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The 2012 CCHF Summer School and Annual Meeting brought together more than 50 scientists to discuss basic energy science for the utilization of natural gas. The meeting featured tutorial and research presentations by guest speakers Bill Jones of the University of Rochester, Mahdi Abu-Omar of Purdue University, Carl Hoff of the University of Miami and Matt Neurock of the University of Virginia.

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Meeting Details

Meeting Schedule

DATES: Wednesday May 30 to Friday June 1, 2012 (end by noon)

MEETING SCHEDULE: The Wednesday morning/ early afternoon session will be a Summer School for students and postdoctoral associates on the topic "Tools of Catalysis". This session will feature presentations by invited speakers from academia, national laboratories and industry. Although this is a Summer School, all CCHF members, including PIs and Advisory Board members, are encouraged to attend.

The Annual Meeting will begin Wednesday afternoon and run through Friday morning, ending by noon on Friday. This meeting will involve all PIs, post-docs, students and the Advisory Board. The meeting will consist of research presentations by CCHF members and invited speakers. A poster session will be held Thursday evening.

Every student and post-doc in the CCHF will be expected to present a poster on their research. Students and post-docs giving oral presentations are also asked to present a poster.

REGISTRATION: You will receive an email with instructions for on-line meeting registration. The registration deadline is April 20, 2012.

The Inn at Darden (on the UVA campus)
100 Darden Blvd.
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7243
The Darden School is a full-service conference facility with overnight guest rooms and meeting space.

The Hotel is on your right as you enter the Darden School campus and the classroom and dining building (Saunders Hall) is at the top of the hill.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel room reservations at the Inn at Darden will be made for each out-of-town attendee. Be sure to indicate the nights you will need a hotel room when registering for the meeting. Note that hotel availability is limited on Friday night.

The CCHF will cover the cost of the room and taxes (this will be billed directly to the CCHF), but individuals will be responsible for all incidental expenses.

CHECK IN:  If you are staying overnight at the Darden School, please check in at the Gatehouse.  It will be the first building on your right as you enter the Darden School.

Please plan to arrive in Charlottesville on Tuesday evening, May 29. The meeting will end by noon on Friday June 1, allowing for afternoon departures.

The Darden School is approximately 9 miles south of the Charlottesville airport. Typical driving time is 20 minutes.

TRANSPORTATION: Each individual is responsible for arranging their own transportation.  The Charlottesville airport (CHO) is serviced by Delta, United, and US Air.  The Charlottesville train station is serviced by Amtrak (CVS).

GETTING AROUND: The hotel, meetings, events, and provided meals will be on-site at the Inn at Darden. If you are staying in Charlottesville on Tuesday night or Friday night, you may take the bus to The Corner or the bus and the trolley to Main St and downtown. From the Darden School take the Northline bus to the UVa chapel. Its a short walk east along University Avenue to The Corner establishments. Alternatively, from the UVa chapel catch the free trolley which proceeds along Main St to the Downtown Transit Center.

PARKING: Free parking is available at the Darden School. If you are a local attendee please see Cecelia in Chemistry 148 for a permit. If you are staying overnight at the Darden School please ask for a parking permit at check in.

The following meals will be served:
Breakfast (5/30, 5/31, 6/1)
Lunch (5/30, 5/31)
Dinner (5/30, 5/31)

REIMBURSEMENT: Reimbursement will come from UVA in accordance with UVA policies. Travel expenses including airfare and transportation to/from the airport are fully reimbursable.  You can be reimbursed for meals during travel by submitting itemized receipts (within the UVa per diem limits).  Alcohol will NOT be reimbursed.

Please mail your original receipts and boarding passes directly to Cecelia.

Cecelia Cropley
University of Virginia
Department of Chemistry
McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400319
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319

Be sure to register with UVA (see below).

In order for your reimbursement to be processed you must complete the following task.  If you have already registered with UVA for a prior meeting you do not need to complete this task.  In order to be reimbursed please visit: which will take you to the Individual Payee Registration form.  Click on the arrow box under Form Selection and choose U.S. or Foreign subject to taxation in the U.S.  Click on Vendor Type and choose Individual (including Sole Proprietors).  Click on Relationship with UVA and choose Not a Supplier-only seeking payment of refund, reimbursement, etc.  Click on Please Select Status and choose the appropriate line.  Fill out the required information and then hit the submit button at the bottom.  This will automatically set you up in the UVA system and allow a check to be created and mailed directly to you.  You may do this before the meeting.

Please note that if you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, UVA requires a photocopy of your passport in order to process your reimbursement. Please include this with your receipts.

Meeting Schedule

Wednesday May 30

Summer School:  Tools of Catalysis

Classroom 140

8:30 AM -

9:00 AM

Breakfast (Outside Classroom 140)

9:00 AM -

9:15 AM


T. Brent Gunnoe, University of Virginia

9:15 AM -

10:15 AM

A History of C–H Activation: Discovery, Mechanism and Development

Professor Bill Jones, University of Rochester

10:15 AM -

10:30 AM

Break (Outside Classroom 140)

10:30AM -

11:30 AM

From Kinetics to Mechanism and Back

Professor Mahdi Abu-Omar, Purdue University

11:30 AM -

12:30 PM

Green Chemistry for Renewable Energy and Catalysis

Dr. Bill Tumas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

12:30 PM -

1:30 PM

Lunch (Abbott Dining Center)

1:30 PM -

2:30 PM

Solution Calorimetry in Catalysis- Obtaining and Using Thermochemical Data

Professor Carl Hoff, University of Miami

CH Activation Subgroup: Development of Rhodium Catalysts for CH Functionalization

2:30 PM-    

2:55 PM

Overview of CH Activation Subgroup

T. Brent Gunnoe, University of Virginia

2:55 PM-

3:20 PM

Free Energy Surfaces for Developing Homogeneous Rhodium Catalysts for Methane Oxidation

Smith Nielsen (Goddard Group), California Institute of Technology

3:20 PM -

3:35 PM

Break (Outside Classroom 140)

3:35 PM -

3:50 PM

Study of Rhodium Catalysts for Alkane and Arene Functionalization

George Fortman (Gunnoe Group), University of Virginia

3:50 PM-

4:05 PM

Mechanistic Studies of C-X Bond Formation from Rh(III) Alkyl Complexes

Joanna Webb (Gunnoe Group), University of Virginia

4:05 PM-

4:20 PM

C-X Bond Formation from Rh(III) Alkyl Complexes: Computational Studies

Dale Pahls (Cundari Group), University of North Texas

4:20 PM

4:30 PM


CH Activation Subgroup: New Routes for C-O Bond Formation

4:30 PM-

4:55 PM

Partial Oxidation of Methane and Benzene using Pincer Rhodium and Iridium Catalysts

Steven Bischof (Periana Group), The Scripps Research Institute

4:55 PM-

5:15 PM

C-O Bond Formation from W(VI) Alkyl Complexes: Variable Mechanisms are Accessible

Jiajun Mei (Gunnoe Group), University of Virginia

5:15 PM-

5:30 PM

C-O Bond Formation from W(VI) Alkyl Complexes: Computational Studies

Kurtis Carsch (Cundari Group), University of North Texas

5:30 PM-  

5:45 PM

Metal-Mediated C-O Bond Formation: Organometallic Baeyer-Villiger versus Metal Oxo Routes for d6 and d8 Complexes

Travis Figg (Cundari Group), University of North Texas

5:45 PM

6:00 PM


6:00 PM -

7:30 PM

Dinner (Abbott Dining Center)

Thursday May 31

Classroom 140

8:00 AM -

8:30 AM


Outside Classroom 140

8:30 AM -

8:40 AM

Opening Remarks

8:40 AM -

9:40 AM

Factors Controlling Metal-Carbon Bond Energies

Bill Jones, University of Rochester

CH Activation Subgroup: O2 Chemistry

9:40 AM -

9:50 AM


Andrei Vedernikov, University of Maryland

9:50 AM-

10:10 AM

New Transformations of (dpms)MIIMe(OH2) Complexes (M = Pt, Pd) Induced by O2 in Water

Anna Sbergaeva (Vedernikov Group), University of Maryland

10:10 AM-

10:25 AM

O2 Activation in Pt Homogeneous Catalysts

Wei-Guang Liu (Goddard Group), California Institute of Technology

10:25 AM-

10:35 AM


10:35 AM-

10:45 AM


Outside Classroom 140

CH Activation Subgroup: Hydrocarbon Functionalizaton in Basic Media

10:45 AM-

10:55 AM


Roy Periana, The Scripps Research Institute

10:55 AM-

11:15 AM

Nucleophilic Rh and Ir CH Activation of Methane and Benzene in Strongly Basic Solvents

Brian Hashiguchi (Periana), The Scripps Research Institute

11:15 AM-

11:25 AM


CH Activation Subgroup: MSN Supported Pt(II) Catalysts

11:25 AM-

11:35 AM


T. Brent Gunnoe, University of Virginia

11:35 AM-

11:50 AM

New Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles with Tethered Pt(II): Synthesis and Characterization

Pranaw Kunal (Trewyn Group), Iowa State University

11:50 AM-

12:15 PM

Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization Using Single-Site Pt Catalysts Supported on Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles

Jeremy Andreatta (Gunnoe Group), University of Virginia

12:15 PM-

12:20 PM


12:20 PM -

1:20 PM


Abbott Dining Center

1:20 PM -

1:50 PM

Group Picture

Darden School Steps

1:50 PM -

2:50 PM

Adding Value to Biomass by Controlled Chemical Catalysis

Mahdi Abu-Omar, Purdue University

Oxygen Activation Subgroup: CH Functionalizaton Using Metal Oxo Complexes

2:50 PM -

3:00 PM

Overview of Oxygen Activation Subgroup

Jay Groves, Princeton University

3:00 PM-

3:25 PM

Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed Selective C-H Halogenation Reactions

Wei Liu (Groves Group), Princeton University

3:25 PM-

3:55 PM

The Application of Metal-Oxo for M-R Oxy-Functionalization

Mu-Jeng Cheng, California Institute of Technology

3:55 PM-

4:05 PM


4:05 PM-

4:15 PM


Outside Classroom 140

Oxygen Activation Subgroup: Ir Complexes for CH Functionalization

4:15 PM-

4:40 PM

Cp*Ir Catalyzed Alkane Oxidation

Meng Zhou (Crabtree Group), Yale University

4:40 PM-

5:00 PM

Particle Formation during Oxidation Catalysis with Cp*Iridium Complexes

Ulrich Hintermair (Crabtree Group), Yale University

Oxygen Activation Subgroup: Ru Catalysts

5:00 PM -

5:30 PM

Electrocatalytic Functionalization of C-H Bonds

Aaron Vannucci (Meyer Group), University of North Carolina

5:30 PM-

5:40 PM


5:40 PM -

7:00 PM


Abbott Dining Center

7:00 PM -

9:00 PM

Poster Session

South Lounge

Friday June 1

Classroom 140

8:15 AM -

8:45 AM


Outside Classroom 140

8:45 AM -

9:00 AM

Group Picture (Rain Date)

Darden School Steps

9:00 AM -

10:00 AM

Inverse Design and Materials Discovery for Solar Conversion

Bill Tumas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

10:00 AM-

11:00 AM    

Kinetic and Thermodynamic Studies Relevant to Catalytic Chemistry of Nitrogen Oxides

Carl Hoff, University of Miami

Methane Fuel Cell Subgroup

11:00 AM -

11:15 AM

Overview of Methane Fuel Cell Subgroup

Roy Periana, The Scripps Research Institute

11:15 AM-

11:45 AM

Electrochemical Investigation of Some of the Probable Intermediates for the Oxidation of Methane to CO2

Manuel Mendez (Meyer Group), University of North Carolina

11:45 AM -

12:00 AM

Closing Comments