Bluemel Research Group
Bluemel Research Group 2012
Our research interests span a wide range, from organic and organometallic synthesis, through catalysis and the surface chemistry of amorphous materials, to solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Over the years, our research has expanded especially into the following areas:

(1) IMMOBILIZED CATALYSTS

(2) THE SURFACE CHEMISTRY OF OXIDE MATERIALS

(3) SOLID-STATE NMR SPECTROSCOPY

(1) The immobilization of catalysts is of growing interest because the advantages of heterogeneous catalysts can, in principle, be combined with those of homogeneous catalysts. Immobilized or surface-bound homogeneous catalysts are easy to recycle, and they can be highly active and selective. Furthermore, they are amenable to systematic design. We find highly interesting results when heterobimetallic systems, such as the Sonogashira Pd/Cu catalyst are involved.

(2) Especially in this area the immobilization step requires a thorough understanding of the surface chemistry of the oxide support materials. Therefore, we investigate not only the reactivity of metal complexes and linkers, but also their mobility on the surfaces.

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

Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 30012
College Station, Texas 77842-3012
BLUEMEL LABS: 979-862-7826 | FAX: 979-845-5629