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David Dolson (Committee Member), David Grossie (Committee Member), Vladimir Katovic (Advisor)

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Master of Science (MS)


Research is being done to find a material to improve the efficiency of the ethanol fuel cell by using a platinum free catalyst. Mo2WO2(O2CCH3)6 cluster was synthesized using Mo2(O2CCH3)4 dimer and Na2WO4. One ionic liquid, EMImBF4, was synthesized using methylimidazolim and chloroethane in the first step, and EMImCl and NaBF4 in the second step. The electrochemical properties of the ionic liquid and the metal cluster were studied. A potential window for the EMImBF4 was found to be 3.2 V. The ionic liquid has a wider potential window, and allowed for the observation of the redox properties of Mo2WO2(O2CCH3)6. The electrochemistry showed that Mo2WO2(O2CCH3)6 cluster can be reduced to metal by reduction at -2.0 V. Finally, Mo2WO2(O2CCH3)6 cluster was deposited onto a platinum electrode.

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Department of Chemistry

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