Neil M. Wilson
Project Description: Direct synthesis (DS) of H2O2 from H2 and O2 would be an economical and environmentally benign alternative to the industrially practiced anthraquinone process, however, DS currently suffers from poor H2 selectivity. A deeper knowledge of the mechanisms behind DS on transition metal catalysts is necessary for understanding how to improve the selectivity of DS. We use kinetic measurement and their chemical interpretation to establish methods to describe the relationship between the kinetics of DS and the composition and structure of the catalyst. These relationships are used to guide the synthesis of catalysts with improved selectivities and rates.
Honors and Awards:
- [2013 – 2017] Dow Chemical Company Scholar
-  ACS Catalysis, Science, and Technology Division Travel Award
-  UIUC Conference Travel Award
-  Thomas J. Hanratty Travel Award
- [2008 – 2012] Seven-time UCSB Deans List
‡Denotes authors contributed equally
6. Neil M. Wilson, Pranjali Priyadarshini, Sebastian Kunz, and David W. Flaherty, “Direct Synthesis of H2O2 on Pd and AuPd Clusters: Understanding the Effects of Alloying Pd with Au,” Accepted, J. Catal.
5. Wilson, N.M., David W. Flaherty, “Mechanism for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2 on Pd Clusters: Heterolytic Reaction Pathways at the Liquid-Solid Interface” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 574-586. *ACS Editors’ Choice
**Featured on the cover of J. Am. Chem. Soc., highlighted by C & E News, the College of Engineering at Illinois, EurekAlert! (AAAS), ChemEurope, etc.
4. Paustian, J.S., Pascall, A.J., Wilson, N.M., and Squires, T.M., “Induced charge electroosmosis micropumps using arrays of Janus micropillars,” Lab Chip. 2014, 14 3300-3312.
3. Wilson, N.M., Pan, Y-.T., Yang, H., and Flaherty, D.W. “Direct Synthesis of H2O2 on AgPt Intermetallic Octahedrons: the Importance of Pt-Ag Interactions for High H2O2 Selectivities” in preparation J. Phys. Chem. Lett.
2. Wilson, N.M., Schröder, J., Bregante, D.T., Yang, Q., Zuo, J-.M., Kunz, S., and Flaherty, D.W. “PdZn Clusters- A Highly Selective Catalyst for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2 ,” in preparation J. Am. Chem. Soc.
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 molecules” Catalysis, 2017, 29, 122-212.