Daniel T. Bregante


 Daniel T. Bregante


dbregan2 at Illinois dot edu
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow
B.S., Chemical Engineering; Chemistry Minor: University of California, Berkeley (2015)
Curriculum Vitae
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Project Description: Oxidation reactions are ubiquitous in the production of monomers for plastics, synthesis of complex natural products for pharmaceuticals, and deactivation of chemical warfare agents. The development of site-isolated catalysts (e.g., transition metal substituted zeolites) allows us to study the intrinsic reactivity that different elements possess for H2O2 activation and subsequent oxidation reactions. We use a combination of in situ UV-vis, Raman, and IR spectroscopy in conjunction with kinetic measurements to describe the relationships between intrinsic elemental properties (e.g., electronegativity, Lewis acidity) and the propensity to activate H2O2 for both olefin and sulfide oxidation reactions.

Honors and Awards: 

  • [2019 - 2020] University of Illinois Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • [2019 - 2020] ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • [2016 - 2019] National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
  • [2019] Gordon Research Conference Travel Award
  • [2019] Graduate College Travel Award
  • [2018] ACS Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry
  • [2018] AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Travel Award
  • [2017 - 2018] Mavis Future Faculty Fellow
  • [2017 - 2018] School of Chemical Sciences Graduate Teaching Award
  • [2017 - 2018] List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding/Excellent
  • [2017] Richard J. Kokes Award – North American Catalysis Society
  • [2017] Thomas J. Hanratty Travel Award – University of Illinois
  • [2016] 1st Place Oral Presentation, Annual ChBE Symposium
  • [2015 - 2016] Samuel W. Parr Graduate Fellowship – University of Illinois
  • [2014] UC Berkeley, College of Chemistry Summer Research Stipend
  • [2013 - 2014] Melvin J. Heger-Horst Undergraduate Fellowship
  • [2013 - 2014] UC Berkeley Scholarship
  • [2013] Frank Delfino Chemical Engineering Summer Research Stipend

Publications: 
Denotes authors contributed equally

14.  Bregante, D.T.; Tan, J.Z.; Sutrisno, A.; Flaherty, D.W.; "Heteroatom Substituted Zeolite FAU with Ultralow Al Contents for Liquid-Phase Oxidation Catalysis" Catal. Sci. Tech., Accepted.

13. Hong, Y.T.; Bregante, D.T.; Lee, J.C.; Seo, Y.; Schook, L.; Flaherty, D.W.; Rogers, S.; Kong, H.; "Catalytic Microgelators for Decoupled Control of Gelation Rate and Rigidity of the Biological Gels" J. Control. Release, Accepted.

12.  Bregante, D.T.; Flaherty, D.W.; "Impact of Specific Interactions Among Reactive Surface Intermediates and Confined Water on Epoxidation Catalysis and Adsorption in Lewis Acid Zeolites" ACS Catal.,20199, 10951-10962.

11. Bregante, D.T.; Johnson, A.M.; Patel, A.Y.; Ayla, E.Z.; Cordon, M.J.; Bukowski, B.C.; Greeley, J.; Gounder, R.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Cooperative Effects between Hydrophilic Pores and Solvents: Catalytic Consequences of Hydrogen Bonding on Alkene Epoxidation in Zeolites J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019141, 7302-7319.

10. Wilson, N.W.; Shröder, J.; Priyadarshini,P.; Bregante, D.T.; Kunz, S.;  Flaherty, D.W.; “Direct Synthesis of H2O2­ on PdZn Nanoparticles: The Impact of Electronic Modifications and Heterogeneity of Active Sites J. Catal, 2018368, 261-274.

9. Bregante, D.T.; Patel, A.Y.; Johnson, A.M.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Catalytic Thiophene Oxidation by Groups 4 and 5 Framework-Substituted Zeolites with Hydrogen Peroxide: Mechanistic and Spectroscopic Evidence for the Effects of Metal Lewis Acidity and Solvent Lewis Basicity J. Catal., 2018364, 415-425.

8. Bregante, D.T.; Thornburg, N.E.; Notestein, J.M.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Consequences of Confinement on Highly Dispersed Group IV and V Metal Oxide Catalysts for Olefin Epoxidation with Hydrogen PeroxideACS Catal., 20188, 2995-3010.
**Featured on the cover of ACS Catalysis and Mass Transfer Newsletter

7. Dion, M.Z.; Wang, Y.J.; Bregante, D.T.; Chan, W.; Andersen, N.; Hilderbrand, A.; Leiske, D.; Salisbury, C.M.; “The use of a 2,2’azobis (2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (AAPH) stress model as an indicator of oxidation susceptibility for monoclonal antibodiesJ. Pharm. Sci., 2018107, 550-558.

6. Bregante, D.T.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Periodic Trends in Olefin Epoxidation over Group IV and V Framework Substituted Zeolite Catalysts: A Kinetic and Spectroscopic StudyJ. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017139, 6888-6898.
**Highlighted in Illinois News BureauPhys.orgEurekAlert! (AAAS)ChemEurope, etc.

5. Bregante, D.T.; Priyadarshini, P.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Kinetic and Spectroscopic Evidence for Reaction Pathways and Intermediates for Olefin Epoxidation on Nb in *BEAJ. Catal., 2017, 348, 75-89.

4. Moteki, T.; Rowley, A.T.; Bregante, D.T.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Formation Pathways toward 2- and 4-Methylbenzaldehyde via Sequential Reactions from Acetaldehyde over Hydroxyapatite CatalystsChemCatChem, 20179, 1921-1929.

3. Dursch, T.J.; Liu, D.E.; Taylor, N.O.; Chan, S.Y.; Bregante, D.T.; Radke, C.J.; “Diffusion of Water-Soluble Sorptive Drugs in HEMA/MAA Hydrogels J. Control. Release, 2016, 239, 242-248.

2. Dursch, T.J.; Liu, D.E.; Oh, Y.; Bregante, D.T.; Chan, S.Y.; Radke, C.J.; “Equilibrium water and solute uptake in silicone hydrogelsActa Biomater., 2015, 18, 112-117.

Book Chapters: 
1. Wilson, N.M.;‡ Bregante, D.T.; Priyadarshini, P.; Flaherty, D.W.; “Production and use of H2O2 for atom-efficient functionalization of hydrocarbons and small moleculesCatalysis, 2017, 29, 122-212.

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