B.S. Chemistry, Augustana College, 2000.
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oregon, 2005.
Postodoctoral Fellow, Trinity University.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Augustana College.
Scientist Citizen is a new television program that Prof. John Gilbertson is currently developing in collaboration with Western's student-led Chemistry Club. The program aims to introduce chemistry into the local media by training a generation of scientist citizens to communicate their ideas and engage the public outside the classroom setting. For information visit the Scientist Citizen website.
Research in the Gilbertson lab is focused on scientific problems dealing with global climate change and CO2 utilization. Our projects address these issues from very different approaches. My first set of projects involve the integration of active-type (AT) and passive-type (PT) ligand-based reduction principles and motifs for small molecule activation. These projects are synthetic-inorganic in nature specifically aimed at the homogeneous reduction of CO2 into useable feedstocks and fuels. These projects involve the synthesis of coordination compounds composed of earth abundant metals and ligands with reaction directors and redox active sites engineered into both the primary and secondary coordination sphere. My second set of projects is aimed at the heterogeneous hydrogenolysis of cellulose to platform molecules (i.e. sorbitol) with the ultimate goal of aqueous phase reforming of these platform molecules through HDO into useable chemicals and fuels. This project is focused towards the materials side of inorganic chemistry and involves the synthesis of mixed metal phosphide catalysts anchored to a series of supports to optimize the cellulose conversion reactions.
Pegis, M. L., Biacchi, A. J.; Schaak, R. E; Gilbertson, J. D. Highly-Selective Aqueous Hydrogenolysis of Cellulose to Sorbitol Over Carbon-Supported Ruthenium Phosphide Catalysts ACS Catal. Submitted, Oct. 2012.
Thammanogsy, Z.; Seda, T.; Zakharov, L. N.; Kaminsky, W.; Gilbertson, J. D. Ligand-Based Reduction of CO2 and Subsequent Release of CO on Iron(II) Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 9168–9170.
Kendall, A. J.; Zakharov, L. N.; Gilbertson, J. D. Synthesis and Stabilization of a Monomeric Iron(II) Hydroxo Complex via Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding in the Secondary Coordination Sphere Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 8656–8658.
Chandler, B. D.; Long, C.; Gilbertson, J. D.; Pursell, C. J.; Vijayaraghavan, G.; Stevenson, K. J. Enhanced Oxygen Activation over Supported Bimetallic Au-Ni Catalysts J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114,11498–11508.
Yau, S. H.; Varnavski, O.; Gilbertson, J. D.; Chandler, B. D.; Ramakrishna, G.; Goodson, T.; An Ultrafast Optical Study of Small Gold Monolayer Protected Clusters: A Closer Look at Emission J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114, 15979–15985.
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