow the parallel synthesis, diversification, and screening of these catalysts. ^
Major Professor: Thomas Bein, Purdue University.