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Roy Periana, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry
Florida Campus
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(561) 228-2457

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Faculty, Graduate Program

Other Joint Appointments

Director, Scripps Energy and Materials Laboratories
Founder and Board Member, Hyconix Inc.

Research Focus

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 our 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

Awards & Professional Activities

Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Hyconix, Inc. Chicago, IL; 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; Seminaire Hors-Ville en Chimie Inorganique, Switzerland, September, 2001; Co-Founder and Vice President, Catalytica Adv. Technologies Inc., Mountain View, CA; Chairman of National ACS Inorganic Symposium in 1999

Selected References

Main group compounds selectively oxidize mixtures of methane, ethane, and propane to alcohol esters. Hashiguchi, Brian G.; Konnick, Michael M.; Bischof, Steven M.; Gustafson, Samantha J.; Devarajan, Deepa; Gunsalus, Niles; Ess, Daniel H.; Periana, Roy A.; Science, 2014, 343, 1232-1237

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


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