Faculty, Graduate Program
Director, Scripps Energy and Materials Laboratories
Visiting Associate, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Faculty Associate, PEER Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Design and Study of Coordination Catalysts for Small Molecule Conversion
CH4 (and other hydrocarbons) N2, O2, H2O and CO2 are among the most abundant raw materials on Earth. The chemical conversions of these small molecules generate the majority of the Worldâ€™s energy and materials. However, in spite of over 75 years of research, key fundamental chemistry challenges remain that lead to the generation of substantially more emissions, faster depletion of reserves, higher costs and greater dependence on petroleum than required. The focus of our research is to address these challenges and to design a new generation, Single-Site, coordination catalysts for the direct, selective, low temperature conversion of these molecules that would be substantially more efficient, lower cost and allow the use of abundant CH4 for the production of Energy, Fuels and Chemicals. Our Approach is based on the rational, de novo design of homogeneous, transition metal, (Single-Site) coordination catalysts through an iterative process involving conceptual design, computational study, synthesis, characterization and study of reaction chemistry and mechanisms. Our research interests include catalysts for: CH hydroxylation; N2 fixation, O22 activation, olefin hydration and CO2 reduction.
B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1979
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Qateomix, Inc. Covina, CA Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2007 Topics in Current Chemistry. Volume Editor: C-H Activation, 2005 â€œSeminaire Hors-Ville en Chimie Inorganiqueâ€ Switzerland, September, 2001 Catalytica Adv. Technologies, Inc. Co-Founder and Vice President 1994 â€“ 2000 Chairman of National ACS Inorganic Symposium in 1999
Catalytic, Oxidative Condensation of CH4 to CH3COOH in One Step via CH Activation. Periana, R. A.; Mironov, O.; Taube, D.; Bhalla, G.; Jones, CJ. Science, 2003, 301, 814
Designing Catalysts for Functionalization of Unactivated C–H Bonds Based on the CH Activation Reaction. Hashiguchi, Brian G.; Bischof, Steven M.; Konnick, Michael, M.; Periana, Roy A.; Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 45, 885-898.
A Mercury-Catalyzed, High-Yield System for the Oxidation of Methane to Methanol. Periana, R. A.; Taube, D. J.; Evitt, E. R.; Loffler, D. G.; Wentrcek, P. R.; Voss, G.; Masuda, T. Science 1993, 259, 340.
Platinum Catalysts for the High-Yield Oxidation of Methane to a Methanol Derivative. Periana, R. A.; Taube, D. J.; Gamble, S.; Taube, H.; Satoh, T.; Fujii, H. Science, 1998, 280, 560
Acceleration of Nucleophilic CH Activation by Strongly Basic Solvents. Hashiguchi, B. G.; Young, K. J. H.; Yousufuddin, M.; Goddard, W. A., III; Periana, R. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 12542.