Department of Chemistry
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Janet Bluemel

Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

P: 979-845-7749
F: 979-845-5629

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Current Activities

Major research interests in my group include (1) immobilized catalysts, (2) the surface chemistry of oxide materials and (3) solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

Immobilized catalysts (1) allow the advantages of heterogeneous catalysts to be combined with those of homogeneous catalysts. In particular, surface-immobilized homogeneous catalysts are easy to recycle, and can be highly active and selective. Furthermore they are amenable to systematic design. We find the most interesting results when heterobimetallic systems, such as the Sonogashira Pd/Cu catalyst for the coupling of aryl halides and terminal alkynes, are involved. Effective immobilization requires a thorough understanding of the surface chemistry of the oxide support materials (2). Therefore, we investigate not only the reactivity of metal complexes and linkers, but also their mobility on the surfaces.

The most powerful analytical tool for investigating amorphous materials is solid-state NMR spectroscopy (3). We optimized this method especially for surface-bound species, enabling us to study reactions on surfaces, or analyze the nature of our anchored linkers and catalysts.

These different research areas provide my students with a strong multidisciplinary background, spanning from synthetic chemistry, through materials sciences and catalysis, to surface analytical methods including solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Our expertise in these fields has led to many industrial contacts and collaborations.

Educational Background

Ph. D., 1989, Technical University of Munich

Nato Postdoctoral Fellow, 1989-1990, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Professor (Habilitandin), 1990-1996, Technical University of Munich

Assistant Professor (Privatdozentin), 1996-1997, Technical University of Munich

Associate Professor, 1998-2007, University of Heidelberg

Selected Publications

  • "Monometallic Ni(0) and Heterobimetallic Ni(0)/Au(I) Complexes of Tripodal Phosphine Ligands: Characterization in Solution and in the Solid State and Catalysis", Cluff, K. J.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Blümel, J. Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 10138-10148.
  • "The Palladium Component of an Immobilized Sonogashira Catalyst System: New Insights by Multinuclear HRMAS NMR Spectroscopy", Pope, J. C.; Posset, T.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Blümel, J. Organometallics 2014, 33, 6750-6753.
  • "Structures and Unexpected Dynamic Properties of Phosphine Oxides Adsorbed on Silica Surfaces", Hilliard, C. R.; Kharel, S.; Cluff, K. J.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Gladysz, J. A.; Blümel, J. Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 17292-17295.
  • "Adsorption of Ruthenium and Iron Metallocenes on Silica: A Solid-State NMR Study", Cluff, K. J.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Blümel, J. Organometallics 2014, 33, 2671-2680, and cover page.
  • "Wilkinson-type Hydrogenation Catalysts Immobilized on Zirconium Phosphate Nanoplatelets", Silbernagel, R.; Diaz, A.; Steffensmeier, E.; Clearfield, A.; Blümel, J. J. Mol. Catal. A 2014, 394, 217-223.