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Chemistry Contact

Department Chair:

Petar Dvornic

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Contact Person:
Linda Hoesli

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Phone: 620-235-4748
Fax: 620-235-4003

Chemistry Department
104 Heckert-Wells
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Surface Chemistry Research

Dr. Dilip K. Paul

Our main area of interest is in surface chemistry, particularly as it relates to Heterogeneous Catalysis and Chemistry of Corrosion. We focus on the elucidation of the mechanistic details of surface reactions in catalytic processes, including the preparation and characterization of specific surface intermediates and products and by-products of different chemical reactions. We use a number of techniques to understand the mechanism of reactions at the molecular level and these are - reflection and transmission infrared spectroscopy, quadrupole mass spectroscopy, and GC/MS. Currently we are involved in the following research projects:

Hydrocarbon Conversion

Catalytic Converter and Automotive Exhausts

Corrosion of Different Metals and its Prevention

Selected Publications:

Paul, D. K.; Smith, B. W.; Marten, C. D.; Burchett, J. "Low Temperature FT-IR Studies of NO Adsorption on Aluminum Oxide and Supported Palladium," J. Mol. Cat. A. 2000, 167¸ 67.

Paul, D. K.; Marten, C. D.; Yates, Jr. J. T. "Control of RhI(CO)2 Formation on Rh/Al2O3 Catalysts by Complexation of Surface -OH Groups using NH3, " Langmuir, 1999, 15, 4508.

Paul, D. K.; Marten, C. D. “Spectroscopic Observation of a Precursor Complex to Rh-NCO and Al3+ -NCO Formation during CO/NH3 Reactions on Rh/Al2O3,” Langmuir, 1998, 14, 3820.