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Patrick Smith, PhD

Patrick Smith, PhD
Program:
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

Award Year:
2019

Institution:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Transfer Institution:

Email:
pwsmith@mit.edu

Research Title:
Electric Field--Controlled Nonfaradaic Reactivity in Graphite Conjugated Catalysts

Nature exploits oriented electric field with precision to direct reactions. This work will exploit this phenomenon in artificial systems by developing an understanding of the effect of electric potentials on the thermal reactivity of surface-bound species. Using eletric fields to control reactions will enable precise tuning of catalyst electronic structure without the need for extensive synthetic efforts which typify traditional catalyst development studies. This will allow for more rapid reaction discovery, precise control of reaction rates, and lower environmental impact for chemical transformations.

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