Reactions with Carbon Dioxide

About the Project:

We will synthesize novel compounds and then test them for their ability to react with carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a very stable (inert) gas that builds up in the atmosphere, successful reactions with carbon dioxide could lead to the ability to remove excess carbon dioxide form the air. This project involves the synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic compounds. Lab procedures involve inert atmosphere reactions, chromatographic purification, and characterization (including FTIR and NMR). The novel compounds will then be tested for their ability to activate carbon dioxide, using electrochemistry and gas chromatography. Carbon dioxide, once activated, can be utilized as a precursor for solar fuel generation.

Dr. Felton is a professor in the chemistry discipline, teaching general chemistry, analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis. His research focuses upon electrochemistry, organometallic synthesis and small molecule activation.

The First-Year Research Associate Program at Eckerd College honors academically outstanding students with awards of up to $1,000. The program also provides the opportunity, during the freshman year, for the award winners to work closely with a sponsor (faculty or administrative personnel) on a project of mutual interest. Associates might assist with research for faculty publication or new courses, conduct scientific experiments, work with creative artists, or develop projects related to any phase of the academic, cultural, and social life of the college. Scholars are selected on the basis of achievement in high school and on the creativity and depth of responses to items on this application.​

Online submission due no later than February 1, 2021.

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