Our work currently focuses on several areas:
1 Synthesis of catalytically-relevant inorganic coordination compounds by mechanochemistry (ball milling).
2 Transition-metal mediated catalysis in service of organic chemistry.
3 Synthesis of precursors for atomic layer deposition, with a focus on Mo and W as precursors for metal oxide and metal sulfide thin films.
4 Atomic Layer Deposition of ultra-thin films for catalysis applications.
5 Aqueous-phase heterogeneous catalysis: understanding the mechanisms of reduction reactions and improving current catalyst screening methodology.
Our goal is to leverage these diverse research paths at their natural interdisciplinary convergence point: hybrid molecular organometallic/heterogeneous catalysts for fine chemical transformations. We believe the best way to make transformative contributions at the interface of these different research areas is to engage with the fields of study both individually to build core competence and at their convergence.
Jurca lab members receive training in broad-ranging topics including: organic synthesis, organometallic/inorganic coordination complex synthesis with a focus on air-free and mechanochemical techniques, nanoparticle and thin film synthesis (using ALD and CVD), associated materials characterization techniques, and solution-phase chemical catalysis with a focus on understanding reaction mechanisms.