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TiO2, VO2, and CrO2: Electronic Structure and Role in C-H Bond Activation of Methane

Date

2022-01-12

Author

Paz, Holden

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Restriction Status

EMBARGOED

Restriction Type

Full

Date Available

01-12-2023

Abstract

Density functional theory and high-level ab initio electronic structure calculations are performed to study the titled transition metal dioxides and their ability to activate the C-H bond of methane. The electronic structure of the metal dioxides is elucidated to better inform later reactivity trends. The energy landscapes for the activation are constructed for different reaction pathways for all three metals. The effects of ammonia and chlorine ligands are considered both on individual metal dioxides and the reaction pathways.