Development of an immobilized ruthenium(II) chloride catalyst
Ruthenium (li) chloride is a catalyst currently being used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and other compounds. However, ruthenium is also a toxic element for the human body and there are strict limits set on the amount of ruthenium that is found in pharmaceuticals. This project seeks to attach ruthenium chloride to the surface of aluminum metal so that it can (1) catalyze the desired reaction, (2) without leaching into the product, and (3) can be easily removed and reused in additional reactions. Students will explore and earn Surface modification and characterization, organic and organometallic chemistry, and green chemistry.