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The Parent Lab researches methods for improving the efficiency and reducing the waste generated from chemical processes using the principles of green chemistry. Our group is particularly interested in using the oxygen gas from air as a benign oxidant for driving oxidative chemical reactions. As members of the NDSU Center for Sustainable Materials Science, we are particularly interested in using our green oxidation chemistries to enable the cost-effective synthesis of polymer from biomass derived feedstocks. For more information about our specific research aims, please see our research page.

How Our Research Got Started

How Our Research Got Started

Each day we break down sugars, fats, and proteins in order to obtain the energy we need to survive. Central to this process is the consumption of oxygen to effect [...] Read More

Research

Harnessing the Power of Oxygen

Harnessing the Power of Oxygen

Oxidation is the removal of electrons from a substance, and is essential to a wide variety of everyday processes, from charging your cell-phone to digesting your lunch. Designing more efficient oxidation methods thus impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. In the Parent lab, one of our primary focuses is developing methods for using oxygen […]

Generating Solar Fuels

Generating Solar Fuels

Developing cost-effective, sustainable sources of electricity is one of the major challenges facing society. While immense progress has been made in solar and wind power generation, there remain many challenges to wide-scale deployment of these technologies. In particular, both solar and wind power are extremely intermittent, leading to the use for inefficient quick-response fossil fuel […]

Mechanism of Autoxidation in Polymer Curing

Mechanism of Autoxidation in Polymer Curing

Polymers were integral to many of the technological advances made in the 20th century, and developing improved polymers will be necessary as we continue to advance in the 21st century. As part of the North Dakota Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS) our group is working on understanding the chemical mechanisms of polymerization. One major […]

Announcements

Congratulations to Christian, Hashini, and Hanna on their Dalton Paper!

Our group’s first manuscript has just been published in Dalton Transactions! Congratulations to Christian, Hashini, and Hanna for all of their hard work. You can read their article on C-H bond oxidation by Ru on the RSC website here: Electrochemical properties and C-H bond oxidation activity of [Ru(tpy)(pyalk)Cl]+ and [Ru(tpy)(pyalk)OH]+.

Parent Lab at the ACS GLRM in Fargo!

Parent Lab at the ACS GLRM in Fargo!

Congratulations to everyone in the lab for excellent presentations at the ACS Great Lakes Regional meeting in Fargo last week! We got a lot of great comments from the conference participants, and are back in the lab ready to make them into reality!

Welcome Andrew to the Lab!

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Kalbach, a first-year graduate student in the Chemistry program at NDSU, has joined our lab group. Welcome Andrew!

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